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  1. 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…

    8 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

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

  2. 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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    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.

  3. Review Screen: Pin Important Notes to the top of the screen OR free text field at the top

    [Screenshot attached of idea]
    In order to aid communication between reviewers and enhancing our ability to quickly following up where we left off, please can we have the option to pin an important review note to the top of the screen? (e.g. how much stock was ordered, or what eBook licence the eBook has)

    This would enhance our ability to see at a glance where we are with the item. We would still have the option of scrolling down to see the extended work log below.

    Failing that, a free text field where we can add important information at the…

    7 votes
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  4. Assign items to a team with filtering capabilities

    We currently use Reviews to assign items to teams via outcomes. Our workflow starts with an acquisition team member ordering books and checking links to online resources. While reviewing, the team assigns work via outcomes to scanning and collections teams.

    However, as many universities who use Reviews, this issue has proved very difficult and undependable because outcomes can get overwritten by another member of staff. We would like to be able to assign one item to a team member and include a filter for that. The list item first can be assigned to a default team and in our case…

    7 votes
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  5. 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.

    7 votes
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  6. 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

    7 votes
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  7. 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…

    7 votes
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  8. 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.

    7 votes
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  9. 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…

    7 votes
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  10. 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.

    7 votes
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  11. 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.

    7 votes
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  12. 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!

    7 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

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

  13. Add class/shelf number to exported reading list

    When exporting reading lists to pdf we feel it would be useful to include class/shelf number of books within the reading list. After a meeting on the implications of the Disabled Students Allowance we were asked to investigate how reading lists handouts that give library class/shelf number could help our student's. Talis Aspire reading lists were flagged as an area where this could happen and we thought this could help promote the reading lists software.

    7 votes
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  14. 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.

    7 votes
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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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

    7 votes
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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.

  17. Allow customisation of List Owner email

    When you make someone owner of a list, we need to be able to know what is sent to them and be able to customise this notice. The invite system allows customisation of part of the message (I have a separate request in here to allow full customisation and to be able to set a different default text), and the list owner alerts should also be customisable - both by setting a new default in an admin console, and on the fly when a particular list is given an owner.

    7 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We do intend to investigate the introduction of a dictionary tool which would enable configuration of local messages. This will be reviewed and prioritised following the completion of the Db re-architecture but is not a current priority

  18. Direct update of module hierarchy from SITs

    There are a number of Talis Aspire clients using hte SITs student information system. The module data on our VLE is updated directly from the SITs files. Would it be possible to develop a similar facility bewteen SITs and Talis Aspire?

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  19. 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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  20. compulsary heirarchy code/customisable text

    When creating a new list, it would be helpful if the hierarchy code select was mandatory. Academics often create lists in addition to the lists we have rolled over for them, and don't attach these lists to hierarchy codes. This creates issues with linking to the learning management system, with future rolling over of lists, and when they submit digitisation requests. They will add a course codes when submitting their digitisation request that doesn't necessarily match the format of our hierarchy codes i.e. LIBTEST 101 vs LIBTEST101. This can result in duplicate digitisations and inaccurate reporting. This might be mitigated…

    6 votes
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