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  1. Filter journal holdings that can fulfill the request for an article

    If an user has found an article that is not available electronic, but the library has the journal in print, the end user gets the list of holdings for the journal and can go into a specific holding to see the items.

    In general we would like that when the end user has found an article they should only need to click on Request (or Digitize) and all relevant metadata are sent to Alma and the system selects the correct item to fulfill the request. If locate is not possible the librarian has enough information to work on the request.

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    2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
  2. 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…

    516 votes
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  3. Suggestions for Normalization Rules (NR) functions

    Hello,

    Please see the attached file.
    We would appreciate it if the suggested Normalization Rules functions would be developed in Alma.

    Thanks

    98 votes
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  4. Permanent „save and continue“-button in item record

    We would highly appreciate a permanent „save and continue“-button in the item record, so that we can use the links in the item record, after changes were done, without saving and re-open it again. One scenario is changing the location in the item record and using the link to the holding to update this, too. At the moment this link is useless after changing the location, because it links to the old holding.

    171 votes
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  5. Converting Physical item request to Digitization or Borrowing request

    It would be great if we could convert a Physical item request to e.g. a Scan request or a Borrowing request.
    For instance: our patron places a request in another Library from our institution ( = In transit Physical item request), but it turns out the book is damaged (-> convert to Patron digitization request) or lost and cannot be supplied. (-> convert it to a Borrowing request)

    97 votes
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  6. Fines in Grace Period should let users decide to calculate or not.

    According to the policy that our institution laid down, Fines in Grace Period shouldn't be calculated.

    If overdue fines count $5 a day and grace period value is 3, then patron returned an item in 4th day after due date, the patron should pay only $5.

    But in Alma, we cannot set grace period that won't calculate fines. Hope to add this function to let users decide grace period fines calculate or not and make alma more flexible.

    200 votes
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  7. Provide birthdate information in search results of patron search

    When searching for patrons through Fulfilment>Manage Patron Services, it would be useful if the search results included the patron's birthdate so that library staff had a unique identifier to check against when there a multiple patrons with the same name.

    91 votes
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  8. Implement auto holdings for Wiley

    Implement auto holdings (autoholding, auto load, autoload) for Wiley, as is already available for ProQuest, Elsevier, Ovid, and Springer.

    106 votes
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  9. Allow Acq managers to force POs to close.

    There are a number of occasions where POs get stuck at 'sent' where they should be closed. Currently we have to contact Salesforce to close these which is needlessly time consuming for all parties. It would be very helpful if Alma had the option select closed as a status type that would override the sent status regardless of activation/receipt status of the order.

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  10. offer true author/creator browse

    Currently Alma offers browsing bib headings with using "names" type - which includes also headings from 600/610/611.
    We find it more useful to have a way to browse by author/creator headings without the subject name fields (relevant 1xx and 7xx without 6xx).

    234 votes
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  11. Have the option to send emails to the user’s preferred address or send it to all of the user’s addresses on their account instead.

    Sometimes the “preferred addresses” imported from SIS is not the address users frequently uses, they could potentially miss important notifications and cause disputes.

    112 votes
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  12. Make configurable pop-up assistance in metadata editor

    Currently the po-up assistance in metadata editor for subfields 260$a$b$e$f, 264$a$b, 505$r$t and 561$a is hardcoded and it can not be deactivated. Activation/Deactivation should be configurable. We have many queries from our catalogers about that.

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  13. Collaborative Collections Retention Item Designators

    Collaborative collecting agreements are becoming increasingly critical for libraries in managing collections and access across institutions. Formal agreements require libraries to commit to hold specific items. Currently, there is no way to mark this in records unless in free text notes, and no system checks in place for items to prevent accidental weeding of items that libraries have committed to retain. This idea outlines system functionality to ensure that libraries can safely manage committed collections.

    • Two new fields in Alma Items: a Committed to Retain check box and a Retention note free text field (minimum of 200 characters)

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    119 votes
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  14. Implement auto holdings for IEEE

    Implement auto holdings (autoholding, auto load, autoload) for IEEE, as is already available for ProQuest, Elsevier, Ovid, and Springer.

    62 votes
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  15. E-Collections: Read-only access to Alma for other institutions

    We wish to provide read-only access to our Alma instance to other institutions in our consortium and vice versa so that we can compare setup more efficiently. The permissions need to be quite restrictive and prohibit access to financial, patron data, etc. but allow us to view E-Collection, Service and Portfolio level screens.

    When comparing set-up of our e-collections we are spending a lot of time discussing via email and sharing screen shots, which is not as efficient as being able to go in with a view privilege and compare in real-time.

    62 votes
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  16. Booking, transit and preview time

    We use the booking functionality in Alma for our Audio/Video-equipment. The equipment is administrated by our media production department, and is configured as a library in Alma.

    The AV-library is the only place on campus patrons can check out and return AV-items. Apart from that, the AV-library also supports delivery to a library at a different campus (Kjeller).

    • The transit time between the AV-library and Kjeller is set to 48 hours.
    • The preview time on the equipment booking is set to one hour.

    Use case:
    When scanning an item due for pick-up at Kjeller within the next 48…

    92 votes
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  17. Implement auto holdings for Taylor and Francis

    Implement auto holdings (autoholding, auto load, autoload) for Taylor and Francis, as is already available for ProQuest, Elsevier, Ovid, and Springer.

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  18. Add a drool normalization process option, to Publish to Primo job

    This will enable libraries to export to Primo their activated CZ bibliographic records, under the same conditions applied on their local bibliographic records.

    50 votes
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  19. Refine search and Search external resources function

    When using the "Search external resources" function under profiles including several external catalogs, we can only use refine search link on the first tab.

    It would be great if the refine search link was on all tabs rather than on the fisrt tab only.

    68 votes
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  20. 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".

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