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  1. Export bibliography in list order (not alphabetical)

    We would like to be able to export a reading list in a bibliographic citation format but keeping the list structure, e.g. week one, week two etc. The current export options are 'export to PDF' which only lists title/author and doesn't contain the full bibliogaphic detail, or the 'view bibliography' button which lists everything alphabetically by author.

    Our academics need to add reading list content to their printed course outlines so we need to be able to export reading lists from Aspire into the course outline, with a 'week by week' structure where appropriate. Many academics are understandably extremely reluctant…

    27 votes
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  2. Option to switch off Google Book previews at item or list level

    Recent feedback from academics has been that using Aspire would contradict what they tell students- ie don't read/avoid Google Book previews. Could List creators have the option to 'switch off; Google book previews at list and/or item level?

    22 votes
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  3. Links to Worldcat in item view - instead of a bookstore

    We'd like to have the option of replacing the bookstore in the item view with a link to Worldcat.

    At the moment, several bookstore options exist (see: https://support.talis.com/hc/en-us/articles/209262049-What-bookstores-are-supported-in-the-item-view-). However, in response to feedback from our academics, we would like to see the possibility of linking to a vendor-neutral external catalogue instead.

    21 votes
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    This idea is under review. We would be interested to know if you feel having information like this would cause confusion to students as to whether the library holds the items or not. If you do have feedback then please do add your comments as we would like to understand this more.

  4. Lists will automatically be added to the list owner's "My Lists" tab

    Many of my academics are forgetting/not realising that they need to add lists into "My Lists". This is especially an issue after rollover when they are attempting to edit lists from previous years instead of the current one. They expect the lists that they own to automatically appear in "My Lists", which I probably would if I were them too! Is there any chance this could be possible? It would make my academics' lives a lot easier and avoid some frustrations and confusions with the system.

    12 votes
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  5. Display the total number of students associated with a work across all current Reading Lists

    The calculated total across all courses will better inform the acquisitions decision. For instance the library may have a guideline to provision 1 book per 50 students. Book ABC is then added to Course X which has 100 students. The Librarian sees that we have 1 book in stock so orders a second copy. A little later Book ABC is added to Course Y which also has 100 students. The Librarian sees that we have two copies which covers the Course Y students, and ignorant of the Course X requirements does not acquire any more copies. The end result is…

    12 votes
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    under review  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We’ve introduced this capability in the new reviews area and we will review how it can be exposed elsewhere in the system

  6. View Online button to be made more noticable on new student interface

    Hello,
    We recently changed our branding at Northumbria, at the same time we moved to the new student view.
    Our brand is black and white, which unfortunately makes our View Online button not very noticable on the page, the button is based on the theme colour of the tenancy.
    We would like to explore ways to make the button more evident to users, for instance a black line around the button or go back to the blue online button.
    We have had instances where students have thought that we don't have an ebook, only print,as it just blends into the…

    10 votes
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  7. Students sharing notes about reesources

    One of our academics has suggested that it would be useful for some of his students to collaborate with each other when going through their reading lists. He thought that it would be helpful for students to be able to share comments they have made about resources or to add comments to the reading list itself. Students have access to collaborative tools in the VLE but this would be specifically readings-based.

    9 votes
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  8. Removal of duplicates from bibliography

    When you view list as bibliography it duplicates references where there are multiple bookmarks for the same item. It would be good to remove these duplicates so that if necessary academics can quickly produce a bibliography if necessary without having to edit it.

    7 votes
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  9. Add class/shelf number to exported reading list

    When exporting reading lists to pdf we feel it would be useful to include class/shelf number of books within the reading list. After a meeting on the implications of the Disabled Students Allowance we were asked to investigate how reading lists handouts that give library class/shelf number could help our student's. Talis Aspire reading lists were flagged as an area where this could happen and we thought this could help promote the reading lists software.

    7 votes
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  10. Linking to more than one bookshop

    We would like to be able to link to more than one bookshop as then we can support our local bookshop via Hive and also offer Amazon purchasing for items not available locally. Also this would enable us to use the Amazon images while still offering access to the local bookshop

    5 votes
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    under review  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    this is an interesting idea and whilst it has low votes and there are no plans currently to implement, i am keeping this under review for consideration

  11. View items alphabetically

    I would like to view items alphabetically by author

    3 votes
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  12. Improve usability of list searches from the Aspire homepage

    This idea comprises:
    • Ability to filter or refine list searches
    • Changes the behaviour of pagination in list search results
    • The option to change the terminology on links which appear in the course of searching
    • ‘Back to the school of XYZ’
    • ‘Others’ label in the search result

    *Ability to filter or refine list searches

    If you’re not searching for a specific list, a search may bring back many results. With the page limited to displaying 10 results you may have to page through several screens.

    Can filters be introduced to help refine this? For example bringing…

    2 votes
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  13. Misleading messages...

    When there's a connection problem between the catalogue and Aspire, the message in Aspire reads "This item is not available" - a little misleading. Would it be better to read something like "Information on this item is not available, please check the catalogue for more details"?

    2 votes
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