Ares E-Reserves Virtual Seminar

Date: November 2-3, 2011
Time: 1-4pm Eastern Time each day

Back by popular demand—the second annual Ares E-Reserves Virtual Seminar.

Attendance is FREE and open to all.
All you need is a phone line and Internet connection to attend.

This year’s event will feature presentations on Ares 3.1, the legal issues and logistics surrounding streaming media reserves, evaluating different e-reserves systems, managing copyright in Ares, and a sneak peek at what’s coming in Ares 4.0. See the full program description below.

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Questions? Contact Rich Stryker at .

Program Schedule

Nov 2

  • 1-2pm Rich Stryker. Ares 101
  • 2-3pm Mandy Henk. Managing Coursepacks and Copyright Processing Through Ares
  • 3-4pm Carla Myers and Lisa Lazar. Streaming Media Reserves: Legality and Logistics in the Academic Library

Nov 3

  • 1-2pm June Powers. Choosing an E-Reserves System
  • 2-3pm Stephanie Spires. Ares Instructor Web: Custom Class Item Sorting
  • 3-4pm Genie Powell. Ares 4 Preview

Program and Speakers

Watch (or rewatch!) the 2011 presentations. Click the title link or the video displayed below each speaker.

Rich Stryker

Rich Stryker is the Ares Product Liaison for Atlas System. He began work with Atlas in 2004 and has been working with Consortiums and Regional networks to get the word out about the Ares E-reserve System ever since. Rich is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

Ares 101Curious about the Ares E-reserve system? Want to learn more about its robust copyright management, integration with a variety of e-Learning environments, and the ability to accept a wide variety of file formats? Sit in on this quick overview and learn all the basics about Ares.

Stephanie Spires

Stephanie Spires is the Training and Library Solutions Manager for Atlas Systems. She began working in libraries in 1988 as a page while attending college. A graduate of Marshall University with a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems, she is a teacher at heart. Stephanie’s interests in computers and networking, along with a passion for libraries, brought her to OCLC in 2000 and then on to Atlas Systems in 2004 to provide remote online training, onsite training, custom services and technical support.

Ares Instructor Web: Custom Class Item Sorting By popular demand Ares 3.1 offers a new feature allowing instructors to custom sort class reserve items in lists other than alphabetically by title. Instructors can now use their preferred sort order or the sort most practical for the class and save it. The new sort feature is also available to students. Instructors can:

  • Sort by headers in the Reserve Items table
  • Drag and drop to rearrange rows
  • Sort using a dropdown box of field selectors

These sorting methods are incorporated into the default web pages for new installations of Ares 3.1. We will review how existing sites can add the new pages or edit their existing pages to enable this popular feature.Click to download the PDF presentation.

Carla Myers and Lisa Lazar

Carla Myers is the Access Services Librarian at the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Originally from Ohio, she received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and previously worked at Bierce Library at the University of Akron. Her research focuses on copyright and academia and she has presented locally and nationally on the Streaming Media Reserves system.

Lisa Lazar has been the Performing Arts Librarian at the University of Akron since 2008. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, and from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s in Library and Information Science. She was awarded a Kevin Freeman Travel Grant from the Music Library Association in 2004, and has presented nationally on the Streaming Media Reserves System.

Streaming Media Reserves: Legality and Logistics in the Academic Library Members of our library staff were asked to address faculty and student demands for more convenient and accessible media reserves. Commercial programs were reviewed but did not meet service expectations; instead, we created a copyright compliant service policy and collaborated with campus Information Technology Services to develop a web-based program interfaced through course management software through which media reserves can be delivered. Our new service program takes advantage of advancing technology to provide student access to quality resources and compliance with copyright law. We will discuss the genesis, implementation, and refinement of this program, and will have a question and answer session at the end. Click to download the PowerPoint presentation.

June Powers

June Powers is the Access Services/Reference Librarian at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Access Services and often presents at professional conferences on ways of linking digital tools to patron access, copyright, and other access services related topics.

Choosing an E-Reserves System A comparison of the pros and cons of three different reserves systems – Innovative’s Millennium software, Docutek’s Eres, and Atlas Systems’ Ares – as implemented at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A discussion of the pros and cons of each system as implemented at UNCP, as well as the reasoning behind the decisions made and the process of implementing the software changes. Click to download the PDF presentation.

Mandy Henk

Mandy Henk is the Access Services Librarian at DePauw University. She has worked in reserves since she was a student assistant at Clark University. She’s processed reserves on paper, through multiple ILS’s, and with Ares. Her department currently processes about 2,000 reserves per semester, half print and half electronic. Mandy got her MLS from Simmons College in Boston.

Managing Coursepacks and Copyright Processing Through Ares Managing coursepacks and copyright processing through Ares is quick and simple. We will look at creating routing rules and queues, managing the permissions process, and using custom reports. We’ll also discuss collaborating with other offices on campus and helping faculty decide when to create a coursepack and when to use reserves. Click to download the PowerPoint presentation.

Genie Powell

Genie Powell is the Chief Customer Officer for Atlas Systems, where she makes sure every person who interacts with Atlas has the best experience and receives the highest level of service.

Genie started out in the library world as a student shelver at the Newman Library while completing her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech (after a brief foray in engineering). The library quickly became her second home as she worked closely with Mr. Glover in both the Shelving and Interlibrary Loan departments before becoming a developer for the ILL office, where the ILLiad software began.

Since 2000, Genie has committed to helping Atlas’ customers in any way possible, through documentation, training and premium customer support. She oversees those departments of talented staff, sharing her passion for treating others well through excellent service.

Ares 4 Preview Atlas has been hard at work this summer and fall designing a totally new Ares client interface. We’d like to show you some of the new features that are in the works. Examples include

  • Support for Unicode (non-English characters)
  • Redesigned database tables and fields
  • Addons for Items, Users, Courses

These are just a few of the many new features we’re including in the next version of Ares. We’d love to show you how it’s coming along and always welcome feedback. Click to download the PDF presentation.

2010 Video Presentations

You can rewatch the fantastic presentations given by our 2010 seminar speakers by clicking on the title link or the video below.

  • Stephanie Spires: Dig that Data! Using Ares Custom Reports. Click to download the PDF handout.
  • David Larsen: Leveraging Library Catalog and Circulation Data to Improve the Efficiency of Ares Processing. Click to download the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Dru Zuretti: Copyright and E-Reserves.
  • Genie Powell: Ares 3 Tips and Tricks.
  • Crystal Hester: The 3R’s: Reserves, Resources and Rights – Be Creative with Course Material!
  • Angela Mott: Getting the Word Out: Identifying, Courting and Training Your Ares Users. Click to download the PDF handout.
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