Talis Aspire Reading Lists

Welcome to Talis Aspire Ideas Forum.

How can we improve Talis Aspire Reading Lists?

(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Alerts of system problems on the screen they affect

    When there are known system problems - e.g. bookmarking isn't working, or list editing will have errors, or My Lists aren't loading, or functionality is unavailable due to maintenance etc - there should be an alert on the relevant screen to inform the user of this.

    It will stop the endless amount of reports to site admins and then to you, all reporting the same thing and duplicating time and effort. It would also be a more positive experience for the user, as they will be assured that a problem is known about and is being investigated, rather than just…

    2 votes
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      Signed in as (Sign out)

      We’ll send you updates on this idea

      0 comments  ·  Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

      This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

      Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

    • Resource type: DVD

      Could DVD (and maybe other audio-visual resource formats such as CD-ROM) be added to the list of resource types?
      Our health and sports science academics often include them on reading lists and would like them to be clearly differentiated from books.

      I think this would be much more meaningful for students using the lists than 'audio-visual document'.

      Although you can specify 'dvd' in the format field, this isn't very prominent on the page.

      2 votes
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        Signed in as (Sign out)

        We’ll send you updates on this idea

        0 comments  ·  Resource Types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

        This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

        Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

      • Add section information to the CSV output of the linked data API

        It would be nice to add two new columns to the CSV output for the linked data API. These two new columns would contain information about the section the item is in and the parent section. This information would be enough to construct the section information from the CSV call and help to surface content in other systems (the VLE for example).

        2 votes
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          Signed in as (Sign out)

          We’ll send you updates on this idea

          0 comments  ·  Widgets & APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Resource type: Other

          However extensive the resource type taxonomy becomes, there will always be fringe cases, exceptions and oddities. At present, the only options in such cases are to select the least worst match or the unfathomable 'Generic document'. An 'Other' category would be a more preferrable means to classify non-standard materials (and could be used for reporting/review to identify the types of material not being fully accounted for)

          2 votes
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            Signed in as (Sign out)

            We’ll send you updates on this idea

            0 comments  ·  Resource Types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

            This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

            Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

          • Resource Type - 'Social media' (or similar)

            We've not been able to identify a better label for this, but are open to suggestions. The intention is to distinguish blog, forum, social media and web 2.0 type content from 'traditional' Web Site and Web Page types. It's the difference between referencing material on the BBC News site and referencing a debate on an internet forum, or the discussion which follows a blog post

            2 votes
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              Signed in as (Sign out)

              We’ll send you updates on this idea

              0 comments  ·  Resource Types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

              This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

              Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

            • 2 votes
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                Signed in as (Sign out)

                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                0 comments  ·  Resource Types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

                Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

              • Ability to know who deleted a node

                We just discovered that a module had disappeared and Support were only able to tell us that someone had deleted it. It was definitely loaded and viewed in Aspire before. It is disappointing that we can't tell who deleted it when; can this be made possible, either for us or Support?
                I do realise this Idea partly relates to the "More granular set of edit node permissions required" - if that were implemented, the ability to delete a node could be tied down much more and at least the pool of potential deleters would be more limited!
                I realise this…

                2 votes
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                  0 comments  ·  Hierarchy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • network file bookmark

                  not sure if I missed something, one of our academics asked if it were possible to bookmark a network file
                  file://server/share/path/reallyUseful.doc

                  naturally it would only be visible inside the university, so a restricted access label would be required

                  I have suggested locating it on a web page or eLearning site, but he would like the option anyway

                  2 votes
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                    0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                    We will not be focusing on this now due to low votes in the 2012 ideas survey However, we think this is a valuable idea and is something we will wish to investigate in the future, so its on our longer term backlog

                  • Allow invites to be created without sending emails

                    At the moment an email invite is sent for every invite issued - even if the user is already has an active login to Aspire. This can result in multiple emails sitting in a user's inbox.

