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  1. Compulsory setting of importance field

    The majority of our academics are not using the 'Set importance' tag for each item on their list. Could this be made a compulsory field when adding the item? This information is required to enable the correct number of items to be purchased and for student information of the books importance.

    64 votes

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    With the change in New List Edit the importance field is now more prominent and highlighted in red when it has not been set.

    We will continue to review this functionality in line with Continued Improvements.

  2. Option to switch off Google Book previews at item or list level

    Recent feedback from academics has been that using Aspire would contradict what they tell students- ie don't read/avoid Google Book previews. Could List creators have the option to 'switch off; Google book previews at list and/or item level?

    23 votes

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  3. Changing text for request review reminder when clicking Publish

    Where we have the option to ask list editors to request a review when they click publish, it would be useful to be able to control the message as we would want editors to request reviews if they have books they would like to order.

    13 votes

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  4. 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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  5. Move a number of bookmarks to a list all in one go

    It would be good if there was a way to move a number of bookmarks to a list all in one go, rather than having to add them individually.

    50 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.

  6. Option to complete a review without notifying tutor / inputter

    In the "All Reviews" section of Aspire it would be useful to have the option to "mark as completed" without notifying the person (tutor or library staff) who'd requested the review

    12 votes

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  7. Ability to move multiple items simultaneously

    It would be nice to be able to move more than one item at once within a list. Some imported reading lists have a large number of items which currently can only be moved one by one, which is rather laborious.

    40 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.

  8. Improve Dashboard visibility and exportability

    The Dashboard contains analytics on usage, editions, metadata, views, etc, which would be very useful if it was more widely available. The current restriction to List Owners or List Publishers prevents other relevant and appropriate interested parties for accessing and assessing this data.

    In a Library managed model distributed across several campuses, we are not yet at the stage of giving teaching staff List Publisher roles and incorporating Reviews into our workflows. We also rarely have a single teaching member of staff, which makes List Owner not a useful feature either, being restricted to one person who has also created…

    15 votes

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We would like to review the dashboard can be shared with academics where permissions and roles are not given to them.

    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.

  9. Facilitate use of ReadSpeaker in Talis reading lists

    Southern Cross University has selected ReadSpeaker (http://www.readspeaker.com/) as our text to speech provider. The ReadSpeaker building block in our LMS (BlackBoard) provides text to speech functionality for all students accessing content in the LMS. This is regarded as an important tool for equity and access. We would like Talis to add ReadSpeaker text to speech technology to the LTI content. We are aware that other institutions also use ReadSpeaker and seek your support for this important function that enables equity.

    2 votes

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  10. "Refresh all book metadata" option to catch bulk changes to e.g. ebook URLs

    We have recently applied a change to all our ebook URLs on our catalogue.

    I would like Talis to add an option to refresh all my book metadata, by re-polling our catalogue for every book item in Aspire with a Local Control Number, updating any fields which have changed.

    Without this, I have to identify and manually update all ebook records to update the URLs.

    73 votes

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  11. 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…

    9 votes

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    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.

  12. Export bibliography in list order (not alphabetical)

    We would like to be able to export a reading list in a bibliographic citation format but keeping the list structure, e.g. week one, week two etc. The current export options are 'export to PDF' which only lists title/author and doesn't contain the full bibliogaphic detail, or the 'view bibliography' button which lists everything alphabetically by author.

    Our academics need to add reading list content to their printed course outlines so we need to be able to export reading lists from Aspire into the course outline, with a 'week by week' structure where appropriate. Many academics are understandably extremely reluctant…

    29 votes

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  13. Improve options to link in LTI (open in new tab)

    In the LTI for Moodle we only have access to the two options - in line display or open on seperate page. Can we please have open in new tab as well.

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  14. Activity audit (knowing who's done what)

    We expect a system to be accountable to an extent, and find it hard that there are no Aspire logs accessible. For instance, when a node has been deleted, there's no way of knowing who has deleted it (apparently our only method is to "ask around"). If lists are edited/deleted/archived, an administrator may well need to get the details of when this happened and who did it, if there are questions/audits/complaints/etc. Even if we are ourselves not able to do this, Support should be able to, so that we can get the information that we need. We cannot be fully…

    57 votes

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We think this is a valuable idea and something we will wish to investigate in the future, however its not in our near term development focu so its on our longer term backlog

  15. Ability to remove users

    Our user report is becoming unwieldy and full of staff who have left. We would like the ability to delete them. This would make user management/review a lot more efficient and accurate.

    (Yes, if they've left, their account should have been deactivated so they can't access, but this is equally something that should not be relied upon and we should be deleting them from all our systems too.)

    60 votes

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    We have begun work on the anonymising of user profiles. If you have anyone that raises this under GDPR before this work is released then please do raise a support ticket with the details.

  16. Linking to more than one bookshop

    We would like to be able to link to more than one bookshop as then we can support our local bookshop via Hive and also offer Amazon purchasing for items not available locally. Also this would enable us to use the Amazon images while still offering access to the local bookshop

    5 votes

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    under review  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    this is an interesting idea and whilst it has low votes and there are no plans currently to implement, i am keeping this under review for consideration

  17. Ability to bulk delete lists

    Where there are a lot of lists to delete the ability to bulk delete them would save an enormous amount of time.

    5 votes

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  18. 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…

    8 votes

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  19. Standards as a resource type

    Could we have Standards as a resource type?

    2 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.

    Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

  20. Ability to edit, and check links and notes from same page

    It would be useful to have the option to check links and notes at the same time as editing the metadata for a bookmark.

    30 votes

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