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  1. Change Financial Year dates after they have been set

    It doesn't look as if it is possible to change the start and finish dates of any financial year in Acquisitions Configuration > Fund And Ledger Fiscal Period table mapping tables once the year has been created, unless it is deleted completely.

    Can it be made possible for the start and (in particular) the end dates to be edited having already been set and saved, if so required?

    Being able to do this would be of particular benefit around the time of a financial year rollover, especially if an institution cannot be certain that all financial transactions for the outgoing…

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  2. Barcode column can be sorted in Receiving Department Items.

    We suggest that all columns can be sorted in Receiving Department Items. Especially the barcode is the necessary column to be sorted because it is used for the sequential number, so that we want to display in ascending/descending order.

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  3. Ability to link to single interface records from vendor record

    At the moment, when you link to an interface from a vendor record in Alma the interface record cannot be linked to one that has already been set up. For example, if you have Vendor A and link it to Interface X you cannot also link Vendor B to Interface X. You are also unable to have two interfaces with the same name. This is required in situations where we have multiple vendors for the one interface. For example, SAGE journals are acquired directly through SAGE but the ebooks are acquired through iGroup. In this case we would like to…

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    Submitted by Ex Libris PM on behalf of our customers

  4. Deactivate Vendor Records from List

    Make it possible to deactivate vendor records from the vendor list by clicking on the "active" checkbox, rather than having to edit each record individually.

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  5. When you change vendors in the PO, there should be a warning note if a PO# is not entered

    When you change the vendor for a PO, there needs to be a warning note if you do not fill in the PO#. If you are doing a large number of these (say you changed vendors for a e-journal package) it's very easy to miss putting in one po number, thus changing all your open PO's with that vendor to another vendor.

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  6. need more search criteria in acq such as operator id or create/update date

    It would be useful to have some additional search criteria, such as operator id, and facets, such as a last update date range and status, available to monitor staff productivity. Not just in purchasing but in all areas of acquisitions the site reports the need for functionality that will allow a combination of attributes of the records to generate results. For example, an operator should be able to search using their user name, some category of task (po lines in review, invoice lines in review, invoices pending approval, etc.) and a date or date range, or status (sent/ waiting auto…

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    Submitted by Ex Libris PM on behalf of our customers

  7. The default receiving status in manage items of receiving workbench is all and it should be not received or should be configurable

    As part of the new prediction pattern development it is possible in the receiving workbench to receive new items and filter the 'manage items' section by "all" "received" or "not received".
    Currently it defaults to "all" which is not what would be desired because
    A. it would show too much
    B. they would need to manually search for what they want to receive.

    It should default to "not received" because then they can choose the issue they have in hand and receive it. Another option would be to have it always remember the previous filter of the user and use…

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    Submitted by Ex Libris PM on behalf of our customers

  8. Retain Data in Interface Records

    We really like the multiple tabs on interface records that allow us to record different admin logins and statistical information.
    Publisher and vendor changes happen pretty frequently in our environment and we foresee needing to move interfaces from one vendor to another on occasion.
    We just found out the hard way that when an interface is deleted from a vendor record and then added to another vendor record all the information that was in the various interface tabs gets wiped out. Can something be done to preserve the information that was hand keyed into the interface tabs?”

    11 votes
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  9. EDI check in for print journals

    Alma documentation states that Alma supports the following Edifact message types – INVOIC, ORDERS, OSTENQ, ORDRSP, ORDCHG. However our old LMS Aleph supported an additional Edifact message type called DESADV.

    This allowed our serials agent, Ebsco, to check in our journals in on the LMS remotely via EDI once our monthly consolidated deliveries of print journals were despatched from the warehouse.

    Provided our prediction patterns matched the PIA line this worked efficiently. An example of EDI text is as below:-

    LIN+1'
    PIA+5+0001-4788(2012)42?:1;1-9:SI::28'
    IMD+L+050+:::ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS RESEARCH'
    QTY+12:1'
    RFF+SNL:52280023'
    RFF+SNA:52280023'

    The above essentially means that for order no 52280023 (linking to…

    24 votes
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  10. Customizable columns for reporting codes in the Acquisition Receive screen

    We sort our purchases by subject codes expressed in the reporting codes. These are unfortunately not visible in the receiving screen. As we handle a large number of books for many departments, the ability to view all levels of reporting codes in the receive screen would be a huge help in the receiving and post-receiving process.

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  11. Allow for Gift Acknowledgement Letters

    The Legal Deposit method of acquisition allows for letters of acknowledgment to be sent to the vendor by automatic email from Alma after the item is received on Alma.

