Talis Product and Services Update - September 2018

Beta Button

We have made a change to the Beta Button behaviour in New List View. This was following feedback that for many students the new list view is the only view that has been or will be available, so having the Beta button is not necessary and could be confusing to new users. So if your tenancy is fully switched over to new list view by default, students will not see the Beta button.

Academics and library staff who have a role, whether that be List Creator or List Publisher, will still see the Beta button whilst we have some features in development that require switching back to Classic at this time. You will also notice a few changes to the Academic or Library staff view of a list when navigating between the New List View and Classic view, again following feedback on the terminology. This change has been reflected in the article: Switching an individual list to a new list view


Google Chrome

It has come to our attention that a bug in the latest version of the Chrome browser can prevent installation of the Talis Aspire bookmarklet in the usual way, although users who have already added it to Chrome can continue to save items. We expect this to be resolved shortly in the next Chrome release due next month, in the meantime we have taken steps to ensure that new Talis Aspire users can still use Chrome to save bookmarks. These are outlined in the following articles: 


 List UX Refresh

We now have over 60 universities, more than half of our user group, that are already using the new list view for all their lists. See the releases of interest section for some of the recent improvements.

New list edit functionality continues to progress, most recently with request digitisation workflows, a key addition as shared in our Talis Aspire Product Update Webinar - August 2018

Currently in progress is the hierarchy and student number functionality, which we intend to add to new list view whilst in a transitional phase of new list view with classic list edit. Next up are the review and publish workflows. 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, once we have reached a parity of key features as described.

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.


Releases of Interest

Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL)

  • Improvement - We now support Welsh language in New list view, with a language switcher available in the header of TARL if you have language options switched on. If you want students to have access to Welsh language options please raise a support case and we can switch this on for your tenancy.
  • Improvement -  We have improved the availability display in the new list view so that when holdings cannot be displayed but the item has a Local Control Number, we now display 'Library' as the location and a button to 'Check Availability' taking the user to the catalogue or Discovery service as configured for the tenancy.
  • Fix - We have resolved an issue where the default licence wasn't appearing on a list in New List View unless set by the List Publisher, and also allowed for a licence to be removed altogether from a list but adding a 'None' options for lists where the List Owner doesn't want a list to be covered in this way. The permission to control this at list level is Assign Licence as described in What is a role and what is a permission? and can be added to any role in your tenancy.
  • Fix - draft lists in the new list view can now be added to 'My Lists', previously this didn't complete.


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

  • Include comments in Export Review CSV - Vote here
  • Expand list of academic disciplines - Vote here
  • Pairing identical physical and digital items - Vote here
  • All List Items report to include url from 'is part of' section - Vote here
  • Digitisation status as filter in Reviews - Vote here
  • Bookmarking with multiple URLs - Vote here
  • Prevent academics replying to review complete emails - Vote here
  • Link to Catalogue in Reviews opening in new tab/window - Vote here

Talis Aspire Digitised Content - no new ideas this month


Support Articles of Interest

We have updated a number of our articles supporting Talis Aspire Digitised Content. You can take a look at them below:


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.

This month, Sheffield Hallam University presented a webinar to explain how they designed and carried out their student survey to achieve a record number of 1,207 student responses. You can listen to the webinar recording here.



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: 

  • Case Centre (The)
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • UK Government website publications
  • University Press Scholarship Online (all partner presses)
  • Youth and Policy

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.

Bookmarking from EBSCO EDS and EBSCOhost platforms

EBSCO have worked with Talis to create an app that improves the bookmarking experience, and create better quality bookmarks from the EBSCO platforms (EDS and EBSCOhost). This app uses the information already brought together for exporting to reference management tools like EndNote and Mendeley, and displays as a link or button on these interfaces. More information on this app is available in this article.


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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