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  1. Improve Primo RTA status for items that are in transit, on order, in processing, missing, etc.

    Right now if an item is not available, then the item says "Checked out..." even if the item isn't actually checked out. In Alma, the status is under "Process type" and we want this more detailed "Process type" to be displayed to our users instead of just "Checked out.." for everything that isn't available. This is really confusing if the item is missing or being processed by our technical staff. We need to be able to tell users more detail. We have had several users request our library order a book and then when the book is being processed it…

    117 votes
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    • Ignore call number prefix (subfield k) when indexing for Call Number Browse

      Primo's browse search "By Library of Congress Call Numbers" includes the call number prefix (holdings record field 852 $k) when generating the browse list. At UGA, we use that prefix for oversize volumes (Folio, Ff), and for a variety of branch locations, special statuses and shelving areas (Juv, Ref, Vet Med, etc.).

      As a result, any holdings with a prefix do not show up alongside holdings in the same call number range, essentially hiding many titles from patrons interested in browsing the shelf list. (This would be an issue for staff as well, but shelf list browsing works correctly in…

      24 votes
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      • new option/checkbox: "expand my results with synonyms"

        The Primo Search Engine includes synonyms by default to expand the result list. This often leads to results which are fuzzy and hardly explainable.

        Instead of including synonyms by default we want to see an option to include synonyms by explicit user decision.

        This option ("expand my result using synonyms") could be included into the facets section or should be visible close to the search button.

        42 votes
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        • configure the order of the holdings records in the GetIt tab

          It would be very useful to have an option to configure the order of the holdings records to be displayed in Primo (e.g. according to the loan period) as opposed to the current situation where the order is random.

          85 votes
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          • Sort of holdings by location (A-Z) in Primo GetIt

            Holdings in Primo Getit are sorted by "their proximity to the patron, according to the library IP address." [1]. This results in a random list (see screenshot).

            We want a sort by library location (A-Z), because this is more intuitive in cases where many holdings exist, e.g. printed journals are distributed at many locations among the university, see example [2].

            [1] https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/Alma_Online_Help_(English)/Fulfillment/080Configuring_Fulfillment/100Discovery_Interface_Display_Logic#Configuring_Locations_Ordering_Profiles
            [2] https://primo.fu-berlin.de/FUB:FUB_ALMA_DS21922194700002883

            83 votes
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            • Copy parts of Normalization Rules Sets to other fields in the same set

              It would be very useful to be able to copy subsets/blocks of a Normalization Rule Set to other blocks/fields in the same set, instead of manually copying very complicated rules. This was a NERS request from the Free University of Bozen (4440), but it did not receive enough votes.

              27 votes
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              • Show the terms added to the patron's query by the linguistic features (i.e. stemming, synonyms etc.)

                As default behavior, Primo not only looks for the patron's query, but enriches the original keywords of the user with additional terms, in order to improve the performance.

                The system first tries to guess the language of the query, and then tries to enrich it, using a variety of steps described in the Linguistic Features section of the documentation: https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Primo/Product_Documentation/Technical_Guide/120Linguistic_Features

                For example, a query for the string: Birne
                if recognised as German, is enriched with following synonyms (dictionary file as to March 2017):

                gluehbirne(normal),gluehlampe(normal),lampe(normal),leuchte(normal),leuchtkoerper(normal),haupt(normal),kopf(normal),ruebe(normal),schaedel(normal)

                The point is that the whole thing is a blackbox for both the librarian and the…

                29 votes
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                • Allow customization of "Show source records" feature

                  Since february 2017 relase, it is possible to display MARC record in UI, using "Show source records" feature. As this feature was very much in demand with our users and librarians, we are very pleased.

                  Unfortunately, the feature's look and feel doesn't live up to our expectations. In the attach file, you can compare the display our users are used to and the actual display of "Show source record". It lacks of clarity.

                  It would be great to be able to customize this feature's display in order to adapt it to our users needs and to preserve the consistency of…

                  10 votes
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                  • Send the same enriched query (stemming, synonyms, etc) to both local index and Primo Central PC index ( important for blended search )

                    As default behavior, Primo not only looks for the patron's query, but according to the guessed language enriches the original keywords of the user with additional terms, in order to improve the performance. Linguistic features ( https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Primo/Product_Documentation/Technical_Guide/120Linguistic_Features ) may be customized by the systems librarian, for example removing or adding synonyms. But these changes affects only the results coming from the local index (i.e. the index built with records coming from the library's pipes for the catalogue, the institutional repository etc.). Primo Central (PC) records are not affected: for PC records the query enrichment is run separately and using the…

                    16 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                    • Display times in Back Office according to local timezone

                      Currently Primo Back Office displays all times according to the server timezone. This is particularly relevant to scheduled pipes. For smoothest operation these need to be coordinated with Alma jobs, which are scheduled against local timezones. Differences in daylight savings times mean we have to update our conversions between the two timezones at least twice a year.

