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  1. Unpublish a list

    It would be really useful to have an option for list editors to temporarily 'unpublish' their lists so that they are hidden from public view (any one searching for a list would get a "Sorry this list is temporarily unavailable" message). This would be helpful while lecturers are updating lists (and may not want the previous version visible), if a course is not running for a period of time and a number of other reasons.

    21 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    There are no plans to address this idea in the near future due to other planned themes.

  2. Ability to copy over a section of a list

    It would be helpful to have the ability to copy over a section of a reading list (this might, perhaps, be an additional command alongside "Edit | Remove" in a "New Section" box)

    10 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.

  3. A search facility within 'Edit' mode to easily retrieve individual resources attached to a list

    If I want to remove a particular reference from a list, it would be much easier if there was a 'Find' option within Edit mode to help me locate the resource I want to remove/edit. Alternatively, develop the 'Filter by author ...' input box in 'list view' so that when Aspire locates the title I have searched for in the list, I can click Edit and move direclty to my searched for title within Edit mode.

    9 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Access to digitised content as subject coordinator before students

    As a list editor and academic teaching staff member, it’s not possible to access digitised readings for approaching semester 2 subject until the 18th of July (which is the same day as the students have access- one week before semester 2 begins).
    It would be useful to be able to access beforehand so that teaching staff/subject coordinators can decide whether they need revising or are still relevant. I understand that it may mean staff access to the TADC database or a request to the Reading List team to intervene on their behalf, them having to send the articles to send…

    4 votes

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    TADC is designed with the academic making the request, they would know the content they are requesting and receive updates on the request progress.

    The digitisation itself is available through the course dates and the view on the reading list is governed by those, to change this would impact the student view as well.

    Library staff can access the preview of a digitisation and provide this to the academic where needed.

    Due to the above we are declining this idea.

  6. Add ability to select multiple time periods for a list

    This semester I have worked on several lists which have multiple concurrent teaching periods, eg. for units where there is an off-campus or flexible hours option alongside the standard on-campus one. This cannot be reflected in Aspire as it is only possible to assign a single time period to a list.

    This is a problem because:

    1. It means the teaching period given on the reading list is not accurate. We'd obviously prefer to give students correct information, and it's important that library staff use the proper time periods when doing a number of tasks, such as putting items on reserve…

    4 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.

  7. Bulk text editing

    It would be great to be able to add text to all lists within a tenancy (and even better to also be able to add to all list within a defined area of the hierarchy.

    4 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We will not be focusing on this due to low votes in the 2012 ideas survey

  8. 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.

    3 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.

  9. 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.

    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. 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.

    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.

    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

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

  12. More batch edit list options

    We want to be able to carry out actions on multiple lists at once. E.g. we would search various criteria for lists (so you might need to add better search functions for this too) and then be able to tick all in the list or tick one by one, and then carry out a list action: assign list owner, invite a user to be a List Publisher for several lists at once, archive, change time period, change licence, publish, request review, any list edit function really...

    3 votes

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    We will not be focusing on this due to low votes in the 2012 ideas survey

  13. Ability to use html in notes

    A nice feature would be the ability to use basic html code in section titles and in notes (student notes or separate notes). I have tried this and it works until I publish the list. Then the html code simply displays as text.

    2 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.

  14. Ability to hide references

    One of my lecturers took over her list last year and added readings as and when she wanted students to see them throughout the year. Now that a new academic year is about to start, and she has a new cohort of students, she would like to be able to 'hide' the readings and make them visible as and when. In reality, she will have to delete them and re-add them.

    2 votes

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    merge This idea has been declined due to low votes. We do have a similar idea in the archive forum which is about the ability to time release sections. This idea is planned but is not yet a development focus.

  15. Option to disallow edit of lists in "inactive" time periods

    When we make a time period inactive, we need to be able to disallow creation of lists in the inactive period (which is currently what it does) and also disallow editing of lists in the inactive period. Otherwise staff can easily edit the previous year's list accidentally and generate a lot of extra work trying to resolve this.

    I guess some customers might want to disallow list creation but allow list editing (not sure why but maybe!) so you could have a tickbox when making a time period inactive so we can say whether we want to allow/disallow edits.

    We…

    2 votes

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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.

  16. Allow users to create lists from a set of shared resources

    Some of our academics work in tight-knit teams where they want to utilise a set of shared resources. Perhaps the option is for academics to initiate a shared group list and then be asked if a new resource is personal or links to a shared library.

    2 votes

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    We will not be focusing on this due to low votes in the 2012 ideas survey

  17. 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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  18. Restore earlier versions of a list

    It would be useful if earlier versions of lists could be recovered - we have had a situation where an academic's colleague has edited a list and reversed a lot of work that had been done on the list. Most of the work was moving bookmarks between sections, which is not picked up by recent changes. This makes it even harder to re-format the list as the academic has to start from scratch with the moves.

    1 vote

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  19. Would it be possible to create a template where certain blocks of text are automatically added when creating a new list? Such as the note in

    It would be useful to be able to create a template where certain blocks of text are automatically added when creating a new list. Such as the note in the Optional Reading section of this list:

    http://readinglists.hull.ac.uk/lists/7A5DC5EA-7B95-4BBB-48CE-7C01580029BE.html

    We are rolling out lists to departments at the moment and believe this is important in maintaining the standards of the lists

    1 vote

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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.

  20. Ability to type accents when manually adding information.

    Staff in languages departments are keen on being able to directly use accents in modifying bookmarks, adding student notes etc.

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    declined  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Manually adding diacritics should work, please report any incidences where this fails via support.

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