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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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.

    18 votes
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  7. 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…

    19 votes
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  8. 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.

    8 votes
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  9. Want to have an ebook item icon vs just a weblink item icon for all links in the web

    Right now all weblinks use the same icon. But for Ebook items some sites mentioned at the Access Services conference that they would like ebooks to have their own icon vs just a weblink icon.

    9 votes
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  10. 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.

    6 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  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. Flag/re-route items with current status "Item Available on Electronic Reserve" that have a blank Location field.

    Occasionally an item with no URL or file will accidentally be routed to "Item Available on Electronic Reserve," for a variety of reasons. There should be a process that would run each day to flag these items or move them to an error queue so that they don't sit empty in a queue that appears to be finished.

    4 votes
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  16. 12 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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