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  1. Ability to edit, and check links and notes from same page

    It would be useful to have the option to check links and notes at the same time as editing the metadata for a bookmark.

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      backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Export dashboard numbers to excel

      Ability to be able to export all of the dashboard numbers into a .csv or excel file. At the moment the only way to access this data that I know of is to individually open each list and click on the dashboard. This is very time consuming and we would like to easily compare dashboard numbers across the lists to see which lists are being used. We can then approach lecturers with low dashboard numbers.

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        backlog  ·  5 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Tag items

        Is it possible to be able to tag / mark items as 'Electronic Resource' for online journal articles and e-books etc and then be able to re-group the list to display all electronic resources together?

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

          Tagging is something we plan to address and it is in backlog. However, it is not yet scoped or prioritised but we will update this idea as we progress.

        • Icons for different types of alerts (items with changes) Reviews 2.0

          At present the exclamation mark alert in Reviews in 2.0 can mean a number of things (change of importance/notes/new edition/enrolments etc).

          We would much prefer to have symbols to differentiate between these types of alerts, when reviewing we need to be able to quickly drill down what changes have been made so are concentrating on items of priority. For example if a list has student numbers changed this could cause alerts for all items but it's not clear which of those have new edition flags unless you check each one which isn't an efficient use of time.

          I haven't found…

          26 votes
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          • 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)

            26 votes
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            • coutts oasis widget to search on title rather than ISBN

              The coutts oasis widget links on ISBN which limits its effectiveness for searching for later editions, it would be better if it searched on title.

              26 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                Keji Adedeji responded

                We had some discussions with Coutts towards the end of last year about this and they need to do some work. As they are migrating to a new version of their site iPage, they advised that they would make the changes for the new site. We will need to touch base with them again to catch up on their migration and plans for implementing the requested change

              • Display sections on their own

                Related to the idea of compressing/opening sections (in this idea: http://ideas.talisaspire.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-ideas/suggestions/3160575-compressing-sections) I'd like some facility to be able to link/jump to a specific section or sub-section of a list, and display it in a way that is uncluttered by the rest of the list.

                Ideally this would mean jumping to a section and the display automatically compressing all the other sections. The user could expand / navigate to them if they wanted.

                Alternatively the user is taken to a version of the display that only contains the specific section, with a hyperlink back to the full list.

                The reason…

                25 votes
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                • Manual entry - fields appear automatically according to resource type selected

                  Would be helpful, when using manual add, if once you had selected the resource type, a standard set of entry fields could appear automatically, as appropriate to the type of resource, e.g. for article, 'author', 'page numbers', 'part of' & for journals, 'volume', 'date' etc.

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                    planned  ·  3 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 'Request review and publish' option

                    I’ve been getting feedback from tutors recently who are ‘adamant’ that they’ve published lists, but have then been chased as owners of draft lists. I suspect this is to do with them requesting a review and assuming that publishing happens simultaneously.

                    We don’t want to configure our system so that we get sent an automatic review for every single published list, and we want to encourage lecturers to take ownership of their lists, publishing and reviewing appropriately.

                    If they had an option to 'Request review & publish' this would really help make clear to them what was happening when they…

                    23 votes
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                      under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Include top level hierarchy code or name in all list reports

                      We already get the hierarchy code that a list is attached to in the All List report. I'd also like the top level hierarchy name or code to appear - for us this is institute. This would allow me to easily extract high level engagement information to pass on to Heads of Institute. At the moment, it's a manual task to go through a report and attach Institute info to each module in order to sort and filter.

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                      • 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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                          backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • "Refresh all book metadata" option to catch bulk changes to e.g. ebook URLs

                          We have recently applied a change to all our ebook URLs on our catalogue.

                          I would like Talis to add an option to refresh *all* my book metadata, by re-polling our catalogue for every book item in Aspire with a Local Control Number, updating any fields which have changed.

                          Without this, I have to identify and manually update all ebook records to update the URLs.

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                            6 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                            The metadata refresh functionality is an area I would like us to review for improvements, which may include being able to select the pieces of data that are updated e.g. the 856 information.

                            We think this is a valuable idea and something we will wish to investigate in the future, however its not in our near term development focus so its on our longer term backlog

                          • Bookmarking on iPads

                            Our academic staff are all being given iPads at the start of the 2018/19 session and will be encouraged to use these as much as possible

                            It would be really great if a bookmarking tool could be developed for Safari on iPads (or possibly even a list management app?!?) so that we could give our academic engagement a real boost.

                            21 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              We are working on bookmarking functionality alongside our List Edit improvements, this will reduce the reliance on the bookmarklet feature and enable more resources to be accessible in the List Edit context. When this feature is released, we will revisit this idea to understand if it still has relevance.

                            • 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.

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                                4 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                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.

                              • In Chapter and Article records, set the "Search the library for other formats/editions" option to use the metadata for the book etc.

                                The bookmark for a book chapter or journal article currently searches the library for other formats/editions based on the first name of the author of the article or chapter, which is unlikely to fulfil the point of the search. It would be better if the bookmarks for chapters and articles used the metadata for the book or journal they are part of to search the library catalogue as this is more likely to bring up relevant results.

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                                  backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                  This idea has been moved to the archive forum. I have also changed its category to Viewing lists & items so we pick it up when we are reviewing ideas and improvements in that area.

                                • Set review outcome (2.0) for multiple items

                                  We'd benefit from option of being able to select multiple resources in a review (e.g. check box by each item/line) and set the review outcome. For example if we have bulk checked a number of weblinks would like to select all in one go and set review outcome rather than click though each item and do this individually, would be a good time saver for us.

                                  It was also referred to in this idea dating back to 2012 when the system was much different. http://ideas.talis.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists/suggestions/3291742-set-review-outcome-via-drop-down

                                  Thanks
                                  Kristy

                                  20 votes
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                                  • Extend the Copy to my bookmarks function

                                    Enable academics to copy an entire list worth of bookmarks from an existing list to their bookmarks folder.
                                    Really useful where lists have been created by admin or library staff and then passed on to the academic to manage.

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                                      backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Change 'review complete' notification recipient

                                      Many of our lists are added and sent for review by library staff or temps. When we complete the review the notification goes back to them rather than the relevant academic even when the correct list owner has been assigned. It would be useful if there was an option for staff to alter the recipient at this stage by pasting in the correct email address.

                                      18 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  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 a word to .RIS conversion feature to Talis

                                        Many of our academics comment that they would be more likely to use Talis if they could simply upload their word document and automatically populate a list in the same way they can with Endnote. There are online tools which convert word files into .RIS format. If Talis could develop this functionality it would go a long way in promoting the service to the academics.

                                        18 votes
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                                          backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Populating user registration fileds.

                                          When a user loggs in for the First Time, we know who they are.
                                          We can send their name and email address to prepopulate the Registration Fieds in the form.
                                          Please can this functionality be developped for Shibboleth Users.

                                          18 votes
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