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April Product and Service Update

Natalie Naik

The product and service team are always working hard to consistently provide the best service we can to our customers and users. Find out about some of our latest Talis Developments.

Latest Talis Aspire Developments

You can stay up to date with our latest plans on our Development Focus.

Talis Aspire Reading Lists – Following feedback received from users on the default behaviour of the Online Resource Button. We had changed the behaviour for the Online Resource button to also automatically appear for all articles bookmarked. This article on how the Online Resource button works has been updated to reflect this change, details regarding what link would be used by default have been added. This can be optionally switched off if this is not the preferred behaviour at your University. Please raise a support ticket if this is the case.

Support articles of interest:

Bookmarking – Talis Aspire Reading Lists now supports bookmarking from over 230 different sources, this month we have added the following Bookmark recognisers:

  • e-Duke Books
  • British Journal of General Practice
  • Journals from the American Academy of Neurology
  • Continued improvements to bookmarking journals from Westlaw International

You can see the full list of bookmarks that Talis supports please take a look at the following article, where can I bookmark from? If there is a site that you use that you would like Talis to effectively bookmark from, then please raise a support ticket.


Authentication changes? Upgrading Open Athens or Shibboleth? Moving to ADFS?

If you are thinking to make any changes to your authentication systems or are working to upgrade Open Athens or other authentication systems, please do raise a support ticket and let us know.  There are some key things which you will need to be aware of to avoid your users losing access to their profiles. Read more.



This is a reminder that if you are planning to rollover in Talis Aspire Readings Lists and/or Talis Aspire Digitised Content and have dates in mind, please do let us know by raising a support ticket. This will ensure we can advise you of the suitability of your dates and so that we can be on the look up for any potential support requests related, and investigate as a matter of urgency. We will be running two dates for a webinar – Making your TARL and TADC rollover a success!. These webinars will be recorded and available to all. Please see the Up and coming webinars section for the registration links below.


Improving Acquisition Efficiency

We now have 66% customers using the new beta reviews 2.0. Using Reviews 2.0 will enable you to improve your acquisition efficiency, if you are interested in learning more we have also created a series of articles relating to acquisitions and review processes and set up that you may want to explore: Acquisitions and reviews overview

If you are interested in joining us in being a beta university, do raise a support ticket.


Developer Community

Join our developer community to find out more about APIs, and some of the technical nitty gritty that goes into successfully integrating Talis Aspire with university systems. If you would like to register to receive our developer community newsletter, please email You may also be interested in Joining our Technical Consultants, Tim Hodson and Richard Tattersall for Track 4 of our Talis Insight Europe 2016 agenda, covering Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) , Integrations and APIs.


University Changes?

Please do remember to tell us if your University plans to make changes to any of the systems Talis integrates with, such as Library Management Systems, OPAC, Identity Providers.  A change to these without speaking to us first, may cause issues with the use of the Talis Aspire Reading Lists and Talis Aspire Digitised Content.  Giving Talis notice of these changes means we can discuss the process and options, and schedule effort as required, with the focus of removing impact to your student, academic, or library colleague users.


Up and coming webinars

If there is anything  you would like to learn more about or you have something you wish to share with others, then please let us know by raising a support ticket.  Previously presented and recorded webinars can be found here.  

Making your TARL and TADC rollover a success!
11th May at 3pm
10th June at 11am (repeated session) 


Things to think about

If you would like to organise a review with the Talis team, focusing on getting the most from Talis ensuring it is working as effectively as possible for your University. Please email Alison Spencer ( to organise a time that works for you and your team to have a call. 

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