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ERes - a Web-Based Electronic Reserve System

Philip R. Kesten
Associate Professor of Physics
Santa Clara University


ERes, an electronic reserve system, allows faculty and staff to make documents available on the World Wide Web without requiring any technical skills. The system was developed at Santa Clara University and has been in use there for almost one year; nine other institutions are also using ERes. An overview of the features of ERes, the user interface, and the experiences of the faculty, staff, and students who have been using ERes at Santa Clara University will be presented.

ERes makes use of short, intuitive, on-screen forms together with point-and-click interface to make it quick and easy to put documents of any format - word processor files, Excel spreadsheets, and hand-written homework solutions, for example - on "reserve" on the World Wide Web. The structure of the ERes system is built around the academic course: every course in the system has its own "page," which can be customized to suit the needs of an individual course or instructor. Instructors can post announcements and other information, as well as links to other Web resources in addition to regular documents. The ERes system was also designed to require no day-to-day maintenance.

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