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  1. Ship digitally

    We find the digitization workflow for Resource sharing tedious, and would like to have a shortcut directly from action menu, like for item and non-returnable.

    This would be a new action from the Lending request: Ship digitally.

    From there you should get the option to add a file, and ship it digitally to Borrowing library.

    Please see attachment for illustration.

    380 votes
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    • Ex Libris should provide the option to place a call and/or online chat with their support team

      We are disappointed with the technical support service provided by Ex Libris. We strongly believe that Ex Libris should provide customers with more effective, prompt and interactive service.

      There should be an option to call or chat online in real time with a support person who has a sound understanding of the product in question. This would be in line with all system vendors we have previously dealt with.

      We appreciate that there will be some issues that are designated as bugs or enhancements and will require more in depth investigation. However, a direct call/chat option with a properly trained…

      235 votes
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        10 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
      • Document Delivery - 10 MB Attachment Limit too small

        For document delivery (scanning and delivering book chapters and journal articles) the limit is 10 MB. This equals roughly 20 pages of black and white text only on default, low res scanning setting.

        For anything in color or with detailed photos we typically cannot send, requiring us to cancel the request and deliver the scan outside of the Alma workflow.

        314 votes
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        • A borrowing library should be notified when a lending request is put on a waiting list

          Scenario:
          A library receives a resource sharing request (lending request), and the borrowing library asks to be put on waiting list if the wanted item is on loan. When the request is put on waiting list, the borrowing library should be automatically notified. This could for intance be by change of status on the Borrowing request to "In queue".

          220 votes
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          • Copy PO Line Prices to Item Replacement Cost

            Add a new configuration parameter to automatically copy the physical one time PO line price to the item Replacement cost. If the PO line's currency is different than the institution's default currency, the amount is exchanged and copied to the item (with no currency). The possibility (for an operator, a job or an API) to update or remove the amount in the Replacement cost should remain. Customers should be free to activate or not this configuration (true/false parameter).

            158 votes
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            • Resource Request Monitoring - partner information missing for Lending requests on hold

              When a Lending request is put on hold, the partner information is not visible in the Resource Request Monitoring list. This makes it impossible to check which place in the queue a lending request has.
              We would like the Requester field to to display partner information and be added to lending requests in the Resource Request Monitoring display.

              Please see attachment for screenshots.

              171 votes
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              • Preferred term correction should flip headings that change tag number

                Alma authority control does not handle cases where the bib heading is linked to an authority via a cross-reference, but the preferred and non-preferred terms are in different fields, e.g. preferred term is in authority field 130 and cross-reference in authority is in 410.

                Alma should be able to handle this scenario. Currently when the bib heading matches the authority cross-reference, Alma won't correct these and instead puts them on this report: Preferred Term Correction - Bib Heading found no authorized term.

                Example bib heading that Alma won't correct:

                110/2_ $$a Allied and Associated Powers (1914-1920). $$t Treaties, etc. $$g…

                50 votes
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                • add security levels to norm rules

                  Because all norm rules can be edited by all staff with cataloger roles, there is great room for erroneous changes for rules that are applied to batch jobs. For example, the norm rule that is applied to records being brought in from Z39.50 targets can be edited by any staff member. A single error in the rule can break the z39.50 import process for all staff until the source of the error is identified. Likewise, if we have a rule applied to import profiles and a staff member inadvertently changes it and we load 50,000 records, that could cause huge…

                  118 votes
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                  • Generate accession number by using keystroke combination

                    Generation an accession number in 852$$h can only be done by using the menu (tools -> MARC21 holdings -> generate accession number), we would prefer a keystroke combination. It would reduce the clicking enormously!

                    156 votes
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                    • Keep suppressed records without items that have received more than one purchase request

                      We have detected this case that we consider is an incorrect behavior of Alma.

                      When a purchase request is generated, a non-visible bibliographic record is created. The problem is that if a second purchase request for the same document is generated, Alma automatically makes the bibliographic record visible, even though we still do not have copies of it. Therefore this record appears visible in Polibuscador but without funds.

                      We request that the bibliographic record should only be visible when the issue or copies are available to the user, meanwhile, even if more than one purchase request has been made, it…

                      25 votes
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                      • User ID Generation functionality also on the User Details page

                        Libraries can configure the automatically generated user identifiers for new patrons that are added when an operator adds a patron on the Patron Identification page. We would like that the user Primary identifier can also be generated when users are added or edited on the User Details page: Existing users (external or internal) could have their Primary identifier updated (refreshed) in a more easy and effective way by circulation desk operators.

