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  1. Allow multiple instructors for a class that have equal rights

    As an instructor I want to have co-instructors for my classes that are treated the same as me versus proxies so that students can find classes under either of us or we can have equal rights.

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  2. Ares as an LTI Consumer

    The ability for Ares to send information via LTI to another system rather than just being a target. For example, the Avalon media repository system handles streaming media for reserves and it also used LTI. Faculty request items via Ares though. So, when a course is created in Ares, that information could be written into Avalon via LTI. Then sites could use the permalink from Avalon within Canvas.

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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. Improve the performance of the link checker process

    Currently, the link checker routine loops through a list of all the URLs it needs to check and sends them requests one at a time. Since this blocks the process while it waits for a response from the web server, we could improve the performance of the link checker significantly by testing multiple URLs in parallel asyncronously.

    This will require some research to determine how many web requests we can make at once, since the limit may differ depending on the system, its configuration, or the domain name of the links being checked.

    15 votes
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  7. Send mass email to instructors via Ares client.

    We'd like to be able to send a mass email to all instructors who use Ares i.e. create one email and be able to choose "instructor" as the subset of Ares users that the email gets sent to. This enables us to send out reminders and other notifications to all faculty at once.

    14 votes
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  8. 13 votes
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  9. Way to clone several items into multiple courses (sections) at once

    They have course designers contact them telling them they want course so and so set up with the items from last fall and there will be a ton of sections of that new course. So staff pull up one of the old courses, and select all the items and clone them all into each of the new courses one by one, which is very tedious.

    Maybe there could be a better way to apply a shared list to a whole bunch of courses at one time?
    Maybe there could be a way to create a shared list by cloning a…

    13 votes
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  10. 13 votes
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  11. 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.

    12 votes
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  12. 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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  13. Course and user information comes from the load (overwrites Ares data)

    Course and user loads - changes to the user and course information loaded would overwrite the user and course information in the Ares database. There would be an option to prevent web users from editing their own user info and course info. Course and user info could be edited (overridden) in the staff client, but subsequent edits of the course and user info would not carry over after the client edits were made.

    12 votes
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  14. Option for staff to get email when a new item is created

    Not at the beginning of the semester (which would overload staff), but later on when items are just trickling in.

    12 votes
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  15. 12 votes
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  16. 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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  17. 11 votes
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  18. Allow "% of work" as column option

    Add "% of work" to the column chooser for staff client queues, and in particular, course items grid view.

    Often, we have multiple chapters of a single work created as individual items. Having this % displayed would allow us to quickly total the % of the work to determine if it is in compliance with copyright policy. At present, we need to open each individual item record.

    11 votes
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  19. Automatic Cover Letter

    We currently attach a cover letter with complete citation info & a copyright statement to all scanned PDFs, in order to maintain the integrity of the bibliographic information if the PDF is printed out. We would like there to be a way to generate this directly from the system!

    11 votes
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  20. Web staff interface (read only)

    Staff would like to search and view items and courses

    11 votes
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