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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 12 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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!

    12 votes
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  9. 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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  10. 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.

    18 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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…

    4 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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.

    19 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.

    16 votes
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  16. 15 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. 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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  19. 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.

    6 votes
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  20. Spell check within Client

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

    10 votes
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