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Library Unveils New Course Reserves System

by Megan Bernal 5/9/2013 3:01:00 PM
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In the coming months, the Library will be moving to a new system for managing course reserves called Ares.  Ares allows us to automate and simplify the reserves process, making it faster and easier for you to put resources of any type on reserve for students to use as well as for students to quickly access their course reserves anytime, anywhere on the Web.

Key functionalities of Ares include:

•    the ability to upload and manage course reserves from any web browser
•    new copyright workflow behind the scenes for a faster permissions process
•    online delivery of course reserves in any format, including electronic books, articles, music, and streaming media
•    course management system integration allowing students to view and access course reserves directly from D2L
•    statistical reports on reserves use for instructors and librarians, helping us make informed decisions together on research resource purchases in the future
 
We expect to implement Ares beginning Fall quarter 2013 following successful pilot of select courses this summer.  Initial and ongoing training will be provided by the university's Media Production & Training group (MPT) in conjunction with the Library implementation team.  

Visit the Media Production and Training website to view upcoming training events and reserve a time to learn more about Ares.  

Web Applications Librarian and system implementation lead, Jim LeFager, is also available to answer any questions you have about the new system, training opportunities, or joining the summer pilot test group. 

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