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  1. Add a view option for Attachments.

    Currently if you want to view an attachment (e.g. licence attachment, POL-attachment, etc) you have to download it to your computer. This is very annoying if you just want to have a quick glance at it as your are constantly cleaning out your downloads folder.
    It would be really great if there were a view option which either showed the document in a pop-up or opened it in another tab of your browser.

    36 votes
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    • Allow "declared lost" items that are deleted to have a different status than "Missing"

      Currently, when a "declared lost" item is deleted from a patron record, the status changes to "missing," which is fairly misleading as to what the true status of the item is. It would be nice if there were an option to have a status of "Lost and Paid," or something to that effect, so that it is easily distinguishable from regular missing items.

      24 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
      • Boolean search

        In advanced repository search: add the 'NOT' functionality in the drop down menu.

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        • Add Material Type Mapping to Physical Inventory Import Profile

          As a Copy-Cataloger I receive batch files of bibliographic records with physical inventory from a variety of vendors and some of these vendors send a variety of formats in the same file. These files contain bibliographic records with a material type of Book, Map, DVD-ROM, Issue, etc. With our current Import Profile that we use, the Library field, Location field, Barcode field, and Item policy field can be mapped with MARC21 local field. But this is not possible for Material type. So when we import this large file with multiple material types they are being imported with the Material type…

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          • Allow "ignore_lender_due_date" setting to be customized per resource sharing partner

            Currently the "ignore_lender_due_date" setting in the Alma Customer Parameters Mapping Table is a global setting; it applies to all resource sharing partners. This is problematic for consortia who have resource sharing partners for consortia members, as well as a resource sharing partner for ILLiad.
            Setting "ignore_lender_due_date" to "true" works for our consortia resource sharing standard checkout, but ILLiad due dates must be entered manually.
            Setting "ignore_lender_due_date" to "false" works for the ILLiad lender due date, but then consortia due dates must be entered manually.
            If "ignore_lender_due_date" could be configured separately, for different types of resource sharing partners, this would allow…

            26 votes
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            • Include request history in item fulfillment history

              We really need to have the request history figure in the fulfillment history of the item. Request are an essential part of the workflow which trigger certain things. When we want to analyse why this and that happened, we need to know when an item has been requested, when it has been rejected, etc. The requests are just an integral component of the fulfillment workflow, so we need this information in the fulfillment history of the item.

              We can have this information in Analytics, but then it is separate from the fulfillment history and it is a lot of work…

              34 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
              • Add validating MARC field and record character limits

                Please add the capability when validating records to check for MARC field and record character limits (9,999 and 99,999 octets respectively, https://www.loc.gov/marc/specifications/specrecstruc.html). We understand that Alma does not impose character limits on MARC fields and records, but we often exchange records with other vendors or companies. We need this feature to ensure that our data transfers properly and does not exceed data limits imposed by the MARC format.

                9 votes
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                • 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.

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                    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                  • Change permission authorization set without leaving current record

                    For example, a student worker is working with a patron. However, the patron record requires action that the student worker is not authorized to do. The student worker calls over a supervisor. Is there a way to keep the patron's record open but change the permission set from the student worker to the supervisor so that necessary actions can be taken? Or does the student have to log out completely and then the supervisor log in and search anew for the problematic patron record?

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                      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                    • Changing or moving the "Add all Portfolios from Community" button in Electronic Collections

                      When adding a new portfolio to an existing electronic collection there are several options. Two of these options are "Add Portfolios from Community" and "Add All Portfolios from Community". These options sit beside each other and are the same colour and design. The only difference between them is the word "all". 5 times in the last twelve months we have had the experience where separate operators have selected the "Add All Portfolios from Community" in error when they really only wanted to import a single record. The result has been that Alma commenced to import tens of thousands of records…

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                      • 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…

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                          2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to select a subject after F3

                          In the metadata editor - the option for a "select" button next to the "view" is indeed required in "tools - Browse bib headings"

                          3 votes
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                          • Ability to change the default for reading room to NOT FINAL

                            The default for the reading room is currently set to "final" check in. We wish to change this to "Not Final" to help avoid a scenario where Resource Sharing items inadvertently being returned to their home campus when users are not finished with them. Most of our librarians that use the Reading Room function would like the setting configurable so that they can select the option that best suits their workflow needs.

                            20 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                            • Add feature to Bookings to allow for set up time between checkouts

                              When a user makes a booking in Alma there is no allowance for set up for the item after it is returned and before it is checked out again. This lack of time for set up may not be an issue for things like books, but if the item is a laptop that needs to be reimaged before it goes out to the next user then this can be a problem. I believe that adding a set up time option to the booking TOUs would help moderate this issue. The set-up time would be added to the end of the…

                              7 votes
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                              • Make display thumbail display option configurable based upon user or role

                                Recently turned on the thumbnail display in Alma. Half liked it, mainly fulfillment, half didn't acq and cataloguing. Maybe possible to make this setting customizable based upon user or Role?

                                19 votes
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                                • Simple letter formatting and testing

                                  Amending and testing letters and notifications is simply too complicated with many steps in various tables, not identical names, test users receiving all types of letters not just the ones they are working on etc. Some form of WYSIWYG editor with test recipient per letter type would be great.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Display Loan HOUR in Patron Services and Manage Item Returns

                                    Currently the Patron Services and Manage Item Returns screens display the DATE an item was loaned only. It would be helpful if they also displayed the HOUR. On the Patron Services screen, it takes extra clicks to review the Loan History in the Actions menu. On the Manage Item Returns screen, it is impossible to view the hour -- you must go to the item's history, which isn't accessible directly. The hour is already displayed in the Patron Services Due Date and Manage Item Returns Returned Date fields. I hope it is easy to add the hour to the Loan…

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Overdue and lost loan job for "no item policy" only

                                      We need an option to configure an Overdue and lost loan job only on items that dont have an item policy.
                                      Most of our material have no item policy and we dont have an option to only send an overdue notification on those books. Now we also have to send to every other item policy.
                                      In particuly this leads to overlapping overdue notifications when we have material with short loan or ILL-loans.

                                      This would be fixed with a new option to check "no item policy" in the overdue and lost loan configuration page.

                                      20 votes
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                                      • Add a mapping structure for normalization/merge rules in MDE

                                        The numbers of normalization rules is getting quite annoying. When we are in a consortium we also see every rule in the network zone.
                                        I would like a posibility to create folders like in Analytics.
                                        This would be helpful to group rules by institution or category.

                                        20 votes
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                                        • Add Storage Location ID as column choice in Item View screen

                                          We would like to view Storage Location ID in the item view screen within Alma: https://www.screencast.com/t/1fJ1IyCq

                                          We can now access in Analytics however staff would like to be able to see this field without having to run a separate analytics report to see the data.

                                          Thanks!

                                          13 votes
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