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  1. 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.

  2. 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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    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.

  3. 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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    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.

  4. 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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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

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  7. 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…

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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 nodecoderegex and timeperiodregex. 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…

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  11. Sorted list of time periods when running reports

    We have a substantial number of academic time periods each year, so we now have a list of 76 time periods for the years 2014 - 2018 and will shortly add another 17 for 2019.

    When using All Lists or All List Items reports, it's possible to limit the report by time period, but the time periods are not displayed in any discernible order and it's very difficult to use this field as a filter in any practical way.

    We would like to be able to order the time periods in the drop down list:
    (a) in the same or…

    7 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Creating a bookmark and adding item (direct) to a list

    When creating a bookmark and adding item (direct) to a list, enabling either ‘search’ function for the list or list them alphabetically or by most recently used. If you have many lists it can be hard and time-consuming to locate your list.

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    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.

  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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

  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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