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  1. Increased Privacy Options for Lists

    We've recently been looking into providing access to accessible formats via resource lists (prompted by Natalia from Leeds Beckett and their recent work), but are unable to come up with a way to supply publisher provided accessible formats whilst locking down access to individuals as the publisher requests.

    What would be useful would be for Admin users to be able to lock down a list to individual groups or even single readers, allowing us to provide more tailored resource lists in these instances.

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  2. Review jobs

    After utilising the rollover function in the Create lists, targeting a time period for a large number of lists the Review Jobs screen displays the numbers of lists that were completed or failed. For us to identify which lists failed (so we can fix the issue) it would be useful if we could click on the numbers and see a listing of the Title and/or Hierarchy code of those papers. Thanks.

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  3. Ability to turn off prompt to update metadata in all occurrences of a bookmark when this is formatted as a Chapter

    Quite often a reading list will feature several instances of the same book, but with different chapters to be read in different weeks. Usually in this case the book is bookmarked once and this is then dragged and dropped into each part of the list, then each instance is edited to 'Has Part - Chapter' and the appropriate details filled in.

    When saving this or making any future edits, we get the prompt 'You have added this bookmark in multiple places - in total it appears X times on X list(s)' ... Do you want the changes you have made…

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  4. Create new resource format "Article without Authentication"

    We would like a new resource format “Article without Authentication” to be made available.
    This would be used as a resource format for bookmarking free journal articles from the web but would not add in article authentication.
    Since more and more journals/articles are available from open access sources it removes the issue of having to continually update EZ Proxy authentication.

    This would also get around the problem that EZ Proxy authentication is added in after the Reviews stage, and that authentication issues may only be visible from the student view.
    There are certain courses such as journalism that use huge…

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  5. Add article authentication at Reviews stage so errors can be picked up at this point

    We would like authentication to be added at the Reviews stage so full checking can be carried out at this point.
    Currently because ez proxy authentication is added to links after the Review, the student link can give authentication errors that were not visible at Reviews. So if a lecturer bookmarks an article from a free e-journal, the link will work from Reviews but possibly not from the actual list page. As more and more articles are made open access this is a growing issue. (I am also going to suggest separately an article format that does not include authentication).

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  6. Bookmarking with Multiple URLs

    It would be useful if we could add multiple URLs to a bookmark, whereas currently we're restricted to just one.

    In instances where we have the same title electronically from different suppliers, it could reduce turnaways due to running out of credit. It could also allow for instances where a single bookmark requires separate URLs for different volumes.

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  7. Exception List when bookmarking

    We would like a resource exception list so, when bookmarking from specified resources, TARL does not check the local LMS or OpenLibrary for metadata.

    We have a resource called Safari Online, it contains lots of IT books. Sometimes, when trying to bookmark to the title level or chapter level, if the item is found in our LMS or in openlibrary, the metadata from these systems will be used instead of the Safari resource. The main fustrating thing about this, is that the URL to the item is not added to the bookmark. The academics adding items ot the list, need…

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  8. Add an ISSN search field to the 'All List Items' Report

    Having an ISSN search field in the 'All List Items' report would enable us to quickly and accurately establish whether or not a particular journal is included on any of our active Reading Lists. This evidence is crucial when compiling a business case for either renewing or deselecting a resource.

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  9. Enhance the LTI tools to grant access to lists

    Extend the LTI integration so that an academic can click through from a module in their learning management system (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, etc) to Aspire and be granted appropriate access to the list in Aspire. This would be a much more effective way to grant academics List Publisher access to their lists than the clumsy email invitation system.

    This functionality is available in other systems such as Echo360 Lecture Capture so it has the additional advantage of being familiar to academics who are already using this.

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  10. Misleading messages...

    When there's a connection problem between the catalogue and Aspire, the message in Aspire reads "This item is not available" - a little misleading. Would it be better to read something like "Information on this item is not available, please check the catalogue for more details"?

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  11. Differentiation between Chapters and Extracts in Reading lists to enhance integration with TADC requests

    We use Chapter/books in reading lists, then when digitisations are requested it is assumed they are complete chapters when we might only want a small section. or sections of the book. We would like the option to add extracts/sections here. At present we can only add one page range and we would also need multiple page ranges to be added
    . When we then request a digitisation, the correct section rather than complete chapter would be selected thereby hopefully lessening the number of referrals needed in TADC.

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  12. Improved reading intentions

    The latest phase 4 release has altered the way a user's reading intentions are displayed. At present the can be set at the list level and reviewed on the user profile screen.

    One problem with this arrangement is that a user needs to go back to the original reading list to change the reading intention or alter the note, even though they can link through to the original item.

    I would like to see the ability to change the reading intentions either from the user profile screen or at the item level, in addition to existing list-level reading intention management.

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    improving the display of reading intentions is something we would like to address, but is currently not planned

  13. Publish alerts

    At the moment we have alerts to let us know when a user has requested a review of their list, it would be great if we could have an alert in place for when a list is published. This way we could keep track on what is being published and whether they are being sent for review first.

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    Keji Adedeji responded

    I am setting this idea as Investigation. Whilst we will not be implementing a notification, we will explore how to indicate items on published lists which have not been reviewed as part of the work we will be doing in the reviews refresh. I have changed its category to Acquisitions so it lives with the other ideas we are exploring as part of that theme. It has also been moved to the archive forum.

  14. Making Aspire content searchable/discoverable in Resource Discovery Tools.

    We would like to be able to search Aspire via a Resource Discovery Tool. As we are trying to simplify searching for resources as easy as possible, it makes sense for Aspire to be included in the targets the tool can search.

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

    Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

  15. Resource type: DVD

    Could DVD (and maybe other audio-visual resource formats such as CD-ROM) be added to the list of resource types?
    Our health and sports science academics often include them on reading lists and would like them to be clearly differentiated from books.

    I think this would be much more meaningful for students using the lists than 'audio-visual document'.

    Although you can specify 'dvd' in the format field, this isn't very prominent on the page.

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

    Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

  16. Resource Type - 'Newspaper' (or similar)

    We're conscious of the risk of mixing up format and type, but both for the purposes of distinguishes materials within a list (and for citing those materials correctly) we'd like to see a Type which describes 'articles' which are not peer-reviewed academic journal articles, but news stories or discussion pieces in newspapers, magazines and professional or trade publications.

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

    Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

  17. Allowing attachments of PDFs

    ... (subject to copyright) for user created bookmarks. There's no telling where online reports etc get moved to, and uploading to a public dropbox and then pasting the URL seems long-winded.

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We won’t be focusing on this now due to low votes in the 2012 Ideas Survey. However, we do feel that the ability to attach documents to reading lists would be useful, so its in our longer term backlog

  18. Extend ISBN API

    Two extensions to the ISBN look-up API would significantly extend its utility -

    1. For each matching list return the numeric value of the priority status of the item (1, 2, 3)

    -- It would be very useful to be able to display importance alongside occurence

    1. Support 'OR' requests (allowing multiple ISBNs to be added to a single call)

    -- With a JSON [or other] string for each ISBN match

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  19. Edit bookmark 'notes' field

    Currently when editing a bookmark the notes field does not appear again.

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  20. Allow invites to be created without sending emails

    At the moment an email invite is sent for every invite issued - even if the user is already has an active login to Aspire. This can result in multiple emails sitting in a user's inbox.

    Rather than emailing invites to users, administrators can elect to suppress the email invites.

    In this circumstance, users are asked to accept invites the next time they log into the system.

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog while we focus on items in the development focus.

    Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

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