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  1. Add "Search within results" box on a set

    Hello,

    It would be very useful if we had a search box of "Search within results", on a set we created with indication rules.

    Thanks.

    51 votes
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    • Ability to create a set of holdings records in Alma

      Currently in Alma you can conduct a repository search to create a set of physical titles (bibliographic records) or physical items (item records). Although you can do an Advanced Search of certain data fields in holdings records, there is no functionality to create a set of holdings records.

      (You can create a set of titles or items and run the manual jobs: change physical items or change holdings information. Unfortunately, the set of physical titles include all holdings records linked to the bibliographic records (including holdings records you may not want to change). And you don't always have search criteria…

      141 votes
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      • Produce a Publishing Profile for BrowZine

        The idea is to create a specific publishing profile for sending data to BrowZine on a scheduled basis. The presently used data format (Google Scholar XML with Sources) could be better served as a CSV file for numerous reasons. Additionally, the Publishing Profile should be able to accommodate the scenario of a library's holdings being made up of a combination of NZ and IZ holdings.
        Please contact john@thirdiron.com for full technical guidelines for the best and most reliable data exporting configuration. Thank you!

        Note:
        Over time we have come to understand a number of limitations in the approach suggested here…

        91 votes
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        • Improve publishing to PubMed to give a single coverage statement for all portfolios active for the same title

          The Publish to PubMed publishing profile outputs an xml file giving details of ejournal coverage per title. Where we have multiple active portfolios for a title, the output contains a set of "or" queries with the coverage for each portfolio, and these often overlap or duplicate each other. NLM will no longer accept files with these duplications and overlapping coverage statements and instead require a single coverage statement for each ISSN in the file.

          Please add to the publishing profile the option to merge the various coverage statements to give a single start and end date per title that reflects…

          48 votes
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          • Sort record type and date columns in Library calendar opening hours

            Every year we need to reset our calendar events, exceptions and sometimes we even tweak our standard opening hours.

            This job would be much easier if we could sort the entries in our opening hours screen (Fulfillment > Library management > Opening hours) by record type, valid from (date) and valid to (date).

            40 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
            • More possibilities for the Alma Color Theme

              In the new UI, libraries can manage branding in Alma by selecting one of 6 basic colors (blue, purple, red, green, brown, orange). This configuration can only be made by a General administrator and is valid for all Alma users. We would like:
              - a larger variety of colors (proposing the 216 web-safe colors would be fine);
              - the possibility for any user to define their own Color Theme: color experience may be very different from one individual to another and giving everyone the possibility the use a convenient color would be appreciated.

              32 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
              • Extend time before analytics times out

                Whenever I am working on an analytic report, it often takes hours. But after a few minutes, if I do not go back to Alma to do a fake search to refresh its link to analytics, analytics would time out.

                Can you extend the time to at least an hour before analytics times out?

                253 votes
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                  under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                • Enhance Physical Locations List export for "Suppress from Discovery" and other tags

                  At the moment there is no easy way to create a list of all physical locations set to "Suppress from Discovery".

                  It's not in the export, it's not in Analytics and it's not in the data you can get via API.

                  I would expect this information to be included in the export you can download in Alma. Same thing goes for "Accession Placement", "Call Number Type" and all other fields that are available in "Edit Physical Location".

                  At the moment the export is rather short as it contains only Code, Name, Location Type and Fulfillment Unit.

                  23 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                  • Delay time between receiving an item and sending email notice to patron

                    We would like to be able to configure the amount of time between receiving an item and sending an email notice for pickup to a patron. We receive items in batch and then file them onto the hold shelves in batch. Some time is need between these batch processes.

                    Current workarounds include: including text in emails that students might not read or scanning the items through two separate workflows.

                    Being able to configure the trigger for the email notice would be much better.

                    121 votes
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                    • Configuring External Library names for display in Primo

                      In Alma it is already possible to enter external location names for display in Primo. 
We request this option for library names, too. Currently, the configured library name is exposed to the user in the Primo Getit tab as well as to the staff in several places in the Alma user interface, f.ex. the „currently at“ pickup list and the persistent menu. We request the possibility to configure an internal name for display in Alma (for example in abreviated form) and and external name for display in the Primo Get it tab.

