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  1. Removing past dates from drop-down lists in Create New List and List Copy

    We have quite a few years’ worth of dates in the drop-down list when we create or copy a list. We would like to see all past dates removed from this list – why would you want to put a past date on a new list?
    Not having to scroll through to the bottom would save a lot of time in our workflows. Also when showing academics how to do a list themselves, it’s important that it doesn’t take too long or appear complicated.
    If this is not possible, can you at least order this drop-down list in reverse so…

    2 votes

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    It is already possible for us to hide your older time periods so that when creating a list you see only the current time periods to choose from. All time periods are available for reporting still.

    Please do raise a support ticket with a request to hide your older time periods and the Services Team will action this for you.

  2. Making library review outcome comments visable in CSV

    We would like to communicate list review outcomes not only to the owner of a list but to our Acquisitions team too, who would rather receive our purchase requests in Excel sheets. So, exporting the outcome to an Excel sheet is quite useful here. But the only problem is Last comment under Review Outcome (in which we plan to convey our requests to our Acquisitions team, such as number of copies to purchase, e-books or print, etc) does not appear when the review is exported to Excel.

    6 votes

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    We feel this could be managed by integrating your acquisitions process more deeply with Talis Aspire Reading Lists so that staff are accessing the information within the system. If you would like to explore your workflows more fully then please do raise a support ticket and we can arrange a call with you.

  3. LCN reporting

    I am resurrecting an old idea that wasn't persued do to lack of votes! It would be useful if we could generate a report which shows all items linked to an LCN number which no longer exists in the library catalogue. We publish more than 2000 lists a year and order items for most. We need a reliable way to check that the LCNs we have linked to are still 'live' as cancelled orders can cause an LCN to exist long enough to be linked to a list. Once the item is cancelled by a supplier the LCN is invalid…

    2 votes

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    We are considering similar workflows in order to look at PDA packages but this may not be implemented exactly as described in your idea.

    For other ideas on how you can approach this task please raise a support ticket and we can discuss those options with you.

  4. Automate the metadata refresh

    Automate the metadata refresh process e.g. set it to run at 6 am each morning so that, at peak times, items are being refreshed regularly without manual intervention

    5 votes

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    We have reviewed this idea but feedback we get of who users use the metadata refresh is varied. Some users don’t use the metadata refresh so to make it an automated process will affect all, therefore we are declining this but will continue to listen and see if there is more of a need for this in the future.

  5. Word format output from reading lists

    Add Word format (or even plain text) to the options for outputting from the lists.

    Members of teaching staff are using our lists to cut and past information in to documents and it would be much easier to do this from Word than from PDf or RIS formats.
    If Word is not possible, a txt file would be a good second best.
    Thanks
    Adam

    3 votes

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  6. Role Permissions: Make 'copy list' a separate permission so it can be transferred within roles

    We're experiencing a large amount of copied lists by academics and the copy list function is often not being used as intended. As a result additional work is being generated identifying correct lists then deleting copied versions and duplicate drafts.

    Presently the copy list permission cannot be separated as it part of a standard role but we would be keen to see it as a stand alone permission so it could be transferred to specific roles such as Library Acquisitions and Systems Admin.

    3 votes

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  7. Emphasising fonts

    Display of font

    It would be great if there was an option to italicise/display in bold data entered into the Student Notes section (or anywhere on the list really). The font would still be consistent for the institution but this would allow greater ability for list creators to add emphasis where required.

    7 votes

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    We have made the list note so that it is customisable but not the student note due to the differences that each uni would require and this is all built into the list item views and ensuring consistency there.

    We are going to decline this idea, although there are 7 votes this represents 2 universities so not widely supported.

  8. Sorting into groups

    Divided into categories, classified into small groups to people outside look at what they need to know and the owners know the exact purpose in learning

    1 vote

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    In order to take this idea forward we would need more details to understand the key issues and what you would like to see resolved. If this is still important please do raise again with further detail.

  9. Meaningful URLs

    It would be great if you were able to select a meaningful URL for each readings lists (in the same way you can when posting via Wordpress, etc.) Currently the meaningless string of characters make Analytics reports hard to digest. It would also be great if academics could hand out a short, simple URL. Something along the lines of uni.readinglists.ac.uk/ENXXXX

    37 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    The URLS need to maintain uniqueness. This could be lost if we attempt to make combinations of module code/title/time period etc. We could potentially end up with even longer URLS.

    This idea has been declined and moved to the archive.

  10. Short Loan - tick box

    At the moment, if academics want an item to be put on short loan they write this request in the library note field. Is it possible to have a tick box for academics to select items for short loan?

