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  1. 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 →
    • 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.

      24 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
      • 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 →
        • 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 →
            • 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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              • 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 →
                • Hyperlinking from the Request Queue/Hold Shelf to the Patron Record.

                  When an item is returned in Alma, the screen displays the patron name, which is hyperlinked through to their patron record.

                  I wondered whether this feature could be incorporated into the Active Hold Shelf and/or the Resource Request Monitoring list and/or the Request Queue as well. Currently these pages display the patron name, but the name is not hyperlinked to their record (see examples attached). It would be extremely useful to be able to go directly from the Request Queue to the patron record, or the Active Hold Shelf to the patron record in order to loan the requested item…

                  21 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                  • Fulfillment Network - Institutional drop down menu for patron/item

                    Fulfillment Network - find patron/item from another institution: Currently in Alma, when selecting either an item or patron from another institution, the drop down menu is in a random order. There should be a way to change the sorting of that list (alphabetically for example). This menu can be found in the Manage Patron Services, Return Items, and Scan in Items.
                    This carries over to Primo for users placing requests. Both the institution and fulfillment network scopes. The pickup institutions should be listed alphabetically.

                    105 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                    • Only send Ful Item Change Due Date Letter for changes to due date

                      We've run into a real problem with recalls. We can set some items to be recallable, and others to not be recallable. However, both categories get their status changed to "Recalled." Non-recallable items simply don't get a change to their due date. Despite this, patrons who have checked out non-recallable items still get the Change Due Date letter, with a notice that tells them their due date has not actually changed. This letter currently is triggered by recalls with due date changes, recalls without due date changes, other due date changes, or recall cancellations. We think this is too much…

                      8 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • Requestable by Campus Affiliated Patrons Only

                        We have an idea to reduce Transit Time: We whish to be able to limit physical items to be requested by campus affiliated patrons only.

                        This means that e.g. books in a specific collection in a specific library, is only requestable by the patrons affiliated with that specific library.

                        Explanation:
                        Our most requested physical items is in the Compulsary Readings Collection. This collection consists of identical titles, and every campus library has this collection. The items are requested a lot, and by patrons on all campuses.
                        Result: These items fly back and forth between campuses, and spend lot of time…

                        12 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow Alma to allow renewals if a certain number of copies are "In Place"

                          We circulate short loan laptops and equipment but have a threshold that needs to be in stock before we will manually renew for users. As a result, we need to mediate renewals. It would be great if Alma could do this automatically so we could allow self-renewals of short loan equipment.

                          11 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                          • Activate recalls by user group

                            Allow libraries to modify recall rules based on each user group.

                            Currently recalls can be turned on or all for all user groups only. It would be beneficial for many libraries, especially academic, to be able to modify recall rules by user group. As an academic institution, we would like the ability to allow certain patron groups to recall books, but block recalls by our visitor and community patrons, or patrons at other institutions. This would help prevent situations where a student working on a project or thesis from having their books recalled by a visitor patron who would like…

                            16 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  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.

                              38 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                              • Move list of "loans of this session" up higher.

                                When checking books out, it helps to be able to see the title pop up. Depending on the monitor, the list sometimes doesn't show up at all because it's too far down. We need to be able to see each title pop up so we can verify that we are actually checking the item out.

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                • Simplify updating calendar

                                  Currently, when adding a time to the calendar, users must click both "Apply Changes" and Save. This causes a lot of wasted staff time when they can't figure out why the changes they made were not applied. In the interest of efficiency, please make it so that users only click Apply Changes or Save, but not both.

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • hold renewals

                                    I believe that it would be more efficient to patrons if we did not allow renewals on items requested as a hold by other patrons

                                    3 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make notes in task lists of in-process items visible by hovering the mouse pointer over the tick

                                      Currently in the task list of in-process items there is a green tick in the "notes" column indicating when an item has a note. Unfortunately there is no quick way to see the content of said note except by clicking on the "dots" button and choosing "edit". It would be great if the note were displayed simply by hovering the mouse pointer over the green tick.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Ability to Type Over Date For Physical Item/Booking Request

                                        When creating a Physical Item Request or a Booking for a future day and time for a patron, I think it would be nice if you could just type in the date and time as opposed to having to wipe the existing date and time or click around on the calendar.

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fines not printing

                                          When we try to print fines in the new UI, very little is printed and certainly not the information we need. We need to print title/barcode/due dates/etc. We can get the list up in Excel, but it doesn't include the patron information and there's too much information. It would just be nice to be able to print the screen and have everything at your fingertips.

                                          4 votes
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