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  1. Suggested improvements to My Notes & Reading Intentions

    The summary list of "my notes" and "my reading intentions" displayed on one's username profile page do not expire or archive. Further they seem disorganised and are without a date stamp to indicate when a note was left. Instead the lists grow to contain notes and data from every old list. The lists would get very long and disorganised due to intentions and notes left from past reading lists, leading the profile summary page to become of little use to students.

    For the My Notes and Reading Intentions sections, I recommend:
    1) sorting (e.g. by date);
    2) display the date…

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

      Improving this for students is something we would like to do, but is likely to need a theme in this area.

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

    • quick links to resources?

      The details page for a resource is sometimes great (e.g. when there is a google books preview, inline viewer, or a student wants to annotate the list, plus the clear statement of library holdings...) but sometimes it's just an unnecessary click e.g. linking to a website.
      Also, nothing opens in a new window so it can (sometimes) be a pain to get back into aspire again once you've followed a link to an external resource.

      What are your thoughts on a lightbox to view details pages for resources?

      Or perhaps a new window could be opened when you leave talis…

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

        We are looking to bring the list and list item view together which should alleviate this issue.

      • Link to Library Catalogue in Reviews to open in new tab/window

        We would like for the link to our Library Catalogue from within the availability section of Talis Reviews (see image attached) to open in a new window or tab, similar to the links to suppliers' websites.

        This ability to open in a new tab/widow makes the links within Reviews consistent, instead of having to continually use the right-click button for the only link in Reviews that opens in the same window.

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        • All List Items report to include url from 'is part of' section

          We often have bookmarks for book chapters where the url to the book as a whole is entered into the 'is part of book' section, without a separate url to the book chapter entered into the chapter section. This is done as it is sometimes not possible to link directly to a chapter. In these cases, we add a student note along the lines of "Please read pages 57-69".

          In the All List Items report, DOI fields that are present in the 'is part of' section are included (though not in a separate field), but the url present in the…

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          • 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.

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              0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Gravatar + user profiles

              Prompted by comments from academics creating a profile.
              At the moment it is compulsory to use Gravatar in order to add a profile picture. Is it possible to have an alternative option to just upload an image file directly? An image is a friendly personalisation of lists, but the extra steps of joining Gravatar are putting people off!

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                0 comments  ·  Users & Roles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                Low priority as it’s a cosmetic function, and the user can complete the task

              • Deleting bookmarks

                If you create lots of lists, as library staff at Stirling do, then you create hundreds and in some cases thousands of bookmarks. We'd like to be able to bulk delete bookmarks which are no longer required. Currently you have to select per page of 25 and then remove from view from My Bookmarks This is very time consuming.

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

                  We may be able to do this as part of planned enhancements to bookmarking

                • Editing text in invitations

                  When sending invitations to academic staff, we would like the standard text in the message template to be customisable to reflect our tenancy's configuration; without having to modify it each time we send it. For example, we have just asked Talis to add 'View Dashboard' to the role of List Creator. Currently, that does not appear in the list of permissions in the standard message template for that role.

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                    0 comments  ·  Users & Roles  ·  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. It will be merged with a similar existing idea.

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

                  • Report on number of lists linked to higher levels in hierarchy than node list is linked to

                    We have a requirement to report on the number of lists linked to a faculty and number of lists linked to a department. Our hierarchy goes faculty>department>module. Lists are directly linked to modules. The Hoerarchy Snapshot Report allows us to report on number of lists attached to amodule but not number of lists attached to a higher level in the hierarchy.

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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.

                    • The ability to add two sets of page numbers per entry because books often have the notes at the back of the volume.

                      We would like to ability to add two different sets of page numbers on an entry.

                      Often books will have their notes at the back and when we are scanning chapters and attaching to a bookmark entry we need to register the two different page ranges.

                      Having all the info on the bookmark is vital for the students for referencing and also saves us time when doing CLA returns.

