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Talis Insight Europe 2019: Hearing from the Talis Aspire User Group

Natalie Naik
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For Talis Insight Europe 2019 we asked our user group community to send in their papers for sessions. We were delighted to receive some great ideas that highlight the exciting and successful projects being run within our universities. In this post, you’ll see the recordings and slides for these sessions…

Going for Gold: Faculty-based research projects at Sheffield Hallam University
Paul Conway, Learning & Teaching Support Librarian and Julia King, Senior Learning & Teaching Support Librarian, Sheffield Hallam University

In this presentation, Paul and Julia gave anecdotal examples of the experiences of the librarians and members of academic staff involved in the Faculty-based research projects. They shared proposed amendments to the University’s RLO best practice guidelines in the light of the findings from the Going for Gold projects.

Unfortunately, we were unable to capture a recording of this session, please find slides below instead:


Students build their own reading lists: An information literacy experiment
Carole Rhodes, Faculty Librarian, University of Liverpool

Carole shared information on a recent library project, where students were taught how to search, bookmark what they find and build their own reading lists. In this session, she shared how this helped students working on a group design project to gather, collate and share information from different sources.

One Vision: The Reading Lists Strategy at King’s College London
Maria Allan, Acquisitions Services Manager, King’s College London

In this session, Maria presented the journey of decision-making and strategies taken to roll out online reading lists to faculties and to engage academics in creating their reading lists. She reflected upon moving towards a revised strategy and a renewed focus of reading lists as a teaching and learning tool.


Behind the scenes of an implementation: Fear the change but create the workflow anyways
Natalia Gordon, Information Services Librarian, Leeds Beckett University

As one of our newer Talis Aspire Universities, it was great to hear from Natalia on their implementation process. Natalia discussed the historical acquisition procedures, the challenges and achievements of changing these processes, as well as the future sustainability of their newly created workflow.

Moving from one embedding tool to another: Managing the change process at Manchester Metropolitan University Library
Rachel Fell, Senior Assistant Librarian and Jo Ryder, Deputy Library Services Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

In 2018 the library at Manchester Metropolitan University moved from the Lancaster Moodle plugin tool to the Talis LTI. This session explains how the implementation was managed, communication with academic staff and the support the library team offered.

Unfortunately, we were unable to capture a recording of this session, please find slides below instead:

Paper on the move: Utilising Talis Aspire to support an e-first strategy
Deborah Findlay, Head of Library Services, Jessica Bridges, Online Systems Librarian and Jodie Heap, Subject Librarian, University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham Library has recently undergone a period of change, which has included a new direction for their acquisition and stock policies. This session explores their journey to an e-first library using Talis Aspire, and the peaks and pitfalls they encountered along the way.

Unfortunately, we were unable to capture a recording of this session, please find slides below instead:

Should the library make reading lists for academics? Experiences from the University of Bristol
Rob Challis, Senior Library Supervisor (Content Procurement) and Pete Bowles Barrett, Library Supervisor (Purchasing), University of Bristol

In this talk, Rob and Pete explore list creation. When the University of Bristol started using Talis Aspire in 2016, they believed that academics would use the system to create their own reading lists. In reality, however, the vast majority of lists have been created by the library on their behalf.
They discussed why this happened and how they’ve dealt with the practicalities of list creation at different times.

Nudge and CRM: Using a theoretical framework to drive reading list take-up
Ann-Marie James, Head of Library Engagement and Polly Harper, Library Engagement Advisor, University of Birmingham

In their session, Ann-Marie and Polly explained a different approach to Talis Aspire promotion, using and exploring the theoretical frameworks of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Nudge theory to take a more systematic approach to Resource List (RL) advocacy at the University of Birmingham.


5* Reviews: Changing review procedures at Anglia Ruskin University
Christina Harbour, Subject Librarian: Nursing & Midwifery and Birgit Fraser, Content Services Manager, Anglia Ruskin University

Christina and Birgit discussed a new project in their presentation that aimed to streamline their reading list review process. Watch to find out what challenges they overcame, and to learn more about their new reading list review workflow.


Export and manipulate: Making best use of your Talis Aspire data
Kevin O’Donovan, Library Acquisitions Manager, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

In his session, Kevin explains how LSE streamline workflows and reduce lead times, through using a variety of data sources, leveraging, and automations. He demonstrates how they use the data from the Talis Aspire All List Items report to drive acquisitions, and how they distribute the work using collaborative working tools. Find out about the advantages and drawbacks, and how they might refine or review our processes further.

Unfortunately, we are unable to share a recording of this session, please find slides below instead:


If you’d like to find out more about other sessions at Talis Insight Europe 2019, click here.

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