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  1. Search by LCCN in the external resources search in the MD editor.

    The metadata editor, we would like to be able to search external resources by fields 010 and 028, the LCCN.

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    • Option of standard clock time or military time

      The 24 hour standard clock time is more feasible for reserve/loan periods rather than military time, or at the very least incorporate both options for the user. Military time is too confusing for our student workers. We had to use a cheat sheet to convert military time to standard clock time to avoid giving incorrect information to the patrons.

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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
      • Allow multiple requests on title independent of description field content

        Allow multiple requests for the same user on title independent of description field content.

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          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
        • Keyboard Shortcuts for Resource Sharing

          Would it be possible to assign Keyboard Shortcuts for the following commonly used Resource Sharing tasks?

          Lending Requests
          Borrowing Requests
          Shipping Items

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          • Add a support category for vendor contact information.

            Add a technical support option category for contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) in vendor records. Often vendors have different contact information for orders/claims/returns versus support, and right now there is no way in Alma to label a phone number or email address as a technical support line. This leads to confusion on the part of the library's own support staff, and we often end up Googling any contact information listed in Alma. This is a straightforward and necessary enhancement.

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            • Ability to change Acquisition Method in POL

              My understanding is that ExL cannot change the Order Line Type due to the inventory database structure. However, what about the Acquisition Method -- Purchase, Approval Plan, Purchase at Vendor System, Gift, Technical, etc? It would be extremely helpful to be able to change the Acquisition Method after an order is sent.
              For example, we have some POLs that should have been Purchase at Vendor System instead of Purchase.
              We had issues with a depository account where the POLs migrated as Purchase, but tracking our account balance was easier after changing all of them to Technical POLs.
              We also have…

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              • Request to drop to next item when previous is made Missing

                If an item is requested but can't be found and therefore toggled to Missing, the physical item request remains unfulfilled and cannot be fulfilled by another copy of that title. Either staff get an option to drop the request to the next available/eligible item, or that is done automatically, or both those options.

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                  0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                • Is there anyway the view of the partners list can be lengthend? at the moment it is set to 20, can it be set to 100+ (we use nearly 200)

                  Is there anyway the view of the partners list can be lengthend? at the moment it is set to 20, can it be set to 100+ (we use nearly 200)

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                  • Blocks by location

                    We would like to be able to apply blocks to Patron's borrowing by Location or Library, so that a block applied to a Patron for, say, Library / Location A would still allow them to borrow items from Library / Location B. Alma seems designed for multiple locations and Libraries, and yet the Blocks are currently applied across all locations.

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                    • Extend the "interested users" functionality

                      Acquisition librarians want to extend the current "interested users" functionality in order to serve the end user in a better and faster way. The current "interested users" functionality is not sufficient enough, to become useful and really benefit from this functionality we would like to extend it with:
                      • The ability to sort the interested user list.
                      Use case: some users (e.g. academic staff) have priority and should get the issue first!
                      • Make it possible to create hold requests on these items regardless of the existing fulfillment policy:
                      Use case: some libraries don't allow requests for available items, but…

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                      • Authority control: ability to exclude certain fields and subfields from authority control. Prsence of 700 $i fails the link to auth file.

                        Presence of 700 $i in the bib record causes the heading not to link to the authority record and it reports as an unlinked heading, when in fact the rest of the 700 field does have an existing authority record.

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                        • Tools/Excel results need to include holdings ID(s) and item ID(s).

                          The ability of Alma to export search results to an Excel spreadsheet is one of its strong features. In order to remove the necessity of still having to run an Analytics report, all such Excel spreadsheets need to include the holdings ID(s), holdings permanent location(s), and item ID(s), in order to present a clear and full picture of the extent of the holdings of a given title. This is analogous to the Hierarchy in Voyager which was incredibly useful to us--the Excel with the additional information will be even more useful and efficient than the hierarchy has been since it…

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                          • List of items - when have several pages of items on a holdings, return back to active page

                            I apologize if this has already been posted (I searched and searched and did not see it), but when viewing a holdings record with a list of items that have multiple pages of items (like 6-7 pages) - it would be great if Alma would default back to the page of items you were actively on, versus defaulting back to page one - every time you edit an item record on list of items page. I know that the lines on invoices that were several pages used to do the same thing (default to page one), but was fixed.

                            Example,…

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                            • Community Zone records: subfield t missing in 780 and 785 MARC tags

                              In the CZ please add $t (Title of the related resource) to tags 780 (Continues) and 785 (Continued by).

                              The lack of $t causes issues in discovery where 780 and 785 tags are set to be displayed, linked and searchable. With no $t this is not possible.

                              7 votes
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                              • Receiving Notes

                                If possible, place Receiving notes directly under the "Receiving Settings" section.

                                Reasoning: When an item is being checked in and there is something in the Receiving Notes it usually has something to do with the way that title is checked in. Where it is located now, the check-in process has already been started and even possible received/entered incorrectly.

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                                • Add notifications to Alma reminders

                                  I appreciate the addition of the Reminders in Alma, but I think it would be even more useful if reminders could trigger email notifications when the reminder date has arrived.

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                                  • Add Cancellation Reason field to Borrowing Requests and Lending Requests areas

                                    The field is already included in the Requests area.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                                    • Searchable invoice notes

                                      Add the capability for analytics and/or sets to generate a report based upon the note field. I have not been able to easily extract invoice notes from Alma. This would allow acquisitions departments to extract useful invoice data that may be unique to their institution. Also, if a library has Alma directly connected to an external payment system error reports will generate within the invoice note field. Having a way to easily extract these note through a report feature would be beneficial.

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                                      • “Pushing” sets of records from an Institution Zone to the Network Zone (consortial environment)

                                        In some cases (actually quite regularly) we are facing the following problem in our Alma Network configuration. Using a normalization rule, we want to make bulk changes to a set of bibliographic records (stored in the Network Zone) where this set can only be built in the Institution Zone because the query uses search criteria from either localized fields in the bibliographic record or from the inventory (holdings, items, portfolio, …). Building the query and saving the set in the IZ is obviously not a problem but running normalization rules on NZ bibliographic records from within an IZ is. Non-localized…

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                                        • Public Notes in the Service Level

                                          Allow Service Level Notes to be displayed at the portfolio AND collection levels, not just the portfolio level.

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