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Talis news: December 2014


Welcome to the December 2014 news update from Talis.

We recently announced David White, Sheila MacNeil and Mark Stubbs will be speaking at Talis Insight 2015. They need little introduction in the Higher Education community, and we are really excited they could join us. We will be announcing more speakers shortly.

Next year’s Talis Aspire User Group meeting will take place at Talis Insight 2015. We have already begun discussions with our customers, and will be announcing details soon. Register your interest here, and we will keep you informed on all the latest developments.

Customer news

We are pleased to announce that existing Talis Aspire Reading List customers Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Winchester have become the latest institutions to add our Talis Aspire Digitised Content module to streamline the management of copyright content.

Product news

Product Hour webinars

To keep everyone updated about upcoming features, we record an hour long webinar each month. These give an insight into ongoing developments, allowing you to plan future projects using our applications. The latest recorded webinars can be found here.

Did you miss our Google Analytics webinar series?

We have finished our second series of the Google Analytics webinars, for this series we had 15 attendees from a variety of universities. For those that missed them the recordings are available on our support pages.

New webinar series for 2015
We are going to be running a new webinar series starting in January 2015 based around Best Practice. We would like these sessions to be led by you the customer with our support. We see these as being a 10-15min presentation with a time for questions and discussion. Get in touch with Laura Unwin if you would like to lead a session or have an area you would like to see presented on.
Latest developments

Our development team recently completed the end-to-end workflow for the British Library integration in Talis Aspire Digitised Content, which was demonstrated at our recent open day in November. When available for BETA testing in early 2015, the integration will enable customers to check price and availability, and place orders with the British Library directly from within Talis Aspire Digitised Content for documents not held by the library. We also completed the migration of our reporting infrastructure for Talis Aspire Reading Lists to new upgraded hardware to support live reporting from the underlying database. The development team is now focused on delivering the live reports on the new infrastructure. Finally, we have also been putting some final touches to the CAL report, in preparation for the first CAL report submission, using Talis Aspire Digitised Content, by one of our Australian customers.

Services news

Talis Aspire review

Would you like to review your Talis Aspire setup, and understand how you could improve efficiency? Talis now offer a Talis Aspire Business Process Review, the first of these two days is scheduled onsite, where we meet with your team, and you walk us through what you do today and any issues that you may be facing, we then use day two to report back on our recommendations of what you can improve, and other universities who you might want to contact to understand a little more about their setup. If you would like to explore this further, please contact Alison Spencer, or raise a support case here.

Consulting projects

Planning for 2015, make sure that you highlight any change projects that you have scheduled, so as to enable the Talis team to plan to your timeframe; to keep us up to date, simply raise a support case here, and the team will come back to discuss your requirements.


At Talis we support customers using both Talis Aspire Reading Lists and Talis Aspire Digitised Content. These two modules integrate with many different combinations of systems, and each customer is unique. To help us better support your Talis modules and their integration with your unique combination of systems, we’re asking you to spend a few minutes updating us on the systems that you use by completing this survey.

As we approach 2015 would you like to carry out a complete review of all of your open support cases? if so, email Alison Spencer, and we will arrange a time for one of the Support Consultants to contact you.

Talis events

Talis Insight 2015
15 – 16th April, 2015, ICC Birmingham, UK

Our annual event, showcasing all our products and services plus sessions on the current trends in the application of technology in teaching and learning.

Meet us at these other events

Blackboard User Conference
6 – 7th Jan 2015, Durham University

We are sponsoring this event and will be discussing how to integrate our products with Blackboard Learn.

Academic and Special Libraries Section Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015
26 – 27th February 2015, Dublin
We will be attending as delegates.
Reading List Challenge
31st March – 1st April 2015, Loughborough

We will again be supporting this annual event.

UKSG 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition
30th March – 1st April 2015, Glasgow
We will again be attending the annual UKSG Conference and Exhibition as delegates.
Lilac – Information Literacy Awards
8 – 10th April 2015, Newcastle

We are sponsoring the Info/Digital Literacy award and attending.

Partner News

As a key provider to some of the world’s best universities Talis products integrate with a range of solutions to deliver a coherent service to our growing list of customers.  In January, we will launch a new Talis Partner programme working with leading providers to higher education.

Why partner with Talis?

  • Improve customer experience: ensure customer integrations are simple and enable our shared customers to maximise the value they take from your service

  • Increased discoverability: ensure your services are discoverable by hundreds of thousands of student and faculty users who use Talis services every day

  • Increase exposure: Extend your reach into UK higher education by sponsoring and exhibiting at Talis Insight. Engage with us to explore a range of partnership marketing opportunities

If you are interested in partnering with Talis contact Mark Bush.

Talis on Twitter

As Twitter becomes a more widespread messaging and communications tool, we are focussing on ensuring we use it where most applicable. As well as using direct emails and, broadcast emails via the relevant JISC lists, we will also use Twitter for all our announcements and updates which you will receive if you follow us at @talis.

From our Blogs

We currently host two separate blogs – our general blog covers issues relating to Higher Education, whilst our engineering blog focusses on the tools and technologies we use to create our products. Below is a selection of recent posts that you may find interesting, and your comments on each post are most welcome.

CPD25 Reading Lists – Challenge or opportunity? Event, 4th Dec 2014

Last week saw the latest meeting of this annual session, with an excellent range of papers from Universities using different solutions to provide Reading List type services to… read more

Recap : Talis Aspire Open Day in London on 27th November 2014

The last in our series of autumn Talis Open days was held in London on Thursday with the emphasis on prospective new customers and those just wanting to find out… read more

As it unfolded at the Talis Open Day in London

The first out our Autumn open days was held in London Last week. Thanks to Alison and Malcolm from London South Bank University as well… read more

Recap: Talis Open Day at Manchester on 18th November

The 2nd in our series of Autumn Open Days took place at Manchester this week. Once again, some great presentations from our colleagues at University… read more

p.s don’t wear a suit

One of our new developers reflects on his experience during his first few months at Talis and our culture… (from the engineering blog)… read more

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