Talis Product and Services Update - July 2017

Product Update Summary

We would like to update you on the progress of some of our key product development themes; click hereto remind yourself of the Talis development focus.

Releases of interest

Stay up to date with our releases by regularly visiting our Product Update page where you can view all release information including all improvements or fixes released in Talis Aspire.  This site is available from the top navigation bar on the Talis Support site.  Releases that you may be particularly interested in are:

Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL)

  • We had identified a misleading message following a user report, the message suggested that if you changed a time period on a draft list that the list would be published as a result. This was not the case and the message has been removed.
  • When a user invited a List Owner whose profile was private the List Owner is encouraged to change to a public profile, the link provided in the instructions on how to do this was broken, this has now been corrected.

Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC)

  • If an Article request had an array of ISSNs, for example, 1064-2684/1527-937, this was causing the link resolver lookup in some circumstances to fail and the request to error, we have now corrected this behaviour to use the first ISSN for the look up when presented in this way.
  • TADC wasn't displaying worklog events in the local timezone, this has now been fixed.
  • The Courses report page had developed a bug that was preventing the report from displaying, this was fixed and the Courses report is now displaying as intended.
  • Users had reported that when using Talis Aspire Digitised Content rollover they were experiencing a high number of Duplicate Requests, this was tracked down to the Pre-clear only route when no dates were entered. We released a fix to the process and also amended all affected requests. Please note Edit and Pre-clear routes and Pre-clear only where dates had been entered were unaffected by this issue.
  • The option to view referred requests from the TADC homepage was not working and did not take you to the requests. This has now been fixed and you can access your referred requests from the homepage again.

Community Contributions

Our Community Contributions continue to grow. We cover a wide spectrum of topics from a time saving top-tips to making the most of Google Analytics. If you have something you wish to share with others then please let us know by raising a support ticket.

Reading Lists - justifying the benefits for both students and lecturers (webinar)

In this webinar Dr Luke Devine, a humanities lecturer from the University of Worcester, presented on how he uniquely uses Talis Aspire Reading Lists and Talis Aspire Digitised Content to structure his lists to inspire and guide his students in their study. Luke’s reading list, ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education, is the most used list per student at the University of Worcester, despite being 1,141 items long. In this webinar Luke also explored the benefits of resource lists for lecturers.

Follow the link to webinar here

Engaging staff in Reading Lists (webinar)

What makes a good reading list? What do students do with reading lists? What helps them make the most of the reading list for a module?

In this webinar Allie Taylor, Academic Liaison Librarian from the University of Worcester, demonstrated how to encourage academic engagement through an interactive session on Talis Aspire Reading Lists. It aims to encourage lecturers to consider how they can maximise the impact of their reading lists andincrease library use. It examines how to engage students with reading and how academic staff and the library can support students in using the resources available. This will be useful to anyone hoping to further engage academic colleagues with online reading lists or wanting to breathe new life into departments where enthusiasm is flagging.

Follow the link to the webinar here


Talis Aspire Reading Lists now supports bookmarking from over 260 different sources. You can see the full list of bookmarks that Talis supports in the following article, where can I bookmark from?

If you bookmark from a site and would like to see improvements, please raise a support ticket.

  • University of California (UC) Press E-Books collection
  • Waterstones

Developer Community

July's developer community newsletter - Don’t miss out on next month’s newsletter. To register to join our developer community, please email consulting@talis.com.

Things to think about

Would you like to organise a review with the Talis team? This would be focusing on getting the most from Talis Aspire and ensuring Talis Aspire is working as efficiently as possible for your University. Please email Alison Spencer (as@talis.com) to organise a time that works for you and your team to have a call.

To keep up to date with the latest work that Talis are doing, do check out our blog.

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