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  1. 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…

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    • In Analytics add fund information to e-inventory subject area. This needs to be available at both the collection and portfolio levels.

      The e-inventory subject area needs fund information added to it at both the collection and portfolio levels so users can write reports that show them how much they have paid for their e-inventory based on a given fiscal year and/or at the p o line level.

      153 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  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.

        53 votes
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        • temporarily unavailable

          For electronic collections - under the Activation tab for Service temporarily unavailable:

          Instead of selecting a date to turn the notice on, allow staff to select the date on which the notice will automatically expire, and then on that date, have Alma automatically set the temporarily unavailable button to off and blank out the reason/text box. Also, consider making that text appear in red.

          Logistically, it makes more sense for the notice to automatically disappear, since there is no mechanism in Alma to remind the staff member that such a notice has been added to an electronic collection. So setting…

          49 votes
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          • 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?

            72 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
            • Obligate the user to choose a pick up location in the resource sharing form

              On Renouvaud the users could fill in a form to request an article or a book for the Inter Library Loan.

              But, they don't read all the form and much of them don't choose a pick up location.

              The problem is that if they don't choose one, a "default pick up location" is selected.

              We would like that the drop down menu begin not with a pick up location but a little sentence which ask the user to choose a location (see attachments).

              Thanks !

              36 votes
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              • Barcode field should be active when "Set Barcodes" opens

                When receiving physical items, "Receive and set barcodes" should open the "Set barcodes" dialog box with the barcode field active. This would remove the need to click in the field before scanning in the new barcode.

                41 votes
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                • Export slips to PDF

                  Currently, Alma only allows exporting slips to Excel or "printing" to an email address. Please *please* add an option to export to PDF, using similar output that gets sent to a printer. Seems like it would be easy to add, and would be immensely useful.

                  Jeremy Kurtz
                  Arizona State University

                  34 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                  • create out-of-box institutional standards reports (i.e., ACRL, IPEDS,ARL)

                    Since many institutions have to complete these standardized reports annually, it would be helpful if a template existed for each one so we wouldn't have to re-create them each year. As the reports are revised by the sponsoring organization/agency then Ex Libris can update the out-of-the-box report as part of the monthly features.

                    90 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow staff level renewing of items marked as "lost", or the ability to bulk process from "lost" to "found".

                      I'd like the ability to either allow staff to renew items listed as "lost" or at least be able to bulk process items marked as "lost" to "found" so we can then renew them.

                      27 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • Possibility to configure that a patron can login into his/her account in Primo AFTER expiration date, to view open fees / fines and or loans

                        Currently a patron whose expiration date has passed is not able to log into his/her Primo account. The patron can neither see open fines/fees nor loans.

                        We suggest:
                        * institution-wide option to allow or permit users read-only-access to there Primo accound after patron’s expiry date (in Alma)
                        * user manager role not necessary to do any changes in role expiration dates.
                        * no additional functionality outside Alma needed that uses the API to achieve the goal.

                        126 votes
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                        • Set up Online Service Order configuration in the NZ and be able to share with the IZ.

                          We would like to be able to set up Online Service Order in the NZ and share that configuration with the IZ. The goal is push the shared OA e-collections to the bottom of the list so they do not display first in the list.

                          25 votes
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                          • Share GES configurations from the NZ to the IZ

                            Would like to set up GES configurations in the NZ and be able to share those configurations with the IZ. Example, ERIC, Amazon, Google Scholar, and ProQuest Dissertations.

                            33 votes
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                            • Allow reactivation of withdrawn items

                              It would be very useful to be able to easily reactivate/reinstate withdrawn items. For example, an item that has been made missing, not found, and deleted may turn up later. This is happening more frequently as we are carrying out large scale stock projects, and will increase when we begin regular stock taking.

                              Ideally when a deleted item is returned or scanned in a message box would alert the user:

                              "This item was withdrawn on dd/mm/yyyy.

                              Would you like to reactivate it?

                              Proceed/Cancel"

                              All the necessary data appears to be retained (and can be seen in Analytics), and I am…

                              31 votes
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                              • Include authority cross-references in Browse Bib Headings

                                The very useful Browse Bib Headings tool includes only information from bib records. It would be extremely useful if it also included authority cross-references for controlled headings, similar to how the Primo browse works. This way, if a user tries to use the Browse Bib Headings and enters the non-preferred term, the cross-reference will let them know that they need to search on the preferred term.

                                43 votes
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                                • Academic Departments - add field for Faculty/School

                                  Academic Departments within institutions often sit under Faculty or School groups. This is currently not represented in Alma or Leganto. Could we have a new (optional) field added for School/Faculty both to the Academic Department area and have it available in Analytics.

                                  16 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • Physical Holdings should be considered in determining Primo Availabilty.

                                    At this time, Alma physical holdings are NOT considered in determining article coverage in Primo search results. The system should be smart enough to recognize physical holding date/coverage. ExLibris should create a look-up tool that will check our physical holdings and offer Get It details so patrons will see that articles are available in print journals that are owned by the library.

                                    16 votes
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                                    • Resource sharing form customization

                                      At now we can customize only the fields to display and their labels.
                                      We feel the need of a deeper customization of the html (directly on the form page or via css)

                                      25 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                      • Automatic transfer of the RS borrowing request cancellation note

                                        Functionality wanted: Cancellation notes in Resource Sharing Borrowing Requests to be transferred to the resource Notes tab automatically.

                                        Currently, cancellation notes in Resource Sharing Borrowing Requests don’t get transferred to the resource Notes tab automatically. However, since it is used in cancellation notification emails for users, ILL staffs should be able to have access to the same information the users see. This is necessary as it will help ILL staffs address user inquiries about the cancellation in a timelier manner when they come up. Otherwise it will take ILL staffs minutes to go through all the related materials before finally…

                                        19 votes
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                                        • Ability to sort Resource Sharing borrowing requests and lending requests by Request Date

                                          Currently, the 'Created borrowing requests' list is sorted alphabetically by title. It would be really useful, for when we have a large number of requests, to be able to also sort it by request date.

                                          70 votes
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