York St John University ​have ​selected Talis ​Aspire ​to ​manage ​and ​deliver ​its ​online ​reading ​lists ​service.

York St John University Library ​aims ​to ​improve ​student ​experience ​with ​improved access ​to ​resources. ​They ​plan ​to ​integrate ​reading ​lists ​with ​their ​Virtual ​Learning Environment ​(VLE) Moodle ​through ​the ​Talis ​Aspire ​Learning ​Tools ​Interoperability (LTI) ​tool. ​

The library will also see streamlined workflows, with better capability to manage library acquisitions and improved reporting functionality.

Talis ​Aspire ​will ​also ​be ​integrated ​with ​York St John University’s ​Library Management System Capita Alto and their Discovery Tool, EBSCO. ​This ​will ​provide ​a ​seamless way ​to ​add ​resources ​to ​reading ​lists, ​and ​provide ​direct ​links ​to ​these ​resources ​for their ​students, ​including ​real-time ​library ​holding ​information ​and ​single ​sign-on ​access where ​relevant.

“We are pleased to welcome York St John University to the Talis Aspire community, joining 95 other institutions worldwide. The Talis team will be working closely with them to migrate their existing data and to ensure a smooth implementation. We look forward to working with them to help achieve their goals with Talis Aspire ​online ​reading ​lists.” ​said David ​Errington, ​CEO ​of ​Talis.

Victoria Watt, Acting Deputy Director Information Learning & Estates at York St John University told us that “York St John has a long established history of using online reading list systems which underpin our validation processes and our learning and teaching. We are looking forward to the benefits Talis Aspire will bring to our academics, students and librarians and the improvements it will bring to the student experience. We are particularly impressed by the ways in which Talis Aspire will allow us to integrate lists into our Moodle VLE. We will be keen to promote the analytics aspects of the system to our academic staff and we will be using this information to help librarians guide our acquisitions workflow.”

The ​Talis ​Services ​team ​have already begun the implementation process, with a plan to have their reading lists live at the end of May to ensure a smooth handover between the systems.

York St John University, founded in 1841 is one of the oldest institutions in the UK. It has a growing student population of 6,000 students, including more than 500 international students. York St John University is one of only two UK Universities to be awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark Holder for Business Excellence.