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  1. Make permanent URLs for web links stay consistent after a link breaks.

    Currently, if the underlying web link breaks, the permanent link will also break as the link is embeded in the permanent link. This causes extra work for staff, as they have to correct the link in Ares, and also ensure that the permanent link is changed in course shells and/or sylabi. If the permanent urls were tied to something other than the url (like the item number), it would be of significant value to our online courses.

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  2. Separate Queues for Workflow - Physical Items vs Digital Items

    In ARES, we currently have 3 staff assigned to manage workflow for Book Chapters/Articles and Print Materials. Currently, all items move into the "Awaiting Stacks Searching" tab without a way to control what items are chosen/sent to the printer so all items are printed and moved which can make it difficult to track (if items aren't moved back, or having to manually note/record which item numbers need to be moved away into a different queue then back).

    It would be useful if there were separate tabs. One tab for "Awaiting Physical Items - In Stacks Searching" and another tab for…

    2 votes
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  3. Provide automatic OCR for posted PDFs

    It would be wonderful if Atlas could provide a way to automatically convert PDFs to a more accessible format by performing automatic OCR on the documents uploaded or scanned. Many of these PDFs are re-used when the courses are taught again, so it would be great if OCR could be done on all PDFs in the Ares folders.

    17 votes
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  4. Option to remove active "semesters" (like permanent reserves) from the Choose a Semester option from the LTI course creation page.

    All active and upcoming semesters are available for instructors to choose, including internal "semesters" like permanent reserves. In other cases we might need to create a semester that's pretty far out into the future, but we don't want to give instructors the choice to use it until a later date. It would be beneficial to be able to choose which semesters display as options when instructors are creating their courses via LTI.

    2 votes
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  5. Allow changes to HTML for LoanPeriod on request forms.

    The LoanPeriod field in request forms is automatically set to display Choose an Option. There is no way to indicate a default loan period selection in the dropdown list or change the "Choose an Option" verbiage. Hobart and William Smith Colleges would like to be able to designate a preferred loan period as the automatic selection in the dropdown, instead of Choose an Option.

    3 votes
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  6. Staff alert for setting upcoming semesters in Customization Manager

    Atlas has handled support requests that are the result of loads being run and courses being entered into the courses table for a semester that has not yet been entered into the Customization Manager's Semesters table. This forces the new courses to associate with the most current course that is available and it overwrites the actual dates and semesters of the courses, causing quite a bit of trouble (enhancement request already exists in UV). As courses aren't updated by new loads (another enhancement that exists in UV) the identification and update of these entries is difficult and must be done…

    3 votes
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  7. alma barcode lookup addon

    Add both ShelfLocation and PubDate to the Ares Alma Barcode Lookup addon by default. Right now these can be added by adding this code to the DataMapping.lua file:

    --start snip here
    table.insert(DataMapping.FieldMapping["Ares"], {

    MappingName = "Location",
    
    ImportField = "Item.ShelfLocation",
    ObjectType = "item",
    ObjectMapping = "location"

    });

    table.insert(DataMapping.FieldMapping["Ares"], {

    MappingName = "PubDate",
    
    ImportField = "Item.PubDate",
    ObjectType = "item",
    ObjectMapping = "date_of_publication"

    });
    -- end snip here

    and then adding ",Location,PubDate" to the end of the list of fields in the Fields to Import setting in Manage Addons.

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  8. Need to have more than one copyright permission template available

    There needs to be the option of selecting from multiple copyright permission templates when initiating a permission request to a rightsholder. Currently you have to modify the request template any time you send a request for material in a different format (e.g. audio or video files or images). We need to be able to set up multiple templates for different purposes, then select the appropriate template to use at the point where you are sending the request. This should work in the same way as other Ares email templates, where you can select from a list of possible options/pre-formatted emails,…

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  9. Prevent courses and users from being created when match not found in load files.

    Wake Forest University has experienced issues with instructors merging courses and passing different unique identifiers through the LTI link. We support the enhancement request to improve how Ares deals with this scenario, but we would also like to see an option that prevents new users and courses from being created when a matching unique identifier is not found in the corresponding load files. This should have a customizable error message that would notify the instructor to contact the library.

    1 vote
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  10. Add tracking and history entries for items edited by instructors that have no supply method change

    When items are edited through the web pages there is no reference to the change in the Tracking or History tables. Grinnell College would like this to change, particularly so that when items edited by instructors are re-submitted, they would be subject to checks for routing rule matches. (submitted by Kerry on behalf of customers)

    2 votes
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  11. Separate "Item to be supplied by instructor" from failed PDF uploads

    Currently, when an instructor tries and fails to upload a PDF, the item record appears in the queue "Item to be supplied by instructor." It can occasionally be impossible to determine which requests are failed PDF uploads and which the instructor genuinely intends to supply. If failed PDF uploads got their own queue, things would be much easier.

    2 votes
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  12. Track history entries in a way that allows routing rules to apply to "Item cloned from..."

    Allow routing rules to apply to the "Item cloned from ..." history entry by adding that history immediately after routed to "Submitted via Cloned Course."

    2 votes
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  13. Prevent the Switch to Student Mode and Switch to Instructor links from appearing when not applicable

    Instructors and proxies should not see the Switch to Student Mode link on pages that students are eligible to view (eg IRF, Shared Lists, Course Usage, Course Edit, etc).

    When a user is set as a general instructor, but not a course instructor for a particular course (ie only a student), the user should not see the option for Switch to Instructor Mode within that course. The link does not do anything and is confusing.

    4 votes
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  14. Upload Video Files to Ares - allow for streaming

    This has being coming up a lot of us recently where faculty are actively asking for streaming versions of things. The problem we face is that we don’t have a great place to host streaming files at the moment. We are mostly using licensed streaming content from Swank or Kanopy, but we have run into issues with things we need to host locally. We have used Avalon and Panopto as solutions for hosting streamable content, but neither solution are ideal for us at the moment. It would be great if we could upload streaming content to Ares directly, much like…

    9 votes
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  15. Allow custom defaults for ItemType new item creation settings in the staff client

    Grinnell College would like the option to have new items that are created in the staff client to default to SER, instead of the current option, MON, in the ItemType field.

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  16. Add a Copyright "Fair Use" check box to Ares web forms and functionality

    Add in a check box to Ares web forms so that requests (instructors/faculty) can indicate they are using an eReserve item under fair use. Possibly route items that are not a fair use to a queue for mediation. I hear Leganto has something like this.

    6 votes
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  17. Instructors viewing their own Course Items

    Upon login, instructional faculty could be able to see what materials they have used in previous courses and have the ability to pick and choose which materials they wish to use for which course, and possibly search and clone from other instructors

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  18. Allow custom web tables to highlight specific request statuses

    UMBC has a custom queue called "Awaiting Instructor Response" and would find it helpful for the items included in the default tables to to be customizable OR to be able to create new tables and define which fields and statuses are displayed. Being able to group this status into the Awaiting Supply By table or giving it a separate table that could be displayed on ihome.html would help remind the instructors that they had outstanding communication.

    2 votes
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  19. Email templates in multiple languages

    U Ottawa needs to support French and English communication for its patrons. Currently, there is no way to send more than one version of the automatic email templates, like ItemSubcription. To get around this, a single template must include both English and French. It would be preferable to send French emails to French-speaking customers and English emails to English-speaking customers.

    1 vote
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  20. Ability to add additional information during LTI LMS course creation

    Particularly course department - when creating course and selecting semester dropdown, also offer other dropdown options. Please give us use cases!

    6 votes
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