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New System for Faculty to Manage Their Library Course Reserves

Course Reserves is finally moving from the Flintstones to the Jetsons! We are excited to introduce Ares, our new automated reserves management system. This new technology will allow us to replace the paper submission system with a more efficient electronic solution that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard. Now, all course activity can be managed in one online location. This move will improve accessibility and allow faculty to instantly see the current status of their reserve requests (including both shelf and electronic reserves) via Blackboard. 

Ares will also allow faculty and students to receive email alerts when a new reserve item is ready to be viewed online or at the library’s Course Reserves desk. We have spent this semester testing the system with a select group of instructors and, with their feedback, we have customized the system to ensure that it is ready to go for Summer and Fall 2012. 

To ensure a smooth transition, the Course Reserves staff will be providing short demonstrations and hands-on instruction for faculty starting on April 9th. We will be hosting these sessions each day between April 9th–12th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the library’s 3rd floor classroom. Please join us to learn more about this exciting change and to enjoy some light refreshments. If you cannot attend any of the sessions, please feel free to contact the Course Reserves desk at 202-885-3230 or reserves@american.edu to set up an individual demo. An RSVP would be appreciated for planning purposes, but is not required.