Talis Product and Services Update - April 2018

Product Update Summary

We would like to update you on the progress of some of our key product development themes.

The next Product Update will be presented at Talis Insight Europe 2018, with follow up Webinars for APAC and Europe later in May.

Please check our Events page regularly for details of May’s Product Update webinars.

List View Refresh

We have enabled access to new list view for all Talis Aspire universities. Please take time to review the new functionality and consider your universities approach to rolling out to students. We have 15 universities from our beta phase that have already completed their rollout so that all of their lists appear in the new list view.

Development has been steadily progressing on the new list edit functionality and this is a continuation of the list view refresh improvements. As we start to release those features, we will be working with universities for feedback and early beta, before opening access more widely. As with list view, list edit features can be rolled out at a time to suit academics.

If you have questions or wish to know more please raise a support case.

Considering your rollout options? Then the following article may help you in making your decision: Recommended steps to rollout the new list view at your University.

What is Talis doing about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The EU GDPR aims to unify data privacy laws and is becoming enforceable on the 25th May. We are currently working on a project to ensure we are compliant by this date, this includes changes to documentation, contracts, policies, our products and internal staff training. You can find out more about our progress so far here

So if you have a question about GDPR, ask us by emailing data.protection@talis.com.

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.  The Product Update 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)

  • Reporting - Additional filters and export fields on the All list items report, including Title and ISBN filters for ease of finding a specific work across lists.
  • Adding in of SAML User ID and Talis Global User ID to the export of the All User Profile report.
  • We have added the 4.0 versions of the Creative Commons Licences to TARL. If you wish to change your default licence please do let us know by raising a support request, details of the licenses and assigning can be found in this article - Assigning a Creative Commons copyright license to your tenancy and reading lists
  • Removed the automatic addition of the work title to ‘has part’ Title fields in bookmarking and edit metadata screens, as the work title is now displayed in new list view alongside the Chapter detail. We are carrying out updates to correct data when a university indicates they are ready for full rollout as part of the switch process. Those already fully rolled out are currently also scheduled for updates.
  • In Reviews and Quick Add, when viewing available editions, we can now recognise and display if the format is an Ebook, where this data is available. This should improve the relevance of the editions you can view within this data.

Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC)

  • We introduced a change to make the Needed by date on the TADC request form blank and mandatory by default to encourage better planning by academics and fairer workflows to action the requests, back in October 2017. This did not suit all, so following feedback, we have made the mandatory aspect optional. If this change did not suit your university workflows you can now switch this off within the Admin settings of TADC. Details in the following articles: Settings in Talis Aspire Digitised Content and Request Form - Talis Aspire Digitised Content


Support Articles of Interest

  • Reports refresher webinar: In this webinar held last month, the Talis Services Team take you through ways to make the most of the reporting functions within Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL).
  • Refresher on rollover webinar:  In this webinar, the Talis Services Team team talks through the rollover process for both Reading List and Digitised Content with Q&A.
  • It’s time to start thinking about adding your next Time period(s) into your Reading lists setup.  Here is a support article detailing what Talis needs to know to set these up for you: https://support.talis.com/hc/en-us/articles/205858001-Time-periods
  • Reflecting on Talis Insight APAC webinar:  In this webinar we hear from Steve Donaldson, University of Waikato, who is one of our APAC Talis User Group representatives for 2018.  Steve shares and reflects on his experience with shaping and contributing to the user group activities sessions at Talis Insight. We also hear from Craig Milne, Griffith University, who gives an overview presentation he and Kelly Johnson gave on “Surfing the data waves: Driving change and exploring the possibilities".


Community Contributions

Setting up a bookmarklet shortcut on an iPad.  Thomas Hyland, Library Systems Manager at Teesside University  has shared a top tips article on how to set up the bookmarklet for Ipads.

Setting up a bookmarklet shortcut on an iPad

Our Community Contributions continue to grow. We cover a wide spectrum of topics from 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.



Talis Aspire Reading Lists now supports bookmarking from over 270 different sources. You can see the full list of bookmarks that Talis supports in the following article - where can I bookmark from?

  • Archive Services, University of Dundee
  • The World Bank - Open Knowledge Repository

If you bookmark from a site and would like to see improvements, or if you’ve noticed that a site has been updated and isn’t bookmarking very well anymore, please raise a support ticket.


Developer Community

To join our developer community, please email consulting@talis.com.  To see past newsletters, please visit the Talis blog.


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 call at a time that works for you and your team.

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

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