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                        0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  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.

                      • Show lists linked to units within the hierarchy

                        When viewing the hierarchy, it would be useful to quickly see which units have lists attached within a department. Would enable library staff to target units where there were no lists.

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                          1 comment  ·  Hierarchy  ·  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.

                        • In-line Box of Broadcast (BoB) materials

                          BoB is a system that is going to be very important in the HE sector in the near future - either from the National BoB or locally implemented. Cambridge Imaging and BUFVC are the external partners to talk to on this.

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                            backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • LTI custom parameter for message when no list available.

                            This year Griffith has moved from using the Talis building block in Blackboard to using the LTI. This is set up by default to use "best guess" to display a reading list for a course site using the custom parameters node_code_regex and time_period_regex. The Readings LTI link is present in the Blackboard course template, so is present for every course site that is created. Not all courses have reading lists; when this is the case, academics have to make this link not available to students or delete it. If this is not done and students click on the Readings LTI…

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                            • Digitisation status as filter in Reviews

                              Could you add a filter in Reviews for "item has a Digitisation"? We roll over our digitisations when the list is published and comes through for review. It would be handy if we could see which items have digitisations by a filter. It would also be useful if there was also an alert that the digitisation status had changed since the last review e.g. was now Expired. I would also like to see the TADC number in reviews which I can see is another idea in the forum (http://ideas.talis.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists/suggestions/17410534-tadc-number-in-reviews)

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                              • Reviewing reading lists with draft changes

                                When reviewing a published list with unpublished changes it would be helpful if there could be some indication of which items are unpublished additions. Otherwise you can have something on the review list which you can't find on the published version, which can get confusing for reviewers.
                                The notification could say something similar to a list with unpublished changes e.g. 'this item is an unpublished change on a draft version of the list"

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                                  2 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Change “Request Review” to “Request Library Review”

                                  Currently, many academics are confused by the “Request Review” button because the text that explains it (i.e. that a review is something the Library carries out, and that the Library needs to be asked to carry out a review whenever a list is amended) is not very prominent. Hence many academics never send their lists for review. It would help if the wording of the button itself was changed from "Request Review" to “Request Library Review”.

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                                  • Preset metadata fields for 'Has Part/Part Of'

                                    Would it be possible to have a number of preset fields that were automatically generated after selecting resource type?

                                    For example, after selecting chapter or article, could Aspire automatically generate fields for author, pages, date, web address? And then adding volume and issue when selecting article.

                                    And also have a different set of preset fields for book, journal etc in 'Is Part Of' if creating a bookmark from scratch.

                                    It would be a great time saving feature for our team here if it was possible. It would also encourage accurate and complete metadata on every bookmark.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      We are considering this as part of the bookmarking improvements we hope to make and can see this would be a valuable time saver. We will feed this back to our UX and Product Development teams.

                                    • DOIs in Reviews 2.0

                                      We've recently moved to Reviews 2.0, and a colleague spotted that DOIs in article bookmarks do not have hyperlinks in the new review screen (screenshot attached to illustrate). We thought this was a bit strange since elsewhere in Aspire Reading Lists DOIs are hyperlinks (such as clicking on bookmarks) and I believe DOIs were hyperlinks in the old Reviews 1.0 screen.

                                      When completing reviews, our staff check all links to electronic resources for functionality, so the inability to follow a DOI through to the article seems to defeat the point of the review. It would be lovely if this could…

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                                        2 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        This is something that we hope to address. As a temporary work around you could use the Open URL in the review to be checking links.

                                      • add individual items through LTI (Blackboard)

                                        It would be great to have the ability to add individual items not just all list or a section to be added into Blackboard.

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                                        • Ability to select lists for rollover

                                          Add the ability to rollover selected lists rather than all lists in a teaching period. We frequently have units for example which run in semester one in one year, and then semester two in the next. Hence, we need to be able to rollover semester one units to different teaching periods.

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