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  1. Support time periods in the item API so we can only see links to current lists in our OPAC

    We would like the users of our OPAC to see the current academic period lists first. From the item screen, they see a maxium of 6 lists and these are not necessarily for the current year, and are not in any order. Also thinking ahead, it would be good to have some control over what appears and how. So maybe all the lists for the current year appear first, alphabetically, then the previous academic year lists?? If there is no flexibility - then just to have the current academic year lists appearing would be preferable.

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  2. When in editing return to where you last were

    When editing a list and you open ‘Edit metadata’ it would be great if closing the box took you back to where you last were rather than the top of the list. More of an issue when you are working on a huge long list.

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We have now resolved this issue. When you finish editing, you are no longer returned to the top of the list. Instead the item you were editing is at the top

  3. Linking and 'new window' option

    I'm aware that (a) web accessibility compliance restricts certain linking behaviours and that (b) Talis are looking at the options to iframe more linked content within Aspire- but I would still like to explore the idea of an additional optional 'Open in a new window' button for the key external outbounds links in Aspire. As an end user I would like to have the option to keep my List in view in one window while navigating my way through outcomes (such as a Library Catalogue- online vendor- e-Content provider) in another. I find the experience of 'losing' my List as…

    9 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Please contact support if you wish to enable this behaviour on your tenancy

  4. All Lists report to flag TADC digitisations

    The All Lists report should include a column showing the TADC digitisation availability in some way - bundle URL or TADC record number would be useful. I noticed this absence when using the All Lists report to check on chapters which might require digitisation/purchase as ebooks across our tenancy.

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    We have released a change to the All List items report export, you can now view the following data:

    Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC) Request ID
    TADC Request Status
    TADC Bundle ID

    This resolves the issue raised here on knowing if an item has a digitisation linked to it and how to locate it.

    If there are further changes you would like to see please raise a new idea.

  5. Reporting: adding web address data when exporting from a reading list

    When viewing a list in 'My Lists', there is an option to "Export". This provides a table with the following columns: Date Added, Title, Type, Item Link, Local Control Number, ISBN10, ISBN13, ISSN, EISSN, DOI, Importance, Note for Student, and Note for Library.

    At Monash, we would like to have the web address included in the fields that are exported. It could sit adjacent to the 'DOI' column. This will be advantageous to us because we have to suppress and unsuppress our links to digitised items for copyright reasons and we would be able to identify the digitised items using…

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  6. Ability to archive multiple completed reviews

    In "All Reviews" the option to archive multiple completed reviews rather than, at present, one at a time

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  7. Streamline route through to online books, journals etc.

    Clicking on a title of an item takes users to a page about that resource rather than the resource itself. For online items this is a pain and I've seen staff and students be completely put off by this (especially when most of the list contains online items). They don't notice the 'online resource' button to the right of the screen. They think it's an icon not the shortcut link they're looking for. I would much prefer the 'view in library catalogue'/ability to add notes etc. page to be the secondary link. This type of info should open in a…

    8 votes
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  8. Student Number column in the All Lists reports

    It would be incredibly useful for an additional column to be provided in the All Lists reports for 'Student Number' in the way that we currently have 'Item Count'.

    This would mean we could view how many students were being catered for by the Talis Lists in varying time periods / schools / etc.

    Currently the only way to gain a snapshot of student numbers for a defined set of lists is to go in to each list manually and pull the information out one at a time.

    8 votes
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  10. Allow customisation of the display of citation fields

    We would prefer to be able to customise the way citation fields are displayed on a reading list. Currently, the title is listed first, then the author(s) and date. A cleaner display (especially if had an alphabetical list arranged by author) would be to have the author(s) first, then the title.

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  11. quick links to resources?

    The details page for a resource is sometimes great (e.g. when there is a google books preview, inline viewer, or a student wants to annotate the list, plus the clear statement of library holdings...) but sometimes it's just an unnecessary click e.g. linking to a website.
    Also, nothing opens in a new window so it can (sometimes) be a pain to get back into aspire again once you've followed a link to an external resource.

    What are your thoughts on a lightbox to view details pages for resources?

    Or perhaps a new window could be opened when you leave talis…

    8 votes
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  12. Viewing additional metadata in the Review screen

    We are currently looking at the workflow for ordering books on Coutts OASIS database and piloting working directly from the Review screen list in Aspire. However, a title search often results in too many hits and an ISBN in a direct hit but does not show other available edition (in particular the availability of a later edition or an e-book). It would be useful to have an 'overlay' in the title field showing additional metadata for the item (author, publisher, year etc) so that library staff could easily do an author/title search of our supplier database without having to click…

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  13. Profiles for Permissions

    Now that we are allocating different permissions to both library staff and academics- it would be useful to be able to see user profiles with their various permission levels. Are there any planned developments around this issue?

    8 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    This profile element of this feature has now been released – soon, we’ll add the user’s permissions to this profile (viewable only by role admins).

  14. Search by item

    It would be really useful for librarians doing stock work to be able to search Aspire by item to see if an item they are reviewing is on a reading list.

    Such a search feature may also be useful to academics wanting to check they have a particular item on any of their lists without having to search each list.

    7 votes
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    We have introduced three new filters on the All List items report which should make it easier to search for and report on specific works, Title, ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.

    If this is still something you feel would benefit academics than please do raise a new idea.

  15. Ability to select lists for rollover

    Add the ability to rollover selected lists rather than all lists in a teaching period. We frequently have units for example which run in semester one in one year, and then semester two in the next. Hence, we need to be able to rollover semester one units to different teaching periods.

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  16. Delete a list rather than archive it

    It would be useful to have the option to delete a list in addition to the archive option. While archiving can be very useful as a historical record and to be able to copy the content, there are lists that academic staff do not want any record of i.e. they could decide that a list is so out of date that it would be bad for anyone to see it. And there are training lists / examples for advertising it would be useful to get rid of as they have no purpose beyond their initial set up.

    7 votes
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  17. Search draft lists

    Would like to have the ability to search for lists that are 'Draft'. Would not like this to be available publically, but for library staff who are currently managing the set up of lists at implementation, to be able to search for lists that are in progress.

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  18. Adding a 'has part' facility - for book chapters and journal articles

    A Liaison Librarian member of our Resource List project group is finding the management of book chapters (and by implication journal articles) through the Bookmarking tool vexing.

    The scenario is this: a List Publisher wants to add an entry for a book chapter for a print book held in the library. Using the browser plug-in, they bookmark the book from the library catalogue, but in the Bookmark preview screen there is only the option to indicate that this item is 'Part of...' something else, whereas what the Publisher of the List wants to do is indicate that this item 'Has…

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  19. Adding a Cancel button to the Bookmark item preview screen

    In the Bookmark Item preview screen ('Add this item to your bookmarks') a third 'Cancel' button needs to be added alongside the 'Create and 'Create & Add' buttons. Clicking on this would return the browser to the source screen. Once at the preview screen, there is no option within Aspire not to proceed with Bookmarking the Item - while, of course, a List editor may have (a) changed their mind; (b) selected the wrong thing; or perhaps more commonly (c) be disappointed by the quality of the extracted metadata (Title, URL, 'Web Page' type) for non-supported platforms and not want…

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  20. Have you read this? - Tagging

    Responses from a recent Aspire focus group with undergraduates showed that although they felt the 'Have you read this' tagging was a useful feature- most would only use it if they could display a list of items tagged as 'planning to read' or 'have read'. Other suggestions were to indicate the 'read' status in the main resource list view.

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