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  1. Include call number and location of item on one interface for students

    At the moment, the only way to see a call number of a book (if we have it of course) is to click on the item, taking us away from the long list or resources. This addition may encourage more lecturers to use Talis as all the relevant item location information will be available on one interface, making it then suitable for printing. Just a quick idea I had after a reading list meeting.

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  2. music score

    Add music score to resource type

    11 votes

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  3. Customise options available for bib export

    Maybe not an entirely new idea, but we'd like to be able to customise the drop-down list of export options for lists. Our users do not have access to RefWorks, so that's one option that we would remove.

    2 votes

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  4. Student Number column in the All Lists reports

    It would be incredibly useful for an additional column to be provided in the All Lists reports for 'Student Number' in the way that we currently have 'Item Count'.

    This would mean we could view how many students were being catered for by the Talis Lists in varying time periods / schools / etc.

    Currently the only way to gain a snapshot of student numbers for a defined set of lists is to go in to each list manually and pull the information out one at a time.

    8 votes

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  5. Date item added to the reading list to be visible in Reviews 2.0

    While this is not crucial to our workflows, we have regularly found the date within the “added column” useful information. We realise that the list within 2.0 automatically sorts with the most recent items at the top, but the date added has in the past provided useful contextual information.

    5 votes

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  6. Don't make users create a profile when signing in to view a digitisation

    At the moment, if you "sign in" from a reading list item page to view a digitisation, you have to create a profile first.

    Most users who sign in to view a digitisation are students, who have little to gain from creating a profile on Talis Aspire.

    In our experience, any step which delays access to full text will deter users.

    I would like the profile creation to be skipped or deferred for users who are "only" signing in to view a digitisation.

    22 votes

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  7. Reviews 2 - Make "All instances of this item" the default view in the item pane

    “All instances of this item” should be made the default view, when looking at the review history notes within each item in Reviews 2.

    This cross-list functionality where the Acquisitions team can see each other’s review notes is one of the improved aspects of Reviews 2.

    Being able to view notes on "All Instances of this item" saves time, particularly with multiple lists submitted for review by the same owner, where there is considerable crossover of the same texts appearing on different lists, and the Acquisitions decision has already been made.

    Having it as the default view, instead of just…

    16 votes

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  8. Only cross-reference Books in "View Breakdown" Reviews 2 - or display the Material Type

    The “View Breakdown” figures should only cross-reference Books that appear on other lists.
    It should not cross-reference resources that have been created as Chapters.

    From an acquisitions perspective, books are treated very differently to chapters.

    If only a chapter is needed, it can be scanned and the digitised reading provided to the students at a low cost.

    If the entire book is needed, we will purchase the required number of copies.

    The View Breakdown tool cross-references books that appear on other lists AND chapters (with the same ‘parent’ ISBN) – without making any visible distinction between the two. This means…

    13 votes

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    We have added Resource type(s) to the ‘Student no.:’ – ‘View Breakdown’ screen within Reviews as a consultancy request from London School of Economics. It was felt others may find this a useful addition so has been enabled for all tenancies.

  9. Search by item

    It would be really useful for librarians doing stock work to be able to search Aspire by item to see if an item they are reviewing is on a reading list.

    Such a search feature may also be useful to academics wanting to check they have a particular item on any of their lists without having to search each list.

    7 votes

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    We have introduced three new filters on the All List items report which should make it easier to search for and report on specific works, Title, ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.

    If this is still something you feel would benefit academics than please do raise a new idea.

  10. Add customisation to "Library Availability" section

    The Library Availability section of the item details page has fixed headers. (Collection, Shelf Mark, Availability.) We would find it very useful to be able to customise these headers to match our in-house terminology to give a consistent user experience. Specifically, we'd like to be able to use the term "Classmark" rather than "Shelf Mark".

    More generally, this may be useful to match terminology to different LMSs, so that institutional terminology can kept consistent across systems.

    1 vote

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  11. Include the author in All List Items reports

    We would find it really useful to include the author in the All List Items report. Not all items on the current report include an ISBN which means it can be difficult to work out which item is required for books with common titles and without having to constantly check back to the original record on Aspire.

    2 votes

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  12. Null read status

    We have had student feedback that if they accidentally set a Read Status, the available options (Will read/Reading now/Have read/Won't read) are not always applicable. We would like the option to be able to revert back to a 'null' read status.

    3 votes

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  13. Populating user registration fileds.

    When a user loggs in for the First Time, we know who they are.
    We can send their name and email address to prepopulate the Registration Fieds in the form.
    Please can this functionality be developped for Shibboleth Users.

    17 votes

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  14. digitisations

    Can we change the wording in reading lists for digitised readings to 'PDF' rather than 'digitisation" and 'click here to get pdf' rather than
    'To view the digitised content for this item please log in'.
    I dont think some people understand the word digitisation and that they have to click on that to see the reading. Today I had an academic who also wanted this information higher up in the page because she didnt even see it

    6 votes

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    The new list view has allowed us to review the wording and how a digitisation is linked to, to make this more inline with the other item information in the list. This should resolve the issue of students not being able to spot the link to the digitisation.

  15. All Lists report to flag TADC digitisations

    The All Lists report should include a column showing the TADC digitisation availability in some way - bundle URL or TADC record number would be useful. I noticed this absence when using the All Lists report to check on chapters which might require digitisation/purchase as ebooks across our tenancy.

    8 votes

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    We have released a change to the All List items report export, you can now view the following data:

    Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC) Request ID
    TADC Request Status
    TADC Bundle ID

    This resolves the issue raised here on knowing if an item has a digitisation linked to it and how to locate it.

    If there are further changes you would like to see please raise a new idea.

  16. ability to filter by library notes

    We have a number of long lists and academics tend to add notes to lists such as 'please buy new edition' which on a 300+ item list is hard to find - could the reviews screen be updated to allow you to filter by library notes or at least sort the table by the library notes column?

    28 votes

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We are investigating the possibility of this capability in the reviews refresh theme

  17. Automatic request review

    Currently, a list can be published without a review being requested. Our preferred option would be for an 'automatic' review to be sent whenever a list was published for the first time, or indeed updated. Ideally, we want Aspire to force a review to library staff whenever a list is created/edited and published so that the library is aware of new list content.

    23 votes

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is now done, please contact support if you would like this option enabled

  18. Prepare for RDA

    We notice that RDA records (Resource Description and Access), which are now beginning to appear, are not being bookmarked fully with publication details into Aspire. This is because RDA uses MARC field 264 instead of 260, and Aspire doesn't yet 'recognise' 264. Please could Aspire be made 'RDA-ready' for when we, and no doubt many other customers, move to RDA.

    We haven't yet implemented RDA but plan to do so soon, and we are already accepting records for downloading that are in RDA MARC format.

    17 votes

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  19. In Chapter and Article records, set the "Search the library for other formats/editions" option to use the metadata for the book etc.

    The bookmark for a book chapter or journal article currently searches the library for other formats/editions based on the first name of the author of the article or chapter, which is unlikely to fulfil the point of the search. It would be better if the bookmarks for chapters and articles used the metadata for the book or journal they are part of to search the library catalogue as this is more likely to bring up relevant results.

    23 votes

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    We have completed this so that when searching using the “View other formats/editions” the search now uses the metadata for the book/journal rather than searching by chapter/article.

  20. Ability to set default link for Online Resource button

    At present when bookmarking electronic material the default order for links used for the Online Resource button is:


    1. Open URL

    2. DOI

    3. Web Address

    It would be useful if this could be configured for individual tenancies, as some customers may wish to have a different default order.

    13 votes

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