Talis Product and Services Update - November 2016

Welcome to the November edition of the Talis Product and Services Update.


Product Update Summary
We would like to give you a progress update on some of our key product development themes; click here to get remind yourself of the Talis key development focus.


YBP GOBI widget available

You may well have seen the recent announcement that YBP have joined the Talis partner programme.  We should remind all that this means that Talis Aspire Reading List customers in the UK can now benefit from the GOBI widget within the Reviews workflow.  This is available to supplement the existing widgets from Dawsons, Askews and Holts, AbeBooks and Proquest Coutts.  If you would like the GOBI widget to be turned on then please raise a support ticket.


Reviews 2.0 Beta update

Following feedback from our beta users Reviews 2.0 now displays both the status of a digitisation request and the presence of an ebook link on an item record. We are completing improvements in preparation for the beta exit soon. We will continue to report on progress on this in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, if you notice an issue and want to ensure it is part of the planned improvements, please raise a support ticket.


Primo Explore

The August release of Primo included an interface change to Primo Explore. We have been working on the deep links and bookmarking ruleset with a few Universities keen to switch over at the start of the European Academic Year. We are pleased with the results so far, and are progressing with Community Zone record support and hope to have this in place in the coming weeks. Please raise a support ticket when you have an instance available in order for us to review along with your proposed go live date.



As many of you have been aware, we have been waiting for the Copyright Licence Agency (CLA) to share the technical specifications to enable changes to the reporting as per the new HE license. These have now been received and we are in a dialogue with the CLA to clarify some details.  In the coming weeks, we will be investigating and designing  necessary enhancements to Talis Aspire Digitised Content to meet these changes. We will share more information as we finalise the changes and timescales with the CLA; in the meantime, please rest assured that Talis Aspire Digitised Content remains fully compliant, and will support the evolution in reporting that CLA have now put in place.


Latest Talis Aspire Developments

  • 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:
    • Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
    • JNeurosci - Journal of Neuroscience
    • JEB - Journal of Experimental Biology


Meet the newest member of the Talis Team, Emma Dodd joining us as a Support Consultant

To find out more about Emma please do take the time to read her introductory blog post.


Engaging academics

Do you face the challenge of getting academics to engage with using reading lists? The University of Worcester ran a survey of academics on their use and engagement with reading lists to understand some of the barriers and how you can resolve them. Do have a listen to this webinar.


Growing your digitisation service

The University of Leicester began their journey with digitisations 10 years ago and since then both the team and the workflows have evolved. Tania Rowlett and Rob Melocha take us through these developments, where the challenges have been, and what their future plans are. If you are involved in the digitisation process whether e-reserves, copyright cleared content then this webinar is for you so do take the time to listen to this webinar.


Developer Community

November’s developer community newsletter focussed on building your own integrations and preparation for the changes prior to the new academic year in APAC. 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 (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.

Kind regards,

The Services Team

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