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  1. suppress googlebooks preview icon if the equivalent e-book is in stock

    We have a pretty healthy collection of (paid-for) e-books - and these show in the list as they should. But if there is also a googlebook for the same title, the googlebook preview icon also shows. Not only is this confusing for the student, but it diverts them from the paid-for resource

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Since the introduction of the Online Resource button (whose appearance will also be improved – see top idea), where a resource is an ebook, the google preview is now suppressed.

  2. Order of display results

    What isn't clear to me is why the reading lists and the modules they belong to don't appear together in the list of results displayed following a search. For example, if we search for 'Early childhood', we get a page of links in which 'International Comparisons in Early Childhood Care/Education appears as a List, and then further down the page we see U70171 - International Comparisons in Early Childhood Care/Education appearing separately. I can see that if you go into either the list or the module, you get to the same thing eventually, but I would have thought they should…

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Search has been refactored and the different types of results grouped

  3. Convert / export items into popular referencing formats (Harvard etc)

    This is done by many resources - Summon for example. The formatted record can be copied or e-mailed.

    2 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    The list bibliography view which has been introduced converts a list into a citation style which can be copied.

  4. More control over the presentation of bonus content

    Currently, Aspire takes anything in the 856 field and identifies the item as an electronic resource. We use the 856 field to include bonus content, such as a link to Table of Contents or links to publisher's websites. This is very confusing for students who click on the resource, thinking it is an e-book, only to find it is a hard copy

    5 votes
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    We have made some changes to the way that the information from the 856 is pulled across when bookmarking to exclude the bonus content. This will improve the student experience when accessing resources.

  5. customisation of the reference management software used in the export button

    Currently, clicking the export button in a reading list defaults to either saving an RIS file, or opening in EndNote.

    I suggest that the functionality of the button should be customisable to reflect the preferred institutional reference management software.

    26 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    I’m closing this idea as we have now enabled Refworks direct export from a reading list as well as “My Bookmarks”. We will not be investigating Endnote support unless there is a demand for it. We will however, look at addresssing the capability to turn off the export to refworks option where not applicable

  6. 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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  7. Supress 'no copies held' on e books

    Under the Library Availability banner when we have an Electronic book, we would like to suppress "no copies held" - we think that it will confuse our students

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We have made some changes to the library availability display. Where an eBook is detected, we display an appropriate message instead of the availability information. This was in our last release

  8. Screen design for license

    At the top of every list we have a large prominent diaply for the license consisting of both the logo, including the conditions, and then another spelling out of the conditions again. This is both heavy on the eye (why repeat it twice?) and an incitement for academic staff to quibble. Could we just have the logo without spelling it out twice?

    2 votes
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  9. Allow students to rate resources within a list.

    Students can already note whether they have read an item or not but it would also be useful for academics and library staff to see how they evaluated individual items on a list.

    3 votes
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    This information is now reflected in the dashboard providing academics and library staff with feedback on how a student is interacting with the list via reading intentions and notes they are making.

  10. 12 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Following phase 3 of the database re-architecture, it is now possible to select multiple lists and remove from My Lists

  11. Search draft lists

    Would like to have the ability to search for lists that are 'Draft'. Would not like this to be available publically, but for library staff who are currently managing the set up of lists at implementation, to be able to search for lists that are in progress.

    7 votes
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  12. Enabling lists to be sorted by importance

    Allow a student to be able to see resources on a list grouped by their assigned importance i.e. all the essential reading, all the recommended etc

    5 votes
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  13. list creators (and Aspire administrators) to be able to gain stats on usage of their resources.

    list creators (and Aspire administrators) to be able to gain stats on usage of their resources.

    1 vote
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  14. Change the display of journal article details

    The current display of issue, page end, page start, volume is not helpful to our users who would prefer: volume, issue, page start, page end

    12 votes
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  15. Library availability - search alternatives link

    Increase text size/create button for links to both of the following...


    • View in library catalogue

    • Search the library catalogue for other formats/editions

    At the moment these links are too discrete.

    2 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This has been done as part of the Phase 4 improvements to the item view

  16. Separator for multiple authors

    Where a resource has multiple authors the names are currently separated by a comma. This could be confusing for a non-Librarian as a comma is also used between first name and last name. Could a semi-colon be to separate authors instead?

    4 votes
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  17. Search by list owner

    It would be helpful as sometimes the only information we have is the lecturer's name and subject area

    14 votes
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  18. 'Back to top' / 'Back to TOC' link in long lists

    The TOC functionality allows downwards/forward navigation in long lists, but there is no equivalent upwards/backwards link. Could such a link be defaulted (premised on a business rule about list item length, perhaps)?

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Improved ToC functionality now includes a docking ToC which is always visible as you scroll through a list and allows you to jump to any section

  19. My Lists - default sort by Title

    A small but helpful tweak - could the My Lists list default to an A-Z Title sort.

    18 votes
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  20. Library Availability and electronic content

    When electronic material records are pulled from the Library Catalogue, the $856 URL is extracted to become the URL of the resource in Talis. In the absence of Holdings data for these items, the Library Availability look-up is reported as unavailable. It might be preferable if the look-up script checked (against a set of rules) the presence of certain values in the Aspire record for the resource (such as a Web address or electronic resource format) and then not attempt the look-up, but instead present the end user a message such as: "This electronic material is available online. Access it…

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