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  1. Display of chapters

    When we add specific chapters to lists we'd like the title of the book as well as the title of the chapter to be automatically included in the display. We currently manually edit entries to include both, for example.
    The Reformation Parliament, IN: Parliament and politics in Scotland, 1235-1560 - K. M. Brown
    This think would make it easier for students to identify the chapter when browsing a list

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      13 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • A keyword search for e.g. book titles within Talis Aspire

      The ability to search for book titles within the Talis Aspire tenancy from a search box, thus allowing users to see if books are on other lists.

      38 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We have added in functionality to the All List Items report to allow you to search by title and ISBN allowing you to identify where book titles are being used across your tenancy.

      • Display list in an alternate style

        Ability to display lists in a specific citation style - Many of our courses use the Harvard style and although lists can be viewed as a bibliography and exported in specific citation styles, our course organisers would like to be able to provide a consistent approach in the way they are presenting their reading lists. They would like the option to present the list itself in the Harvard style, i.e. by Author first not Title.

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        • Export list as printable document (e.g. txt, rtf, doc, pdf)

          From an academic ...

          At the risk of becoming unpopular...I would like to be able to use the online reading list to populate a module handbook - but this new version does not have an easily copyable format.

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          • Online buttons on the main list page to be managed by list editor rather than resource type

            by adding a check box field in the record for any resource. Checking this box would display an online resource image on the list main page which would link to the web link in the record. This would also allow users to manage situations where for example an 856 link does not actually go to the full text, as they could uncheck the box.

            We have many digitised resources which are book chapters or articles, this would enable us to give them the correct resource type and still have them showing up as online resources in the list.

            A further…

            31 votes
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              11 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

              With apologies for the delay in getting this implemented, the ability to manually set the online resource button has been implemented with the ability to set which link the button will send the user to.

            • customisation of the reference management software used in the export button

              Currently, clicking the export button in a reading list defaults to either saving an RIS file, or opening in EndNote.

              I suggest that the functionality of the button should be customisable to reflect the preferred institutional reference management software.

              27 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                I’m closing this idea as we have now enabled Refworks direct export from a reading list as well as “My Bookmarks”. We will not be investigating Endnote support unless there is a demand for it. We will however, look at addresssing the capability to turn off the export to refworks option where not applicable

              • Display the Edition metadata in the reading list view

                Current the reading list title, author(s) and publication date are displayed in a reading list. The user needs to click on the title to see the remaining metadata information, such as Edition. This is an idea to also display the Edition data (if available) in the reading list view. Exposing the edition data at a glance would be useful to the student, as well as the list owner. It would help to keep the list up to date, and assist with list auditing and quality checking.

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                • Make the OpenURL link for articles optional

                  The OpenURL link will only work successfully for articles which are found in your electronic journal subscriptions. For articles which are in open access journals or in your print collection, the OpenURL link will always fail, which may lead your students to believe they cannot access the article.

                  Make the display of the OpenURL link for articles optional so it can be suppressed for open access, print or other articles which will not be found via your link resolver.

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                  • My Lists - default sort by Title

                    A small but helpful tweak - could the My Lists list default to an A-Z Title sort.

                    19 votes
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                    • Give the option to switch off the "list bibliography" option

                      While we appreciate it is still in beta mode we would like there to be an option to switch off the "list bibliography" feature. The version of Harvard used here does not match the approved style for RGU and therefore it could cause problems for students by misleading them. Until we have chance to speak to academic staff and ask them to weight the pros and cons we would like to have it turned off.

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                        4 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                        We’ve begun some work to allow you to specify the styles you would like to appear in the citations drop-down. In the interim, it is possible to place a configurabe message above the bibliography to indicate that it is a BETA feature and may not contain the relevant styles. Please contact support if you want to display some messaging.

                      • Search by list owner

                        It would be helpful as sometimes the only information we have is the lecturer's name and subject area

                        14 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                            Following phase 3 of the database re-architecture, it is now possible to select multiple lists and remove from My Lists

                          • Change the display of journal article details

                            The current display of issue, page end, page start, volume is not helpful to our users who would prefer: volume, issue, page start, page end

                            12 votes
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                            • Allow the images of book covers to appear in the actual reading list

                              In the detailed display there is a small image of the book. One of our student reps is asking for this to be displayed in the actual list as a visual prompt to the book they should be reading. Given we have dyslexic students and many in design related subjects who are visual learners, the more visual the lists could be the better.

                              11 votes
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                              • Pop-up reminder... to request review/publish

                                It might help staff to have a reminder to request review/publish when they are making changes to their lists. We have a large number of lists where there are either unpublished changes or staff have forgotten to request review to start up the acquisitions process. A po-up could help draw their attention to further action needed, thank you.
                                Min Allen
                                University of Roehampton

                                10 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                  This is now done, please contact support if you would like this option enabled

                                • Linking and 'new window' option

                                  I'm aware that (a) web accessibility compliance restricts certain linking behaviours and that (b) Talis are looking at the options to iframe more linked content *within* Aspire- but I would still like to explore the idea of an additional optional 'Open in a new window' button for the key external outbounds links in Aspire. As an end user I would like to have the option to keep my List in view in one window while navigating my way through outcomes (such as a Library Catalogue- online vendor- e-Content provider) in another. I find the experience of 'losing' my List as…

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                                    5 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                    Please contact support if you wish to enable this behaviour on your tenancy

                                  • Allow customisation of the display of citation fields

                                    We would prefer to be able to customise the way citation fields are displayed on a reading list. Currently, the title is listed first, then the author(s) and date. A cleaner display (especially if had an alphabetical list arranged by author) would be to have the author(s) first, then the title.

                                    9 votes
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                                        completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                        We will be looking into addressing this a part of the work we are doing on reviews

                                      • Search draft lists

                                        Would like to have the ability to search for lists that are 'Draft'. Would not like this to be available publically, but for library staff who are currently managing the set up of lists at implementation, to be able to search for lists that are in progress.

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                                        • Search by item

                                          It would be really useful for librarians doing stock work to be able to search Aspire by item to see if an item they are reviewing is on a reading list.

                                          Such a search feature may also be useful to academics wanting to check they have a particular item on any of their lists without having to search each list.

                                          7 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            We have introduced three new filters on the All List items report which should make it easier to search for and report on specific works, Title, ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.

                                            If this is still something you feel would benefit academics than please do raise a new idea.

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