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  1. Setting a default reading list style for students

    It would be useful if list publishers could set their own default reading list style and it "sticks" for students. At present list publishers can set a view to a particular style, however that view only lasts during the time they are looking at the list. Any other action on the reading list and the style reverts back to the tenancy default. With users such as the Law Faculty they could set a default citation style and this will be consistently viewed by students rather than having to be manually applied by individuals. We use several citation styles depending on…

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  2. 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…

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  3. Option of Student Numbers defaulting to hierarchy not list

    We have student numbers for our modules stored in our student administration system. We want to be able to upload this information through the hierarchy into Aspire, and this be the definitive student number for the lists. Academics editing the list however, are able to add their own numbers, and this is the number which is shown in Reviews 2.0 i.e. list numbers have precedence over hierarchy upload numbers. We would like to be able to choose which number is set as the default – hierarchy or list number

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  4. 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.

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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.

  5. 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…
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  6. Show digitisation rejected

    In the list edit view mode, it would be great if where it says digitisation live and pending, it would also show when a digitisation has been rejected. This would help limit duplicate requests, and provide a quick answer to why there isn't a digitisation without having to check TADC separately.

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  7. Is it possible to delete the notes added to items in the review section

    We make extensive use of the note functionality in our processes - collections assistants append notes on decisions to inform librarians and overseas colleagues of purchasing decisions. Some items end up with dozens of notes and when we make a mistake we have to add another note to say ignore the above note. Can we delete them instead?

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  8. Improve Dashboard visibility and exportability

    The Dashboard contains analytics on usage, editions, metadata, views, etc, which would be very useful if it was more widely available. The current restriction to List Owners or List Publishers prevents other relevant and appropriate interested parties for accessing and assessing this data.

    In a Library managed model distributed across several campuses, we are not yet at the stage of giving teaching staff List Publisher roles and incorporating Reviews into our workflows. We also rarely have a single teaching member of staff, which makes List Owner not a useful feature either, being restricted to one person who has also created…

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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We would like to review the dashboard can be shared with academics where permissions and roles are not given to them.

    However, 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.

  9. Ability to set priority level for reviews

    We would like to be able to set a priority level for lists sent for review and then be able to filter/sort the reviews in priority order. Ideally the priority levels could be configurable (e.g. High, Medium, Low or Priority 1, Priority 2) for each institution, similar to review stages.

    Aspire reviews are currently based on a steady stream of reading lists, dealt with in order of the date/time requested, with no other sort options. In practice when there is high demand before the start of semesters, it is important that reviews can be prioritised according to other criteria (e.g.…

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  10. Be able to filter to new edition alerts in reviews

    It would be useful if you could filter to the items that have an alert for a new edition rather than just alerts in general. This would help to identify new editions without having to go through every item in the list.

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  11. Search tool on new list view to include ability to search text in notes

    On classic list view it was possible to search a resourcelist for a piece of text in a note using your browser's 'Find' tool/Ctrl + F. On new list view you can search for authors and titles using the search box, but the way pages load means it's not possible to use Ctrl + F to find the text in notes.

    We often use notes as place-holders on lists we're working on (e.g. for a book not in stock in the Library that needs to be ordered) and it would be useful if some equivalent find tool could be put…

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  12. TARL report to indicate type of online resource link (DOI, open url,web address)

    We would like to easily identify which online resource links point to doi, web address and open url in TARL within the reports menu, there is no current functionality to do this but would be a beneficial feature to us.

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  13. Automatically bookmark videos as "Online Resources"

    During our pilot phase, we've noticed that when academics add YouTube or BoB videos to their lists, they generally forget to tick the "Online Resource" box - possibly because they are used to it happening automatically when they bookmark, e.g., articles and ebooks.

    It would be useful if online videos could be automatically recognised as "Online Resources" by the bookmarking tool.

    At present this does not happen because "audio-visual document" resource type can include, e.g., DVDs listed on a Library catalogue (not an online resource). However, could there not be a workaround similar to the one for ebooks (see: http://support.talis.com/hc/en-us/articles/205644351-How-the-Online-Resource-button-works)

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  14. List Owner view of invited publishers and ability to revoke access

    A number of List Owners have multiple publishers they've invited to help with the management of their list. At this time they are unable to see who has and has not accepted their invites. Visibility on who has access rights to a list would be incredibly useful, particularly if this could also include the ability to revoke access to a list when for example that employee has moved on or is no longer associated with the course.

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  15. Rename Audio-visual document

    There are various requests for changes to theway Resource types are managed. Until these are resolved could we at least rename
    Audio-visual document to
    Audio-visual

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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. On 'recent changes' include who published the list

    At present clicking on 'recent changes' shows the name of the list, the date, what was added. It would be very useful to see the email address of who actually published the list to keep track of activity.

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    Using the All List Report does allow you to see who last published a reading list. As changes to a list may have been done by library staff updating a link it may confuse if this is in the front end under ‘recent changes’ as to why the list was published by someone other than the academic. We will keep an open watch on this idea though.

  17. Communicate result of Review Outcome to list owner

    Once a list review has been completed the requester is e-mailed and informed that the review is complete. However s/he cannot see the results of the review, the helpful comments and information that have been added by library staff. Could the link in the message be changed so that it takes the requester to the results of hte review, rather than to the reading list.

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    Keji Adedeji responded

    We are investigating this in the reviews theme

  18. More refined translation of 700 field

    Talis is currently treating the 700 MARC field as follows:

    If 700$e=Author, Talis puts the name found in an Author field
    If 700 $e =Editor or Editor of Compilation, Talis puts the name found in an Editor field

    All fine so far. However, if anything else is found in $e, Talis defaults to using the Author field again.

    We use the 700 field to indicate donors and former owners of donated collections. As per OCLC guidance we indicate that this 'person' is a donor or former owner via the $e field. But these people are not displaying as authors within…

    13 votes

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  19. Student note formatting in New List View

    In New List View student notes it would be helpful to have some formatting ability. At the moment all the text is all clumped together and you cannot add spaces or dot points. With some formatting features it would make student notes clearer to read.

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  20. Improvement of resource type

    Some academics suggest to add 'Standard' (it is used as a resource type especially in the major of Science and Engineering) and 'Conference paper' in the item resource type

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