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  1. Alma to support Hold Information in SIP2 checkin reponse

    We have a sort assistant (RFID equipment) that displays the next step/destination of an item on screen. It also generates a hold slip (with the hold patron name if there's a request for that item) or a transit slip (if it needs to be sent to another library).
    However the hold information is not provided in the SIP2 checkin response which means having to scan in the item again in Alma to get this information.

    Could the following SIP2 extension fields be added to resolve this issue:
    CY - Hold Patron Id
    DA - Hold Patron Name

    42 votes
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    • Create item via API addition of parameter to generate description field

      Creating item via API using -POST /almaws/v1/bibs/{mms_id}/holdings/{holding_id}/items

      Addition of a parameter "generate description" , when this flag is set to true in a call Alma would generate the description field from the provided enumeration data based on the description templates set in config.

      Looking for an equivilent ot the create digital representation paramter "generate label".

      28 votes
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      • API for backdate an item

        Alma provides an API for library to build up application to do circulation operation, such as renew, change due date. However, since Nov release 2018, a parameter "overdue_at_change_due_date" has been introduced and shall charge overdue fine to patron if it has been already overdue during the change due date API operation is executed. If library do not want to disable the overdue_at_change_due_date, it has no way to check-in an overdue item without creating fine.

        SIP2 and offline circulation is suggested from EXL but API operation is always preferred.

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        • Exclude expired users from bursar integration job

          Our bursar is not currently able to collect charges from users who are no longer at the university. So we want to be able to able to exclude these patrons from the reports that are sent to the bursar with bursar integration. The fact that this doesn’t exist now has prevented us from implementing integration.
          We would like this functionality to be an additional filter in the bursar integration settings that would exclude users whose expiration date is in the past. If it could specify an actual or relative date, this would be an additional improvement.

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          • sru

            The SRU does not support the exact operator (==) only the contains (=) in alphanumeric indexes. This would mean that when we search for for instance an ID, we also get in return documents where the ID searched for is part of another ID. This gives us problems if we want to for example updated the bibliographic records based on the result. Then we need to be sure that we get the correct result-list.

            Example: Searching for this ID: 20522 returns two books that are linked to the authority 20522 , but also a document with this ID in 650$$0 …

            6 votes
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            • Add option to specify electronic collection in Create PO-Line API

              When an electronic portfolio is created by GOBI through the Create PO-Line API, it is automatically set to standalone. The Create PO-Line API has no option to specify that it should be part of a specific electronic collection.

              In our use case we thought we could fix this by using the update inventory import profile when importing a more complete MARC record, but if this profile is configured with a collection a new portfolio will be created if the existing is standalone. (See case #00500768.)

              Allowing an electronic collection to be specified when creating portfolios through Create PO-Line API would…

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              • Field creation date by changes via API

                While changing a specific field in a user records via API the "creation date" should be changed only in this field and not in any other fields – which happens now – in order to be able to recognize the newest changes in a user profile.

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                • Synchronizing XSL templates with external systems

                  When customizing XSL letter templates, it would be helpful to be able to import/export these to/from Alma. This could be done for example by webDAV. This should make it possible to use an external version control system, like git. The templates are many and complex, and version control would be useful for managing revisions. This would also enable syncing to templates between production and sandbox environments.

                  69 votes
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                  • Patron Self Registration

                    Make Patron Self Registration possible via Primo. This feature would need to be configurable by libraries and able to be turned off altogether by the library. Configuration options could include: what data elements are required, whether new accounts need to be reviewed before they are active.

                    30 votes
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                    • Make modification date of user account available in the User API (v2)

                      In the earlier SOAP-based version of the Alma User API, the last modification date of a user account was an available field. However, in the current REST-based API, that field is no longer available.

                      This piece of information is very important to us when we synchronize Alma data to ILLiad via our custom ILLiad login script. That allows to us update ILLiad as needed and insert an accurate modification date into a user's ILLiad account.

