Talis Product and Services Update - August 2016

Our product and service teams are always working hard to provide the best service we can to our customers and users. Find out about some of the latest Talis Developments this month.

Product Update Summary

Firstly we would like to give you a progress update on some of our key product development themes; click here to remind yourself of the Talis key development focus.

We are now starting to engage with early adopters for the List View User Experience (UX) improvements. We are able to control the switchover to the beta view on a list by list basis, therefore enabling us to work closely with universities, and their selected academics and student groups for this first phase feedback; we will be continuing progress updates over the coming months, advising how and when you can get involved with applying this to your Talis Aspire tenancy.

We are poised ready to work with the CLA on the licence changes around reporting as detailed here in our blog. Some of your questions we hope are answered here in a FAQ document, however, if your question is not covered then please do raise a support ticket and we will work to answer.

Talis also have a theme of work around continual improvement; this month one of the things our monitoring has picked up had been around a slight dip in performance, we have been working hard behind the scenes to address this, and ensure that usual performance is maintained moving forward.


Latest Talis Aspire Developments

  • 10% Copy Limit from 1st August 2016 –  for CLA customers as per the recent Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) HE Licence 2016-2019 Summary and the more recent publication of theNEW CLA UUK/GuildHE Higher Education Licence Agreement , “the extent limits defined in the new licence will increase, to the effect that the percentage of a work that may be copied changes from 5% to 10%. We have updated the Talis Aspire Digitised Content rules to accommodate the new extent limit for digitisations with course dates from 1st August.
  • Bookmarking – Talis Aspire Reading Lists now supports bookmarking from over 230 different sources. You can see the full list of bookmarks that Talis supports.  In the following article, where can I bookmark from? If there is a site that you use that you would like Talis to effectively bookmark from, then please raise a support ticket. This month, we have updated several existing recognisers and added new recognisers for the following sites:
    • Browzine
    • OJIN – Online Journal of Issues in Nursing


Talis Aspire Digitised Content and the CLA Higher Education Licence 2016-2019

You can find details of our actions and plan for the recent licence changes published by the CLA in our blog post. The CLA and Talis have also signed a Third Party Technology Provider agreement as detailed here. As always, we will work closely with you, our customers, to understand your needs as we design and implement these changes. If you have any questions, please do contact us or read the FAQs we have put together.


Google Books Preview Update

Many of our customers recently received an email from Google Books alerting you to a change in the way they are embedding Google Books preview in a screen and that this will impact Talis Aspire Reading Lists. We have reviewed the upcoming changes and updated our integration to use the new Google API. The Google Books preview will continue to embed and work as normal.


Primo Interface changes – August 2016

The August release of Primo will include an interface change. So that we can understand the impact of the Talis Aspire Reading Lists Integration for your university, please raise a support ticket when you have an instance available in order for us to review and your proposed go live date. We are already working on the bookmarking changes based on information provided so far and don’t foresee any issues with bookmarking and integration.


Need to review your processes? Refresher Training for key users? Hints and tips for academic engagement?

Speak to us if you require support or would like to organise a training session or a business process review. Show others at your institution what value we could add to this process by sharing: Pushing the boundaries of your reading lists and digitisation services with Talis Aspire where Sian Blake – Digitisation Librarian, University of East Anglia and Rachel Johnson – Digital Resources Librarian, University of South Wales, present their thoughts on the process. We can arrange a call to discuss your needs.


Developer Community

August’s developer community newsletter focussed on the Item Linking API and why you might want to use it. 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 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 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.

Kind regards,

The Services Team

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