Course materials should incorporate academic departments

Bug #1922388 reported by Beth Willis
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Bug Description

Course materials should include academic departments as part of its structure, so that when a user adds a new course, the course can be associated not only with an owning library and term, but with one or more academic departments. The department should display on the Course List along with the other information(e.g. Course name, Course number) about the course and users should also be able to sort and to filter the Course List by department.

It would also be helpful if users could both search and browse by academic department in the staff and public catalogs.

This document illustrates how this feature might be implemented (note: all illustrations are mock-ups):

Beth Willis (willis-a)
tags: added: course-materials
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Jane Sandberg (sandbej) wrote :

I like this idea, Beth! It would help bring in some parity with Syrup features as well. A few questions and thoughts:

* When we implement this module, I don't think we would use departments. Would this still meet your needs if "Departments" isn't a required field when creating/updating Courses?

* I was also wondering: would it be helpful to be able to associate a department with one or many contact people? I was musing that it might be helpful for staff to be able to jot down reminders of, say, "Who is the person I always talk to about anthropology textbooks?"

Changed in evergreen:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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Beth Willis (willis-a) wrote :

Jane, I think it would acceptable to make the "Department" field optional. There may be materials that are not associated with specific departments, such as equipment. There also may be materials that are shared by departments.

I think you idea of having a field for "Department Contact" is a good one. I would make this optional as well.

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