How can we improve Alma?

temporarily unavailable

For electronic collections - under the Activation tab for Service temporarily unavailable:

Instead of selecting a date to turn the notice on, allow staff to select the date on which the notice will automatically expire, and then on that date, have Alma automatically set the temporarily unavailable button to off and blank out the reason/text box. Also, consider making that text appear in red.

Logistically, it makes more sense for the notice to automatically disappear, since there is no mechanism in Alma to remind the staff member that such a notice has been added to an electronic collection. So setting an expiry date for the notice (instead of choosing when to turn it on) makes more sense to me. Upon expiry, it would be good to automatically email the person who set the notice initially indicating that this notice expired along with the text of the notice. In case the downtime is extended, then the staff member can reset the notice as necessary, until such time as the service becomes available again.

Thanks for considering. Sandra.
Simon Fraser University.

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      • Luigi Siciliano commented  · 

        I agree and I voted this proposal. But I would not replace the 'Service unavailable message as of date', which is also useful in case of scheduled maintenance. The proposed expiration date of the 'unavailability notice' could simply be added. Or one could simply have a temporarily unavailable 'from' and 'to' to choose from.

      • Ben Isaacs commented  · 

        This would be a very useful improvement that would make management of temporarily unavailable resources a lot easier.

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