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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. View only PDF

    Provide a "view only" option for PDFs so students cannot (so easily) download and save materials.

    2 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    9 votes
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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)

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  11. 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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  12. 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.

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  13. 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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  14. 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.

    1 vote
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  15. 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."

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  16. 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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  17. 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.

    5 votes
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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. Multiple/Customizable Batch Printing Jobs and/or filters

    Princeton assigns courses to particular staff users and that staff user is responsible for pulling items in batches, just for his/her own set of courses. It is an issue for all staff users to place requests in the Awaiting Stacks Searching queue, because printing pull slips would print out slips for other staff members, who might not be ready to print. Using the MSWord filter could potentially remove these slips from the print queue, but the other staff member's requests would still be moved to In Stacks Searching, causing confusion. It would be helpful if there were a way to…

    2 votes
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  20. Deadlines for Request Submission

    To combat the issue of instructors requesting material up until the start (and sometimes after) of the course, perhaps a deadline restriction can be set for open quarters / semesters to prevent last minute requests.

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