                      Being a multi-tenanted environment, the underlying server timezone can't easily be changed. But my suggestion is to make the *display* of any times in Back Office depend on a configurable timezone. ie

                      1) Allow institutions to configure a timezone

                      2) Where times and…

                      17 votes
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                      • Sort loans in Primo, by due date

                        It would be really helpful if user were able to resort their loans in Primo, by due date. My use case is a user with significant number of loans - 100+ - who want to work out which loans need ot be returned and which one they can retain.

                        9 votes
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                        • Journals A-Z: Subject-indexing or discipline-indexing of titles

                          Librarians and faculty members alike would like the ability to search the Journals A-Z list by subject or discipline. This is available in SFX's A-Z/Journal Title Finder functionality, and would be highly useful in Primo as well. User Services and Teaching/IL Librarians would use it to create Subject Guides and other instructional materials, while Collections Librarians would use it to help in acquisitions decision-making. Faculty members would like to refer students to quick lists of discipline-specific resources, as well as use such lists for their own current awareness and professional development.

                          52 votes
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                          • Make Title Search in Journals A-Z Left-Anchored

                            When we search for a title such as "Science" or "Nature" in the current A-Z journal list, the search is not left-anchored and thus finding titles of this kind involves scrolling through several pages of results.

                            7 votes
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                            • We would like PRIMO to be REAL TIME

                              We would like PRIMO to be REAL TIME, just as we had in Voyager. If we add records to ALMA, why do users have to wait 24-48 hours and many times longer, to have that record appear for use in PRIMO. Finding links to resources is key to user satisfaction.

                              113 votes
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                              • Add an option to "expand my results" from the "no records found" page

                                Currently the "no records found" page doesn't provide an option to "expand my results". Since the default behavior is to search without that option, a properly formed query for an existing item outside our collections yields the discouraging no results page. The message provides suggestions like "check your spelling." Please provide an option to try the search again with "expand my results". Ideally, Primo would know ahead of time if such an expansion would yield results and would only offer it if that was the case.

                                6 votes
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                                • "Add starts with functionality to subject field in the advanced search"

                                  Add "starts with" functionality to subject field in the advanced search

                                  12 votes
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                                  • [Primo] - frbr - improve algorythm - consider all keys and not only the first matching key

                                    In Primo FRBR documentation is explained that (I added ** signs):
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                                    In the FRBRization process, the keys are compared. If a record has a matching key with another record, it is added to the same FRBR group. **Once a match is found, the system does not continue searching** for matches since a record can belong to one FRBR group only.
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                                    In our experience this may lead to false positives. When comparing keys between frbr candidates, the system should consider instead the whole set of matching keys, not just the first matching one. And for example do not group…

                                    5 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                    • Index Ebsco API "abstract" Results so they don't appear in Primo "Full-Text" Results

                                      All Primo results from the EBSCO API are searched and displayed "on the fly," and there's no option to sort the abstract-only content from full-text in Primo results.

                                      So even though our default in Primo is to display ONLY "full text" results -- Primo is returning EBSCO "abstract only" or "may be full text" links in our Full-Text searches. Our users are confused, and call us wondering why they don't have full-text access in our Primo full-text search results.

                                      Finding a way to sort the Ebsco abstract-only content from the full-text content, so it's working correctly within the Primo search…

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Citation generator is inaccurate

                                        The citation in the existing and new UI for books is not valid MLA or APA.

                                        The PNX information that populates the citations is stored in a hidden mapping table that cannot be edited. For example, I can see that series information for a book comes from addata/seriestitle. Primo will use the entirety of the field in the citation. For this particular record, this is the content of that section:

                                        Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter Ser. ; 2.

                                        Likewise, book titles come from addata/btitle. For this record, this is the entirety of the section:

                                        Harry Potter and the Chamber of…

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Lateral linking as standard option for more fields

                                          At this moment, lateral links are available OTB for authors and subjects; and can be implemented for local fields.
                                          We ‘d like lateral linking to be a standard option for more fields like : ispartof, relation and unititle.
                                          Use case is a series link in tab Details.

                                          134 votes
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