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  1. 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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    • View only electronic inventory role

      It would be great to have a role that could view all information related to electronic collections and portfolios but not edit them. This would be helpful for overlap analysis and viewing other details for individuals who should not be able to edit electronic inventory. One use case would be for network zone access for members of a consortium who access but do not maintain consortial resources.

      11 votes
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      • 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.

        164 votes
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        • Add electronic avaibility facet for portfolios

          Hi,

          In the repository search, there is a facet "Avaibility (Electronic Collection)" when looking for an Electronic Collection (please see attachment).
          Would it be possible to extend this facet to electronic portfolio ? In institution zone but also in the community zone (currently this facet is not even prensent for the electronic collection in the community zone).

          It would save us a lot of time for electronic ressources management.

          Thanks for your support.

          Ariane

          41 votes
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          • Batch update of role expiry dates via the UI

            Batch update of role expiry dates via the UI.

            We have hundreds of student staff who have expiry dates on their roles (see attached for an example). Every semester, we have to manually edit each and every role for every student. This process would be so much easier if we could choose multiple roles and then batch update the expiry date.

            Thank You! Lisa

            15 votes
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            • Create a read only role for course reserves area.

              It would be very helpful if a read only role could be created within Alma to allow groups of staff to see, but not edit, course reserves data.

              3 votes
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              • Enable deletion of staff users from historical records

                Enable deletion of staff users from historical records

                Based on strong laws for data protection in Germany and in order to avoid efficiency control of the employees we need the possibility to delete the staff user from historical records.

                Kende

                9 votes
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                • Allow administrators to change the labels on Alma terminology.

                  Allow relabeling of field tags, such as changing CHRON I to YEAR, and ENUM A to VOLUME. Let libraries have the flexability to use the terminalogy that they prefer.

                  4 votes
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                  • Order the toolbar

                    For each user the order of "Manage patrons", "Return items", and "Scan in items" is in a different order. You should be able to arrange these so that it is the same for each user.

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                    • User record list of roles should display Expiration Date -- not Status Date

                      In the display of Roles for a given user, displaying the Status Date (when the Role was created or last edited) is virtually useless. Much more valuable would be to instead display the Expiration Date for that Role. This is something that we must currently click into the record to see, and is something of much more value -- especially when checking on the status of student staff.

                      3 votes
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                      • Read only view of user record information

                        There is a need to provide our faculty librarians with a role that allows for a read only view of the user record information e.g. user details, addresses, contact details, etc.

                        5 votes
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                        • Ability to log in as user to a user's Library Card

                          It would be nice to be able to log in to a user's Library Card as that user for various reasons, mainly related to seeing what the patron can see (which letters they are selected to receive, which loans are present and which can be renewed by patron, etc.).

                          This has been an immensely helpful feature within ILLiad, and with the ability to integrate Alma and ILLiad and allow users "one" library account to manage rather than several, it would be very helpful in troubleshooting users' questions over the phone or via email.

                          3 votes
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                          • Automatically add new user statistical categories as they are imported via the SIS integration

                            As a system administrator I want any new statistical category codes used in the student file import to be added to the table as they appear in the file. Voyager previously added the code and then a system administrator could add the description to match.

                            2 votes
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                            • Add the Import function to the Statistical Categories/Types mapping table.

                              Statistical Category and Category Types can be Imported but mapping them is exceedingly tedious.

                              4 votes
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                              • Manual Deleting of User (Patron) records and need for consistency in maintaining reportable data

                                At present Alma has an inconsistent method of maintaining reportable patron data when a user record is deleted. The reality is that the policies established by an institution (to keep fully reportable, or keep statistics, or fully remove) do not apply when a patron record is manually deleted - ie. Deleted in: Administration > User Management > Find and Manage Users.

                                “Users that are manually deleted in Alma are fully removed from the system” regardless of institution policy. The Queensland Health Libraries would like to have this situation changed so that manually deleting a user (patron) record would maintain the…

                                23 votes
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                                • Add City and NPA from physical address to global Contact Information screen of user

                                  When you consult the Contact Information Tab of a user, you can only see the first line of the physical address, which most of the time is the street address.
                                  We would like to add the column City and NPA to this screen.

                                  This way, for over 90% of our patrons, we can directly see the complete address without having to consult the detail of the address.

                                  This would save us much time, as staff are required to regularly ask the patrons whether their address is still correct.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Note Type

                                    Have the options to create different Note Types under the patrons note tab.

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                                    • Customize gender description for NONE

                                      We would like to be able to customize the gender field to change the description for the code NONE.

                                      Australian legislation now requires the University to supporting the following in capturing gender data:

                                      "18. Where sex and/or gender information is collected and recorded in a personal record, individuals should be given the option to select M (male), F (female) or X (Indeterminate/Intersex/Unspecified)." -- http://www.ag.gov.au/Publications/Documents/AustralianGovernmentGuidelinesontheRecognitionofSexandGender/AustralianGovernmentGuidelinesontheRecognitionofSexandGender.doc

                                      The existing description is hard-coded and uses the term "None'. EL advised us to use the code NONE for this purpose. However the description is not appropriate for describing people who do not identify as either…

                                      17 votes
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                                      • To add purge date option rather then use days since purge date

                                        To add the exact purge date option rather then use days since purge date. If the date option is available, we can run a job and set the purge exact purge date rather than purge users that are not meant to be purged

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                                        • User Registration Terms of Use - Have expiration dates be able to set from the calendar

                                          When creating TOU for User Registration, we should have the ability, much like with due dates in Fulfillment, to set the expiration date to not only various amounts of time, but to a calendar date. We have some patrons who end their privileges at the end of the semester, and it would be very helpful.

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