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  1. Ares Controlled Digital Lending function is needed

    Can Ares allow one person view the file at a certain time, put other users to a waitlist queue? similar concept like an ebook platform.

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  2. Flag duplicate items

    Add functionality that would flag items that appear to be duplicates to avoid scanning the same material multiple times.

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  3. Clone Items to Courses by Course ID Without Searching

    Before the 5.0 upgrade, we used to be able to clone items by typing in the Course ID to the Clone menu. Now we have to use a search function, whether for a single course or multiple at once. It would be great to be able to clone items by manually entering the Course ID(s) without having to use the search function. We almost always have the Course IDs that we need to clone to on hand.
    Searching by Course Name or Course Number can bring up hundreds of results if there have been many sections of said course offered…

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  4. Page Count should understand en dashes as well as hyphens in the Pages field.

    According to several style guides (APA, Chicago, etc.), the proper way to write page ranges is to use an en dash, not a hyphen (so 251–75, not 251-75). While most people use a hyphen, there is a significant population of faculty and PhD students who enter citations the "correct" way with an en dash, and Ares doesn't understand it. In order for the page count to work in that case, staff must delete the en dash and replace it with a hyphen. This shouldn't be necessary; Ares should understand both ways of writing a page range and automatically use that…

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  5. API calls for item information using CourseID and CourseID(s) using item information

    The New School would like to be able to lookup a courseID and get the item status/info of items sharing the same course ID. I would ALSO like to be able to look up the item info (title/bibID) and see what courses are associated with it.

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  6. Bulk edit Proxy field for items and search on location

    Ares bulk edit feature for item records is nice, but it does not include all the fields on the item record. We have a relatively common scenario in which we have moved a subscription database from IP Proxy to SSO for remote access. In this case, it would be nice to select items based on the URL used in Location, and then do a bulk update of the Proxy field. It would be even better if we could also do a Find/Replace in the URL in cases where the URL format changes.

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  7. Additional ItemInfo fields

    We would like to have 5 additional ItemInfo fields added to the items table, 2 of which would be date formats for license data of streamed content. So we would have license StartDate and license EndDate for these items

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  8. Allow removal of ID column in web tables without disabling custom sorting.

    The custom sort option appears to work but will not actually save if the ItemID field is removed from tables. Custom sorting should be retained while still allowing the removal of the ItemID column.

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  9. Add CurrentStatus to the list of fields available for update in the Bulk Edit feature.ent.

    There are times when I need to review all items in a course, select several from the grid view, and route several to a new status. The easiest way to identify all items associated with a course is by opening the course record and clicking on the Items tab. There is no Route button in this menu and the Bulk Update button, which seems like it should be able to bulk update items to a new status, does not give CurrentStatus as an option. There is no option to search by CourseID from the Course Information Item search on the…

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  10. Allow customers to determine which status/queue batch scanning lands in

    We would like to enable a quality control check before scans go out for consumption by patrons. Frequently, scanners are also faster than copyright holders for getting items attached, so we would like to send to a 'Scan - QC' queue to let all of the parallel processes catch up before releasing.. Unfortunately, the status rule for batch processing is hard-coded to 'Available in Electronic Reserves', so we have to publich, then unpublish the items. This feels inefficient.

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  11. 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.

    10 votes
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  12. Option for email Reply To field

    Our institution is changing how emails are sent and we need to change Our email settings from Ares. We need to find out if there is a way to have both a “email from field” and a “reply to field.” I believe with both settings our security team would be satisfied. The from address would need to be @smtp.yourschool.edu and the reply to address would be set to the actual mail box.

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  13. Add a status bar for instructor uploads

    When instructors upload PDFs for their classes, there is no indication on the web page that their material is being uploaded. The screen just stays as it is until the upload is complete. Instructors with a slow internet connection must wait several minutes with no certainty that the system is responding to their input.

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  14. Disable Import Items Button After Clicking or Adjust Placement of Message

    Several times a semester, faculty will duplicate (sometimes 3 or more times) items which they are importing from a prior semester. Depending on the length of their list, you may not see the "Please wait as items are imported into Library Reserves" message once you click the Import Items button; if they don't see the message, they click the button multiple times, resulting in duplication of imported items. One solution would be to grey out the import items button as it was submitted; another option would be to make the placement of the please wait message dynamic, so it appeared…

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  15. Allow searching of Course ID in Course Info Item Search

    The item Course Information Search criteria should include the Ares Course ID and retrieve the list of items on that course. This would address a common need to batch route a set of items associated with a course. Alternately, allow the batch edit to change a current status.

    My current workaround is to visit the queue where the majority of items are held, filter to the course number, and batch route.

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  16. Give access to students to view status of requested materials

    We wish there was a feature for students to see what's requested for their courses. They can see the status on the web and not just what's available.

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  17. 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.

    3 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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.

    21 votes
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  20. 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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