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  1. 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…

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Changing text for request review reminder when clicking Publish

    Where we have the option to ask list editors to request a review when they click publish, it would be useful to be able to control the message as we would want editors to request reviews if they have books they would like to order.

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  5. Reporting/requesting option for missing book jacket images in New List View

    Given the increased prominence of book jacket images in New List View, could we please have a means of requesting jacket images be sourced when they are missing? We have a number of instances of books where we do have a jacket image in our library catalogue, but it doesn't appear in New List View because those images are sourced elsewhere (Nielsen Book Data apparently). We'd like to be able to request missing ones.

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  6. Lists will automatically be added to the list owner's "My Lists" tab

    Many of my academics are forgetting/not realising that they need to add lists into "My Lists". This is especially an issue after rollover when they are attempting to edit lists from previous years instead of the current one. They expect the lists that they own to automatically appear in "My Lists", which I probably would if I were them too! Is there any chance this could be possible? It would make my academics' lives a lot easier and avoid some frustrations and confusions with the system.

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  7. Display the total number of students associated with a work across all current Reading Lists

    The calculated total across all courses will better inform the acquisitions decision. For instance the library may have a guideline to provision 1 book per 50 students. Book ABC is then added to Course X which has 100 students. The Librarian sees that we have 1 book in stock so orders a second copy. A little later Book ABC is added to Course Y which also has 100 students. The Librarian sees that we have two copies which covers the Course Y students, and ignorant of the Course X requirements does not acquire any more copies. The end result is…

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    under review  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We’ve introduced this capability in the new reviews area and we will review how it can be exposed elsewhere in the system

  8. Exclude Note field from being included in item count

    We would like the item count at the top of each list to include only actual resources, not the note fields that contain supplementary information.

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  9. Option to complete a review without notifying tutor / inputter

    In the "All Reviews" section of Aspire it would be useful to have the option to "mark as completed" without notifying the person (tutor or library staff) who'd requested the review

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  10. New Role to View Draft Lists

    I would like to suggest a new role that allows the holder to view draft lists but not publiish or edit them.

    In our university lists are entered several different ways. Some academics ener lists themselves but lists are usually entered by library staff or departmental administrators. However, academics understandably want to have final say on what appears on their lists and so want to see the draft lists before they are published.

    Having to publish lists before the academics can see them mean that students start using the lists before they are really complete. Also if there are major…

    11 votes

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  11. "View and Export" in List View/Edit 2.0

    In the first screenshot from Broadminster University, the Talis demo tenancy,, it looks as if you have the option to "View and Export" from the list when you are in edit mode. See my first attached screenshot.

    But all that I can see when I am editing is a "View" drop down. If I want to see my export options,

    I have to click View > As Student, and it's only then I am presented with options to export to PDF, CSV, etc. (see second attached screenshot)

    This idea is to enable the "View & Export" button for all those…

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  12. journal jackets

    Add Journal jackets automatically to lists.
    Here at the University of Birmingham we use Browzine for journal TOCs and for lists that link to mostly journals the icons are the same and the list looks pretty dull. Students love the book jackets, so it would be great to have similar for journals - the visual cue really does encourage students to follow the link.

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  13. add a 'back to top' link in a reading list.

    To help with long lists instead of a cumbersome long scroll back up.

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  14. All list report to include web address for chapters

    When you download an All List Items Report the web address for a Chapter only appears if the URL is in the chapter section not the book section of the bookmark.

    Would it be possible for the Web Address field to pull through any URLs from the bookmark as a whole instead of just looking at the Item type tab first?

    We quite often have eBooks on reading lists where the academic has specified a chapter to read. When they do this, the eBook is bookmarked and then the chapter added as 'has part...'. This keeps the URL in the…

    10 votes

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  15. View Online button to be made more noticable on new student interface

    Hello,
    We recently changed our branding at Northumbria, at the same time we moved to the new student view.
    Our brand is black and white, which unfortunately makes our View Online button not very noticable on the page, the button is based on the theme colour of the tenancy.
    We would like to explore ways to make the button more evident to users, for instance a black line around the button or go back to the blue online button.
    We have had instances where students have thought that we don't have an ebook, only print,as it just blends into the…

    10 votes

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  16. Reviewing reading lists with draft changes

    When reviewing a published list with unpublished changes it would be helpful if there could be some indication of which items are unpublished additions. Otherwise you can have something on the review list which you can't find on the published version, which can get confusing for reviewers.
    The notification could say something similar to a list with unpublished changes e.g. 'this item is an unpublished change on a draft version of the list"

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  17. reviews 2.0 overview summary line similar to TADC

    Would it be possible to have a line at the top of the reviews page with a summary similar to TADC of 'Requested' 'Started' 'Assigned to You' or to default the display to these statuses to help workflow?

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  18. Change “Request Review” to “Request Library Review”

    Currently, many academics are confused by the “Request Review” button because the text that explains it (i.e. that a review is something the Library carries out, and that the Library needs to be asked to carry out a review whenever a list is amended) is not very prominent. Hence many academics never send their lists for review. It would help if the wording of the button itself was changed from "Request Review" to “Request Library Review”.

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  19. Adding a bookmarked item to multiple lists

    It would be really useful to be able to add a bookmark to several lists at once. For example a new edition is being added to a list but they still need to keep the old edition as well, being able to add the bookmark to several lists at once (and publish the changes) would be wonderful.

    This was an idea someone else submitted back in 2014, but we've had requests from academics and also as part of some changes to our acquisitions processes that have meant i'd like it to be reconsidered.

    9 votes

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    To be able to find and replace all instances across lists is something we are considering within our continuous improvements. We are keen to understand the importance of such a feature across the user group so encourage others to consider this idea and support if it is something that they feel strongly will have a positive impact.

  20. Students sharing notes about reesources

    One of our academics has suggested that it would be useful for some of his students to collaborate with each other when going through their reading lists. He thought that it would be helpful for students to be able to share comments they have made about resources or to add comments to the reading list itself. Students have access to collaborative tools in the VLE but this would be specifically readings-based.

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