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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…

    153 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…

      121 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.

        115 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…

          103 votes
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          • 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…

            74 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
            • 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

              54 votes
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              • "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.

                44 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                • File differences included with Release Notes

                  It would be very helpful if ExL included a Differences report (.diff file) for the Delivery-System-Skin mashup CSS file (mashup_new.css) and also any Letter-template XSLT files which have changed for each new Alma Release, and to post them alongside the Knowledge Base article for the release (ie. https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Release_Notes/0099_2017/May_2017 ).

                  Any institution which has made local customizations based on these files needs to perform a manual review each month. While this isn't so horrific for the single mashup_new.css file, it is for the Letter-templates. Having a section which lists the differences would be a huge time-saver. Bonus points for a human…

                  33 votes
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                    0 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.

                    32 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                    • Display logic rules should work on Primo users NOT logged in

                      Display logic rules currently only work if a user logs in Primo. Also, the rules only work to hide a service (not show a service). Also, Primo New UI does not allow forcing users to log in.

                      So, we have a scenario where we want CCC Get It Now articles to display only for our Faculty user group. However, the article links are displaying to everyone (guest) - until the user logs in and then the links are hidden for everyone except our faculty. Because everyone starts out in Primo as guest, this defeats the purpose of the rule.

                      Another…

                      32 votes
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                      • Embargoed resources displaying in Primo

                        Currently records from within an embargo period are discover-able to end-users via Primo.
                        The user then thinks we have access to the records and selects it only to be presented with No full text available.
                        Embargoed records are outside of our coverage range and should not display in our discovery interface.

                        28 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  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.

                          27 votes
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                            2 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.

                            26 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 →
                              • 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.

                                22 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.

                                  21 votes
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                                    0 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

                                    19 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                    • Exclude operator roles from "start now" option in scheduled jobs in sandbox environment

                                      As of now every role that has permission to monitor jobs in production can use the "start now" option in the scheduled jobs list in the sandbox. Several operator roles have this permission, e.g. purchasing operator, resulting in an unwanted and uncontrolled run of an institutional job by library staff testing our sandbox environment.
                                      Therefore, we would like this permission to be restricted to manager or administrator roles. If that means, that operator roles need to be stripped of the permission to monitor jobs in production that would be fine for us. We hope that we do not have to…

                                      17 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                      • Authenticated "Authentication note" field

                                        Make the content of the "authentication note" field (electronic collection editor and portfolio editor) only visible to our legitimate end-users by means of authentication: preferably via sso, another option would be via ip. That way we can register and manage all our username/password information for e-sources from within Alma. And get rid of the in-house solution (according to the Alma-L mailing list other institutions, like us, developed solutions involving a link to an authentication protected page).
                                        Currently the authentication note has the same functionality as the "public note" field. It is displayed to anyone searching in our Primo. There also…

                                        16 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                        • Dismissing 'errors' from health check reports.

                                          In the Alma health check reports we see a number of 'failed' messages every time they run (we have it on a monthly schedule) due to deliberate configuration decisions to support business processes, which are picked up in the jobs. These include things like self check profile configuration, service desk configuration (payments can only be made at only one of our libraries, at one service desk - all other service desks keep showing up as failed)

                                          It would be helpful if these types of error messages could be 'dismissed' or marked as 'dismissed' and show the date they were dismissed…

                                          14 votes
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