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  1. Ability to post messages that appear on every list, not just the homepage.

    With LTI integration, most students bypass the home page. We would like to be able to post messages at significant times with important information about textbooks etc. at the point of need, ie. the list itself.

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  2. A Discord server where we can discuss it

    Integrating a Discord server where we can actually talk to people about reading lists and get recommendation would be a fantastic idea in my opinion. This would actually make it easier for us to actually access the lists we actually beleive are good and a community around it would be wonderful to be part of. For refrence, you can see what the Yes Theory YouTube channel has done by making a community discord server here: https://discordserverlists.com/yes-theory-discord/

    Let me know what you think.

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  3. Include place of publication in All List Items report

    We'd like to be able to export place of publication as part of the All List Items report to avoid time-consuming cross-checking against the catalogue.

    It looks like this information is gathered when bookmarking, but not included in the report export.

    We've been asked this in relation to reporting on purchasing and availability of resources from non-UK, -Europe, or -North American publishers.

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  4. Blog post as a resource type

    Please could we have 'Blog post' (and 'part of: Blog') as a 'Resource type'? Having to list blogs as 'webpages' isn't quite right.

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  5. Pop-up when saving outcome for item that appears multiple times in a list

    It would be really helpful if there could be a pop-up message that came up when you are saving an outcome note for a book that appears multiple times on a list - "Do you want to apply this outcome to all items in group".

    Members of our collections team have flagged that they sometimes miss the 'Apply to all items in group' tick box and end up posting the same note multiple times against a title.

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  6. Elevate

    Talis Elevate is being piloted at our institution and one piece of feedback from academics is that they would like to export Elevate items to Talis Aspire without too much duplication of work. Could there be an option to export to reading list in Elevate to make this easier for the academics using both systems?

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  7. Search and punctuation

    In the Search box if the user inputs a title with punctuation, e.g. a comma or colon, but it isn't exactly the same as the bookmark's punctuation it is not found. This has come up where a comma was not included in the right spot and also sometimes there is or isn't a space before the : separating the sub-title. It would be good if the search was a little fuzzier to pick up these common typing mistakes.

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  8. can you stop list holders from requesting a digitisation from an e-resource?

    Is it possible to hide the 'request digitisation' link from a resource link entry that is clearly for an e-resource? This can be problematic especially when we don't hold the item in print in our library. Also, as we have the e-resource, surely there's no need for anyone to request a digitisation of it?

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  9. Give Library staff the ability to view Aspire as another role would see it

    Moodle has a very useful feature whereby staff roles have the option to view Moodle pages as another role would see them (eg Student). While Aspire reading lists have Student View, it would be really helpful if those with the most-permissions roles (eg Library staff) could choose to view as if they only had the permissions of a lesser role (eg List Publisher).

    We often find when attempting to help academic staff with Aspire that there is confusion about what those staff can or can't see on their screen, as Library staff with the Acquisitions role have more permissions and…

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  10. Distinguish between print and online books in the All List Items report

    I would like to be able to run a report in All List Items of online books only. We have subscribed access to ebook collections where the content is changed by the vendor regularly, sometimes hundreds of titles are removed at once. I need to know if any of those titles are on reading lists as ebooks. Currently I can only refine the All Lists Item reports to books, but the print books are not relevant. The functionality to select 'online resource' as an option would solve the problem and save hours of checking.

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  11. Add page views data to the 'All Lists' report and add item clicks data to the 'All List Items' report

    We were told that list usage data available under View>Analytics is more reliable than that available from Google Analytics. However, to compare usage across all lists you have to open the Analytics interface individually on every list and copy the data into a spreadsheet. This takes hours and leaves you vulnerable to transcription errors.

    By including page views data in the 'All Lists' report and item clicks data in the 'All List Items' report the same (but always accurate) information could be sourced almost instantaneously.

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  12. The report broken link button should only appear next to items that have the online resource button ticked

    We receive reports from users about a resource's link not working because it is a print rather than electronic copy. If this link could only be attached to an item in a reading list that has the online resource button ticked, it would be better customer experience.

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  13. Add the reading intentions menu button to paragraphs

    Students taking online courses at our university have a core textbook for each module which is supplied by the course provider and not by our library.

    As a result, the details of the core textbooks are kept at the top of their reading lists and in sections, in paragraph notes with a link to the course provider's VLE, rather than as standard bookmarks.

    Students have reported that they would still like to use the reading intentions menu to indicate whether they have read, or are planning to read, their core textbooks, but this doesn't seem to be possible for paragraph…

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  14. Add built-in accessibility checker to Aspire

    We would like to see a feature built into Talis Aspire that would enable the system to run an accessibility check on items as they were being added to a reading list to determine whether the destination platform (e.g. an eBook site or journals database) is compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. If that were possible, we could train our list creators to choose accessible resources for their lists. Also, the existence of a tool like this would put some pressure on those resource providers whose platforms are not very accessible to make improvements, or else find their resources making…

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  15. Remove Edition statements from compulsory metadata on Analytics

    In the vast majority of referencing styles, "Edition" is only required where an item is a second or later edition.

    However, the Metadata quality rating on reading list Analytics requires an edition statement for all books, whether they are single-edition or not. This is resulting in all single-edition or first edition books having red metadata flags even when their metadata is perfectly good and their Harvard (for example) reference entirely correct. If an academic or librarian inserted "1st edition" metadata into a bookmark, the reference generated would then be incorrect in most styles.

    Unfortunately, since this would apply to so…

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  16. Abolish the Publish button!

    What earthly use is the Publish button? It is hugely frustrating (not to say time-consuming) to continually have to search and click this Publish button to see your changes. Combine this with a user-driven option to control rollback to permit restore an earlier iteration from a complete history of changes.

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  17. Filter by no importance set in list view

    In list view it's now possible to filter by importance (e.g. core text). Is it possible to include the option to filter by items with no importance set? That gives academics/librarians looking through a list a quick way to check if any items are missing an importance setting and need to be updated.

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  18. Adding the identifier (MMS ID / LCN) to the 'All List Items' report

    Rather than having to search for titles/ISBNs, it would be beneficial to us if an MMS ID /LCN search field was added to the all list items report. An example workflow where this would benefit us is if a record has been deleted from our catalogue, and needs to be updated with the replacement record e.g. now using a community zone record.

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  19. section titles

    It would be really useful for us to have the section title included in the All Items Report. I've managed to link the column 'Has Container' with the section URL found in Google Analytics, however a lot of the time, our academics want to know how students are interacting with each section when using LTI with Moodle. If the All Items Report included the section title it would be a lot easier to feed back to them on this.

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  20. Include hierarchy in review interface

    We would like the review interface to make searching for the hierarchy/module code possible.

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