                        82 votes
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                        • Purchase Request Library management in User records

                          A new multi-selection field, Purchase Request Library, was added to the User Details page with the June 2018 release. If one or more libraries are defined for a user, the user may create purchase requests only for the listed libraries. If no libraries are defined, the user may create a purchase request for any library.

                          But managing Purchase Request Libraries in user records can only be done record per record; there is no possibility for batch processes.

                          Currently, there is no option:
                          - to add or remove a Purchase Request Library with the Update/Notify Users job;
                          - to add or…

                          74 votes
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                          • Calculation of due date for recalled lending requests should be consistent with fulfillment loan recalls.

                            When setting recall period on a fulfillment loan to "No recall due date", the original due date is kept, while renewal of the recalled loan is blocked.

                            For some reason, a different logic is applied to lending requests. Setting "No recall due date" as the recall period policy for lending requests, results in the due date being set to the date of the recall. The result is unpredictability for the borrower.

                            We propose that that these two very similar workflows are better alligned and that setting "no recall period" for recall should result in no change to the due date…

                            167 votes
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                            • Ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that are paid and closed

                              We are aware that one can edit notes on an invoice that is already paid and closed. However, for subscriptions, journals and continuations we often have the need to add/edit notes on the invoice lines of invoices that are already closed and paid. Manually putting the invoice back in Review to edit / add notes to the invoice lines doesn't solve the problem as this makes the payment information disappear which we then have to re-enter.

                              We require the ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that were already paid and closed without having to re-open the invoice.

                              22 votes
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                              • Search more than one POL at a time

                                The new feature of the october 2018 release made it possible to receive several POLs at once by selecting the desired POLs. We usually have a very large number of POLs and can't filter them by any more details. That makes finding the wanted POLs difficult.
                                We would like to be able to search for more than one POL at that point.

                                31 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  Admin →
                                • Ability to change the default for reading room to NOT FINAL - Second Attempt

                                  In August 2018 Release we got a solution for the original idea, which made things worse for us. Previously the default for the reading room was set to "Final" check in. The original idea suggested to change this to "Not Final" to help avoid a scenario where for example resource sharing items are returned accidenty to their home campus when users are not finished with them.
                                  As of August 2018 Alma remembers the last selected choice and keeps it for the next action ("sticky approach"). Since eventually every book loaned in the reading room has to be returned "final", now…

                                  51 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make the effect of exclude process from publishing on holdings configurable

                                    The current implementation of exclude process types from publishing has the side-effect, that a holdings record gets automatically suppressed as well if it only contains items which get suppressed based on the exclude from process types configuration.
                                    E.g. if you have process type=acquisition, material type=issue, exclude=true all holdings which happen to only have items with material type issue in process type acquisition are suppressed no matter what. This is bad in itself, since it precludes the possibility of offering additional information to our users via the 866 field.
                                    What makes things worse is that the bib record gets suppressed as…

                                    82 votes
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                                    • Add checkboxes for the single positions at the invoice details in the invoice lines tab

                                      Add checkboxes for the single positions at the invoice details in the invoice lines tab.
                                      We create all of our invoices manually. Usually we don’t use the pro rata checkbox and four invoice lines for shipment, discount, overhead and insurance are created automatically.
                                      In most cases not all invoice lines are needed and we delete the redundant lines manually. Therefore it would be easier to have a checkbox for choosing these lines and to be able to delete all of them at once instead of choosing and confirming the deletion of each line separately.

                                      42 votes
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                                      • Increase Ideas Exchange votes per person to 50.

                                        Ideas Exchange idea to increase to 50 - there are too many good ideas that need supporting to be limited to 20.

                                        29 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add generic physical material types to the current table

                                          My libraries circulate various pieces of equipment from microphones, to musical instruments, to 3D printers, to lockers, and the current physical material type table does not suffice without adding a slew of item policies or location codes, which is messy and makes the resulting analytics more painful than it should be.

                                          Ex Libris support states that "The [physical material type] codes cannot be changed, because Development needs them for statistics across libraries." However individual libraries will have items that they need to distinguish between either for fulfillment rule purposes or our own statistics.

                                          I would like there to be about…

                                          104 votes
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