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  1. Short Term Loans - Courtesy and Overdue Notices

    The new short_loan_courtesy_reminder & short_loan_overdue_reminder cannot be configured for multiple locations. For institutions with several hourly loan locations (for example Boston College maintains 2 and 3 hour loan periods for Course Reserves and a 4 hour loan period for some technology items) this dictates that the reminder notice has to be set based on the location with the shortest loan period. The overdue notice must be timed to make sense for for the longest loan period.

    In our test configuration we used the following time parameters:

    ​short_loan_courtesy_reminder - 105 minutes
    short_loan_overdue_reminder - 241 minutes

    However, this creates a situation whereby…

    154 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
    • Hold Shelf policy for RS items

      When using Lender Due date for RS items (Fulfillment > General > Other Settings > ignore_lender_due_date = false) the date for Pick up from shelf is the same as the Due date. This is, according to ExLibris, working as intended, but we have a few issues with the workflow.

      This makes the workflow more manual and difficult than needed, given that we have to manually check RS items that is not getting picked up by patron within a couple of weeks. Having the RS items on Hold shelf for up to 4-6 weeks is poor use of time - for…

      136 votes
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      • Customize Alma Viewer with Mashup CSS file

        Use Alma's Mashup CSS file (or other CSS file) to customize the Alma Digital Viewer (default, OTB viewer).
        As for today, this is not possible and there is no way to hide the login area or to customize the header.

        112 votes
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        • Make "Physical Item Condition Field" options configurable

          The new feature "Physical Item Condition Field" was a good idea.

          However, the condition options should be completely configurable. Currently the only options are:
          Brittle
          Damaged
          Deteriorating
          Fragile

          The current condition options seem extremely similar to each other.

          Each institution should be able to completely configure this field, including hiding the field entirely, adding/removing options, hiding/displaying options, renaming/relabelling, reordering the options.

          157 votes
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          • Access detailed error reports for all jobs

            University of South Australia Library would be interested in accessing various error reports for the jobs that we run at the time when we run the jobs.
            We are aware we can check Import errors as per "Resolving Import Issues" but for other type of jobs we cannot check error reports.
            As an example, running a filtering job on a set provides us with a report including a brief information on the number of records that "failed" as in this message:
            "Of the 67201 records processed, 4 records failed. For more information view the report details (or contact Support using…

            49 votes
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            • Add Melingo to ALMA

              Hello,

              The assimilation of Melingo in Primo for the customers in Israel proved to be a useful solution.
              It would be nice if it can also be implemented in ALMA.
              If Melingo will indeed be in ALMA, the catalogers will no longer need to add Ktiv Maleh or Ktiv Haser in Hebrew in variant titles.

              Thanks.

              20 votes
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              • Update 863/864/865 when items are withdrawn

                There is a crucial step missing in the Automatic Generation of the Summary Holdings Statement Based on Items process. The process is documented here:
                https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/040Resource_Management/040Metadata_Management/020Navigating_the_MD_Editor_Page?uxp=true#Automatic_Generation_of_the_Summary_Holdings_Statement_Based_on_Items

                When items which are linked to the Holdings record are withdrawn, there is no process to update the Holdings record 863/864/865 fields to create an updated 866/867/868 field. When items are withdrawn, the user has to manually edit the Holdings records.

                Since the creation of the 863/864/865 field is now automated based on received items being linked to the holdings record, there is a need for the 863/864/865 to be automatically re-created when the linked…

                25 votes
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                • Copy and paste multiple MARC fields into the metadata editor

                  We would like to be able to copy multiple lines from MARC records and paste them into the metadata editor so that multiple MARC fields are pasted into the record in one action. This would help us enormously with our workflow of importing MARC authority records from LibrariesAustralia into Alma.

                  For us, this is necessary because the LibrariesAustralia headings are not in the community zone and are unlikely to ever be included there and Alma does not allow for Z39.50 import of authority headings.

                  We have this functionality of copying and pasting multiple fields in the LibrariesAustralia Cataloguing Client and…

                  31 votes
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                  • Add Collection metadata to the Digital Inventory Subject Area in Analytics

                    One of the most important fields for reporting on Digital material in Analytics is Collection. However there is currently no Collection field in the Digital Inventory Subject Area in Analytics.

                    Workarounds for this are extremely time consuming making reporting on digital material a hard task.

