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  1. Option to display course date and time in Ares

    Is there an enhancement to be able to view class times in Ares? We want the ability to view when the class is offered in the quarter. Is it once a week class for 3 hours or do they meet twice a week for 1 hour? Students want the ability to check-out a book but keep during class and we are thinking about extending our check-out period to 4 hours to accommodate users who have 3 hour classes. When our IT imports the data into Ares for reserves, we want to see the class day and time they meet. It…

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  2. Sort in the “Import Items” view in the web application

    It would be great if end users could sort in the “Import Items” view in the web application.

    2 votes

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  3. Make item availability dependent on copyright being processed

    The copyright process is a virtual queue, meaning that it can be processed at any point during the transaction. But there is nothing stopping a site from putting something up on the web before copyright has been verified.

    It doesn't often happen, just because of the timing. And if something comes up, sites typically just remove the item. But some sites would like to make the item availability dependent on copyright being completed.

    1 vote

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  4. Greater flexibility re: selection of document type in IRF/IRF edit forms

    When an instructor selects the supply method in any IRF or IRFEdit forms, the document type for the item appears to be selected automatically based on the supply method chosen. For instance, Purchase selects the document type of Hard Copy; WebLink selects the document type of Web Page Link.

    If we want Purchase to select for another document type, we cannot make this happen through the HTML code or through the Customization Manager (at least not that we could find). This is problematic when creating forms for new types of material, in which the supply methods given do not correctly…

    2 votes

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  5. Monitoring length of time item is in "Awaiting copyright processing" virtual queue

    It would be nice to measure how long items stay in the “Awaiting Copyright Processing” queue. Currently, when staff open an item in this queue and check for copyright compliance, if everything is ok, they simply remove the checkmark in the “Copyright required” box and the item is removed from the queue. However, removing the checkmark is not recorded in the “History” tab of the item. Therefore, I cannot see a way to measure (retrospectively) the time it takes between an item arriving in that queue (currently I look at the CurrentStatusDate to see when an item has arrived in…

    1 vote

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  6. It would be helpful if the 'ValidationUser' could display as TBD or TBA instead.

    It is confusing on the staff side, and occasionally, current courses might not have an assigned instructor yet, so students see the ValidationUser displayed on the course details page.

    2 votes

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  7. It'd be nice to have active links in the location field for eReserves items (similar to how links are displayed in the Link Checker).

    Therefore, there would be no need to open the item record in order to access the link, and it would also make it easier to copy/paste.

    1 vote

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  8. recommender services via JSON

    include a space in the service request pages (openURLBook etc) that allow the query of json results to different recommender services based on mediaType (syndetics for books, bx recommender service for articles, etc.)

    1 vote

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  9. create mail merge function for Harvard Business Review permissions letters

    Frequently, there are rightsholders who require custom permissions letters to be sent to them via PDF. the course information is in Ares, but there is no good way to merge this information with a mail merge template.

    1 vote

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  10. Add "merge" functionality Rightsholder Maintenance.

    Currently there is essentially no good way to maintain duplicate records in Rightsholder Maintenance. I want to be able to merge duplicate records so that I can eliminate duplicates that have occurred because of staff turnover throughout the years without losing the copyright history on the rightsholder.

    5 votes

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  11. Explain how you are meeting WCAG 2.0 (A/AA)

    Provide explanations on how you are implementing each of WCAG 2.0 (A/AA) success criteria. ("To meet 2.4.3 'Focus order' on each page we are using technique G59...")

    1 vote

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  12. Using virtual flags with courses

    Being able to add a virtual flag to an item is really helpful. There are times when I wish I could flag a course as well. For example, sometimes work on a course starts before the actual course instructor is hired and we need to make sure to go back and replace a staff or generic username with the instructor once we have their information. Also, when courses are cloned ahead of time before the new schedule of classes is published, we sometimes have to change the course code (section numbers) so that our script adds students to the course…

    6 votes

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  13. Create simple hierarchy in Rightsholder tables

    Allow for parent-child relationships in Rightsholder to better manage the relationships that we realistically have with publishers (i.e. better tracking and management of publisher mergers and acquisitions). It would also help reporting on publishers because there would be an established relationship I could query against.

    2 votes

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  14. Allow for multiple LMS/CMS field-mappings with different params

    Many sites have multiple CMS/LMS integrated with Ares. Sometimes they require different params to match to important Ares fields. For example, one site uses Moodle, Schoology and Blackboard. Moodle is unable to add a custom param that pulls from the database. They're using the userid param for the username, but both Blackboard and Schoology's userid values do not match up to the Moodle user_id. They're faced with either a complicated username conversion or just allowing users to end up with multiple accounts, one for each LMS. (Luckily they won't have much overlap, but it will probably happen to…

    1 vote

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  15. Search by tags

    Would like to be able to search the Instructor Tags field in the staff client
    --submitted on behalf of Johns Hopkins University

    3 votes

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  16. Upgrade cross listings to allow Ares to combine cross-listed courses and sections

    Currently, when two course pages are generated by imported course and user data, instructors sometimes must add materials separately for each section. For example, for PHIL/RELI101, some students sign up for PHIL101 and others for RELI101. When this happens, the data generate PHIL101 as one course and RELI101 as a separate course, which means that the instructor must upload the materials for one listing and then for another. There is a similar issue with classes with multiple sections. It would be very convenient if the cross listing feature would set things up so that any action done in one connected…

    6 votes

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  17. 12 votes

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  18. Add crosslistings to custom course search results

    We include crosslistings in course counts for statistics and it would be helpful to see CourseNumber and CourseCode for crosslistings displayed in custom course search results in the client. Thanks!

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  19. allow instructors and staff to decide if tags are cloned with items

    This would affect the web interface and the staff client.

    6 votes

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  20. 3 votes

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