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  1. Return and reissue items with a single click that have reached their max loan period

    When items reach their maximum loan period and patrons want to borrow the items again they have to be returned and issued again by a circulation operator. This is an unnecessarily complex workflow. Please could an option be added for circulation desk operators to be able to return and reissue the items with a single click of an interface button (providing their are no blocks of course).

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      2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
    • A search action/filter limited to locally created portfolios (i.e. non-CZ portfolios)

      A search action/filter limited to locally created portfolios (i.e. non-CZ portfolios). Among other use cases, it should be a way to keep track of deleted CZ portfolios that have become local portfolios. As I recall, SFX had/has such a search possibility.

      8 votes
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      • change run time of "Notifications - Send Due Date Reminders" job to 8am instead of 10am

        The job "Notification – Send Due Date Reminders" seems to be sending a notice on the day that the item is due. It’s scheduled to run at 10:00am every day so picks up short term loans made that day. We would like the ability to change it to run at 8am or earlier before the Library opens as we do not want people with short hourly type loans getting a reminder

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          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
        • Make Holdings information available in the Job Report

          The Job Report page which can be navigated to via, for example, Monitor & View Imports is useful, but would be better still if data pertaining to imported-in holdings were also added.

          The Physical Items pull-down lists total physical items imported, added and updated; and as the successful maintenance and troubleshooting of issues regarding holdings is arguably as important (to us, at least) as that for bibliographic records and items, it would be appreciated to see similar numerical indications of how successful attempted holdings updates have proven.

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            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
          • Use user data in general electronic services

            Currently in a general electronic service we can pass bibliographic metadata via openurl format through to the target webpage. It would be useful to also pass through user data. The "Adding a General Electronic Service" section in the Online Help mentions a requester (req.) category of attributes but these don't seem to be used at the moment.

            Passing through the requester's name, email address, etc would allow us to auto-populate an external form (eg interloans, purchase suggestion forms, etc) and save the user time / potential typing errors.

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              0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
            • Add fund description to analytics Fund Expenditure Subject Area

              We want to add Fund Description to our Budget Status report but in testing have noticed that the Alma Fund Type is stored in the Fund Description field (this is in the Fund Ledger Dimension) instead of the Fund Description setup in Alma. The Fund Type field in Analytics is being used to store if the fund is an Allocated, Ledger or Summary fund. We don't want to lose this Fund information (we need to know if a fund is allocated, ledger or summary) but since the Alma Fund Type is stored in the Analytics Fund Description field there seems…

              7 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
              • When editing a normalization, merge or indication rule there is only an option to preview and save. There should also be a "save as" option

                What happens now is user edits his rule, is happy with it, then he must copy it to his mouse, create a new rule, and paste it into the new rule. A "save as" would be much more logical. User would do "save" as he does today to change the existing rule, and "save as" to save his changes to a new rule.

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                • Pop up note for item with a status

                  I would like to see a pop up note when an item is in Missing status. We add additional notes in Statistical fields to track missing items. It would be good to be able to clear those at the point of scan in instead of having to investigate. In fulfillment you don't know if you scanned in a "missing" item.

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                    1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                  • Add more options for ILL integration

                    Adding ILLiad integration to Alma was welcome but also brings more issues into the system. For example - patrons are shown in their account via Primo that ILL loaned items are not renewable. They are but not via Alma. A customizable message for the Resources sharing library that would display in "My Account" saying "Renewable via ILLiad" would be welcome. We have configured ILLiad to send courtesy notices. Now that we have integrated with Alma patrons get two courtesy and "due today" letters because Alma cannot turn off letters for specific locations. The ability to turn off those two letter…

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                    • Hyperlink call number.

                      While the hyperlinked title is a valuable tool, many of our daily searches necessitate use of of the call number. This is especially true for journals with multiple titles. Hyperlinking the call number would dramatically reduced search time. Being able to 'click through' to all titles linked with a call number would be most useful to our staff.

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                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                      • Add description field to trial module

                        The manage trials module in Alma needs to have a description field available. This would be very useful as it would educate trial participants as to what new product they are evaluating. Right now the only information provided is Title. This new field would also need to be available in the XML for TrialLetter.

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                          1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to see more of the 2 records on the match/merge screen.

                          Currently, when manually handling the matches one at a time, the view of the 2 records is only using the upper half of the screen. The ability to scroll each side is great but why not be able to see more of the records by increasing the viewing area? Thank you for considering.

                          3 votes
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                          • Enhance Advanced Search to allow regular expressions

                            Allow the matching of regular expressions as one of the criteria to perform an advanced search. This would be a much more powerful and precise method for gathering sets.

                            21 votes
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                            • Add timestamp to all date related dimensions in analytics

                              Some areas in analytics only have date stamps instead of date+time stamps, so reporting on for example, Events from analytics will only ever bring back the date the event occurred and not the date+time required for auditing.

                              We'd like all dimension datestamps to have a version of the timestamp which includes the date+time so that they are useful in working out when a transaction occurred and not just the date it happened. This is good for consistency across analytics data as well.

                              12 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Analytics  ·  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.

                                9 votes
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                                • Retain Data in Interface Records

                                  We really like the multiple tabs on interface records that allow us to record different admin logins and statistical information.
                                  Publisher and vendor changes happen pretty frequently in our environment and we foresee needing to move interfaces from one vendor to another on occasion.
                                  We just found out the hard way that when an interface is deleted from a vendor record and then added to another vendor record all the information that was in the various interface tabs gets wiped out. Can something be done to preserve the information that was hand keyed into the interface tabs?”

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Ability to add html code/img files to the GES Public Name Field

                                    I would like the ability to add html code/img files to the GES Public Name Field. Either that or a separate field for adding an icon. I think this would help us "brand" the services we offer through these links.

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Retain local linking information following 'Link Local Portfolios to Community' function

                                      It would be useful if local linking information (parser parameters and static URL overrides) was retained in portfolios when linked to the Community Zone using the 'Link Local Portfolios to Community' function at Collection Service level. Currently, this is not the case and local linking information has to be restored manually to Community Zone-linked portfolios following this process (even though other local information such as coverage date overrides and notes are retained).

                                      7 votes
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                                      • 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.

                                        20 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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