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  1. Pairing Identical Physical & Digital Items

    Many lists show a physical copy of a book or journal with a digital version of the same document directly above or below.
    It would be greatly beneficial to users to immediately notice that the two entries are the same item, one physical and one digital.
    A simple pairing/linking feature of adjacent entries would do this.
    This could also solve the issue of copy/pasting the Student Note from one to the other, by immediately copying the Student Note to the paired entry.

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      3 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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      When reviewing a published list with unpublished changes it would be helpful if there could be some indication of which items are unpublished additions.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      The notification could say something similar to a list with unpublished changes e.g. 'this item is an unpublished change on a draft version of the list"

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      • 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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        • Adding our own University structure into the Profile Page

          I understand this idea has been rejected before but we would like to propose this again.

          Increasingly our Reading List service is being asked to be able to identify which specific departments academics are based in, so that this information can be used for marketing purposes. Currently it is not possible for us to easily provide this information.

          It would be very helpful to us to be able to tailor the Profile page to show the specific hierarchy of our University.

          Aspire would then need to be able to provide this information in the reports, which would enable us to…

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          • Undo button

            It would be useful to have an "undo" button, like in other programs, when editing reading lists. This has been suggested by academics as well as other library staff, as of course would be useful if you made a error and needed to "undo" it.

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            • An 'edit notes and importance' button to be added within the screen for an individual item

              Would it be possible for an 'edit notes and importance' button to be added within the screen for an individual item?
              We are finding that when we are reviewing and re-editing lists that often the individual item needs a note adding to it and we are unable to do this from within the item screen itself and have to open a different page or a new tab in order to enter the note required. I have attached a screenshot of the item screen - what we would like(if possible) is an 'edit notes and importance' button added next to the…

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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. 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.

              • Streamline route through to online books, journals etc.

                Clicking on a title of an item takes users to a page about that resource rather than the resource itself. For online items this is a pain and I've seen staff and students be completely put off by this (especially when most of the list contains online items). They don't notice the 'online resource' button to the right of the screen. They think it's an icon not the shortcut link they're looking for. I would much prefer the 'view in library catalogue'/ability to add notes etc. page to be the secondary link. This type of info should open in a…

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

                  We have some ideas about a new approach to display of list item details which may address this.

                  However, 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.

                • 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.

                    • Improve editing items as 'essential'

                      Many of our academics create a section (or multiple sections, week by week) for Essential and Recommended readings. Having put all 'essential' items into the 'essential' section, they do not then mark each individual item as essential. This strikes them as extra work and unnecessary.

                      We would like the system to allow for all items in an 'essential' section to be marked as essential, or some other way to batch update multiple items as essential. The current process takes 3 clicks for each item, so for a list of 100 items or more is a lot of additional effort.

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                      • We need to be able to see a complete list of items removed from lists within a given period, with full details

                        We can currently see changes made in the last few days, or search by list and then see changes, but the details are very sketchy. We need full detials of items that have been removed

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                        • Number of items count to (new) list view

                          The old list view had a count of the number of items appearing on the reading list in the top left hand corner of the list. This was a useful feature and we note it is not available in the new list view. Could it be returned?

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

                            We have had further feedback from other users on this and as a result we will be investigating how best to display this going forward. As this develops we will keep you informed.

                          • 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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                            • 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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                                  • 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.

                                    • 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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                                        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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                                          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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                                            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.

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