How can we improve Talis Aspire Reading Lists?

Book Metadata Refresh: list the items that were linked

When the Book Metadata Refresh notification email comes, it gives a figure for the number of items that were linked to the library catalogue. It would be useful to be able to see which items have been linked by Admin>Review Jobs>Show Details. That way we could compile a monthly list which library staff could use to spot
a) titles where Note For Student / Not for Library can be removed
b) alternative bookmark suggestions for List Owners (eg substituting new editions that have arrived)

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  • Hilary Johnson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you for planning this.

    A scenario where this would be really useful is when you're uploading/taking down PDA records and you want to check for false/misleading metadata matches during a time period. (We want our PDA money to be spent on non-reading lists items, where possible)

  • Kevin O'Donovan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Possible solution?

    - Run an All List Items report of all items not in your library catalogue, and export it to .csv
    - Run your metadata refresh, wait for it to finish.
    - Run an All List Items report of all items not in your library catalogue again, and export it to .csv
    - "Subtract" your second list from your first list, using something like the match function in Excel.

    I don't do this as I don't consider the data of what gets linked to be of much concern.

    Our Acquisitions team use the All List Items report to check for Core items not on the catalogue, in parallel with the reviews function, to pick up on items we don't have in stock but that should be purchased. This is done weekly, or twice weekly at the start of semesters.

    Part of our receiving workflow includes updating Aspire with new editions when they arrive.
    I am unsure how a metdata refresh linked items report would assist with this.

  • R Bramley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, it would be useful to users, and easy for the provider to capture in a report, surely?

  • Annette Moore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have used the Metadata Refresh yet for this very reason that it is not possible to check any updates. We would find this very useful at Sussex too.


  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    List should be exportable to Excel - and with isbn in a format (e.g. text) that doesn't truncate when you open in Excel

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