Compulsory setting of importance field
The majority of our academics are not using the 'Set importance' tag for each item on their list. Could this be made a compulsory field when adding the item? This information is required to enable the correct number of items to be purchased and for student information of the books importance.
With the change in New List Edit the importance field is now more prominent and highlighted in red when it has not been set.
We will continue to review this functionality in line with Continued Improvements.
Evelyn Webster commented
I think it would be useful to have a tenancy-level option to set whether choosing importance for each reading list item is mandatory or optional, to accommodate libraries that use the importance to determine purchase ratios, and those who don't.
Amjad Husain commented
We, like many other libraries, use a formula for purchasing books and ebooks added to reading lists. The formula is based on the importance of the book on the list. If it is left blank then we spend a lot of time chasing academics so that an importance can be set. If it is made compulsory then it would massively increase the efficiency of our reading list orders. I also agree with Carole Rhodes - it would be great if libraries could also choose a default importance to be set to any item bookmarked. This would also add efficiency to the workflow.
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Our reviewing formulas rely on the importance being set, so if this could be an option, that would be great.
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Rani J commented
I agree. The option to make this compulsory would be beneficial.
Garry Johnston commented
QUT also supports this idea as there are many internal workflows which it supports, but ultimately it supports successful student outcomes.
Learning Resources Team commented
I would like to echo all the comments below. It is necessary for purchasing ratios and facilitates reading priorities for both our staff and users here at Leeds Beckett.
Clare Whittingham commented
This feature would be of great benefit as it is necessary for our book purchasing formulas, and for data that's requested by senior management.
Hannah Groom commented
This would be very useful for us - could it be something that could be switched on or off depending on whether different institutions want it?
Louise Price commented
We have been asked to request this as part of our Kent Inclusive Packages to assist with accessibility and inclusivity. If a list has prioritised reading it facilitates our efforts buy accessible items in a timely fashion. We would like to look at making importance setting compulsory in order for the academic to publish their list.
Laura Smithson commented
I discussed this recently with Laura Unwin and she suggested I raise again as it might be something that could move out of backlog, now Reviews Refresh is nearing completion. It would be hugely helpful for our Acquisitions process if we could make Importance compulsory. We would want to do this for books only. And presumably we could opt to have it switched on at institution level rather than it effecting all customers?
Carole Rhodes commented
I would like the importance field to have a default setting rather than being blank. The majority of our items are 'Recommended' - so rather than having to input this manually every time, the user could choose to change 'Recommended' to 'Key' if the item was more important and to 'Background' if it was less important.
Clinton Bell commented
I would prefer this to remain non-compulsory, at least for the moment. We don't rely on Aspire for ordering and the way the importance feature is currently used doesn't always map very well to our lists.
eg. for us a "prescribed text" would normally mean a textbook students are expected to purchase, but there is no option for other required readings, such as from journals or online sources.
A lot of our academics also like to have the prescribed text and required / recommended / suggested readings in separate sections, as this is more obvious for the students and allows navigation directly to a section via the Table of Contents. This makes setting the importance tags somewhat redundant. There is an option to sort by importance, but that completely removes the sections so you can no longer see which topic or week a reading is needed for (if the list is set up that way) and means an extra click to change the sorting every time you look at the list.
Hilary Skoyles commented
This would be useful to us.