Talis Product and Services Update - August 2018

Product Update Summary

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

This month we looked at Request Digitisation in List Edit, Bulk Archive and CLNZ Census Report Filters.


List UX Refresh

We now have over 40 universities that are already using the new list view for all their lists, with many choosing the summer break to make the change following rollover ready for the start of the UK and Europe new academic year. See the releases of interest section for some of the recent improvements. 

Development has been progressing on the new list edit functionality with work completed on the background APIs to bring the data and functionality together of the core edit and publish features. Request digitisation workflows from the new list edit has been a key addition most recently as shared in our Talis Aspire Product Update Webinar - August 2018. The list edit improvements are a continuation of the list view refresh theme building on the interface students are already able to take advantage of with positive feedback. We are working towards early beta readiness of list edit and will look to engage for participation from those that have registered interest in being an early beta partner.

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, this has been updated with a useful video you can link to as student guidance: Recommended steps to rollout the new list view at your University.


Bulk Archive

Until now, Universities have only been able to archive lists from expired time periods while carrying out their rollover. We have now added this facility to the All Lists report, allowing libraries the flexibility to select lists for archiving at a time of their choosing. More information about this new feature can be found in this article. If you would like this enabled for your tenancy, please raise a support case.

Following feedback raised in the Product Update Webinar we will be adjusting the permissions so that Bulk Actions are not available with just the View Reports permission. When we release this further change we will enable for all with the permission added to the System Admin role by default, and tenancy preferences on widening this to other roles can be enabled.


New Bookstore

Universities can now choose to select Wordery as their bookstore in TARL, providing real time availability information to their users. If you would like to enable this for your tenancy, please raise 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)

  • Find other formats/editions option now only shows for relevant resource types in the new list view.
  • When viewing a list the tenancy default Copyright Licence statement now shows on the list in the new list view.
  • We have resolved an issue in the new list view where every item that had an ISBN was showing a bookstore message even if no bookstore was enabled for the tenancy. If you don't have a bookstore configured this message will no longer appear.

Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC)

  • Digitisations attached to draft lists were previously being shown as deleted and flagged during rollover. This has now been corrected, so when a request is rolled over TADC will look to see if the item is on a draft list as well as a published version and only a real deleted item will be flagged.
  • We have improved the date filtering on the CLNZ Census report so that you can choose to filter 'With end dates' as a date range (existing behaviour) or filter by 'Time period' or 'Exact dates', catering for all reporting preferences following a consultation with CLNZ tenancies, for further guidance see: Copyright Licensing Limited (CLL) census reporting in New Zealand.


Talis Ideas Forum

Since beginning to share the ideas via this newsletter we have seen a increase in people voting on ideas and adding their use cases. We will continue to share the new ideas raised via this newsletter. For more details on the Ideas Forum, please see this article.

Talis Aspire Reading Lists

  • Exception list when bookmarking - Vote here
  • Scoping of list creator to an individual list- Vote here
  • Make "View later edition" alert in Reviews screen dependent on edition statements not publication dates - Vote here

Talis Aspire Digitised Content

  • Statistics - Tracking individual users - Vote here


Support articles of interest

Some universities have chosen to promote Talis Aspire by creating videos to highlight the benefits of the service. If you’re considering this, our marketing team have some tips on how to ensure that your videos will be most effective:

How your library team can make videos for students and academics


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.



Talis Aspire Reading Lists now supports bookmarking from over 290 different sources. You can see the full list of sites and databases that Talis supports in the following article - Where can I bookmark from? 

Bookmarking recognisers that have been added or updated this month: 

  • British Academy Scholarship Online
  • Cairo Scholarship Online
  • California Scholarship Online
  • Canadian Journal of Communication
  • ClinicalKey (updated)
  • JSTOR (updated)
  • Manchester Scholarship Online
  • Open Library
  • Princeton Scholarship Online
  • Revista de literatura

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 previous 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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