                      9 votes
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                      • Provide access to files FTPed to third-parties

                        We run a daily scheduled "Publishing to OCLC" job which sends OCLC our new and changed MARC records via FTP.

                        From time to time, OCLC email us to let us know that some files were not processed due to errors in the MARC (typically blanks in the leader). To fix these, we need to download the problematic files, correct them, and manually upload to OCLC again.

                        However we don't have access to these files in Alma. (OCLC deletes them from their server when their automated process picks them up so we can't get them from there either.)

                        We managed to…

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                        • Display call number and/or barcode in list of fines in Primo

                          We like to display the alternative call number in the patron's list of fines in Primo for fees that are attached to an item. As well there should be the permanent call number or at least the item barcode in cases there is no alternative call number. Often, the items title is not sufficient to find the correct item in ALMA, and the staff at the circulation desks have problems to clarify witch items are concerned. In Alma the item barcode is already displayed in the list of fees/fines and this should be reflected in Primo as well.

                          This functionality…

                          25 votes
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                          • Improve z39.50 tab in ILLiad to search individual volumes of serials/monographs

                            Improve z39.50 tab in ILLiad to search individual volumes of serials/monographs. Currently searching z39.50 will turn up one random volume from multi-volume set

                            10 votes
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                            • Run PO Line package job vi API

                              POST /almaws/v1/conf/jobs/{job_id}

                              use case: allow people to run the job without giving them access the Alma's admin

                              3 votes
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                              • Allow API to set PO Line's Associated PO line

                                POST&PUT /almaws/v1/acq/po-lines/{po_line_id}

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                                • Stop requiring activation of both books and journals for the Update Electronic Holdings From Elsevier job

                                  Change the job Update Electronic Holdings from Elsevier so that it does not require both CZ collections.

                                  Currently, you must activate two CZ collections for the Elsevier update job to work: Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals Complete and Elsevier ScienceDirect Books Complete. There is a similar job, Update Electronic Holdings for Ovid, but you do not need to activate both the journals and the books for the Ovid job.

                                  We would like to activate the CZ collection for ScienceDirect journals only. The CZ collection for ScienceDirect books is mostly useless--the majority of the records are brief stub records. The Ovid job lets…

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                                  • Allow to configure the usage of certain API keys

                                    It would be cool to be able to restrict the number of API calls per APIKEY as part of the configuration.

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                                    • Ability to trigger a job by name instead of id

                                      https://api-na.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/almaws/v1/conf/jobs/$ID gives you the chance to trigger a certain job - if you have the corresponding job id. It is an irritating process finding the JobID by means of the API as the JobID is written nowhere in the UI where you define it. Moreover: the ID is changed every time when someone hits "save" in the intergration profile definiton panel, even if nothing was changed.
                                      Another example of trouble is the transfer of production environment to the sandbox - the integration profiles are copied as well - we have exactly the same jobs runing - but of course with…

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                                      • Upload electronic holdings job: Add vendor's name information

                                        The name of the vendor is missing in the "Upload electronic holdings job" report.
                                        We can only see the name of the integration type.
                                        To identify the vendor, we have thus to remember the name of the vendors concerned by this integration profile (at this time, Elsevier or Ovid) and the date of the processing job.
                                        As new integration profiles are planned for other vendors (Proquest, Springer,...), this will be no more manageable.
                                        Thus, we would like to see the vendor name in all useful places (reports, "Monitor job" page, "Scheduled job status")

                                        33 votes
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                                        • Add request time stamp and note to Retrieve user requests API and xsd

                                          Hello,

                                          We'd like the request time stamp and note added to the Retrieve user requests API and xsd, so we can retrieve them:
                                          https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/apis/xsd/rest_user_request.xsd?tags=GET
                                          https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/resources/xsd/rest_user_request.xsd

                                          Thanks,

                                          Ryan Edwards
                                          Digital Access and Systems Librarian
                                          Information Systems
                                          Getty Research Institute
                                          1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
                                          Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
                                          reedwards@getty.edu
                                          310.440.7398

                                          4 votes
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