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Talis Aspire Day at University of Reading


Talis Aspire Days are a great way to meet, network and learn from your peers from libraries about how they are successfully managing and delivering online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services. We co-hosted our 2nd Talis Aspire Day this summer with University of Reading at their campus.

Helen Hathaway, Head of Academic Liaison and Support at University of Reading welcomed the attendees and provided a brief overview of the drivers for adopting Talis Aspire. She also outlined the reasons for selecting Talis following an evaluation of all solutions available in the market, and how they set about winning support and investment for their project.// can watch Helen’s full presentation here.

We owe a massive thank you to Kerry Webb, Liaison Team Manager: Arts and Humanities and Course support coordinator from University of Reading. She was our key contact at the university and worked very closely with us to make this day possible. Her efforts helped find two academics, Mary Morrissey Associate Professor, Department of English Literature and Dr Cindy Becker, Associate Professor, Department of English Literature. Mary and Emma shared how they use online reading lists and some fantastic insights into how having the reading lists online and integrated seamlessly with their Learning Management System plays a pivotal role in supporting their student learning experience.

Kerry has been primarily responsible for the rollout and successful adoption of their new online reading lists service at the University of Reading. Following the academic presentations she outlined the steps she had taken to drive successful engagement with everyone else at the institution including academics and students for successful adoption.// can watch her full presentation here.

Later, Rachel Johnson, Digital Resource Librarian from University of South Wales joined Laura Unwin from our Talis Services team to talk about how Talis Services work. While Laura provided and overview of what we do, Rachel shared what this looks like from a customer’s perspective.// can watch the full presentation from Laura and Rachel here.

University of Chichester are one of our recent customers to implement Talis Aspire at their institution. We were delighted that Steve Bowman, Deputy Librarian from the University of Chichester was able to join us to// about their recent experience. And we concluded the day with our CEO David Errington providing an// of the future plans and vision for Talis and our offerings.

We would like to thank all the speakers who took the time to prepare and present at this event, and a special thanks to Kerry and her team at University of Reading for all their support in making this happen.

If you are interested in attending an event like this, tell us what you would like to get out such an event in the comments below. Our next Talis Aspire Day in Asia-Pacific will be at Adelaide on the 29th of August, the day before the ALIA National Conference 2016.

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