Approaching Talis Aspire Reading Lists deployment in a structured and organised manner, and having the right people involved with a clear view of the strategy are key ingredients to success. University of Essex brought all of these parts to the table as they geared up to roll out their reading lists service with Talis. Once the implementation stage is complete, customers generally purchase a 5 day consultancy package, which includes a 2 day on-site training. On day one, I generally more »


Having completed our Talis Aspire Reading Lists Tenancy Questionnaire, we were able to organise our Talis Aspire Reading Lists kick off webinar, which was scheduled for 13th February 2014. We gathered our project team together to attend this webinar; our project team consisted of eight but covered all the key teams who will be inputting into our Talis Aspire Reading Lists implementation. Our Project team was made up of three people from the IT Department  with expertise in authentication and implementation; more »

Talis Developer Community and a new API

We recently started a reviews beta with a number of our customers. The new reviews functionality is designed to only show you items on lists which have changes that need some review decision to be made. In order to support the data needs of this review functionality, we wrote a new API for Talis Aspire Reading Lists which gives access to some specific information. The new API has been designed to be easily extended to suit other purposes.  And that is more »


Eric Stoller is a Higher Education thought-leader, Consultant, writer and speaker, will be joining us to speak about ‘Digital Identity’. He replaces Simon Thomson, who unfortunately had to withdraw due to changes in his schedule and research taking priority. Here is a brief title and description from Eric about his session: What’s Your Digital Identity: Leading and Engaging via Social Media My session will explore the range of possibilities of all things digital, including social media for knowledge acquisition, digital literacy, mobile engagement, more »


If you are using or considering Canvas, you can now deliver a seamless reading lists experience with Talis Aspire Reading Lists, we are now a Canvas Certified Partner. As a part of our ongoing work to deliver increasingly  integrated student experiences, students can now access their recommended reading from within  Canvas. This means, you can install the Talis Aspire Reading Lists app from the Canvas EduApp Center. No need to code, or do any bespoke work, just enter some configuration more »


The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions started a project in the fall 2011 in order to investigate the amount of electronic/digitized content in literature lists. The survey revealed the need for a reading list management tool. A new project was initiated with 8 HE institutions as participants. This is how we were introduced to Talis Aspire. At BI we’ve had online reading lists since about 2000. Our system has been developed and customized over the years, but has reached more »

Coming soon… Talis customer guest blog series

In addition to our regular updates, we thought it would be good to open up this blog for guest posts. We have invited some of our Talis customers to tell us, and you, about their experiences of working with Talis. To start this off, we have invited a couple of our most recent subscribers to contribute a series of guest blog posts. They will take us through their journey of selecting, implementing and the roll-out of their Talis Aspire subscriptions. Over the course of more »

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5 questions for Simon Thomson

As promised here are the 5 questions David White asked Simon Thomson, and Simon’s reponses. 1. What excited you the most about Talis Insight 2015? And why did you agree to get involved? The mix of people and roles. HEI’s are complex spaces and we will only ever see change or meaningful impact if we work together in our different roles. I am glad to see that Talis Insight brings together people with a variety of roles. 2. What can people expect to hear from more »

As per my previous post on 5 questions for Sheila MacNeill, she nominated David White to answer 5 questions from her. So here are the questions from Sheila, and their responses from David: 1. What excited you the most about Talis Insight 2015? And why did you agree to get involved? I’m interested in the intersection between commercial providers and higher education institutions. I’m also keen to explore what the role of digital technology is in higher education now that more »

Kitty Inglis

Kitty Inglis joins us for Day One at Talis Insight 2015. In addition to being the Librarian at University of Sussex, Kitty is also a member of the SCONUL Executive Board. Here is a title and a short synopsis from Kitty, on her session for the 15th of April: Delivering academic library services in a digital age: Opportunities and challenges Academic libraries need to be agile and their staff equipped with the requisite skills in order to be able to more »