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  1. 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…

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      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
    • Ability to search via free text MARC tag and subfields

      We would like to have an advanced search option that allows us to enter the MARC tag number (and subfields) for searching, in both bibliographic and holdings records. This would also require the option for keyword indexing of all MARC fields.

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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.

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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.

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          • More options for corporate and special libraries.

            The Institutional Analytics Profile is focused on academic libraries. We are a corporate library with no students (we have researchers and scientists) and no schools.

            There is not an option for Not Relevant for "Total undergraduate student body size" or "Does your library serve any of the following professional graduate schools?"

            Could a question exist for the number of researchers or scientists?

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            • When using the Excel tool, instead of results.xlsx, can Alma not name the item by the title of the search? For instance, if we're looking at

              When using the tools function, instead of results.xlsx, could Alma not name the item by the title of the search? For instance, if we're looking at the set from a saved repository search, the Excel file could use the name of the set.

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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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                • KPIs needed for Resource Management

                  In addition to measuring the time between creating a POL and receiving the material, we need an accurate way to measure the time between receipt and cataloging, and the time between cataloging and initial shelving.

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                  • On Hold Shelf – new sorting option

                    We need a new hold shelf sorting option.

                    Non of the existing sort options currently existing in Alma is working for our needs. They are ether to long and specific for the user or do not work with our privacy policy when we have a “self service” hold shelf.

                    It should be a combination of date and a generated number. The generated number should be restarted every day. This number should be visible in the manage patron services and idealy have a persistant search option.
                    The number could be [day of moth]+[generated number]-[18-00001]- the generated number should be for the…

                    353 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                    • In Metadata Editor, open records by MMS id directly

                      It's common to have a list of MMS ids that need to be worked on in Metadata Editor. The current workflow is to do a repository search, be taken out of MDE, click "Edit Record" and wait to be slowly taken back into MDE.

                      It would speed things up *tremendously* if there was a way for users in MDE to input an MMS id and just have the record open up straight away.

                      6 votes
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                      • Delete History resources in license

                        We would like to be able to completely delete the history of resources in license when requested. We would like to have the choose to delete or not this history. The addition of a bouton "Delete" at level History of resources > Resources type would be great.

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                        • Make Alma resolver better at locating books and book chapters without ISBN

                          Alma resolver incorrectly matches to other books with the same title if the open URL does not contain an ISBN.

                          Alma is not fit for purpose as an open url resolver for Books when an ISBN is not available.

                          Other resolvers such as SFX and 360 link use all the information in the openurl eg author and publisher and date. Alma resolver only uses the Book title which causes numerous false matches.

                          See example in attached file

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                          • Please increase the font size or give us the option to increase it please.

                            Please increase the font size or give us the option to increase it please.

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                              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                            • Custom Favicon

                              Support the ability for an institution to upload a custom favicon. Favicons make work easier when staff have multiple tabs open so they can switch back to Alma quickly. For example, someone may have a tab open with their Primo site, and a tab for the Library of Congress. A local favicon for their institution would allow them to quickly identify the Alma tab and switch back to it.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve the resource sharing's audit

                                We would like to see on the audit of a borrowing request which actions were done.
                                For example, if we change or add something to a title, we could not see that anywhere.
                                We would like also to know if the publication date was changed, ...
                                We are a team of 5 librarians and with 10'000 requests from our users per year it's not possible to remember what everyone makes for each request.

                                In attachment, the audit now and an example of our ancient audit (historique) on the ancient software.

                                3 votes
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                                • Authority control task list - ability to exclude certain MARC fields and authority vocabularies

                                  We would like to be able to configure or filter the Authority Control Task List so that only the vocabularies that we authorise are included in the list. Also, it would be useful to be able to exclude or filter out selected MARC fields from the list to make the list more manageable. At present the only way to filter the list is to export it to Excel, which means that you can't work on records directly from the list. A configurable or filter-able list would be much more user-friendly.

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                                  • "Skip location" in "Pickup from shelf"

                                    We would like to be able to choose which location to send a request to when skipping a location in the "Pickup from shelf" task list.

                                    135 votes
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                                      8 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Authority jobs & authority control task list - ability to exclude certain categories of records from authorisation

                                      Some records are necessarily brief and are not fully catalogued, for example records for Resource Sharing requests, and new records for items that are On Order and haven't yet been catalogued. We would like to exclude such records from the authority linking process and from the Authority Control Task List, to ensure that the Task List only includes records that we really do need to check. If the authorisation process could be configurable to allow us to exclude categories of records, the Task List would be a much more usable feature in Alma.

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                                      • Ability to browse all call numbers in a single search

                                        We would like the ability to browse all call numbers, regardless of call number type. In Alma, many of our local Library of Congress, Dewey, and SuDocs call numbers are retrievable only by the call number type Other Scheme. An “all call number” browse would allow us to retrieve a complete shelf list of our call numbers and would be especially helpful when assigning new call numbers.

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                                        • add 'append fields to a record' functionality

                                          In Aleph, we used a lot the job p-manage-18 (load Aleph sequential record format) with the parameter: Update current records in the database - Append fields to a record.

                                          This is no longer possible in Alma, I can only overwrite a record completely, but not add fields to a existing record.
                                          The only way at the moment is to export an existing record (to MarcEdit for example), add the new fields there manually, and import the record again.
                                          Usually, we have to add up to 100 new metadata fields per record, and they are all different per record, therefore I…

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