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  1. Put an Edit button at the bottom as well as the top of a list.

    Put an Edit button at the bottom as well as the top of a list to make saving to draft and editing easier when a list is getting quite long.

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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.

  2. Amazon as a supplier option?

    Add Amazon as an option for price checks and supplier links in Reviews 2.0

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  3. Sections counting as items

    In the list we create, there a two default sections at the top and bottom of the lists which provide links and assistance to list users.

    These sections, which contain no actual references, are still counted as “items”. Some academics find this confusing. For example they have a reading list of say 6 books but when you view the list ASPIRE states there are 8 items.
    Is there any way to exclude sections or prevent them being counted as items ?

    Valerie Wells, University of Stirling

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    Due to the low number of votes we will not be taking this idea forward. We have intentionally removed the item count from the new list view, as Talis felt this added little value to the student. If this refers to the All Lists report then we have no plans to change the way in which we count notes as items within that report.

  4. 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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  5. Prevent users from bypassing profile creation on initial sign in

    Because of a known glitch on your system, if users skip this step they are invited to be list publishers on a large volume of lists. At a large institution we cannot reliably expect to communicate this to all new Freshers or other first time users so if you cannot resolve the glitch we suggest you prevent users from bypassing profile creation.

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Hi Maria,

    I’m declining this idea as its an issue that is already being dealt with via a support ticket and not an improvement request. A fix is being worked on.

    Regards,
    Keji

  6. Enable sharing of bookmarks between list creators

    Some of our academics share responsibilities for their reading lists. If they were able to share bookmarks between each other, it would allow them to collaboratively edit and maintain their lists more effectively. For example, users can currently link lists to their account by selecting ‘add to my lists’ – could you introduce a similar function for bookmarks and give users an ‘add to my bookmarks’ option?

    3 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.

    There is an “Add to My Bookmarks” function for individual list items

  7. introducing "editor(s)" fields

    Listing editors as "author(s)" is incorrect and highly confusing for students.

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    When an item is bookmarked, we will pick up the authors and editors as they are defined in the source, if we are then able to identify the item in your library catalogue, then we pull the MARC record for that item into the correct fields.

    If we cannot find the item in the catalogue, then we may be limited by the metadata provided in the bookmark source. Unfortunately, there may be old bookmarks which have been created prior to us introducing the functionality to ensure editors are bookmarked correctly, but anything new being bookmarked should behave this way.

    Finally, when creating a bookmark manually, editor is an available field.

    I’m declining this idea as I beliieve the application alreaady includes this functionality. Can I suggest that you raise a support ticket with examples of where you believe this behaviour is not happening so we can look into it and…

  8. When editing long lists of items would it be possible to 'freeze' the top line of buttons so that if an item at the end of list needs editin

    When editing long lists of items would it be possible to 'freeze' the top line of buttons so that if an item at the end of list needs editing the edit button is visible and you don't have to scroll up to top to find it. Works on the idea of freeze panes in Excel Worksheets.

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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.

  9. 'Check your lists' reminder to list owners

    Is is a way to force list owners (who have become Aspire publishers and claimed their reading lists) to periodically look at their lists and confirm their currency.

    This might be something like an automated email which says 'please click here to check your reading list is up to date' and then an option to click 'yes this reading list is up to date' or 'the reading list needs updating' - whichever response is clicked is then stored on the system.

    3 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.

  10. Allow custom styling (CSS)

    A text field for institutions that are confident with design and would like to tweak colors, fonts etc to keep the aspire system in line with either VLE interface or branding.

    Allows incremental tweaks and experimentation and avoids bugging Talis support

    Intended for simple changes, checkbox to turn on/off.

    3 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.

  11. Scheduled publishing of List Sections/Hidden Sections to be published later

    We have had a number of academics enquiring if it is possible to create their list and then publish it in sections as the semester progresses. This is how many are providing information to their classes on the VLE.

    It was suggested that they could create multiple lists, i.e week 1, week 2, but the feeling is that this would be confusing for the students to have so many lists and the preference is to be able to create one list with hidden sections that would then be revealed(published) as the semester progressed.

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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.

