Assigning a list owner

The basic premise behind a list owner is that lists should be linked to the academic delivering the course or module, and that students should be able to use the academic's name to search for their list from the home page. This is especially helpful when they cannot recall the unit or module code or name.

Any academic that has created a profile in Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) can be assigned the list owner.

When you select a new list owner, you can select:

  • "Save" - this will assign them the ownership of the list only, without any list editing permissions.  If they don't have a List Publisher role scoped to tenancy wide they will not be able to edit the list.
  • "Save with Publisher role" - This means they will have the List Publisher role scoped to that list only.

They no longer need to accept the invite via this route but will still be notified via email that they have been assigned ownership and are a List Publisher for the list. If you assign yourself as list owner, no notification will be sent.

To assign a list owner:

  1. On your list, select 'Assign list owner' from the Edit menuMarketing_research___Services.png
  2. Type in the name or email address of the user you wish to add. This starts the search straight away, narrowing results as you type. You can also select 'Assign to me' from this screen to set yourself as the list owner. If you can't find the academic, it may be that they haven't created a profile yet in TARL.Marketing_research___Services__2_.png
  3. Selecting the user from the drop-down menu will add them to the list of owners on this assignment screen - You must then click either 'Save' or 'Save with list publisher role' for the change to take effect. Clicking 'Cancel' will cancel the change and revert back to the existing list ownership.Marketing_research___Services__3_.png
  4. To replace a list owner, simply repeat the steps above, there is no need to remove the original list owner first. Remembering to click either Save or Save with list publisher for the change to take effect.Marketing_research___Services__4_.png
  5. To remove a list owner and make the list unassigned, click the 'Remove' icon next to the user's name and role. Remember to click Save for the change to take effect.Marketing_research___Services__5_.png 
    The modal without an assigned list owner looks like this Marketing_research___Services__6_.png

A short video demonstrating the above processes:

List owner and My Lists

When assigning a list owner, the list will always be added to the assignee's My Lists collection unless:

  1. The person being assigned is already the owner of the list.
  2. The person being assigned has previously removed that list from their My Lists collection.

If you are manually copying a list on behalf of another person, in order for the list to get added to their My Lists, you'd need to complete the following steps:

  1. Fully un-assign and then re-assign the list.
  2. Ensure the user you're assigning the list ownership to hasn't previously had and removed the list from their My Lists collection.

Assigning Multiple List Owners

We do plan to revisit the ability to assign multiple contributors in the meantime there is a method for achieving this to aid the searching of a list - Assigning multiple list owners

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    Annette Moore

    Hi Keji


    Planning rollover and wondered whether 'Assign List Owner' carries any permissions with it or is it just an association for searching as above. Although you can assign list owner in draft mode, I can't see that you can send 'List Publisher Invites' from draft.  We are thinking about the pros and cons of rolling lists over to draft or published.


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    Hi Annette,

    I hope I answered your question about this via the mailing list. Your hierarchy associations, list owners and permissions go along with the rolled over lists. 



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    ! RLO - Resource Lists Online

    Can people take over ownership of lists from others?  If so - how?  Angie

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    ! RLO - Resource Lists Online

    Administrators have the rights to remove or reassign the list owner from the edit drop down menu in the list. Angie

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    Leslie Bolsover

    Hi, We are using the New Edit view but we can't see the Assign List Owner option in New Edit. Will this be in the new view eventually? Thanks

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    Rebecca Carruthers

    Hi Leslie,
    The ability to Assign List Owner from the New List View & New List Edit was made available from the 24th of June - The details on how to do this are in the above support article. Let us know in a support ticket if you need any help.

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