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  1. Improved claiming functionality for resource sharing

    There is a need for improving claiming functionality in resource sharing. When items are borrowed by library A from library B, it should be possible for library B to automatically claim library A when lending requests are overdue.

    More details in attached file.

    209 votes
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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.

      78 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  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.

        101 votes
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        • Need a way to retrieve HOLDINGS where there are no ITEMS associated with the holding

          Currently, there is no good way in either Advanced Repository search or Analytics to retrieve Holdings records that do not have items attached. The "has no inventory" indexing only returns bibs with no holdings, not holdings with no items. In order to have the holdings fields exposed to the Repository Search, you must select either Physical Title or Physical Item, which then only looks at records where there is an associated item record.

          The same seems to be true in analytics. I can create an analysis using the Titles table and filter to "Number of Physical Items (All) = 0",…

          142 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
          • Add a print test page option to printer action menu

            It would be great to have a simple way to test Alma printers, rather than having to go through a workflow to print something out. I think a good place for this would be on the action menu for each printer.

            59 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              49 votes
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              • Add API call to fetch all holdings and items associated with one bib record (MMSid)

                It would be great to have a single API call to fetch all holdings and items related to an MMS id, which would return all this data in one big XML file. The way it works now, if you want to get, say, all of the barcodes for all items associated with a single MMS id, you have to do an api call for every holding record. So if you have a bib that has one item in 6 different locations, you have to do 6 API calls.

                60 votes
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                • 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.

                  35 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  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…

                    22 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                    • Display Logic: shared NZ choices in IZ

                      Currently, the Display Logic settings are limited to IZ resources only; they do not allow choices for resources that are shared from the NZ among several institutions.

                      For example, my library offers unmediated CCC document delivery for certain Wiley titles we don't subscribe to. So when I set the display logic rule, it should be "Hide service Full Text with Electronic collection = CCC Get It Now Wiley if exists service Full Text with Electronic collection = Wiley Online Library." However, because the Wiley Online Library ecollection is shared in the NZ for my consortium, it will not appear as…

                      43 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • Automatic dismissal of corrected authorities from the Authority Control Task List.

                        Automatic dismissal of corrected authorities from the Authority Control Task List.
                        Improve the Authority Control Task List linking functionality so that when an authority is upgraded/corrected in the metadata editor, it is automatically dismissed from the Task List. Items are added to the Task List before an institution has had a chance to upgrade the catalogue record. Many of these authorities will routinely be upgraded at the cataloguing stage. The need to then manually remove substandard authorities from the Task List which no longer exist in the bibliographic records adds a huge burden of extra work, especially for large institutions.…

                        33 votes
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                        • Approved Purchase Requests should NOT appear in My Task List

                          The purpose of the My Task List is to highlight and provide easy access to Tasks which are awaiting processing. Only InReview and new, unprocessed Purchase Requests should appear in the Task List.

                          Ex Libris Response: "After the request is approved (or rejected), it is moved automatically to the Unassigned tab (thus, populating the Tasks list) for reference purposes. Users with the Selector - Extended role can delete requests (e.g. from the Unassigned tab), this updating the counter in the Tasks list."

                          We maintain that this is a bug, not an enhancement request -- Ex Libris has not yet completed…

                          31 votes
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                          • Show a confirmation/warning about completing a lending request when using scan in items

                            It would be a good enhancement to get a warning or a confirmation that a request is about to be set to completed, when we scan in an item that is currently in a resource sharing process. Because we use RFID, we have had multiple occurences of scanning in a document that already has the status Shipped Physically again by mistake, only to have the lending request irreversibly set to Request Completed, without the item ever being received by the Borrowing library. This means we have to contact the owning library and ask them to resubmit the request.

                            When using…

                            117 votes
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                            • 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…

                              103 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                              • Returning items from the patron services - return tab of the wrong patron

                                If a book loaned from a patron it has returned through Patron services - Return Tab of a wrong patron, Alma does not block the action. The system send return email receipt to the wrong patron who did not loan the book.
                                The system should stop the action as the operator, for mistake, has returned the book from the patron services of a patron who did not loan the item.

                                56 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                • "Request" link when you have ordered a physical book

                                  When you have ordered a physical book (one time order) it would be very helpful to get a Request link available on the Purchase order lines in Review page.

                                  Then you could place a request more quickly. You don't have to search for the book again.

                                  34 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    16 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                    • Vendor contacts need phone extension added

                                      When adding a new contact to the vendor location, there could be numerous people using the same base number, but with different extensions. Can you add a space to allow entering the extension?

                                      19 votes
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                                      • Initiate consortium fulfillment requests for items in another institution from Alma

                                        In our consortium, we would like to be able to place requests for items in other institutions on behalf of our patrons in Alma.

                                        Scenario: a patron (dean, faculty member, etc) calls the circulation desk asking if an item is owned by the library. Circ operator searches Alma and finds the item in a consortium library. Circ operator SHOULD be able to request item in Alma from the patron's record. Right now, circ operator has to tell the patron to search Primo and request on his or her own.

                                        79 votes
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                                        • Change Holdings area to match Items

                                          Editing Holdings requires knowing all of the codes for your institution's locations and libraries. If the Holdings area were more like the Items area then the choices for locations and libraries would be on pull down menus. A History tab similar to the one on the Items screen would also be helpful.

                                          Navigating within the Holdings edit screen is difficult because one has to know or look up all of the codes for the institution's libraries and locations. This difficult navigation affects all customers. The lack of a History tab makes it impossible to track changes to the library, location,…

                                          16 votes
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