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  1. Put a Google Analytics tag on the online resource button

    We've been asked to demonstrate whether there is any link between eResource usage and the Reading List System.
    While we can, with some work, demonstrate correlation, the general upward trend in eResource usage means we are ubable to definitively claim causation.
    If the 'online resource' button had a google analytics tag, allowing us to view not only how many times students look at lists but also how many times students are clicking on online resources from the list, we would be better placed to demonstrate value for money to university leadership.

    45 votes

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  2. Library Review report - review outcomes


    • Review decisions - for a given date range, an all-List Item report on Review Outcomes (e.g. 'How many "On order" items were created from Review in August 2010')

    36 votes

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  3. 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.

    34 votes

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  4. 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.

    21 votes

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  5. Identify whether latest edition in use, in bulk

    Run a report that covers an entire teaching period (or more), that can be exported from TALIS Reading Lists identifying:


    • resources that have a later edition

      • whether that later edition is owned by the library or not



    • resources that are not linked to a library copy

    Currently, in the latest NEW LIST VIEW, the only option is to send each Reading List for Review and go through each individual resource to gather this information.

    The option to run a report with this data would save days/weeks of copy/pasting and enable us to:


    • offer our lecturers this data for consideration

    • identify…
    15 votes

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  6. Exclude Note field from being included in item count

    We would like the item count at the top of each list to include only actual resources, not the note fields that contain supplementary information.

    12 votes

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  7. All list report to include web address for chapters

    When you download an All List Items Report the web address for a Chapter only appears if the URL is in the chapter section not the book section of the bookmark.

    Would it be possible for the Web Address field to pull through any URLs from the bookmark as a whole instead of just looking at the Item type tab first?

    We quite often have eBooks on reading lists where the academic has specified a chapter to read. When they do this, the eBook is bookmarked and then the chapter added as 'has part...'. This keeps the URL in the…

    10 votes

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  8. 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…

    8 votes

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  9. Exporting a List in Word or Rich Text Format

    Add Word or Rich Text format to the options to Export.

    Some of our lecturers like to hand our paper copies of the reading list to students and the current export is very bulky and quite difficult to format as a PDF and because of the extra images tends to actually be quite long.

    Ideally they would like a stripped down version that would just have the core details (i.e. the text without hyperlinks and images) presented as formatted text (ideally in a selected citation style).

    7 votes

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  10. 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.

    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.

  11. New filter in All lists or All items by hierarchy level

    As a new user to TARL I have been starting to use the reports module and I was surprised that amongst the other filters there is not an option in All Lists and All List items to filter by where the list is in the hierarchy (e.g. module / course or programme).
    We use the lists attached to modules and those attached to courses very differently. The former are aimed at current students and the latter at prospective students, so I wish to consider the data generated by these two types of lists separately.
    I have come up with a…

    6 votes

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  12. Library Review report - submission to completion

    Submission to Completion reporting - for a given date range, report on how long library reviews took from the time of academic request of a review of a List to library completion. (Currently the All Reviews screen itself does not timestamp the Completed action; but libraries are likely to want to report on their processing times for submitting lists [perhaps against SLAs, KPIs and the like].)

    6 votes

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    The reviews refresh will be ensuring we capture this data but in the first instance will not be providing this report. We will return to this once the new reviews is up and running 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.

  13. Filter Management Information Dashboards by academic year/time period

    We would like to propose that a filter is added to the MIS dashboards to allow running reports for a single academic year or time period. Currently filtering by academic year is only available on the "Edit Activity" dashboard.

    We had high hopes for the new MIS dashboards, which offer graphical, easy to use reports. However, as things stand, we are unable to use them because many of the dashboards report on all unarchived lists within the system, rather than allowing filtering to the current academic year lists. As it is our current policy to retain the last 4 years…

    5 votes

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  14. All user profiles report to display only current roles

    The Aspire Role field of the All User Profiles report displays any role that a user has ever been assigned, not just their current roles.

    We would like to see the report amended so that only currently assigned roles are present in the report. This would assist us greatly in our regular audits of user accounts.

    5 votes

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  15. Add an ISSN search field to the 'All List Items' Report

    Having an ISSN search field in the 'All List Items' report would enable us to quickly and accurately establish whether or not a particular journal is included on any of our active Reading Lists. This evidence is crucial when compiling a business case for either renewing or deselecting a resource.

    3 votes

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  16. add column to all lists report for 'last updated by'

    It's really frustrating not being able to tell who last updated a list for erasons of trouble-shooting. For example we have some lists for the last time period that have been updated since rollover and I'd like to trace who has done that to check that they realise they are editing the old list not the new one. It could be one of the lecturers but it could also be a member of library staff. We can't see on the list itself (that would be ideal), but could we have it added to the all list report - it already…

    2 votes

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  17. Distinguish between print and online books in the All List Items report

    I would like to be able to run a report in All List Items of online books only. We have subscribed access to ebook collections where the content is changed by the vendor regularly, sometimes hundreds of titles are removed at once. I need to know if any of those titles are on reading lists as ebooks. Currently I can only refine the All Lists Item reports to books, but the print books are not relevant. The functionality to select 'online resource' as an option would solve the problem and save hours of checking.

    1 vote

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  18. Add page views data to the 'All Lists' report and add item clicks data to the 'All List Items' report

    We were told that list usage data available under View>Analytics is more reliable than that available from Google Analytics. However, to compare usage across all lists you have to open the Analytics interface individually on every list and copy the data into a spreadsheet. This takes hours and leaves you vulnerable to transcription errors.

    By including page views data in the 'All Lists' report and item clicks data in the 'All List Items' report the same (but always accurate) information could be sourced almost instantaneously.

    1 vote

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  19. Remove Edition statements from compulsory metadata on Analytics

    In the vast majority of referencing styles, "Edition" is only required where an item is a second or later edition.

    However, the Metadata quality rating on reading list Analytics requires an edition statement for all books, whether they are single-edition or not. This is resulting in all single-edition or first edition books having red metadata flags even when their metadata is perfectly good and their Harvard (for example) reference entirely correct. If an academic or librarian inserted "1st edition" metadata into a bookmark, the reference generated would then be incorrect in most styles.

    Unfortunately, since this would apply to so…

    1 vote

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  20. Adding the identifier (MMS ID / LCN) to the 'All List Items' report

    Rather than having to search for titles/ISBNs, it would be beneficial to us if an MMS ID /LCN search field was added to the all list items report. An example workflow where this would benefit us is if a record has been deleted from our catalogue, and needs to be updated with the replacement record e.g. now using a community zone record.

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