    4 votes

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    Short Loan is a local customisation and we see universities approaching this loan type in different ways. Therefore the interpretation of this and applicability will be varied across universities. The library note field is designed to allow this local practice. This along with the low votes means we are going to decline this idea.

  11. Copy function for bookmarks

    It would be really useful if a 'copy' function could be included in the possible actions given in 'My Bookmark'.
    Currently, if a list creator is using, for example, several chapters from the same work, or multiple volumes, they must create a fresh bookmark and edit it accordingly. Being able to copy existing bookmarks that have been edited to good metadata standards would be a massive timesaver.
    I am aware that there is a semi-workaround for this involving duplicating a 'template' bookmark within the reading list, but this is not as simple and straightforward to explain or do as just…

    18 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We will not be focusing on this due to low votes. This idea has been declined and moved to the archive.

  12. Multiple catalogues on Talis

    In addition to being able to access our library services, students at our university have access to another major collection which has its own separate catalogue.
    We're always trying to promote this facility and it would make a huge difference if we could link multiple catalogues into Talis so users could see what resources were available to them via this service

    22 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We will not be focusing on this due to low votes. Whilst this idea appears to be highly voted, it was only voted on by 7 institutions with some disproportionate voting. the votes were averaged across voting institutions.

    This idea has been declined and moved to the archive.

  13. remove Amazon button

    I've just agreed to trial Talis Aspire, but will not be using it until the Amazon button is removed. Universities are public sector institutions, and we should not support tax-avoiding corporations like Amazon by incorporating them into our modules like this.

    2 votes

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  14. Broken link checker

    The facility to run a report which identified any broken links to external content in bookmarks would help ensure lists were kept up-to-date without the need for a lot of manual checking. Similar tools are a very useful feature of products such as LibGuides.

    31 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We cannot accurately check for broken links as we are not guaranteed to get behind login challenges which will exist for a lot of links.

    We will not be focusing on this idea and it has been declined and moved to the archive.

  15. How items display in lists

    We'd like items in lists to display author first rather than by title which is how they currently display. Academics often refer to reading in the following terms "Read Smith chapters 2 & 3" it is then confusing for students who cannot browse a list to identify the book by Smith.
    I appreciate this could vary across institutions, perhaps the ability to alter display settings locally would be useful?

    32 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This idea is not in our development focus. The search filter on a list enables users to find items on the list by title and author. This idea has been declined and moved to the archive.

  16. Ability to edit the 404 message to display local contact details

    We are linking to our Talis Aspire reading lists from our online module catalogue. Because this is an automatic process and may be updated before we have added a module to the hierarchy, there is the potential for the online module catalogue to provide links to modules that are not included in the hierarchy and thus for users to come across a 404 Page Not Found message. It would be useful at this point to be able to direct users to contact an appropriate member of staff who can look into the situation and add a module as necessary to…

    16 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We will not be focusing on this due to low votes. This idea has been declined and moved to the archive.

  17. Expand list of academic disciplines and/or make the list customizable

    Expand list of academic disciplines availbile in profiles and/or make the list customizable

    1 vote

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We will not be focusing on this due to low votes. This idea has been declined and moved to the archive.

  18. Anchoring the Edit function

    Is there a way to 'anchor' as it were the links at the top of electronic reading lists, in a similar way to how you can freeze panes within a spreadsheet so that you can still view column headings as you scroll down a long spreadsheet?

    I'm talking specifically about 'freezing' the 'Edit' button (and presumably the other buttons next to them like 'Recent Changes', 'View Bibliography' etc) so that we can easily toggle between the student view and the editing view, or publish a list after checking a link without scrolling up and down lists that are often very…

    6 votes

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    The New list Edit allows the editing of a list, if you have edit rights you are automatically in the edit view of the list rather than going to a separate interface as you do currently. We are now getting feedback on working this way so we will see feedback on the new enhancements and if this remains an issue.

    If the other areas remain an issue once you have access to the new list edit then please let us know.

  19. Library creation of academic user profiles

    We think more academics would use the Dashboard feature and in doing so apprecaite the impact of the size and structutre of their list, if library staff could automatic create (and delete) user profiles for academics.

    12 votes

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  20. Change the 'Export' button to one that says 'Print'

    At present if a student opens a list and then prints it without being signed in they get all the hyperlinks included in the list. However, if they have signed in and do this the hyperlinks are not there.

    A much better route for them to take is using the 'Export' button as you don't need to be signed in to get a PDf that is clearer.But I don;t think this is immediately obvious.

    I have attached a not very clear photo of what I mean, apologies as they were taken on my phone

    13 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This won’t cater for the other options available in that drop-dwon so we won’t be addressing this idea. However, we did make an improvement to the hyperlinks in the export some time ago

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