    This functionality is lacking for the 'Gift' method of acquisition. As standard we like to send an acknowledgement to all of our donors and it would be ideal if Alma could automate this process as it does for Legal Deposit acknowledgements. The functionality to send an 'order' letter for a gift is there - but not for acknowledgement of receipt, which is actually the wrong way around for our requirements.

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  12. Add "Expected receipt after ordering (days)" to PO template

    It makes more logical sense to add a relative date ("Expected receipt after ordering (days)" to PO template) rather than a fixed expected date ("expected receipt date") in the context of a PO Line template.

    This change would lessen the likelihood of false claims because the date in the PO Line template is a date in the past.

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  13. Creating sub lines in a manual invoice

    The ability to add servicing charges to an invoice manually as separate invoice lines that are linked to the regular lines.

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  14. Add Invoice Date to Waiting for Payment File

    It would be helpful to have the option to sort by invoice date from the Waiting for Payment screen. Currently, there is no Invoice Date column.

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  15. When adding invocie line, Secondary Reporting Code and Tertiary Reporting Code which is empty in POL will be set to a default value from the

    For ‘add invoice line’ operation after typing the POL number the system will bring the POL’s information such as total price, reporting code, Secondary Reporting Code and Tertiary Reporting Code, which is good. But we want the information for Secondary Reporting Code and Tertiary Reporting Code to override the information from configuration > acquisitions > purchase order > Secondary Reporting Code/Tertiary Reporting Code. Even if the POL’s Secondary Reporting Code and Tertiary Reporting Code are empty, which currently will be set to a default value from the configuration.

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  16. Configure issues to appear in chronological order rather than alphabetical order for recieving

    For titles (especially newspapers but some others) that don't have a volume number, ALMA lists them in alphabetical rather than chronological order when receiving new issues. This is highly inconvenient as well as illogical. It means clicking through page after page of issues for newspapers, which are predicted a year out. Surely there must be some way to arrange them chronologically? If not, then it would be helpful if ALMA could show more than twenty results per page.

    6 votes
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  17. How can we know which ISBN identifier be used to perform the "linking local portfolios to CZ" processing

    We have 2 local portfolios https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118558133 (v.1) & https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118558126 (v.2) which those 2 portfolios are linked to MMSID 9940441503411. See attached spreadsheet.
    As those 2 local portfolios with the 3 same set of ISBNs be involved (9781848211124, 9781848211117, 9781848211100), we have tried to link them to CZ by ISBN identifier. Only 1 local portfolios be linked to CZ successfully (see linking to community by ISBN identifiers_2.png). We have performed the linking process again and found that it is linked to the same CZ portfolio (bkey=10.1002/9781118558126). We are wondering which ISBN identifier be used for the linking processing if we have…

    6 votes
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  18. Make Faceting in "Manage Purchase Requests" sticky

    It would be very helpful if the faceting that can be done in Manage Purchase Requests can be made "sticky" for each user account; some who use that area/workflow are orderers, some managers, and some selectors. All may have different areas they only want to see (e.g. request type, location, or those with queries, etc.), and it would be nice if the faceting we do can be made sticky, so we don't see unwanted entries.

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  19. 采购查重

    由于ISBN查重仍有问题,会产生大量复本图书,所以ISBN查重不能满足实际的需求。还有系统的模糊查重配置是去精确比对100和245字段,在系统中放在100字段的只能是单个的创作者creator,而多个中的其他创作者、还有所有贡献者都会放在7XX中,在我们导入订单时,不论是何种责任方式,我们都放在了100字段,所以,如果系统是直接将我们导入的100字段和系统的100字段比对,这是不科学的。正确的比对方式应该是将我们的100字段和系统的1XX和7XX一起比对才是。再者245字段,由于某些老师给的题名不完整或者不规范,所以,在245的比对时,也不应该是一对一精确匹配,而是应该将导入的245去符号,和系统中已有的245去符号进行比对,只要系统中245完全等于或者全包含我们导入的245,就当做重复给予显示,才完美。比如导入的245是xxxx:xx,系统的是245xxxx:xx 再比如我们的245是xxxx:xx,系统的是245xxxx:xxsssss;这两种情况的重复提示,才是需要的。并且90多条数据,人工查了77条重复,说明了永久检索框中实现了上述我说的245题名查重,但是订单创建那边模糊查重却没能做到。希望订单创建查重那里进行优化,从而完善查重需求。

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  20. Please provide the way of knowing the real POL creator who creates POLs by using import profiles.

    When creating POLs by using import profiles, it doesn't possible to track who actually created the POLs. Instead, all the POLs created by import profiles have 'System' as POL creator. Please provide the way of knowing the real POL creator who creates POLs by using import profiles.

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