ITS Software Development and Distribution: OCRA Course Reserves

OCRA is a locally developed full-bodied course reserves management application. Faculty use OCRA to submit requests for both traditional and electronic reserves (in all formats), to track and edit their requests, and to reactivate course reserves from one semester to another. The system utilizes the Library's context-sensitive linking application to deliver information about full text availability at the point at which requests are made. Students have access to a simultaneous view of all course reserve formats (in-library reserves, electronic text, audio and video streaming) and the system embeds links to this view in MyCourses (Brown's WebCT service). A staff interface allows staff in the Library and in Computing & Information Services to manage course reserves workflow for all formats.

Many staff contributed to the development of OCRA. Current contacts are:

Technical Details
OCRA is a MySQL/PHP application.

Code and License

Project Links

Reports and Presentations

  • Using SFX in Course Reserves, Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA), June 2006, Knoxville, Tennessee