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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Review web interface for compliance with WCAG 2.

    Within the last year our institution (Towson University) reviewed the Ares web interface for accessibility prior to procurement. We did customizations independently and with Atlas Systems to improve the accessibility of the web interface, and suggest accessibility be part of the product plan. A report of our findings are available by request - jcaffrey@towson.edu

    12 votes
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  6. Being able to add individual items to multiple courses at one time, including instructor uploads

    Instructors would like to be able to add an item to multiple courses at the point they fill in the request form. For example, many of our faculty teach two or more sections of a course. Mid-semester they may add an additional article. After filling in the article form, it would be great if they could check off other current classes they'd like it added to at the same time. That way they do not have to go back and clone the item into each section.

    8 votes
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  7. Make <#DLL> tag more restrictive so won't output querystring parameters if the action was the exit/logoff action (action=99).

    UOttawa uses a language toggle JS button we put on their pages. If a user logs out and logs back in, the 99 form number is retained in the URL. If the user then goes to change the language, the JS will reload the page, within a separate web folder that houses the alternate language pages. Since the URL still has the 99 action, the user is logged off.

    1 vote
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  8. Allow instructors to clone items from other instructors' courses

    This is a common request from new implementations and also prospective Ares sales. Libraries would like for instructors to be able to access other courses from different instructors so that they can clone items to their own courses. This is especially helpful with multiple instructors who teach various course sections. Shared lists do not solve this problem for two reasons: the instructors would only be able to see a multi-instructor shared list of items if it was department-based, and if the instructors belonged to the same department, and if the department was filled out in the instructor's user records to…

    17 votes
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  9. Allow instructors to place OpenURL requests without a course

    At the Access Services Conference in 2017, several sites mentioned they would like Instructors to be able to place OpenURL requests without first having to have a course to attach them to. Maybe having a dummy course (similar to how there is a ValidationUser as a dummy instructor) for these items to live under until a course can later be created. It would be appropriate in this case for the Instructor to be attached somehow to the item so that the item could later be attached to a course under that instructor.

    5 votes
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  10. Allow the Instructor Item Tags column to show in the CloneItems table

    The Item table tag allows for the Tags column to show, but the list of items in the ICourseClone.html page is in the ClonedItems table tag and that one doesn't allow you to add the Tags column. (resource: https://prometheus.atlas-sys.com/display/Ares/Ares+TABLE+Tag)

    It would be nice to be able to include the Tags column there so instructors would see if they want to clone the tags or not, and can check/uncheck items based on what they have them tagged with.

    5 votes
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  11. Allow instructors to batch change/remove tags on the web.

    Allow instructors to batch change/remove tags on the web. Right now instructors can batch add (4.7 release) but not batch edit or remove.

    4 votes
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  12. Ability to import citations from RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, etc.

    Allow instructors to import a citation to the Ares request form from their other citation management systems.

    17 votes
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  13. Print Course Reading Lists

    It would be really helpful for a number of professors to be able to print a course reading list. The Export Course Info option produces a (not very well formatted) excel file that has a lot of extra system information that professors don't need. It would be nice for Ares to produce a Word doc (or something similar) that professors could download that lists just the course information (title, code, section, semester etc.) and the readings associated with it.

    5 votes
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  14. If importing items from another course, prevent instructors from accidentally adding to the old course.

    When importing from the old course, that list of items that displays shows the old course info which has an option to add items to the old course. Instructors get confused and add it to the wrong course.

    17 votes
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  15. prevent instructor from making items available for dates outside the semester dates

    The student won't be able to see the item and the staff client forces staff to "correct" the dates anyways.

    5 votes
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  16. Prompt instructors for Date Needed by when importing/cloning requests

    The Date Needed By field provides important data for managing workflow and assessing quality of service provided by Reserves staff (i.e., what percentage of requests are filled by this date). We require this field when instructors submit new requests and would like to also require (or at least prompt for it) when importing requests from a prior course. Currently the Date Needed By from prior semesters clone, which isn't useful for managing workflow or for assessing service.

    3 votes
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  17. 8 votes
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  18. make the Ares web pages mobile responsive.

    Many libraries have mandates that their pages must be mobile responsive. This is also especially helpful when using Ares with a learning management system.

    12 votes
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  19. Web staff interface (read only)

    Staff would like to search and view items and courses

    11 votes
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  20. 6 votes
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