Improvement of resource type
Some academics suggest to add 'Standard' (it is used as a resource type especially in the major of Science and Engineering) and 'Conference paper' in the item resource type
Sarah Bagnall commented
I know the idea of an ebook resource type was declined in 2015 by Keji but I think this needs looking at again. From an end user viewpoint this would be useful.
We want the ability to add/change Resource Types in Aspire, either ourselves or via a support ticket. The types at the moment do not match the type of resources we always deal with and can also be confusing for both students and academics.
Clair Sharpe commented
Being able to customise may be the best way forward, since there will be differences in terminology in different institutions. Failing that, a wider range of resource types, including report (which was the thing I was looking for!).
Linda Jones commented
Personally being able to use the terms Legislation and Case would make a big difference to all my Law courses
Philip Barraclough commented
Building on previous comments, we’ve had feedback from a few students that they find distinguishing between print and electronic resources within reading lists difficult. Some would prefer print and e-books to be explicitly identified as such under the title on the left-hand side of the list, rather than by the blue “Online Resource” box on the right. It would be great if we could set the Resource Type of books to “Print Book” and e-books to “E-book”, instead of both being “Book”. This could also help with filtering e-books in lists, and might be useful for Dashboard information and reports.
Adding/customizing resource types is the way forwards. In general, Talis Aspire lacks customization in many areas, so we have to 'translate' Talis jargon into our local terminology, which is another thing that is discouraging academic buy-in to the system.
Taking this idea one step further, it would be great if Universities could add their own resource types. You could have: Newspaper, Music Score, eThesis, eJournal and eBook just to name a few. Regarding the default resource types: I’m yet to see an “Audio-visual document” in our library’s collection.