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  1. Accessibility for the client

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

    4 votes
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  2. 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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  3. Add Routing button to the Shared List Item form's ribbon

    Add a Routing button to the Shared List Item form's ribbon. That way if a request is processed from this form, it can be fully processed and made available right from here. The idea is that if this is for a physical item, and a book is on reserve, then the books for all those individual shared list items would also be at the same status. Or if it was a link to a PDF or a website, then again, all of them would be at the same status.

    2 votes
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  4. 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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  5. Set end date for full proxies.

    Many faculty only need a particular full proxy for one academic year, but there's no way in Ares to indicate when their access to the instructor's material should end. This is problematic for copyright and also because Ares addresses all emails to instructors AND their full proxies, which means proxies may get emails about all sorts of irrelevant courses after their work with the faculty member has ended. Having the option to set an end date (or end semester) would be very helpful. The full proxies could either be purged on that date or simply flagged for review.

    1 vote
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  6. 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.

    7 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. 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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  9. Cloned items should inherit pickup location of new course, not pickup location of original item

    Cloned items currently inherit the Pickup location of the original item, not the pickup location of the new course. Most of the time this is fine, but when the location has changed it is inconvenient and easy to miss.

    1 vote
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  10. 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.

    1 vote
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Addons to make Reserve items available in the ILS from Ares

    At the Access Services Conference in 2017 there was a lot of interest in addons to make Reserve Items available on the ILS from Ares.
    Maybe it could be possible to have some generic ones available in the Addon Directory or otherwise easier for sites to create that connection between their ILS and Ares?

    6 votes
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  14. End of Semester report to Instructors

    This came up at the Access Services Conference in 2017: It would be great to have one button that sends statistics for the semester to instructors like a 'end of semester report'. it would be a great marketing tool too, to share what the library supplied for their courses, how it was used, how much copyright was paid on their behalf maybe too.

    6 votes
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  15. 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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  16. Notes Field in the Course Record

    Create a notes field in the course record to be able to add content such as if the course is offered online, deferred course, particular notes in regards to cloning or faculty preferences. In our case because our staff work on full courses, it would be useful to add their initials to quickly see who worked on it last.

    5 votes
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  17. 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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  18. Ability to control where items route to when they are cloned on the client side

    Right now, physical items always route to 'Awaiting Reserves Processing' when they are cloned on the client side. It would be helpful if they could be routed to the same queue that the original items are in. This helps facilitate cloning that is done for courses that belong to the same semester.

    8 votes
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  19. 11 votes
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  20. 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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