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  1. 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…

    123 votes
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    • 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.

      59 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to edit a location instead of creating a new one

        We are aware that this is a fulfillment configuration, but it is one which causes problems with acquisitions.

        We would like the ability to 'edit' existing location codes that would automatically update everything within those locations to the new location, including holdings, items, and PO lines...rather than having to create new locations and move things before deleting the old location.

        This would eliminate the problems with "change physical items" jobs that don't change locations for things with no items attached (common with serials).

        This would also eliminate the problem of POs becoming unlinked from holdings when a location is changed.…

        8 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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.

              24 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
              • view-licenses

                We need a profil who could view all information related to a license, including attachements. But this profil must not edit neither delete licenses, neither licenses' informations.

                27 votes
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                • Create a space for customer-submitted documentation sharing

                  It would be nice if ExLibris customers could have a space where we could all submit documentation on what we're doing. For example, if one institution has figured out how to configure something, they could either upload files outlining the steps they took to do it or write them out or maybe both. This space should also be searchable, and possibly have ways to limit by things such as which system(s) you use, whether you are a local or hosted customer, etc.

                  This would be easier than checking the listserv archives and it could be collaborative in nature. It would…

                  9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

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                    • Significant Improvements to the 'Browse Shelf List' Function Needed

                      The 'Browse Shelf List" function is essential for catalogers in our library and is extremely clunky and time-consuming to use. Proposing any (hopefully all) of the following changes:

                      1. Ability to view more results surrounding the exact search request.
                      Said in a different way, the ability to view the result in the middle of the results page, so as to be able to see a few of the results both before and after. This makes call number adjustment significantly easier, instead of always needing to click a back button and remember what the call number were on the page before.

                      5 votes
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                      • 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?

                        21 votes
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                        • Extend time before analytics times out

                          Whenever I am working on an analytic report, it often takes hours. But after a few minutes, if I do not go back to Alma to do a fake search to refresh its link to analytics, analytics would time out.

                          Can you extend the time to at least an hour before analytics times out?

                          6 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                          • Change color of "suppress from discovery" and other checkmarks

                            It is difficult to tell at a glance based just on the color of the check mark whether a holding or bib you're working with has been successfully suppressed or unsuppressed when you click on it. Going from faded yellow to bright yellow is not very obvious, especially for those who are already struggling with font size.

                            Could it not be a completely different color? Maybe yellow/black?

                            This would be easier than having to go back and look to see if the eye is present or not.

                            6 votes
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                            • Cancellations - Need to specify more than "System"

                              When a fulfillment request is cancelled, it should specify who cancelled it e.g. patron via Primo (incl. name), librarian, other and not just "System".

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                              • Browzine : Journals with multiple sources

                                Libraries who are using Browzine are exporting our journals holdings file using a Google Scholar XML schema. For titles that have multiple sources, Browzine will based on their own algorithm to determine one source to be made available to the users in the Browzine interface. According to Third Iron, this "choosing algorithm" is designed to pick the source that has the widest coverage. This is fine in most of the cases but if we want to override this "decision", we will need to write in to Third Iron.

                                Suggestion: To consider having a designated field in the portfolio record for…

                                3 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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                                    • Send a confirmation by e-mail for each resource sharing request

                                      When the user fill in the form to receive a book by the Inter-Library Loan (ILL), it would be nice if a confirmation by e-mail could be sent to him.
                                      Our users were accustomed to receive this sort of e-mail and it's a deficiency for them.

                                      26 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make Notes tab and process type option in item available upon creation

                                        Currently when creating a new item, only the general information tab is available until the item has been saved. We often add notes at the point of cataloging, so it would be very useful to have this tab available at creation rather than having to save it and reopen the item to add notes. Similarly, the Process Type dropdown is not available until the item has been saved. This would also be helpful to have available without having to save and re-open the item. See attached document for before and after screenshots.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Purchase Requests API

                                          A Purchase Request API is needed. This would allow the library to seamlessly integrate with internal systems.

                                          From Francois Renaville: "We asked for this in May 2016 and were told in July 2016 (case 00222634 - API for Purchase Requests?) 'that API for purchase requests is on the Alma road map for 2017. Currently, there is no release date.' No news since then."

                                          15 votes
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