    As I mentioned previously, there is an idea in our ideas archive which is for this particular issue (http://ideas.talisaspire.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists-ideas-archive/suggestions/778159-hide-section.) but its not in currently not in our development focus.

    We have however been doing some list and section embedding integration investigations into LTI which we are about to start piloting.

    The work we have done in this area may actually negate the need for this timed release in the way in which you envisage it. The VLE can be used as the mechanism for publishing the readings for each section.

    Regards,
    Keji

  12. Privacy Control

    It would be useful to make lists that are only available for 'logged in users' hidden during a search unless you are signed in. Users can search for such lists, create an account and have full access.

    This would also be a useful way of hiding lists - something that is currently not possible (unless you create a copy and delete the original).

    3 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.

  13. move section

    It would be really useful to be able to move a whole section from one point on a list to another.

    At the moment, you need to create a new, identical section and then move all the items to it one by one, then delete the old section.

    Our academics frequently want to move weekly reading around, so this would be a very useful enhancement.

    3 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This functionality already exists. When in list edit mode, open the table of contents.You can then drag and drop the sections.

  14. Provide embed code for list

    Provide javascript embed code to allow an Aspire list or item to be surfaced in context (eg in VLE within a topic).

    This would be a good way to provide a simple integration method cross platform where the use case is not worth plugin development, or where plugin does not yet meet requirements.

    For example:
    1) grab embed code for reading list from Aspire
    2) paste embed code into VLE post
    3) reading list items displayed in post

    VLE team could then style content, collapse/reveal etc if required.

    A very simple (10 minute) wrapper plugin or input filter on the…

    3 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We have been working with LTI integrations for VLES, this allows whole lists and sections of lists to be embedded within the VLE and is in pilot with a number of institutions

  15. Manually set online resource - also use resource title as link to resource

    Regarding the new feature to manually set an online resource in the bookmark, it would be completely useful if somehow by selecting the check box in the bookmark, Aspire was able to not only add the blue online resource box but also attached itself to the title so that both linked directly to the article/digitised chapter.

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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.

  16. Allow customisation of options for "I would describe myself as"

    Now Talis has made the "I would describe myself as" field mandatory, it is even more important that these roles are meaningful and do not confuse/annoy users who don't understand the categories or which they fit into. We need to be able to set the options as appropriate for our institution.

    These could be potentially useful as statistical categories for us, but they're currently not due to the inflexible way they've been implemented.

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

  17. Allow admins to see all list information (without using RDF view)

    We've had several support cases recently where we need more information about a list's history or data and we've been advised to view the list in RDF format instead of html, to access more information.

    RDF is not very human-friendly (so it would just be me, not library assistants, using this view) and in many browsers can't simply be viewed, we have to download a file and then open a program that will open it.

    It would be much more helpful if certain roles (for us, just sysadmin) could see all list information (where it was copied from, etc) in…

    3 votes

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  18. Inclusion of notes in reviews

    We would like to be able to see notes (i.e. when the notes are items on a reading list) in the reviews process. Perhaps this could be implemented flexibly so sites can decide whether or not to have notes displayed in reviews, but for us it would certainly be useful.

    The principal reasoning is that academics who are unable to bookmark something just paste references in a note rather than adding a real bookmark, or when they have acquired a pdf outside our digital readings service they just put a note on the list saying there's a pdf on the…

    3 votes

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  19. "URL contains" filter in item report

    The item report would be more useful if it could contain a URL filter, e.g. for us to identify digital readings that are held on our SharePoint site so can be identified by the domain. (In general, filters on all fields should be available in the report, but this one is the most obvious omission that we need resolved.)

    3 votes

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  20. Blue Online Resource button for - Electronic Articles

    When bookmarking, the Online Resource button doesn't appear for all online resource types - e.g. linking to an ejournal article and selecting Article as resource type doesn't enable access via the blue button.

    Rather than select Website or Webpage when bookmarking an ejournal article we would like students to be able to see that the link leads to an article (not a digitised text) Please could you add Electronic Article to the drop-down selection, and enable it to show the blue button. Thank you.

    Min Allen, University of Roehampton

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