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  1. OpenURL should include Source ID for Talis

    Every OpenURL created by Talis should include a source ID name/value pair so that
    a) Our link resolver stats clearly indicate the volume of OpenURL requests from Talis
    b) We can identify the source of the problem URL when our clients use the auto problem report form on our link resolver (which includes the problem OpenURL

    This is standard across OpenURL sources. Might I suggest appending this string to every Talis OpenURL?:

    &rft.sid=talis

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    • Add time period information within bookmark item

      Add the time period information within a bookmark item, for example within 'This item appears on' section.

      We get feedback from students claiming they are unable to access a particular reading. This is because they are accessing an archived/previous version of a reading list, and a digitisation has expired. This is possibly caused by academics directly linking to these specific bookmarked readings from within the VLE. From a student perspective, they will see their course code listed in the 'This item appears on' and not think anything further.

      Adding the semester information would provide a cue for them that a…

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      • add column to all lists report for 'last updated by'

        It's really frustrating not being able to tell who last updated a list for erasons of trouble-shooting. For example we have some lists for the last time period that have been updated since rollover and I'd like to trace who has done that to check that they realise they are editing the old list not the new one. It could be one of the lecturers but it could also be a member of library staff. We can't see on the list itself (that would be ideal), but could we have it added to the all list report - it already…

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        • Improve options to link in LTI (open in new tab)

          In the LTI for Moodle we only have access to the two options - in line display or open on seperate page. Can we please have open in new tab as well.

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          • Ability to turn off LTI search box defaults (course name)

            LTI to Blackboard:. When setting up the content block the name used in the search box defaults to the name of the blackboard course. This often is not the name of the list in Talis and so no match is found. Turning off that default and prompt the user to complete the search field would be a better option from our point of view.

            We have had several calls where it was not clear to the user that they needed to enter the list name in the search box mainly because the users don't realise they can over type the…

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            • Copying bookmarks

              This suggestion relates to an extension of the facility to copy over bookmarks, as it would be usful to have the option to copy over the notes (associated with any bookmark), in addition to its importance level.

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                We are reviewing copying options alongside our list edit changes and we will monitor this idea closely to understand if there is a use case for this functionality.

              • QuickAddBookmark sequence prompts to Create/Create and add to list

                QuickAddBookmark is good but would be great if, rather than just creating a bookmark, it prompts to Create/Create and add to list.

                At the moment, staff need to remember to add the bookmark to their list after creating the bookmark. If they drag & drop, they may forget to Set Importance which messes with our acquisitions workflow.

                With Create/Create and add to list buttons at the end of the sequence, it would be instinctive to choose the list, set the importance, add notes to student/library etc. as required.

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                • My Notes - To be able to identify which List the Item is from

                  When a student clicks on their profile and looks at 'My notes', the notes are displayed with a link to the item the note was placed on, however when clicking through to the item there is no indication as to what list or lists the item is on.

                  This almost defeats the purpose of a number of notes that a student may choose to place on an item if they are then unable to identify which list the item they placed that note on came from.

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                    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                    I agree that this could be confusing, especially if a student has used that feature in anger and made a lot of notes.

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

                  • Additional supported sites for embedded video

                    Youtube and Vimeo are currently supported in Talis to embed videos within the full metadata view of a bookmark.
                    We've recently subscribed to EduTV, which is an excellent database of videos and playlists, and would like to have the same embedding for this resource.
                    We also have a large collection of streamed media hosted in-house (both off-air and commercial material as is permitted under copyright provisions), and would like these to be similarly embedded within Talis.
                    This was originally submitted as a support ticket question but it's been suggested that I raise an idea instead.

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                      backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                      A simple integration in the vein of the YouTube & Vimeo integrations can be dealt with via support as a bookmarking recogniser request. A tighter integration to support authenticated content will require liaising with EduTv to understand the requirements and will need to be planned.

                      However, 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.

                    • Report on number of copies in the library

                      A report that shows the number of copies of each title in stock without having to check each title individually. this would be useful for acquisitions if you use a formula. You could see quickly if you had the right ratio of copies for the number of students on the course

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                        under review  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                        We will investigate the possibilities around this as part of the reviews work we are doing

                      • Improvements to 'Create and Add to List'

                        Sometimes when you bookmark a resource, the 'Create and Add to List' function doesn't capture the resource you expect it to. This seems to be a particular problem where the same ISBN appears in more than one record, e.g. an e-book record that contains the ISBN of the print version - invariably, the print version is bookmarked even when the e-book version is displayed in Aspire ready to 'Create and Add to List'. It also happens in some reprinted monograph records where the ISBN of the original is included.

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                        • New resource type - Scores

                          Our music lists need to a resource type for adding scores

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                            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.

                          • Selecting permission levels when inviting list publishers

                            One of our lecturers is keen to use her list collaboratively with students and staff but is reluctant to invite all the students as list publishers, because they would be given all the permissions. She would just want them to add resources to the list to share. Could a checkbox be added to the list of permissions so a list owner could select which permissions to assign?

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                              backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                              Permissions are tied to roles, so I’m not sure we would expose the permissions. However, it is a good idea to allow the list owner to determine the capabilities given to people they invite to share their list e.g.providing the option to invite publishers or invite list creator (where that role is configured with the correct permissions). This is on the Backlog for now as we would like to look at this, but at a later date

                            • New reports - most popular books or resources

                              We have Aspire linked to our Library catalogue so any book (journal, DVD etc) on a published reading list shows the titles of the modules that book is used on. For the Aquisitions team this is useful to see how the same book may be being used across the University as sometimes it is being used in more than one subject area and, therefore different funds.

                              I'd like to suggest that it would be useful to list the top (eg) 100 resources so we can see which resources are being used the most and ensure we have sufficient stock.

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                                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.

                              • Node level "List creator" role

                                We would like to give list creator roles at a node or department level. At the moment, it is only available at tenancy level. We would like to limit users' ability to create lists anywhere, but allow them to create them as necessary in their department's area.

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                                  backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                  We are not going to focus on this right now but we do plan to visit this as part of a wider look at how we manage scoping and hierarchy

                                • Resource Type - Event

                                  We're seeing academics add materials to resource lists which are effectively temporal 'events' of some kind which students are expected to attend (physically or virtually) as part of their research.

                                  'Events' could incorporate Exhibitions, live Webinars, Lectures, Screenings, Seminars, Conferences, Plays, Training sessions, et al

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                                    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 - Review

                                    Academics quite regularly add Reviews and review articles (from academic journals, professional publications and newspapers) for students to critically evaluate.

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                                      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.

                                    • Campus identifier

                                      We have modules which run at more than one of our campuses. We would find it useful to be able to identify which reading lists are run at which campuses so that we can purchase the relevant resources.

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                                        backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                        We will not be focusing on this idea now due to low votes in 2012 Ideas Survey. Multi-campus support is something we wish to investigate in the future so this has been placed on our longer term backlog

                                      • Allow us to edit the default subject line of "review is complete" message

                                        Currently we have to use the automated "review is complete" email even when sending a review back to academics to ask that they add student numbers/importances before we can review it. We would like to be able to edit the subject line of this email ourselves to say something like "Requiring Action – additional information required for Resource List review" Otherwise, the academics just think their review has been completed, with no further action required.

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