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 to create a list in Aspire and a second version of the list elsewhere to be used in printed material.
Aspire needs to be able to fulfill all our requirements around producing and maintaining course reading list, which includes the ability to export data into other formats and places.
We have had academics requesting this recently at our institution (University of Warwick). It is particularly aggravating that there's only one option to output the list in the order that it has been created, and that the metadata is so sparse in this version
Jo Myhill commented
This is a vital requirement to complete quality requirements for our institution (University of Bedfordshire), it is not enough to just add a link to the list as external panel members wish to see all documentation together and not have to switch between tabs online.
Currently this is a time consuming task to translate exported lists into meaningful documents for this high profile task.
The date of publication, author and edition (as well as title) are all vital metadata for course approval panels to assess the quality of the learning for the course.
I would support this development
Kim Coles commented
This would be an extremely useful feature - we have a number of academics who would like students to be able to access the list as a PDF on occasion, and would like this list to appear in the correct referencing style. There is some frustration that it's not possible to do both at the moment, and this would greatly help with our advocacy.
Garry Johnston commented
We have noticed that there are two options to export a list as PDF. As bibliography and as list view. The List view exports each resource retaining the format from the list (great) but it doesn’t enable the export to retain the preferred citation style. Ideally we would like to see an exported PDF which retains both the list format and has the correct citation style.
Bibliography export does allow export of each in citation, but the list format is not retained and only an alpha list is provided.
Natalia Gordon commented
We would also like to support this feature as it would be helpful for our academics and their internal procedures.
R Bramley commented
I'm going to raise this as feedback on List View Beta - the display is better, as it keeps the sections and changes citations to the chosen bibliographic style on screen, but it doesn't export in this style.
In order to 'sell' Aspire to tutors, the successful export of a reading list in sections AND in the correct style would be a winner. They could create a reading list in Aspire and then export it and stick it in their handbooks, which would save them a job, and is something that we're trying very hard to convince them to do.
Ed Chamberlain commented
We would welcome this functionality at UEA as it helps our academics export information to administrative and compliance documentation regarding course content.
That's a great idea, anything that makes academic staff more likely to use Talis. At the moment, librarians and students like it, academics don't, becausei t causes them extra work.
sandra celada commented
Exporting bibliographies in list order would be extremely benficial in encouraging academics to use Aspire in the first instance when creating their reading lists.
At present many of our academics still create reading lists either in their course materials or VLE first and only afterwards is it duplicated to Apsire, usually by librarians. Enabling academics to export a reading list from Aspire directly into other formats would save time all around.