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The Talis Awards 2019: Talis Aspire User Group Creativity Award

Natalie Naik
Talis Awards

At Talis Insight Europe 2019, we held the Talis Awards 2019. A highly anticipated event for us at Talis, as it’s a great chance to reflect on the brilliant work being done by our Talis Aspire users around the globe. We are really pleased to announce the following winners and runners-up for the Talis Aspire User Group Creativity Award:

The Talis Aspire User Group (TAUG) award for creativity is voted for by a panel of our TAUG representatives, from a shortlist of nominations from our TAUG community on their recent projects and achievements that show creativity and out-of-the-box, innovative ideas.

The winner was the University of Kent with their “Diversifying the Collection with Reading Lists” project. Here’s why:

“This is a highly innovative use of reading list data, addressing several strategic strands. A multi-layered, coherent, and clearly thought-out strategy that all UK HE institutions should take notice of. This is a truly innovative use of Talis Aspire reading lists and data, and there’s potential for this project to have national impact.”


Sarah Field of the University of Kent Library team accepting the TAUG Creativity award. Sarah was accompanied by student Diversity Mark Officers, Evangeline Agyeman and Collins Konadu-Mensah who supported the winning project.


You can see the session from the University of Kent team that worked on this project here, as they presented a session on Day Two of Talis Insight Europe 2019 on “Diversifying the Curricula”.

The University of Kent have also posted about this award on their blog, you can read the post here.


We’d also like to congratulate the runners up in this category:

The University of Birmingham’s project “Nudge and CRM” the judges (our TAUG representatives) called this a “A very systematic and thorough approach. The thorough investigation of different engagement strategies coupled with examples of their practical applications made this a standout entry. Tried and tested at Birmingham, it also provides useful take homes for anyone in the Talis community to try too.”

The University of Surrey’s project “Using online reading lists to embrace and develop our diversity and inclusivity agenda” was “An innovative form of student engagement – with an emphasis on underrepresented groups – widening student understanding of reading list functionality and purpose, and allowing their participation in collection development. this showed great creative use of Talis Aspire reading lists this year, as it involved creative use of the product AND the creation of actual new lists as an output.


Ann-Marie James and Polly Harper from the University of Birmingham collect the runners up award in this category


Congratulations to all of the winners and runners-up. 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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