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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Quickly and easily print a list of items from a queue.

    Staff would like a quick and easy way to print a list of items in a queue within Ares, without exporting a file to another program like excel. Perhaps first identify (a limited number of) columns desired in the printed list, as there are so many. If this could all be done in the client, with just a few steps, it would be great. Items would not necessarily have to be updated to another status, just printed. Or maybe update would be a toggle on/off option. the most important thing is to print the list. We have staff doing screenshots…

    2 votes
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  8. Allow Instructor Tags to be a Shared Field on Shared Lists

    Our institution currently processes all of the readings for instructors. Thus, the vast majority of our processing happens in the Staff Client.

    We're using a shared list to manage readings for a course that has multiple sections. Previously, if a reading changed (or a link broke), we would open each course section (since each section has a different Ares course ID) and fix the problem. Fixing problems that way was time-intensive and inefficient - sometimes we forgot to change the problem in one section, but fixed it in the others. Now with shared lists, we can go to the shared…

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  9. Accessibility for the client

    Would like ability to tab through options in staff client and customization manager and possibly accommodate a screen reader.

    5 votes
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  10. Ability to import citations from an Excel or Word document

    Submitted by ALA attendee: Many instructors drop off or email their syllabi. It would be nice if Ares could import the citations automatically from either Excel or by doing a screen scrape of a Word document, the way that Zotera does. This would save staff time on having to create requests from scratch.

    9 votes
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  11. Enhance Custom Search / Grid Batch Options: Email, Tags, & Flags

    Staff users should be able to send batch emails from custom search results and other search result/appropriate grid lists. Staff users need to be able to remind large numbers of users about retrieving inactive reserve items and responding to unfilled "I will supply" items. These should be sent to the instructor and proxies designated with the course that owns the item record.

    Staff users should be able to batch assign and remove tags in these same grids and custom search results.

    When staff users assign custom flags to multiple items and then look at a result list in Custom Search,…

    3 votes
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  12. Keep all tabs open when moving between processing sites

    We use multiple processing sites. If I have a search or an item record open, they automatically close when I switch to the other site. It would be great if that search or item record stayed active despite what site I'm on.

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  13. Need more granular staff permissions for the Ares client.

    This has been a pressing need for us for many years, and never seems to make it into the development priority list. Collections librarians, as well as learning/curriculum support librarians are constantly asking for access to the Ares client in order to understand what kinds of materials instructors in their subject area are adding to their course lists. But there is no way currently to provide client access without also giving access to user's information as well. Also, we really want them to have "view only" access - not to be able to change or delete materials that instructors have…

    10 votes
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  14. 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.

    13 votes
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  15. 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.

    17 votes
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  16. Spell check within Client

    Spell check indicator in the client to flag words that are misspelled.
    --submitted on behalf of Johns Hopkins

    11 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 7 votes
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  19. Show item usage count from custom search

    Make it a part of the custom search but not in every grid result in the client.

    Sites seem to want this for reporting purposes versus processing.

    5 votes
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  20. Show usage count in grid of items on clone course form

    When viewing items in a course to decide which ones to clone to a new course, seeing the item usage is helpful.

    3 votes
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