University of Michigan Library I.T. Division Creates Drupal-Based Course Reserves Tool
University of Michigan Library Operations staff at the Shapiro Undergraduate, Fine Arts, Music, Art, Architecture & Engineering, and Taubman libraries recently started using a new tool to capture and manage Course Reserves requests from faculty. Though reserves requests are on the decline in general as more materials become available digitally, libraries still receive several hundred requests per term.
Operations staff and Library IT’s LTIG (Learning Technologies Incubation Group) started work in April 2015 to define and build a Drupal-based Course Reserves [CR] request and processing system.
The new CR system, built with Drupal, went live in mid-November 2015. Faculty/staff can now make a request by selecting from a list of the courses they instruct (to minimize errors in course identifiers). They can select books to include in the request from the texts they have specified as required in Wolverine Access (our administrative systems interface at U-M).
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