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  1. SAML configuration in Ares

    Implement SAML in Ares like ILLiad 9.2 SAML features.

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  2. Allow permalinks to course pages

    Currently, you can make permalinks to individual items but not the actual course pages. It would be helpful if you could link to the course pages as well.

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  3. chromium

    Update the Google Scholar addon so that instead of using IE it uses chromium scripting. This would also have to happen in the client. IE is being completely decommissioned in June 2022

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  5. Include submission date in Items table

    It would be nice to include the submission date as a field in the Items table. Currently, this is only a field in the History table and cannot be displayed in the results table when you run a search

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  6. Deep Linking in LMS (i.e. Brightpace)

    Continue to process items in the Ares client, however the link would appear in the LMS, specifically in Brightspace under the weekly modules. Faculty would essentially have their notes, links, and readings under one specified module.

    Users would not have to use the drop down link in Brightspace to access readings outside the LMS.

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  8. Add ability to increase font size in the client

    The font size in the client is very small and difficult for people who have visual impairment. But there doesn't seem to be a way to customize the font size in client options.

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  9. Integrate with social annotation tools such as Perusall or Hypothesis

    Add the ability to use social annotation tools on reserve documents uploaded through Ares similar to how Canvas allows annotation tools on uploaded files in a course.

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  10. Termination Date

    Some of our streaming resources have license dates that have to be tracked. we need to be able to track this information to make decisions about whether to renew licenses or not. Please add a date "license ends" date field for these scenarios.

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  11. Allow public search of books that are available at loans desk/reserve room

    It would be nice if Ares created a public list of books available in a reserve room (or at the loans desk) that students could search or consult without having to log into Ares. Here's an example (click on the "Browse" button): https://hws.ares.atlas-sys.com/areslms/glogon.html

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  12. Have a mechanism for handling LMS course merges, particularly when combined with course and user loads

    This issue seems to affect every site that uses an LMS, but it becomes particularly problematic when users are also allowed direct access to the Ares web and when course and user loads are being used. This example was written out for Kent State to explain the problem they're facing when courses are merged in Canvas.

    Scenario:

    John is an instructor and is teaching Course 101. This course has two sections, A and B. Jack and Jill are students. Jack is enrolled in section A. Jill is enrolled in section B. This information is provided to Canvas through a data…

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  13. Email templates: show instructor names as First Last (or separate first & last names entirely) rather than Last,First

    Starting in Ares 5.0, item-type email templates no longer draw from the User tags, and we must use either Course.Instructor or Course.InstructorDisplayName to insert an instructor's name in the email template. However, the default display for these fields is Last, First, so our emails now read "Dear Smith, Susan," rather than "Dear Prof. Smith" or "Dear Susan Smith" or "Dear Susan." Both Course.Instructor and Course.InstructorDisplayName show the same thing; if we change the display name in the course, both fields change. We'd like to be able to pull the instructor's name(s) into Item-type email templates as First Last (or separate…

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  14. Allow editing displayed Instructor for a course via webpages icourseedit.html

    We need a way to allow instructors/proxies to edit the displayed instructor name themselves. Right now it can only be done via the client in the Instructor Name Override field.

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  15. ACL report generated by semester, not specific dates

    CCC asks for reporting over semesters, not based on a specific set of dates, for the Annual Copyright License report. It would be great to be able to select the semester(s) for the report instead of having to enter dates as these can vary widely. We often turn access on months before the course is available to students, so that faculty can access their content. The dates of availability really don't correspond to actual semesters.

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  16. Allow requests to be sent back and forth between Ares and ILLiad

    If a professor wants an item in Ares, but they have to get it through ILL, allow the requests to be sent to ILLiad and then back to Ares once the item has been received by the ILL department. Ideally, this process would work similar to the Aeon and ILLiad integration through the Web Platform.

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  17. Allow students to batch print of digitally uploaded files (like PDFs) from the web interface

    McMaster would be interested in a feature that allows students to select multiple items in the web and print copies of the associated files. An example case: a student wants to have physical copies of multiple PDFs to recreate the familiar experience of having a physical course pack, which the institution will begin phasing out, in favor of Ares and an LMS. The student desires the familiar ability to take notes on printed copies. An example case: instructors have previously included workbook-like documents in course packs that are meant for user annotation. Providing an easier way for students to batch…

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  18. Save Customized Grids

    I would like this Aeon feature added to the Ares.
    I am try to Save the grid customization I have created:

    "Staff users with layout customization permissions can also save grid customizations as .xml files that can be shared with other users and uploaded onto their client forms."

    I want to be able to upload the file to use as my grid in every instance I needed. I want the same grid in each queue and for all my search results. We have 10 queues (or more as we add) and I have to “customize” them from scratch.

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  19. Add setting to turn on/off auto update of client(s)

    At my library we prefer to wait and coordinate upgrades as a group (even the point upgrades). It would be helpful if we could choose to turn off the automatic notifications of available client upgrades that appears ('Update Available' screen prior to client log in screen). If there was a way to turn this feature off, possibly in Customization Manager, that would be helpful to head off staff tempted to click "Yes" before we have coordinated the effort. Thanks for considering!

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  20. EDU for Ares

    We would like to have a separate tool for upload of documents into the Ares similar to the EDU for ILLiad.

    This would help us reduce the applications our scanning staff need to know (and we don't want to give them access to entries that they might inadvertently change).

    Ideally, this tool would allow us to send to a queue of our choice instead of being hardwired to go straight to 'Item Available for Reserves'. This would allow us to proof the documents before they are delivered for courses.

    The BatchItemUpload feature still uses the Ares client. I’d like a…

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