Talis Aspire is Durham University’s new software for creating and maintaining online reading lists. It facilitates greater control over their content and layout, allows linking to a wide variety of material (including ebooks, ejournal articles, videos, and websites) and provides students with a clear and intuitive interface through which to locate and access their course readings. It replaces the 'Library Resources' service previously embedded in DUO and streamlines communications between module tutors and the University Library and Collections regarding provision of resources.
If an online list exists for your module:
A link marked 'Reading List' should be present on the left of the screen in DUO...
..or you can enter the module code or title into the search box at https://durham.rl.talis.com/. Either select the entry marked 'list' to view the reading list or 'Module' to see if there is more than one list supporting your module...
...or use the browse feature under the search box at https://durham.rl.talis.com/. Select your faculty, then department, then level of study. You can re-order the columns by module title or code by clicking on the top of them if needed
NB: Not all modules have a reading list. Some don't require one and in some cases they may still be in the process of development. Talis Aspire is new in Michaelmas term 2020 and it will take time to populate new lists where needed.
An intuitive interface to help your students find and access reading list material.
An easy to use, integrated system that allows you to arrange your list in the way that best suits your module and your students.
Incorporate different material types, including printed items, online resources, websites and videos.
Edit your lists directly at any time, and quickly and easily tell the library about items that need purchasing or digitising.
Add notes to individual items to provide additional guidance and commentary.
All ‘Library Resources’ lists present in DUO on 3rd September 2020, including those that were present throughout the last academic year, have been transferred to the Talis Aspire site. They look different to before, but all the same items should be present.
The 'Library Resources' link in your DUO modules is being replaced with a 'Reading Lists' link before Michaelmas term starts. No action is needed from tutors.
Module tutors should now have access to the Talis Aspire interface to edit their lists directly. Library staff will continue to add books and scans requested in submission forms already received, but now tutors should, where possible, make amendments via Talis Aspire rather than the Word document circulated previously. Self-help guides (see right) and twice-weekly drop-in sessions have been organised to assist you with this.
What do I have to do now?
If I wish to make changes to my list, how might I go about it?
How else can I enhance my list if I wish to?
The following self-help guides cover the most common topics in finding, creating and editing reading lists in Talis Aspire: