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Product improvements to Talis Aspire in 2018

Natalie Naik
Accessibility infrastructure

Happy New Year! As we begin 2019, we reflect on what we achieved in 2018. Talis work year round to make continual changes to the product, whether that’s a new version of an area of the system or small incremental changes to features in order to improve your experience. In the post, you’ll see all the changes we’ve made:

Talis Aspire New List View was rolled out

  • This year we rolled out the latest version of Talis Aspire List View after a beta period having worked with partner universities. This view was developed with the latest User Experience principles to ensure the best experience, whilst improving accessibility and performance of your online reading lists. The student view no longer shows the Beta tag.
  • List status messages have been added: a list in a newer time period is available, a review has been requested.
  • We now offer Welsh language support.
  • Due to feedback, we have improved the holdings link to library discovery service when holdings cannot be loaded.
  • It is now possible to edit Hierarchy and Student numbers in your online reading lists. Find out how.
  • Your ‘Review request’ and ‘Review history’ is now viewable and easily available via a menu in your reading list.

We have improved performance

  • Viewing long lists is now faster, with a shorter loading time and better experience with Talis Aspire New List View.

We added ‘Bulk Actions’ in Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL)

  • This allowed users to switch to the New List View by using the ‘All Lists’ report, or allowed rollout with a subset of lists. This allowed for a smoother change over process.  Find out more here.
  • ‘Bulk Actions’ also allowed users to update selected lists to ‘Archived state’ and ‘Published state’ Find out more here.
  • It is now also possible to change list privacy for selected lists with ‘Bulk Actions’ too, find out more here.

We updated Reports in Talis Aspire

  • We have a new filter in the ‘All Lists report’, which allows you to filter lists by ‘Last Published date’.
  • We’ve added a new filter in the ‘All List Items’ report allows searches by Title and ISBN. Find out more.
  • Digitisation request data is now also available in the ‘All List Items’ report.

Updates to Reviews in Talis Aspire

  • It is now possible to show ‘resource type’ in the other usages ‘view breakdown’ window to provide even more context.
  • You can now see live student numbers on the item view to ensure an up to date view across your lists. Find out more
  • We have also added ‘Edition lookup’ that identifies eBook copies.

Improving the link to your VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)

  • With our LTI Tool (Learning Tools Interoperability), academics can relink sections of their online reading list within the VLE. Find out more.

Improvements to Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC)

  • We enabled the editing of live requests, including the requester details. Find out more.
  • We also added functionality to allow you to replace live requests. Find out more.
  • You can now choose whether the needed by date in a request is optional or mandatory. Find out more.
  • We improved the way we work with the British Library, to get more accurate results in ‘Matching’. Find out more.
  • We have created a report in order to Support Annual CLA Requirements checks to ensure you stay compliant. Find out more.
  • The Copyright Licensing Limited census reporting in New Zealand has been improved, as you can now filter by date to include time period options. Find out more.
  • We now auto-populate ‘DK’ on CAL census reports for missing metadata to speed up the process.

We also…

This is only a snippet of some of the key releases that stand out from 2018. You told us these areas were important to you and have given you the most benefit from using Talis Aspire. You can track all of our releases as they happen at


If you’d like to hear more about how these updates impacted our users, join us at Talis Insight Europe 2019 on the 30th April – 1st May where you can hear first hand experiences from our universities. Find out more about the annual event here.

Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2019 takes place on the 24th-25th January. After the event you can see content here.

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