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  1. Job for copying the configuration from the production environment into the Standard Sandbox

    Making testing and training in an Alma Standard Sandbox based on Ex Libris provided configuration is very difficult since this configuration may be very different from the one in the customer's production environment.

    Currently Ex Libris is offering two types of Sandboxes for Alma:
    (1) "Standard" - by default included in Alma subscription pricing. This sandbox contains Ex Libris provided data and configuration
    (2) "Premium" – for addition subscription fee – this sandbox includes a full copy of the customer's data and configuration

    Refresh of the Alma sandbox environment is possible up to once a quarter, upon request. In the…

    137 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
    • Include the item barcode as part of the data published from Alma to Primo in the AVA field to improve item search in Primo

      Request for Alma item barcode be included in the data that is published to Primo as part of the Alma publishing functionality to enable barcode searchability in the Primo keyword search. We have discovered that items migrated from our previous ILS do contain the item barcode(s) in the MARC 945 $$i and is written to the search:general field of the PNX. As such, those items are keyword searchable via their barcode in Primo. However, for items created in Alma, the item barcode is not written to the bib record and is therefore not searchable in Primo. Adding the item barcode…

      73 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
      • Publishing of alternative call number from Alma to Primo

        Currently item-level information is not published from Alma to Primo. As a result creating of call number search and browse indexes that include both permanent as well as alternative call number is not possible.

        71 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
        • Configuring different sender e-mail addresses (SMPT-envelope-from) for one letter-type

          For now the SMTP-envelope-from definition for Alma Letters can be set only once per letter-type. This isn’t suitable. E.g., our libraries need more than one sender email address for different acquisition departments. Vendors should be able to reply directly to the departments E-Mail-address. Using one no-reply-address (as SMTP-envelope-from value) in combination with a “reply-to”-addresses written in the Mail Footer cannot be a permanent solution.

          Actual situation in Alma:
          When an E-Mail is send in the context of a job Alma takes the SMTP-envelope-from value from the „addressFrom”-definition in the concerning letter-configuration (general configuration -> letter emails).
          When an E-Mail is…

          64 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
          • Split role user manager in 2: the user manager and the patron manager

            Right now any operator at any level with a role enabling the right to edit/delete users in Alma has the rights as well to change or delete roles or scopes of anyone else, even of the Alma administrators (!).
            Roles shall be fine tuned in a much more granular way, as to have two separated types of managers and administrators.
            - Patron managers shall be enabled to create and edit Patron Users, but not to edit/delete roles assigned to other users, esp. Libray staff Users.
            - User administrators instead should be enabled to edit/delete roles of other users, including Library…

            47 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
            • "A" and "The" are not alphabetical

              When listing items, titles that begin with 'a' or 'the' (the indefinite and definite articles) should *not* be alphabetized under 'A' and 'T', respectively. They should be alphabetized based on the beginning letter of the first non-article in the title. This is *standard practice* and it is ridiculous to do otherwise.

              37 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
              • Cursor auto-return to search box.

                Each Alma search involves re-clicking the search box to restart the search process. Time consumer when searching lists of items. Many websites have a feature in which the cursor auto-returns to the search box. Please add this feature.

                28 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                • Customize display settings

                  Parts of Alma are difficult to read. I would like to see more space between lines of text, more contrast between font colors, larger type, etc.. It would be nice if each user could customize their display settings.

                  25 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                  • Add more work record details (e.g. MMSid) to the InterestedInLetter to improve Interested User notifications

                    Currently the XML which builds the InterestedInLetter for receipted Print and activated Electronic resources does not provide many details which can be customised in the letters customers would like to send to their patrons/interested users.

                    A specific use might be to send a pre-set Primo link to the resource (e.g. a deeplink search by MMSid), but also to be able to provide much clearer information to the Interested user about what the item is, and where it is/will be found.

                    i.e.
                    i) Order Number (PO Line ref)
                    ii) Title (Possibly brief POL record/not the updated bib to which inventory is…

                    24 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                    • Timeout should be configurable

                      Timeout should be configurable to allow for longer timeout than 60 min. This would be helpful for staff who work for example in areas like information services where you need to use Alma several times during the day but not continuously

                      18 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                      • Add sorting option to course reserve when editing a list

                        This enhancement request was lost from the Alma roadmap for over 2 years (supposed to be in the May 2013 release), but we'd like to be able to sort the contents of reading lists by common fields like title, call number, author etc.

                        17 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                        • JavaScript in the Alma Resolver Menu (GetIt/ViewIt)

                          "Delivery system skins" enable customers to modify the Alma resolver menu using custom CSS and images, but it would be extremely useful if customers could also add custom JavaScript to the resolver menu.

                          In many cases, desired customizations require DOM manipulation that cannot be achieved with CSS alone. Moreover, many libraries rely on JavaScript-driven web analytics tools (such as Google Analytics) to track user engagement across various web properties.

                          16 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                          • Browser's back button!

                            What would it take to make the browser's Back Button functional throughout Alma? It's just killing me to have to reload all the time because I accidentally use it. Plus, there are some screens that you can't back-up from to go where you were without starting all over again. As a newbie, it's surprising to me that this is a problem and that everyone else has learned to work around it.

                            15 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                            • Hyperlink call number.

                              While the hyperlinked title is a valuable tool, many of our daily searches necessitate use of of the call number. This is especially true for journals with multiple titles. Hyperlinking the call number would dramatically reduced search time. Being able to 'click through' to all titles linked with a call number would be most useful to our staff.

                              12 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                              • Access SalesForce from directly within Alma

                                There should be the ability to get directly to ExLibris support (SalesForce) from within Alma vs. going through the customer center.

                                12 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                • Not so much an idea more like a request

                                  I would love to see more keyboard shortcuts like "Alt+B" throughout the system. Like in voyager I would love to able to use keyboard instead of the mouse. It would make my workflows so much more comfortable and faster.

                                  11 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                  • A different colour scheme for Alma Sandbox

                                    Currently, Alma (Sandbox) and Alma (Production) looks almost the same except for the tiny “Sandbox” wording under the Alma logo on the top left corner of the screen.
                                    It can be very misleading and it will be disastrous (and irreversible in some cases!) if I update the wrong records in Production.

                                    You may want to consider to use a different colour scheme for the Sandbox login. Eg a “Alma Sandbox” logo with a red background.

                                    Thank you.

                                    11 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                    • Receiving

                                      During receiving allow multiple of the same issue to be checked in at the same time. It would save a lot of time to be able to do this all at the same time rather than have to enter back into the issue title and do the process all over again for a different date.

                                      10 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add breadcrumb trail to staff interface

                                        In Alma, the information displayed often depends on the task you are working on to get there. This is a nice feature, but it would be helpful if breadcrumbs were displayed to help track how you arrived at the screen.

                                        This would be especially helpful to new users.

                                        7 votes
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