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  1. Alert for library notes

    It would be useful if there was a way we could be notified whenever a new library note is added to one of the reading lists since there could be notes on there asking for a certain number of copies to be bought or for a title to be purchased in a different format which we do not know about especially when academics do not request reading list reviews. I have stumbled across a few lists with library notes asking similar questions and no-one in our team is aware of them.

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  2. Bookmarking on iPads

    Our academic staff are all being given iPads at the start of the 2018/19 session and will be encouraged to use these as much as possible

    It would be really great if a bookmarking tool could be developed for Safari on iPads (or possibly even a list management app?!?) so that we could give our academic engagement a real boost.

    23 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are working on bookmarking functionality alongside our List Edit improvements, this will reduce the reliance on the bookmarklet feature and enable more resources to be accessible in the List Edit context. When this feature is released, we will revisit this idea to understand if it still has relevance.

  3. Option to switch off Google Book previews at item or list level

    Recent feedback from academics has been that using Aspire would contradict what they tell students- ie don't read/avoid Google Book previews. Could List creators have the option to 'switch off; Google book previews at list and/or item level?

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    under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Extend the Copy to my bookmarks function

    Enable academics to copy an entire list worth of bookmarks from an existing list to their bookmarks folder.
    Really useful where lists have been created by admin or library staff and then passed on to the academic to manage.

    23 votes
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  5. Option to schedule metadata refresh

    We like the option to schedule metadata refreshes at particular time/days, still including the choice to manually run these as I understand customers may still wish to log in and push a refresh at a time of their choice (and/or switch off the scheduling option when not required).

    This request will assist us in the timings the metadata refresh to fit with our automated reports that run in LMS so the correct LCN is captured at the point of refresh. As it would be preferable for us to run these in the early hours scheduling would allow us to do…

    22 votes
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  6. Include top level hierarchy code or name in all list reports

    We already get the hierarchy code that a list is attached to in the All List report. I'd also like the top level hierarchy name or code to appear - for us this is institute. This would allow me to easily extract high level engagement information to pass on to Heads of Institute. At the moment, it's a manual task to go through a report and attach Institute info to each module in order to sort and filter.

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  7. Links to Worldcat in item view - instead of a bookstore

    We'd like to have the option of replacing the bookstore in the item view with a link to Worldcat.

    At the moment, several bookstore options exist (see: https://support.talis.com/hc/en-us/articles/209262049-What-bookstores-are-supported-in-the-item-view-). However, in response to feedback from our academics, we would like to see the possibility of linking to a vendor-neutral external catalogue instead.

    21 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This idea is under review. We would be interested to know if you feel having information like this would cause confusion to students as to whether the library holds the items or not. If you do have feedback then please do add your comments as we would like to understand this more.

  8. Add a word to .RIS conversion feature to Talis

    Many of our academics comment that they would be more likely to use Talis if they could simply upload their word document and automatically populate a list in the same way they can with Endnote. There are online tools which convert word files into .RIS format. If Talis could develop this functionality it would go a long way in promoting the service to the academics.

    20 votes
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  9. Include time periods filter in the Reviews screen

    For the purposes of prioritising reviews it would be very useful to have the ability to view and filter on list time periods in the Reviews screen alongside Stage, Status, Assigned, etc.

    19 votes
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  10. search

    In the New List Edit View / Published view you cannot use the browsers built in find function to search through an entire reading list.

    You can only search for items that are in close proximity to where you are on the page.

    In the attached video I am pressing ENTER as I move down the list searching for the item. It only finds and highlights the item when I am close by.

    I use the browsers find feature as part of my workflow to jump around the reading list while I am editing. This way I can quickly find…

    19 votes
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  11. All Lists Items report - additional column: Hierarchy column

    I would like to request that the HIerarchy column , which is in the All Lists report be added to the All List Items report.

    I was asked to supply information on the publishing dates of books in reading lists by college. To do this I had to run a report of books in all published lists. This amounted to over 59,000. I then had to manually find which college a list was in and sort it. This was a massively time consuming job. If the HIerarchy column was available I would have been able to sort and find the…

    19 votes
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  12. Change 'review complete' notification recipient

    Many of our lists are added and sent for review by library staff or temps. When we complete the review the notification goes back to them rather than the relevant academic even when the correct list owner has been assigned. It would be useful if there was an option for staff to alter the recipient at this stage by pasting in the correct email address.

    19 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    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.

  13. Retrieval of deleted lists

    We would like a function to retrieve deleted lists. We know that on some platforms you are able to go back 30 days or something similar to restore items and we would like a similar feature added as we recently found that an incredibly long list with 200+ items were deleted and had taken the lecturer a while to compile it. We believe that even though this is a rarity there should be some sort of fail-safe in place to accommodate the accidental deletion of a reading list.

    18 votes
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  14. Reviews screen - move the Vendor information below previous review outcomes/decisions

    With several vendors now integrated into the Vendor section in the Review screen - and a lot of information in particular often coming from Askews & Holts - this section has now pushed the display of previous outcomes and comments for a given item off the bottom of the screen.

    This is unhelpful as library staff usually need to see previous outcomes/comments before deciding whether further purchasing is required - so in effect this information is in the wrong order.

    Could the vendor information please be moved below the outcomes/comments section?

    18 votes
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  15. Copy one list into another with losing notes etc.

    List creators here have asked to be able to copy content from one list into another. Currently it is only possible to export/import records e.g. from someone else's list, from one list to My Bookmarks and then drag them into another list. This is quite time consuming and notes to library/students are lost.

    18 votes
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  16. Make "View later edition" alert in Reviews screen dependent on edition statements not publication dates

    The "View later edition" alert in the Reviews screen is currently very unreliable. It appears to be triggered by publication dates rather than edition statements and so picks up paperback reprints, e-book releases, etc - none of which are "new editions" in the academic sense of the word. Nine times out of ten when we look at it we find there isn't in fact a new edition, which is leading staff to ignore it. Is there any way it could be refined so that it only actually picks up 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc edition statements?

    17 votes
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  17. Ability to delete previous outcomes in review

    In the review section there is a trial of all outcomes for an item across all the different lists. This can be very useful to see how the item has been dealt with elsewhere by different people. For example the first outcome may be stock sufficient but later when added to a new list it was then set to be ordered. Having this trail of outcomes if very good. However, there may be occasions where an outcome is set in error or someone hasn't understand the process correctly. In these instances we would like the ability to delete the previous…

    16 votes
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  18. Library note for a list

    It would be useful to be able to have notes on lists that cannot be read by public users, but which include admin information for system admins. E.g. if a list does not have a hierarchy node, it would be useful to be able to note the changes on the list rather than having to keep that information in a separate system outside the software.

    In fact, an admin area for systems notes would be useful overall.

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  19. Ability to manage user permissions

    After some discussion we feel it would be useful to have the ability to control user permissions. There may be instances where we would like to give library staff the ability to publish lists but would then like to remove that permission or change their role.

    16 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is a valuable idea and user management is an area I would like us to investigate further in the future.

    However its not 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.

  20. Identify whether latest edition in use, in bulk

    Run a report that covers an entire teaching period (or more), that can be exported from TALIS Reading Lists identifying:


    • resources that have a later edition

      • whether that later edition is owned by the library or not



    • resources that are not linked to a library copy

    Currently, in the latest NEW LIST VIEW, the only option is to send each Reading List for Review and go through each individual resource to gather this information.

    The option to run a report with this data would save days/weeks of copy/pasting and enable us to:


    • offer our lecturers this data for consideration

    • identify…
    15 votes
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