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Libraries Launch New Software to Streamline Reserves Management

A new reserves management software, Ares, will expedite the Libraries' current electronic and print reserves processing, starting in fall quarter. Ares connects directly with Blackboard Learn, and faculty will request materials online, track reserves processing and receive notifications when materials are available for their classes. Students will also have direct access to course reserve materials through Blackboard once they have been processed and made available.

A few basic frequently-asked-questions are included below to help explain the new software and reserves request process. The Libraries will host three workshops to provide step-by-step directions on how to use the new software; contact information is also provided for those seeking additional assistance.

AutoCAD and QCAD

Would you be able to install ProE and AutoCAD on the library computers? It would be beneficial to students who do not have easy access to them since they are only available at the MEM lab.

Thanks for the question. Here at the libraries we can only place site licensed software on our systems, and your recommendations don’t fall into this category. But we do have QCad available to us, which we could install if there was interest. Although it’s not as full-featured as AutoCAD, it does offer some useful drafting tools.

Gartner IT Research Discontinued - Alternate Recommendations

UPDATE as of 9/1/2010 Drexel no longer carries Gartner Research -

Instead we recommend:

Faulkners for basic definitions and market awareness

Burton Group for in-depth tactical decision support on technology management issues, or

IGI

Photoshop, please!

The Macs should have Photoshop on them; there’s no point in having them otherwise.

Thanks for your suggestion. Hagerty's computers are equipped with the same software that is available to the university at large, and Drexel does not have a site license for Photoshop. However, software is constantly reviewed for all public systems, so your request has been noted. Meanwhile, if you need to use Photoshop, there are computers in Korman that have it installed.

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