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The Talis Awards 2019: Talis Advocate of the Year 2019

Natalie Naik
Talis Awards Talis Insight Europe 2019

At Talis Insight Europe 2019 we celebrated the achievements of our global community at the Talis Awards. This award, Talis Advocate of the Year is a new award for 2019. We are really pleased to announce the following winners and runners-up…

This award celebrates someone who has done something exceptional with Talis Aspire this year. Perhaps someone who has stood out for their creative ideas, their talent in spotting opportunities for improvements in their use of Talis Aspire, or has impressed with their motivation and dedication to reading lists.


Congratulations to our winner: Peta Hanley from Deakin University. Nominated by Colin Bates,  Director, Collections and Global Access, who said the following:

“Peta is Deakin’s prime advocate for Talis Reading Lists, having driven its uptake and use from inception. Her promotion of the lists to academics, and the implementation of new features and initiatives over the years has cemented its value, and an improved student experience. These have included:

  •         Establishment of a Talis/Reading List working group within the Library to share information
  •         Detailed projects to enhance lists, and their use within the University
  •         Coordinating and testing of bookmarking improvements from all EBSCOhost platforms
  •         Beta testing of the new list view and now list edit
  •         Keeping TARL targeted rollover on the improvement agenda”

The Talis team said:

“Congratulations to Peta at Deakin, Peta shows real drive and is a fantastic advocate for Talis Aspire. Always willing to share her experiences and support other universities both in Australia and further afield. We are delighted that we can recognise Peta for all her hard work.”


We’d also like to highlight the achievements of our runner up: Rob Challis from the University of Bristol. Patricia Rodgers, Head of Content Procurement said:

“Rob Challis has been part of the project to implement Talis Aspire at the University of Bristol since it began in 2016. Acting as the project’s implementation officer his insight, enthusiasm and technical ability made smooth the often rocky road from project to service. Due to Rob championing the use of reading list software and adhering to the principle that easy-to-use reading lists are inherent to the positive student experience, we find ourselves in Bristol with an exceedingly competent team who are responsive to the needs of our academics and students. This is thanks to Rob’s generously sharing his time, experiences and proven good practice. This willingness to help is further illustrated by Rob speaking at Talis events (including Insights) and organising a recent TAUG event.”

The Talis team would like to add “Rob Challis has impressed Talis from the beginning of the University of Bristol’s journey with Talis Aspire. Rob is very approachable and willing to share experiences. Rob has shaped and led the success of Talis Aspire at the University of Bristol, and the team at Talis have enjoyed working with him and look forward to continuing to do so.”


Congratulations to Peta and Rob. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate with you each year and to watch our user community achieve great things.

Find out about the other award category winners here. If you’d like to see more content from Talis Insight Europe 2019, click here.

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