Using APIs for Talis Aspire Reading Lists within your library catalogue

Introduction

To ensure that your Talis Aspire Reading Lists are visible to academics and students, many of our universities use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to lookup and link to a reading list from the item in the library catalogue.

For a detailed explanation of APIs, please see our Talis Webinar on APIs

Examples of library catalogue integrations

This short video introduces you to some examples of reading lists being shown in library catalogues. All the links in the video are mentioned below.

Members of our community have shared examples of where they have successfully used APIs in their catalogues.

Oxford Brookes University - Capita Prism

Oxford Brookes linked their Capita Prism library catalogue to Talis Aspire Reading Lists so that whenever an item is looked up within the Catalogue, Prism shows which reading lists that item is on.

Oxford Brookes University

University of Brighton - Capita Prism

The University of Brighton linked from their Capita Prism library catalogue to the lists on which the item is found. 
University of Brighton
 

University of Derby - Capita Prism

Examples of how linking to reading lists look to students can be found in the University of Derby catalogue

Aberystwyth University - Ex Libris Primo

Aberystwyth University added calls to Talis Aspire's item linking API to their Primo interface in two different places.

London South Bank University

London South Bank University also have an API set up in their Encore catalogue. When the item is selected, the relevant reading lists are displayed at the bottom right of the screen. An Example at London South Bank University.
 
 
If you have any questions concerning the use of API's please raise a support ticket and Talis Services and Consulting will be able to guide you.
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