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Register for Talis Insight Webinars 2022

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

10:15 – 10:30

Conference opening

10:30 – 11:30

Talis Keynote and Product Update

Alison Spencer, CEO, Talis

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
Nicola Darlington, Librarian, Collections Team
Jennifer Hill, Librarian, Resource Acquisitions Team

University of Nottingham

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:20

Behind the Scenes at Talis

Talis Services on effective remote work

Talis Marketing on building an impactful campaign

14:20 – 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 – 15:45

Partner Showcase

Ebook Acquisition in the UK: Before and After the Pandemic Struck
In 2020, the world could have never predicted the extraordinary year a global pandemic would bring, and how it would continue to impact into 2021. In that year, ProQuest commissioned two surveys to gather insights into the books acquisition process of libraries across the UK. Join us as we discuss the highlights and key findings from the research.

Zoe Loveland – Senior Director of Regional Marketing EMEA, Proquest

Stop the Shaming! Wikipedia is a Legitimate Source in the Research Process
While instructors have warned students not to trust Wikipedia as a credible source, it has become a center for current research on COVID-19 and now includes links to texts that can be checked out via Controlled Digital Lending. It’s time to reconsider the credibility and value of Wikipedia in the research process and to include it as a legitimate source for students.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research at OCLC Research

Where No One Has Gone Before Okanagan College Library’s Aspire-FOLIO voyage

This summer, Okanagan College became the first Talis Aspire library to migrate to the FOLIO open source library services platform, hosted and supported by EBSCO. In this session, representatives of EBSCO and Okanagan College will describe the experience of implementation and integration.

Ross Tyner, Director of Library Services, Okanagan College
Richard Burkitt, Director of Innovation, EBSCO

Day 2 – Wednesday 24th November

10:00 – 10:15

Conference opening

10:15 – 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.

Lists and Usage counts by List Prefix. Sara Burnell, Applications Development and Support at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford will explore how they use a list prefix to denote the department a list belongs to, rather than use a hierarchy.

Using Advanced MIS to report on KPI progress. Hannah Groom, Content Delivery Librarian will share their project at the University of Essex.

Predictive library learning analytics: Understanding the impact of student reading list engagement. Hear from Lee Blyth how they’re putting Advanced MIS data to work at Northumbria University Library through contribution to an institutional educational analytics programme. Showing positive impact on student retention and highlighting new value and opportunities this provides for the Library.

14:15 – 15:00

Hear from your TAUG community

Reading lists to support accessibility and diversity

This session will explore how Oxford Brookes Library has been taking an active interest in issues around diversity and decolonisation. From encouraging our academic staff to consider diversity and accessibility to their Alternate Formats service to supporting lecturers to create more diverse reading lists as well as creating their own reading lists to support wellbeing initiatives.

Hazel Rothera, Academic Development Team Leader & Academic Liaison Librarian, Oxford Brookes University

All aboard! Development of a Resource List Toolkit for Bath Spa University

An overview of the implementation of TALIS Aspire at Bath Spa University including the development of a University level Resource List Policy and the creation and roll-out of a Resource List Toolkit. The toolkit includes a wide variety of information of academics including information on issues with publisher access models and price gouging as well as a tie-in to the University’s wider decolonisation agenda.

Richard Swales, Deputy Director of Library Services,
Hazel Grainger, Collections Librarian
and Lis Wallace, Subject Librarian
all Bath Spa University

Meet the TAUG reps

Stay for an open networking session with our newest Talis Aspire User Group representatives.

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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