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  1. Include variables in subject line in letter emails costumization

    In Alma you can costumize emails and letters message body via XSL including the related data from xml, but not in the subject area, where you can write only fixed text. We need the possibility to add changing information in subject area, for example add the id of requests in the subject of the Resource sharing emails. It would be possible to configure the subject field to accept variables/placeholder containing the data in xml emails?

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      1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
    • Add additional error code to Renew loan API when an item has been renewed but the due date hasn't changed

      The Users / Renew Loan API (https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/apis/users/POST/gwPcGly021r0XQMGAttqcPPFoLNxBoEZNUiGwQUr+MuAI+35dTBcVUmYayAq/vUq/0aa8d36f-53d6-48ff-8996-485b90b103e4) currently only returns two errors - "Loan ID XXX does not exist." or "Cannot renew loan: Loan ID XXX." This API should return an additional status of "renewed, but due date didn't change" when that applies to the item in question. This would allow our locally developed catalog, which uses the Alma APIs for requesting items, to provide more complete information on why certain requests fail.

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      • API for managing scheduled jobs configured in integration profiles

        The enhancement described and completed in the idea http://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/9592206-api-to-interact-with-alma-job-scheduler is fine as far as it goes, but the current functionality does not allow us to interact with jobs launched automatically by Alma on a periodic basis; it only supports jobs launched manually by a user.

        Our use case: we have scheduled periodic uploads of SIS student data
        configured in a SIS integration profile. We would like to get a formatted list of rejected users, errors, etc. that happened during the automatic load available as a file on our processing server, so that the list can be parsed by a script…

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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.

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          • 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.…

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            • 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…

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                0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  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…

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                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                • Title starts with search in Advanced Search

                  Change "Title Starts With" search in Advanced Search

                  There are situations when it's easier or more efficient to search by the beginning of the title. However, the “Title Starts With:” search in Advanced Search in Alma requires the user to know whether the title begins with an article (A, An, The) or not, and if so, which article it begins with. So users are expected to remember if a title begins with "A", "The", or no initial article in order to perform the search successfully. Why not just return both results, and let the user decide, instead of forcing them…

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                  • Automatically populate date and end time in booking request form

                    When placing a booking in Alma or Primo you need to choose a starting date then a starting hour followed by a starting minute. You then need to choose an end date then an ending hour and an ending minute. This is a lot of clicks to place one booking.

                    It would be nice if the end date, hour and time could be automatically populated based on the Terms of use of the item (so if the loan period is 2 hours and the start time is 2:30 then the end time could be automatically populated to say 4:30). If…

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                    • Automatically populate Material Type and Terms of use dropdowns in request forms

                      In the physical request form in Primo it is common for there to be a single value in the Material Type and Terms of Use dropdowns. It is common for users to click on these dropdowns to see what the options are only to find there is only a single value to choose from.

                      When there is only a single value to choose from it would be nice if The Material Type and Terms of Use fields were displayed to the user as not editable and with no dropdown displayed. This would save the user having to click into the…

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                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • Include "External Name" in Bib API results when returning the location of an item

                        We're using the Bib API for several Alma integrations and have noticed that Bib API calls are returning just the "Location Name" for the location of items. We're of the opinion that the "External Name" should also be included in the Api results, as this is the location text that should be presented in public interfaces. Please include the "External Name" field in addition to the "Location Name" when returning the location in Api calls.

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                        • 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.

                          42 votes
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                          • Fulfillment Network/Consortium - See loans (items) from other institutions in patron's home Alma

                            We need to be able to see ALL of a patron's active loans - including those items borrowed from a consortium partner - in the patron's home Alma. So if I have books checked out from my own library and 2 other libraries, they would all show up in MY Alma record.

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                            • Dismissing 'errors' from health check reports.

                              In the Alma health check reports we see a number of 'failed' messages every time they run (we have it on a monthly schedule) due to deliberate configuration decisions to support business processes, which are picked up in the jobs. These include things like self check profile configuration, service desk configuration (payments can only be made at only one of our libraries, at one service desk - all other service desks keep showing up as failed)

                              It would be helpful if these types of error messages could be 'dismissed' or marked as 'dismissed' and show the date they were dismissed…

                              14 votes
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                              • Hire an English/Technical writer to create accurate and detailed instructions

                                Hire an English/Technical writer to create accurate and detailed instructions. I can't find instructions I need in order to create and print orders to vendors to whom we do not order via EDI's or email.

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                                • Allow rft.source as input for GES availability rules

                                  Right now, when constructing the service availability rules for a GES, the dropdown menu for the input parameters includes rft.SOURCE and rfe.SOURCE. However, when I attempted to use this, it didn't behave as expected. I did further testing and found this is not currently functional: I set rules to show a link when the rft.SOURCE is empty, and it always showed up. The same happened with rfe.SOURCE.

                                  This would be helpful, as it would allow us to configure links to only show up for PCI records, or only for Alma records. Especially in environments where you'd like to route users…

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Notify receiver of Hold Items

                                    Currently within an order when the Hold Item box is ticked for an Interested User the patron physical item request is not placed for the item until after the item is received.
                                    This means that receiving staff do not get the pop up notification that the item has a user request at the time the item is received.

                                    Upon receipt of an item that contains an Interested User with the Hold Item checked can you please generate the same pop up notification generated for physical item requests.

                                    We have found that we have to manually add the physical item request…

                                    9 votes
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                                    • Vendor Interface details screen-Administrative Information tab - Incident log section: More characters required

                                      Description: Currently, the Incident Log section on the Administrative Information tab of the Vendor Interface Details screen only accepts a certain amount of characters.
                                      We have found that you can copy and paste a great deal of information into the field. However, when you select the Save button, the number of characters entered into the field is reduced to approximately 1900. There is no notification that characters have been cut.
                                      Can the number of characters entered into the Incident Log field be increased?
                                      We would like to have the ability to paste large log files in that field and be…

                                      12 votes
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                                      • 1-Click Button to View Shelf List in Primo FROM ALMA

                                        Since the shelf list in the metadata editor is very difficult to use and see in the tiny quarter screen of space allotted to it, it would be helpful if there was simply a button one could press to view the call number shelf list in Primo (the primo 'Browse by LC call number" page) while one was cataloging in Alma.

                                        Ideally, the record searched for would not display as the very first result, but instead a few lines down from the top, so that it would be very easy to compare the call number to both the records before…

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Add portfolio options for non-matches in PDA New Import profile

                                          There is often a discrepancy between candidate and purchase DDA records that we receive - often, we receive purchase records without first receiving the candidate records. Of course we try to correct this with vendors, but with limited success.

                                          I now force non-matched purchased records to load, but they come in with unactivated portfolios that are not in an electronic collection. Could one of these solutions be added?

                                          - Preferably, additional portfolio options for the New Order import profile to activate the portfolio and put it in a collection
                                          - Alternately, some sort of action or notification that there has…

                                          22 votes
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