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Talis Insight Webinars 2021

Join us on the 23rd-24th November to hear best practice, network and share stories with your peers in Higher Education libraries. It’s free to attend, and takes place completely online.

The Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday 23rd November

10:00 – 11:30

Talis Keynote and Product Update

11:30 – 12:30

Keeping it Fresh – reviewing a mature reading list service

University of Nottingham Libraries implemented Talis Aspire in 2012, our first use of a commercial online reading list system. In 2020, as part of a wider library systems programme review, the Libraries team undertook a full “refresh” of the setup and service.

We operate eight libraries in the UK, for a taught student population of around 32,000. There are currently just under 2000 live reading lists on the UK Talis Aspire, and libraries in China and Malaysia also operate their own “instances”. We face the same issues as many other HE libraries in maximising engagement and integrations with an increasing number of systems. It has been challenging to approach an existing service review as though it were a new system installation. We believe we have managed to improve both the service and our own staff workflows in the last year, and we’d like to share with you our experience of this.

The session will outline how we approached an initial evaluation of requirements, which elements were identified to improve and how we planned and implemented this. Lastly, we will also review and summarise our progress so far. Those of you closely involved with reading list services will know that this is a never-ending cycle, but it is important to celebrate achievements nonetheless.

Ruth Dale, Senior Librarian, Collections, University of Nottingham

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:15

Plenary session

14:15 – 15:00

Student Panel: How has your approach to learning changed as a result of the pandemic?

Vera Mekhonoshina, Second-Year History and French Student at University College London

Catherine Bostock, Third-Year Social Policy Student at the University of Lincoln

Anna Wray, Third-Year History Student at the University of Nottingham

15:00 – 15:30

Partner Showcase

Day 2 – Wednesday 24th November

10:00 – 11:00

Panel discussion: How can the library become partners in the learning experience?

Hannah Groom, Content Delivery Librarian, University of Essex

Hope Williard, Academic Subject Librarian, University of Lincoln

Natalia Gordon, Information Services Librarian, Leeds Beckett University

11:00 – 12:30

Talis Aspire Workshops

Services Workshops

11:00 – 11:15
On-boarding team members working remotely

11:15 – 11:30
Delivering a library service online in a changing landscape

11:30 – 11:45
What does a hybrid working environment look like?

Consulting workshop

11:45 – 12:30
How does data drive your decisions?

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:15

How the community is using Talis Aspire Advanced MIS

Check over 50,000 URL links on reading lists in only a few hours using Talis Aspire Advanced MIS. Hear from Tim Graves, Systems Librarian at the University of Sussex on how they developed a script to do just that.

14:15 – 15:00

Hear from your TAUG community

Hear 10 minute sessions on a range of topics, submitted by your Talis Aspire User Group community.

Want to share your project? Submit your session idea here.

Our Partners

EBSCO provides discovery services, online research content (databases, archives, e-books, e-journals & e-packages) and subscription management services for all types of libraries. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at:

VitalSource helps scale and manage the complex technology infrastructure that underpins amazing digital learning experiences. Our solutions portfolio gets content and courses in front of learners and faculty quickly and easily, delivers meaningful learning and engagement data, and significantly simplifies your digital lift in terms of time, budget, and resources.


ProQuest is committed to supporting the important work happening in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates content that matters to the advancement of knowledge, assembling an archive of billions of vetted, indexed documents. It simplifies workflows so that people and institutions use time effectively. And because ProQuest connects information communities, complex networks of systems and processes work together efficiently. With ProQuest, finding answers and deriving insights is straightforward and leads to extraordinary outcomes.
ProQuest and its companies and affiliates – Ex Libris, Alexander Street, Bowker – stand for better research, better learning, better insights. ProQuest enables people to change their world.

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research, and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research, and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff, and partners make breakthroughs possible.


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