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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. 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

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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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Refine OPAC API to allow all lists for the current academic year to show in Prism

    Current API only allows current 'time period' to show, but this can't be configured and only shows the current semester, so during semester one, semester two lists do not show on the OPAC. The only other option is to show ALL lists ever, but this is not helpful either because then it is difficult to differentiate between lists taking place in the current academic year and older lists. It would be much more useful (particularly for stock work) if the API could show all lists for the current academic year.

    1 vote

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  9. Clear sort when sorting bookmarks

    Currently, when you choose to sort the My Bookmarks list by one category, then choose to sort the My Bookmarks list by a different category, the initial sort is retained. This leads to very confusing results in the list.

    It would be great if the initial sort could be cleared when a further sort is selected.

    2 votes

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  10. Search field visible on every page

    We have received feedback from a user asking if there could be a search field visible on every page (i.e. in the navigation bar with "Home", "My Lists" etc.) as having to go back to the homepage to start a search every time seems like an unnecessary step.

    3 votes

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  11. Customisable Reading Intentions

    We would like to be able to rename the reading intentions students can select for each bookmark. We currently use "Will read", "Reading now", "Have read" and "Won't read". However an academic recently said that some of these (particularly "Won't read") could be reworded in a more positive way, such as "Student recommended".
    Some text in Aspire Reading Lists is already customisable; I know the text for review outcomes can already be changed by Talis, so this would be a similar development.

    1 vote

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  12. Recent changes button

    We'd like the recent changes button to convey information such as when a note has been added/removed from a reading; when metadata has been updated etc.

    This would help co-course organisers who join edit lists, and alert students to changes made by their course organisers.

    2 votes

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  13. Mouse rollover on the importance settings

    We would like the option to add a mouse rollover/popup describing each of our importance settings to academics creating lists, to help implement our purchasing policy.

    5 votes

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    The importance fields are customisable for each university and have a different meaning for each. With this in mind to configure this would involve a different setup for each uni. Uni’s also use the importances in different ways, some use for ordering purposes while others use to guide student reading. With this level of complexity we are going to decline this idea but will continue to listen and see if others raise ideas in this area.

  14. Multi selection boxes on Review Jobs

    Under admin on TARL at the moment we have to go into each job on the action buttons and select 'Remove from View', or whatever the action is.

    It would be far easier to have a multi tick option at the side of each job created and a drop-down of tasks at the top with 'Remove from View'.

    I have only listed this action because I appreciate that the other tasks need to be ran as an individual line request.

    1 vote

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    The Review Jobs area always show the latest job at the top and is meant for the back end staff to be using. Due to the low number of votes, the length of time this has been open and not hearing concerns about this area from others we are going to decline this idea.

  15. Allow individual users/tenancies to customise columns in all reviews in Reviews 2.0

    It would be useful for individual users/tenancies to be allowed to customise the columns that display on the all reviews list in Reviews 2.0, for example to remove the stage column from the view and instead have the time period displayed.

    2 votes

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  16. Replace Copy with 'Request edit access'

    Replace (or hide) the Copy button that shows to a logged in user with a 'request edit access' button that would send a request to the list owner to grant edit access to the list.

    We find that staff keep copying lists they want to edit, frequently creating multiple copies, because they have no way to request edit permissions for a specific list. This creates a lot of confusion and frustration for them and for library staff. If there was a quick and easy way to request edit access to a list it would be a great improvement.

    1 vote

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  17. Review 2.0 Review outcome colour coding

    In Reviews 2.0 all the review outcomes show on list overview as a white tick on a grey background. Some require further action e.g. the item needs digitising or extra copies are required but many require no further action. It would be useful to have different colours or icons assigned to items to be actioned. I realise that each client chooses their own outcomes so this might be difficult to map but would be beneficial if possible.

    3 votes

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  18. Add Journal Publication name

    Publication name is not detailed in the 'Add' section of the bookmarks metadata. It would be useful to add a journal publication name to our bookmarks, but it doesn't appear in the drop down list.

    1 vote

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  19. 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.

  20. 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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