                    Rather than emailing invites to users, administrators can elect to suppress the email invites.

                    In this circumstance, users are asked to accept invites the next time they log into the system.

                    2 votes
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                      1 comment  ·  Rollout  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                      This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog while we focus on items in the development focus.

                      Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

                    • Student numbers to reflect published or draft list status

                      The student numbers section within a list review reflects the total number of students using the item and breaks this down into the relevant lists but should also indicate whether the lists that the items is on are published or unpublished. We roll all our lists over to draft each year so this can be a particular issue for us, e.g. a book showing as on three lists totals 135 students with 120 of those having 'essential' status but we find that only one of the lists is published so the total is 69 students. This could mean the difference…

                      1 vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                        0 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add Browzine's PDF download links

                        Browzines LibKey functionality allows you to add direct PDF download links into discovery systems such as Summon and Primo. This is a really useful feature as it provides seemless 1-click downloads for subscribed article content.

                        Integrating the Browzine links into Aspire would help make accessing articles as quick and simple as possible.

                        1 vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • journal jackets

                          Add Journal jackets automatically to lists.
                          Here at the University of Birmingham we use Browzine for journal TOCs and for lists that link to mostly journals the icons are the same and the list looks pretty dull. Students love the book jackets, so it would be great to have similar for journals - the visual cue really does encourage students to follow the link.

                          1 vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 1 vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              Signed in as (Sign out)

                              We’ll send you updates on this idea

                              0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Notes for students in new list view

                              Although accompanied by a mortar board icon to indicate that there is a note for the student, as the font of the text is similar to that above many students are not spotting the note.
                              It would be helpful if this was in bold, a different font, or colour. Maybe even giving academics and library staff the ability to select a font option to make these notes more noticeable.

                              1 vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                Signed in as (Sign out)

                                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Show editor details in reviews screen

                                In the reviews screen the editor of an item is not detailed. This makes it more time consuming to review an item, particularly if there are several different items on a list that have the same title but editors rather than authors.
                                It would be very helpful if the records of items that have an editor display the same level of bibliographic data as those for items that have authors.

                                1 vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                  0 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Customisable text and labels

                                  All text in Aspire should be customisable. This is a standard feature of our other systems (e.g. Summon and LibGuides). Aspire uses terms such as 'digital article' which are not meaningful to our users as we do not use these terms in any of our other systems or communications.

                                  Customisable text would allow us to:
                                  1. Use langauge that is meaningful to our users
                                  2. Conform with our university and library style guides
                                  3. Use consistent language across all of our systems and websites

                                  We put a lot of effort into using consistent terminology in our websites and avoiding difficult…

                                  1 vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                    0 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add article authentication at Reviews stage so errors can be picked up at this point

                                    We would like authentication to be added at the Reviews stage so full checking can be carried out at this point.
                                    Currently because ez proxy authentication is added to links after the Review, the student link can give authentication errors that were not visible at Reviews. So if a lecturer bookmarks an article from a free e-journal, the link will work from Reviews but possibly not from the actual list page. As more and more articles are made open access this is a growing issue. (I am also going to suggest separately an article format that does not include authentication).

                                    1 vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                      1 comment  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add multiple book vendors to item records

                                      We currently have a link to Amazon for our item records but we also have an agreement with John Smith booksellers to provide texts to First Years as a part of a bursary arrangement.

                                      It would be extremely useful to be able to show a second link to another bookseller to make it easy for the First Years to click through to the point of acquisition from the reading list.

                                      1 vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                        0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Include hierarchy in review interface

                                        We would like the review interface to make searching for the hierarchy/module code possible.

                                        1 vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Browse hierarchy - move +Add List button closer

                                          When no list is attached to a module can the +Add List button be moved closer so there is less white space on the screen between module code/name and the button. We think some lecturers look at this quickly and do not spot the button.

                                          1 vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                            0 comments  ·  Hierarchy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base