                    We would like to see Collection added to the Digital Inventory Subject Area in Analytics and the Digital Usage Subject Area in Analytics

                    42 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                    • Ability to run user purge on a set

                      The current purge job does not allow for granularity beyond the user group and the number of options and filters for the Purge User Records job is very limited.
                      It would be helpful to be able to run patron purge on a set of user records, or alternatively for Alma to add a user delete job (under Manage Jobs and Sets > Run a Job) that runs on a set.
                      (see also NERS Request ID 5304)

                      47 votes
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                      • Add parameters to control anonymization of requests, resource sharing and fines

                        We'd want to be able to control the anonymisation of requests, resource sharing requests and fines and fees in a similar way to loans. In particular we'd like to be able to set a parameter for days since user expiry and since the request or fine was complete.

                        This would allow us to create a clear policy for anonymising and purging data in Alma so that all data was treated in the same way i.e. could say that all data was anonymised or purged X number of years after user left. It would also allow us to be confident that…

                        102 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                        • Enable bulk updating of items from spreadsheet based on barcode

                          It would be very useful to be able to bulk edit item records from an uploaded spreadsheet of physical items in much the same way that portfolios can be updated via uploading a spreadsheet.

                          I'm particularly interested in being able to bulk change data in the Enum/Chron fields in serials. I imagine this might have to be coupled with a regenerate job.

                          41 votes
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                          • Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

                            Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

                            We are a library that has two libraries in two different cities but we are one organization and we share the same economy. The Fines/Fees Behaviour is hardcoded to be owned by library which doesn't mirror our situation. We would like the Fines/Fees Behaviour table to be configurable.

                            103 votes
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                            • Brief Record - Quick Cataloging Template

                              Boston College would like to see the contents of the linking tab of Electronic Portfolio Editor added to the Brief Record, Quick Cataloging template for electronic articles.

                              This will enable us to edit the URL and enable the proxy as we catalog and would save us the step of going in later to edit the linking information. It would also enable us to test the link before posting it, rather than using the "view it" function afterwards.

                              45 votes
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                              • Browsing Dewey in MD Editor

                                We noticed that in Metadata editor the browsing in the 676 - Dewey field isn't available: we would like add the feature to scroll the lists from other records, as happens for the 6xx fields (subjects) and 7xx (authors).

                                60 votes
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                                • Setting to default when only one Loan Period Policy

                                  When placing a request for an item with only one Loan Period Policy, It would be more intuitive and friendly if it would be the default option so the patron shouldn't have to open the drop down and choose the only available option.

                                  51 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • On the Monitor Request page order the owning library and pick up location facets by A-Z

                                    We would like the libraries listed in the Owner and Pick up Location facets in the Resource Request Monitoring page to be ordered by A-Z as we have a long list of libraries and this would make it easier to scan the list and find them. The Owner and Pick up Location are ordered by A-Z in the Borrowing Requests page already and this is much easier for us.

                                    17 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Massive copy of records from the community zone to the local catalog

                                      In our institution, we have thousands of active electronic records for our institution but belong to the Community Zone. We want to copy massively these records to our catalog without having to do it one at a time.
                                      Our usual procedure is, from an excel file in which we have the ISBNs or ISSNs of the electronic documents, to upload the portfolios from the electronic collection itself. In this way we bring and activate in our institution the portfolios of the collection, but this does not generate a local copy in our catalog of each of them. So, we have…

                                      30 votes
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                                      • Add department to User Details in Alma and to Hold/Resource Sharing pick slip for department delivery

                                        We would like to use office delivery in Alma for our faculty but do not want to deliver items to an address. We want to deliver items to a department and have faculty pick up their items in the Department's office. In order to do this we need Department added to the User Details screen (we currently store department information in Job Description) and we also need department added to the Hold/Resource Sharing Pick Slip.

                                        79 votes
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                                        • Conversion job for any part of the record to any other part

                                          Hello,
                                          It would be nice if there was a job of conversion of every part of a record (bib, hol, item, portfolio) into another part, for example:
                                          Bib records into Items
                                          Bib records into Holdings
                                          Bib records into Portfolios
                                          Bib records into Orders
                                          Items into Bib records
                                          Items into Holdings
                                          Orders into Bib records
                                          Orders into items
                                          Orders into Portfolios
                                          Portfolios into Bib records
                                          Portfolios into Orders
                                          This way, we will not be limited by the search for any job.
                                          For example, we would be able to search Bib records, convert the set into items and run a job for…

                                          13 votes
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