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Chopped & Lowered. Why modify Ares? Unique local requirements & issues: CU Reserves search CU Reserves search relies on multiple data feeds: Course data.

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1 Chopped & Lowered

2 Why modify Ares? Unique local requirements & issues: CU Reserves search CU Reserves search relies on multiple data feeds: Course data (locomotive) – via Cornell Registrar Ares data (the boxcars) – hosted by Atlas Voyager data (the caboose) – local availability info Train won’t leave the station if they are out of sync & if any are unavailable. Here’s an example...

3 Why modify Ares? CHEME 6560 has a typo. It shows up in a list of all Ares courses, but not in a Search of the mash-up with LibGuides, roster info, etc.

4 Why modify Ares? Challenges: Instructors don’t want to learn a new system Existing instructor interface lets users input anything Existing instructor interface Typos and duplicate courses Carpal tunnel syndrome Solutions: Direct instructors to Blackboard where possible Authority control over input by users; keep them from messing around with old courses Automate bibliographic input

5 Why modify Ares? Deliverables: Custom Ares instructor view interfaceCustom Ares instructor view interface: Streamline interface with clear instructions and help options Provide authority control for course creation Provide automated bibliographic input for item request creation

6 Stock Ares Header New Menu using jQueryUi Home Page The stock Ares Menu and Status areas were removed, giving more screen space to content.

7 Create Course Instructors are asked if they will have a Blackboard site or not. If they are they will be instructed to go through Blackboard. Departments are pulled from Ares. Course numbers and sections are pulled from an XML feed from the Registrar’s office. RegistrarID is sorted in the background for matching purposes later.

8 Integrated Help Help buttons are located throughout the site. Clinking one of these help buttons will open a small window with help for that section or item.

9 Course Overview jQuery UI tabs Cross Listing / Proxy pages are loaded and written to the page using jQuery.* Links and functions are changed to custom written ones. **

10 User Creation Problem: If a user is not in Ares they can not be added as a proxy Solution: Catch “Invalid Username” error and create a user using the Ares Web Services. Proxy Request Ares Proxy Added In System Not in System CU Directory Vcard Gen Soap Request Add User Resubmit Request

11 Item Availability Table is populated with item barcodes. The barcodes are switched to their “Current” status from CUL’s Data Service using jQuery. Depending on the “format” type, citation information is re-formatted using jQuery. This replaces the canned citation format provided by the Ares system.

12 CUL’s Data Service Ares Server Voyager Current Courses Items Print Reserves Current Status Item Type Items + Status XML JSON CUL’s Sites Cached XML JSON A Barcode is stored in Ares allowing the connection to Voyager. CUL Site Blackboard Ares Ind. Library Sites

13 Mann’s Reserves Site An example of one of CUL’s Reserves drop-down lists used at some unit libraries. Course list Reserve list plus current status in Voyager This example is filtered to show only courses that have print reserves at Mann’s Circulation Desk.

14 Sortable Tables All tables are sortable using the jQuery tablesorter plugin. Making a table sortable is as easy as: $(document).ready(function(){ $(".instructor-table").tablesorter({widgets: ['zebra']}); }); Document is loaded and ready Make table sortable

15 Past Courses Menu Items are disabled for past courses Problem – Ares uses the same pages for all courses regardless if they are future, current, or past. We don’t want users to add or change items or alter course information for past courses. Solution - jQuery is used to re-write the links to add the tag CUL=past to the URL. Sub pages look for this tag and remove links to unwanted actions.

16 Form Changes All hints/ descriptions are pulled from a set of “includes”. This provides one place to update the same information on multiple pages. tag is used to “float” fields to the right to show that they can be imported. Search / Import button. Search Catalog (Voyager) ISBN import RefWorks citation import. Default Ares JavaScript has been updated to use jQuery. Benefits – Same coding practices throughout the site. Allows for fewer functions. More compact code.

17 Form Validation Replaced Ares Server Side Validation with Client side validation. Error Message(s) Error Override button Instructors are allowed to override the errors and still submit the page with missing information.

18 Form Validation A custom function allows staff to specify a field and response for each page. Example: formValidate (['Title', 'ArticleTitle', 'Author'], ['A Journal Title is required for processing.', 'A Article Title is required for processing.', 'A Article Author is highly suggested.’], 'formValid') Logic: The old system is absolute, either a field has a value or not. New system allows the inclusion of “suggested fields” such as call number. New system can be expanded to include pattern matching like URL verification. New system removes the need to submit the form to the server and wait for a response.

19 Multiple Copies Copy selection box: When the form is submitted a JavaScript function looks at this number and submits the form to Ares that number of times. This allows for processing of multiple copies.

20 Catalog Import Catalog / Import window is opened using a jQuery version of “Grey Box”. When the user clicks “Import”, jQuery is used to retrieved the bib ID from the catalog; it then pulls the data from Voyager using its XML API. This data is parsed and inserted into the form. The ISBN import uses the WorldCat ISBN Search data service.

21 Refworks Import Individually exported from RefWorks citations can be pasted in the textbox. The information is parsed and inserted into the form for submission.

22 Batch Import Multiple exported RefWorks citations can be pasted in the provided text box. This example has over 100 citations. A new import form was made to allow instructors to import RefWorks citations.

23 Batch Import Each citation is parsed and placed in a corresponding mini submission form, i.e. articles in an article form, books in a book form. This allows instructors to review the information, change the number of copies and pickup locations, etc. Once the form is submitted each “mini form” is acted upon as if it was a single Ares form, using jQuery.

24 Blackboard Menus were removed and replaced with tabs. If a course does not have a department assigned instructors are prompted to update the course’s information. Because of the way the Ares building block worked, course information gathered was not structured and hence useless. This forces instructors to update the course’s information providing useful information for linking elsewhere. Current status is shown, just like the Ares Web Interface

25 Questions?

26 MANY thanks to Tom Trutt for screenshots of his jQuery work on Ares. JQuery: JQuery UI: Creative Commons hotrod photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, THANKS!


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