                      47 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • Make more sort fields available in Physical Item Sort Routines

                        Functionality wanted:
                        Make more sort fields available in the Physical Item Sort Routines, to include all enumeration and chronology fields, as well as receiving date and material type. Retain sort routine selection in all areas of Alma, including when receiving.

                        Use case: Currently the limited options available in the Physical Item Sort Routines do not allow for serial items with no volume or number to be displayed in correct chronological order. Instead they sort alphabetically by month. Serial items published daily do not sort in correct chronological order, because the chronology field J is not an option in the Physical…

                        98 votes
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                        • Limiting the list of Lending and Borrowing requests to the current Owning library

                          When we go to the list of Lending requests or Borrowing requests (either via the Tasks menu or directly under Fulfillment),
                          we get requests for both our libraries/campuses. This is the case, even if we have already chosen one of the libraries as our «current location».
                          When we choose one particular library as the current location it would be very helpful to get a list of request only for this library.
                          As it is now, we need to scroll down at the bottom of the left-side menu to choose the current Owning library.
                          Alternatively, if the above solution is not…

                          35 votes
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                          • Title-level request and item-level request

                            Currently it is only possible to configure either item-level-requests OR title-level requests in Alma for Primo . We request the possibility to configure title-level-requests in the terms of use when specific parameters are met, for example when all items are located in a certain location.

                            43 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                            • Status for returned items changed to Awaiting shelving then changed to item in place after specified period

                              When an item is returned at the Library Desk Alma instantly changes the status to "Item in place", leading a user looking at that status in Primo to believe that the item is on the shelf. However when an item is returned at the Library Desk it is not instantly returned to the shelf - often it is placed on a returns trolley and reshelved later in the day or the next day.

                              What would be more useful would be for Alma to automatically assign a status of 'awaiting shelving' to an item when it is returned, and then after…

                              70 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                              • New UI-Call Number as an option in the search customization

                                In the old UI when conducting a search the call number would display in the search results. In the new UI each individual title now has to have the physical title clicked on to see the call number. It would be helpful to have a call number option under the customization options so that it would eliminate all of the unnecessary clicking when trying to view call numbers during a search.

                                24 votes
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                                • Implement Just in Time (JIT) SAML provisioning

                                  With Just-in-Time provisioning, you can use a SAML assertion to create users on the fly the first time they try to log in. This eliminates the need to create user accounts in advance from a SIS or FTP file download. Only an authenticated user would be created once validated through the login process. JIT provisioning is common in larger systems like SalesForce.

                                  66 votes
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                                  • RS partners search enhancement proposal

                                    The idea is changing the default of the "Find:" menu on Fulfillment -> Resource Sharing -> Partners.
                                    Now the default is to "code:" search.
                                    The default to "name:" search would be better
                                    Thanks

                                    18 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ability to Configure Borrowing Requests Status in Primo

                                      The status of borrowing requests is displayed in the user's account (MyLibrary) in Primo. The statuses are not very user-friendly as they are the Alma statuses that are meant for staff. For example, "Locate failed" is quite disturbing for a user to see when checking the status of their resource sharing borrowing request.

                                      We have been told that these values are in a hidden table in Alma and cannot be translated. We would like to be able to configure this table, or be able to map these statuses in a better way.

                                      49 votes
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                                      • Add ability to expand holdings on Reading Lists in new Alma UI

                                        In the classic Alma UI holdings were visible for all titles on a reading list as a default.

                                        In the new UI holdings are hidden and staff need to click on the Physcial, Electronic or Digital links for each title in the reading list to see what the holdings are - there is no way to expand all holdings on the reading list without clicking many times.

                                        We would like to see the expand option that is available on the main result screen added to Reading lists so that staff can set holdings to always show rather than having to…

                                        19 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                        • Need ability to search 79X fields

                                          We plan to implement use of the 790 field for local tracings (such as former owners) to be used for special collections materials, and have set up a separate search field in Primo. Now we see that we can't search that field at all in Alma, only Primo. Since Alma does index 59X fields as "local notes" and 69X fields as "local subjects" we propose that the 79X be indexed as well.

                                          26 votes
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