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Bishop Grosseteste University select Talis Aspire for their first reading list system

Natalie Naik
press release

Bishop Grosseteste University have selected Talis Aspire to manage their online reading lists and copyright management. The decision was made by their Reading List Task Force, set up in 2017 and led by the Head of Library Services.

The task force had two main goals, firstly to “implement practical solutions to improve the presentation, dissemination and accessibility of reading lists for the benefit of students, academics and the library team”. It also aimed to “encourage discussion and dialogue about the relationship between reading lists and pedagogy, reading lists and student satisfaction and the importance of effective library/academic partnerships, with a view to enhancing the student experience.”

Emma Sansby, Head of Library Services, welcomes the partnership “We were looking for a reading list solution that was well-established and reliable with a proactive development programme and a good reputation. We think we’ve found what we were looking for in Talis Aspire and are excited about working with the Talis team to build a system that meets our needs.  We intend to introduce Talis Aspire to students from September 2018 as part of a two-year phased implementation and, to that end, members of the library team will continue to work closely with academics colleagues and student representatives, all of which were represented on the Reading List Task Force, to achieve the project goals.  Never having had a reading list management system before this is a significant step for us, especially for the library team in terms of the potential for streamlining collection development and acquisitions processes, and we are eager to get started. ”

Bishop Grosseteste University will be integrating Talis Aspire with their LMS and discovery platform, OCLC’s WMS and WorldCat, and also with the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

“Bishop Grosseteste University have had clear goals from the outset on what they wanted to achieve by adopting Talis Aspire. We are delighted to work closely with them to implement a reading list system for the first time in order to provide an improved student experience and more streamlined workflows for the library team. They join a vast community of Talis Aspire users from across the globe and I hope they will benefit from the knowledge and advice shared within this community,” said David Errington, CEO of Talis.

Based in uphill Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University is a community of approximately 2,400 students and 350 staff. The University has a strong record for student satisfaction, retention and employability and is one of the top institutions in the country for widening participation. In 2017 it was awarded TEF Gold status cementing its position as one of the foremost providers of higher education in the United Kingdom.  Established in 1862 as a diocesan teacher training college, the University still trains and educates teachers but has seen its portfolio grow over the decades to incorporate a range of humanities and social sciences programmes, from foundation to doctoral level, delivered through three schools.

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