Talis New User Interface Talis New User Interface

The Talis Online Reading Lists site will be getting a new user interface in 2019.  This new interface is designed to improve the student experience, and also lays the groundwork for an improved editing interface for academic staff (also coming in 2019).

This page gives an overview of the benefits of the new system, a quick guide to naviagting the new interface, and answers some frequently asked questions.  If you've got any questions or want to know more, please contact us at Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk.

Benefits of the new interface Benefits of the new interface

Everything you need on one page

You can more easily see the details of reading list items, with a “click to expand” approach rather than being taken to a separate page for each item.  This makes it easier to locate an item in the Library, see if it’s currently available, and make notes or update reading intentions for any item on a list.

Mobile device friendly

The new site layout scales to smaller screens, making it easier to access reading lists on the go and find the resources you need wherever you are.

Improved look and feel

The Talis interface has been enhanced to give it a better look and feel.  Book jacket images are included to make it easier to find what you’re looking for on the shelves, and the layout has been improved to give a cleaner user experience.  It’s also built with accessible technologies in mind, making reading lists available to as wide an audience as possible.

Report broken links (coming soon!)

While broken links are hopefully a rarity on a reading list, this new feature lets you easily let the Library know if you can’t access an online resource.

Quick guide to the new interface Quick guide to the new interface

  1. List title.
  2. Beta button.  Temporarily swap back to the old view if needed.
  3. Edit button.  Edit items on your reading list, change the name or description of the list, or invite colleagues to work on the list.
  4. View & Export button.  Access analytics for the list, or to export it to a variety of formats.
  5. Add to My Lists button.  Add the list to your “My Lists” area on Talis.
  6. List owner’s name.
  7. Module code or codes the reading list is linked to appear here.
  8. Section header.
  9. Reading list resource.  Click on the title to expand to see more details for this item.
  10. View Online button.  Click here to access the linked electronic resource.

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

When is the new interface being rolled out?

We are hoping to tie the lanch of the new user interface in with the new editing interface.  We don't have a precise date for this as yet, but are hoping to move the site across to the new user interface ahead of the start of the 2019/20 academic year.

Do I need to change my reading list for the new interface?

No, all 2019/20 reading lists will automatically be updated to the new interface.

Can I swap my list to the new interface early?

Absolutely.  Get in touch with the Reading Lists team by emailing Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk to get your reading list switched to the new interface ahead of the general rollout.

How do I edit my reading list?

Editing a reading list or adding or removing items remains the same.  There is a new editing interface for staff coming in 2019, which we will keep all Talis users up to date on.  If you’d be interested in being part of an early trial of this new editing interface, email Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk.

How do I access the Dashboard?

You can still view the Dashboard by going to the “View & Export” menu in the top right of your reading list, and clicking on “Analytics”.

How do I assign a list to a new owner?

This feature will be coming in the new list editing interface.  In the meantime, please contact Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk with the details of your reading list and who the new owner should be.  Alternatively, you can temporarily switch back to the old interface by clicking the “Beta” button to access the old interface.

How do I update my module codes or student numbers?

This feature will be coming in the new list editing interface.  In the meantime, please contact Lib.Reading@uea.ac.uk with the details of your reading list and how you would like the module codes updated.  Alternatively, you can temporarily switch back to the old interface by clicking the “Beta” button to access the old interface.