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  1. Add sorting option to course reserve when editing a list

    This enhancement request was lost from the Alma roadmap for over 2 years (supposed to be in the May 2013 release), but we'd like to be able to sort the contents of reading lists by common fields like title, call number, author etc.

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      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
    • Allow Z39.50 and other search results to include the barcode

      Alma's APIs need to provide greater flexibility in fields searched. Too often the MMSID must be used but this is not a particularly useful ID as it is internal. It's also not particularly helpful as it does not integrate with other systems like Remote Storage management systems, Bindery, NCIP, and the like. Yet Primo displays the barcode so clearly it's not difficult to pull out of a record.

      6 votes
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      • ability to add local portfolio to bib directly

        Currently we must go to the alma menu --> add local portfolio and fill out a long form to create a local portfolio.

        The ability to search for a title and add a local portfolio would be much more efficient. Kind of like how we would add an item record.

        3 votes
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        • Adding the "Assign record to another cataloger" functionality in search results actions links

          We use regularly the 'Assign record to another cataloger' functionality in the MD editor for corrections, for records enhancements, ... But this is unfortunately limited to catalogers roles.
          It would really improve our resource management workflows if this Assign function was made available from search results lists. Other staff roles would so push records in an enhancements flow (such as improve marc records for newly created portfolios, such as indexing tasks, such as apply corrections that don't require having book in hands...). We actually use work orders for some in those tasks but this workflows are not always appropriate and…

          14 votes
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          • Allow API clients to include/exclude fields in the response data

            It would be great if API clients could include/exclude fields of the response data of API calls.

            The rational behind this stems from a use case of our own:

            When making calls to the Alma and also Primo APIs we get a huge chunk of data back from which we only need a small portion. If we were able to make an API request in which we could specify upfront which fields we would and/or wouldn't need would: (1) prevent all that overhead data, (1) reduce the network traffic and (3) increase the response speed.

            The functionality that is necessary…

            4 votes
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            • Configure Alma Letters to use the operator's "from" address, rather than the value stored in "addressFrom"

              This is in reference to case 00172604. It was suggested we post this here by Yaala Ariel-Joel.

              1. Go to Alma Menu -> General Configuration -> Letter Emails
              2. Select, for example, the General Assign To Letter
              3. We have configured the "addressFrom" field in this and several other letters to be the email address of one of our library departments

              For some letters, however, we find that it would make more sense for the FROM address to use the email address of the individual Alma operator whose action generated the letter, rather than using the single email address that…

              8 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
              • Ability to suppress licenses from discovery

                Sometimes, licenses have confidentiality clauses, so we can't show them in Primo, but right now, it is an all or nothing prospect. it would be great if a checkbox on the record could suppress a confidential license from showing up in Discovery.

                10 votes
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                • Include Fulfillment Notes when Shipping items in Resource Sharing

                  It would be nice if pop-up fulfillment notes on an item record were attached to a resource sharing request when an item is shipped, much like the barcode currently does. So if a damaged book has a note saying "Underlining noted," that note would attach to the request record so that the borrowing institution could see it. This would make it easier for the people processing on either end to know whether an item shipped with damage, or a set shipped with a certain amount of items, etc.

                  56 votes
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                  • Change role attributes via SIS batch load

                    I would like to be able to change user role information (roles status, expiration date, delete or add a role) via the Student Information System external integration batch uploads. Currently, user roles can only be modified manually in the UI or with an API call.

                    7 votes
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                    • Enable batch updating portfolios to update PO line field

                      Please add a column for PO line to the excel file for batch load updating portfolios. Below are specific examples from the Alma listserv of other institutions describing use cases for why this would be helpful.

                      Thanks,
                      Terra

                      Use cases from ALMA listserv:

                      Eleanor Craig, e.m.craig@sussex.ac.uk
                      Sent: Wednesday, 23 September 2015 4:35 PM
                      To: ALMA-L@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
                      Subject: [ALMA-L] Individual journal subscriptions associated to Electronic Collections

                      "We have a subscription to the Sage Premier 2015 package. Each of the core titles (portfolios) in the package have the collection Sage Premier 2015 and this is what the purchase order for each of them…

                      11 votes
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                      • Improve sort order in configuration lists

                        Some configuration lists (e.g. Physical Material Type Descriptions) have a large number of rows and it is extremely time consuming to change the sort order if you want to move something that is near the bottom of the list to near the top of the list.

                        It would be great if a sort row number could be entered against a particular row and that row would then be moved to that place in the sort order and all other rows resorted accordingly

                        e.g. Physical Material Type Descriptions has 84 rows. If I want to move the value in row 84…

                        2 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a post-import normalization process option to Import Profile configuration

                          Currently, Import Profiles contain a single selection for normalization (Correct the data using). This enhancement would clarify that this process operates on incoming records only pre-load, and would add the ability to select a second normalization process after records are fully loaded and merged.

                          4 votes
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                          • 12 votes
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                            • OpenURL resolver pass sid in Resource sharing source field

                              It would be useful if the sid that identifies the source of an openURL could be passed into the Source field of the Resource sharing form in Alma. eg sid=google would add google to the Source field.
                              This was possible in our previous system and was very useful

                              2 votes
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                              • Make merge rule actions fully interchangeable with all merge conditions

                                Currently, merge actions (add, remove, replace) only operate with specific conditional statements. For example, ADD when CONTAINS or REPLACE when DOES NOT CONTAIN. This enhancement should add the ability to use all action words with any valid conditional statement, permitting uses such as ADD when DOES NOT CONTAIN or REPLACE when CONTAINS.

                                4 votes
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                                • Access SalesForce from directly within Alma

                                  There should be the ability to get directly to ExLibris support (SalesForce) from within Alma vs. going through the customer center.

                                  12 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                  • Resource sharing search

                                    Our Resource sharing staff at Sheffield Hallam University would like there to be an All category in the Find box, as there is under Find and Manage users. This would enable them to work more efficiently and would allow them to interrogate more than one index at once.

                                    See attached image for a comparison between the two find boxes.

                                    26 votes
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                                    • Alma Monitor Jobs

                                      ALMA | Monitor Jobs -- would like the ability to eventually delete jobs that have previously run and which are now no longer active - see attachment

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                                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                      • Recall Dimension in Analytics

                                        It would be really helpful to have a Recall Date dimension in Analytics.

                                        There are dedicated dimensions in the Fulfillment Subject Area for Loan Date, Return Date, Renewal Date and Due Date but not for Recall Date.

                                        Although the Recall Date exists as a field under the Loan Details dimension, it would be helpful to have other fields (such as Fiscal Year) available.

                                        3 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fines & Fees: add transaction type to the fines list

                                          If fee was paid the status should indicate that (rather than 'Closed').

                                          28 votes
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