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  1. 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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  2. Allow the Note field from the ItemNotes table to be chosen from the mail merge fields in print templates.

    We'd love to be able to include notes in our printed pull slips, but it's not an option that can be selected from the Insert Merge Field on the print template.

    4 votes
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  3. Allow instructors to batch change/remove tags on the web.

    Allow instructors to batch change/remove tags on the web. Right now instructors can batch add (4.7 release) but not batch edit or remove.

    4 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.

    17 votes
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  5. Users are created with stub accounts if not in UserValidation if the user can login via LDAP or RemoteAuth

    When a user logs in via LDAP or RemoteAuth the first time, their account is created with their Username copied in the LibraryID field. They are shown the NewAuthRegistration.html page, but if the site is using CourseUser loads and the username is not in the UserValidation table yet, the user is stuck with a stub account if the site is passing through the uservalidation data as hidden in the registration page. Later, a user cannot come in via LTI (because their ExternalUserID is blank) and cannot come in via the webpages (they are still sent to the registration page, but…

    5 votes
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  6. 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.

    18 votes
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  7. Custom Paramaters for LTI integration to allow links to individual reserves items

    At UMass Amherst we have an LTI integration between Moodle and Ares. Our support group gets frequent requests from faculty is to be able to link directly from Moodle to particular items in their Ares courses. It would be considerably more user-friendly to display a link in the LMS in the context of a week’s assignments rather than to have a single link to Ares (so that instructors then have to direct students to go find a particular resource in the eReserves items list for the course).

    According the the Moodle tool tips on the LTI setup page, it should…

    3 votes
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Spell check within Client

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

    9 votes
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  12. 13 votes
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  13. Print Course Reading Lists

    It would be really helpful for a number of professors to be able to print a course reading list. The Export Course Info option produces a (not very well formatted) excel file that has a lot of extra system information that professors don't need. It would be nice for Ares to produce a Word doc (or something similar) that professors could download that lists just the course information (title, code, section, semester etc.) and the readings associated with it.

    5 votes
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  14. 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.

    18 votes
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  15. 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.

    17 votes
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  16. prevent instructor from making items available for dates outside the semester dates

    The student won't be able to see the item and the staff client forces staff to "correct" the dates anyways.

    5 votes
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  17. 8 votes
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  18. Option to store multiple documents for a single item

    This keeps the site from having to manually combine them into a new single document for storage with the item.

    8 votes
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  19. Prompt instructors for Date Needed by when importing/cloning requests

    The Date Needed By field provides important data for managing workflow and assessing quality of service provided by Reserves staff (i.e., what percentage of requests are filled by this date). We require this field when instructors submit new requests and would like to also require (or at least prompt for it) when importing requests from a prior course. Currently the Date Needed By from prior semesters clone, which isn't useful for managing workflow or for assessing service.

    3 votes
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  20. Automate update of client(s) during system update

    It would save a great deal of time during the update process to have the update of the clients included/automated. IT staff would not have to take further time after the main update to update individual machines (which can get quite numerous, the more staff that are involved in ares functions). thx:)

    4 votes
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