Talis Product and Services Update - January 2018

Product Update Summary

We would like to update you on the progress of some of our key product development themes. Here is the first of the regular Product Update Webinars


Full article link - Talis Aspire Product Update Webinar Jan 2018 (Europe)

Full article link - Talis Aspire Product Update Webinar Jan 2018 (APAC)

This particular edition focuses on rounding up the changes of the last 6 months in Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC).

  • Rollover improvements
  • Request form updates
  • Multiple Module requests
  • Edit course details
  • Edit request details
  • Combined Data source for edition checking
  • Other improvements and fixes

These webinars will recap on recent changes in both Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) and TADC, advising of features and improvements in development or planning, and refresher sessions on areas of the system at key points in the year. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during each webinar.

Please check our Events page regularly for details of upcoming webinars.

UK ONLY - A reminder that to “opt-in” to automated reporting to the Copyright Licensing Agency as part of our TPTP agreement, needs to be requested by sending a confirmation email to legal@talis.com by the 31st January 2018.

Security Update

There are two global security vulnerabilities that have made it into the news recently, these have been given the terms Meltdown and Spectre.  The Meltdown flaw is a high concern as it affects nearly all servers and desktops that are currently in use today.

We understand that universities may have some questions on what SaaS suppliers are doing to keep systems and applications safe from these attacks.  While secure isolated networks and controlled environments largely mitigate against these types of flaws, it is important that security updates are applied quickly when available.

Talis can confirm that Talis Aspire has already been updated and is protected against all known vulnerabilities.  As always we will continue to monitor and take action, applying further updates where necessary.

List View Refresh

We have enabled 46 universities with access to the new list view so that they can review the new functionality and consider their approach to rolling out to students. We have 5 universities from our beta phase that have already completed their rollout so that all of their lists appear in the new list view with 10 known to have the new view live with some students. We will be enabling more universities for staff side review in the next few months, you will be contacted when this is available for your tenancy.

We have made some significant improvements to the new list view following early beta feedback. Here is a link to our blog with a short video showcasing the latest changes:

New student list view: an update

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

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 that already have new list view access to further enable new list edit features at a time to suit their rollout to academics.

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

General Data Protection Regulation

Talis have continued to progress with the work to become General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ready and will be fully compliant by the due date. As with all changes and improvements made in Talis Aspire, we will communicate changes to the software or data via our usual Product Update channels, alongside some specific information we will be making available. If anyone has any specific concerns, we ask this is raised as a support case.

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)

  • All Lists with bulk actions report is currently only available to universities that have the new list view enabled. This report gives universities the ability to rollout the list view in bulk to a filtered set of lists.  For full details of the change please see support article: Switching list view with All Lists with bulk actions report

Community Contributions

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.

Northumbria University on inspiring and engaging academics with reading lists.

In this webinar Amanda Foster, Content Delivery and Copyright Librarian, Liz Beach Reading List Service Co-ordinator and Hilary Skoyles, Reading List Service Co-ordinator  from Northumbria University, share their experience over the last four years, and some tried and tested strategies to increase academic engagement with Online Reading Lists.

Follow the link to the webinar here

Westlaw and Factiva persistent link generators

Philip Barraclough contacted us to explain how a member of the team at the University of Warwick has created a tool for generating persistent Westlaw links via OpenAthens tool. Essentially, this is a macro in an Excel spreadsheet which creates a link based on a unique identifier that staff copy and paste into the spreadsheet.

Follow the link to the support article 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, 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.

We understand this is a time that APAC Universities are planning to (or are already completing) rollover for their reading lists and digitised content requests. If you would like to arrange a call with one of the Talis Services team to support you with rollover, please do raise a support ticket.


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