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  1. 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")

    41 votes
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    • Create combined IZ and NZ file for Google Scholar

      We would like to be able to publish our IZ electronic portfolios and NZ electronic portfolios available for us in one file to Google Scholar. Google Scholar publishing is very problematic for consortia with electronic inventory set up at both the IZ and NZ level. Right now, even though most of our electronic holdings info is set up in the NZ, only our IZ holdings file gets published to GS. In Salesforce, we've been told that (unlike in the SFX days) there is no way to combine the two files for all e-resources available at an institution. As a result,…

      13 votes
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      • bursar integration - option to export fine/fee credits even if minimum value > 0

        Currently in order for fine/fee credits to be exported in the bursar integration, the minimum value must be set to zero, which means Alma will export fines of any amount even if they are very small.
        We would like to be able to set a minimum value for the fine export, but still export credits. Ideally we'd like a checkbox to tell Alma to apply the minimum value amount to credits as well as to debits. For example if we set the minimum value to $5 and check a box to include credits, Alma would export any fines over $5,…

        16 votes
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        • Writable Code-Table API

          Code-tables, like UserStatCategories, really demand a writable code-table API.

          As our institution adds departments and majors, the only choice we have today is to assign a human to manually update the table in a regularly occurring, human friendly frequency.

          For a machine, it would be trivial to update and synchronize the UserStatCategories code-table via API, daily, hourly, whatever.

          5 votes
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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.

            15 votes
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            • Include "External Name" in Bib API results when returning the location of an item

              We're using the Bib API for several Alma integrations and have noticed that Bib API calls are returning just the "Location Name" for the location of items. We're of the opinion that the "External Name" should also be included in the Api results, as this is the location text that should be presented in public interfaces. Please include the "External Name" field in addition to the "Location Name" when returning the location in Api calls.

              6 votes
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              • Integration through AWS Simple Storage

                Our consortium currently maintains an SFTP server exclusively for transfering files from our student information system to Alma. The server must be maintained and monitored at a cost to us.

                I would like to be able to configure Alma to retrieve the files from Amazon Simple Storage Service (AWS S3). File transfer would be over secure HTTPS and would cost us only a few pennies annually. Implementing this would allow us to retire the dedicated server and simplify our internal IT dependencies.

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                • Add additional error code to Renew loan API when an item has been renewed but the due date hasn't changed

                  The Users / Renew Loan API (https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/apis/users/POST/gwPcGly021r0XQMGAttqcPPFoLNxBoEZNUiGwQUr+MuAI+35dTBcVUmYayAq/vUq/0aa8d36f-53d6-48ff-8996-485b90b103e4) currently only returns two errors - "Loan ID XXX does not exist." or "Cannot renew loan: Loan ID XXX." This API should return an additional status of "renewed, but due date didn't change" when that applies to the item in question. This would allow our locally developed catalog, which uses the Alma APIs for requesting items, to provide more complete information on why certain requests fail.

                  11 votes
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                  • Add API call to fetch all holdings and items associated with one bib record (MMSid)

                    It would be great to have a single API call to fetch all holdings and items related to an MMS id, which would return all this data in one big XML file. The way it works now, if you want to get, say, all of the barcodes for all items associated with a single MMS id, you have to do an api call for every holding record. So if you have a bib that has one item in 6 different locations, you have to do 6 API calls.

                    70 votes
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                    • API for managing scheduled jobs configured in integration profiles

                      The enhancement described and completed in the idea http://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/9592206-api-to-interact-with-alma-job-scheduler is fine as far as it goes, but the current functionality does not allow us to interact with jobs launched automatically by Alma on a periodic basis; it only supports jobs launched manually by a user.

                      Our use case: we have scheduled periodic uploads of SIS student data
                      configured in a SIS integration profile. We would like to get a formatted list of rejected users, errors, etc. that happened during the automatic load available as a file on our processing server, so that the list can be parsed by a script…

                      19 votes
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                      • Browzine : Journals with multiple sources

                        Libraries who are using Browzine are exporting our journals holdings file using a Google Scholar XML schema. For titles that have multiple sources, Browzine will based on their own algorithm to determine one source to be made available to the users in the Browzine interface. According to Third Iron, this "choosing algorithm" is designed to pick the source that has the widest coverage. This is fine in most of the cases but if we want to override this "decision", we will need to write in to Third Iron.

                        Suggestion: To consider having a designated field in the portfolio record for…

                        6 votes
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                        • API for Alma requests

                          As it is possible in Alma to convert an Alma request into a Alma Resource Sharing Request (a good workflow), we would like to explore creating a form for users to submit Alma requests outside of Primo and for these to be created in Alma through an Alma requests API.

                          Please could an Alma Requests API be created to enable this.

                          If a submitted request was not in stock, we would then convert it to an Alma Resource Sharing request (a good workflow).

                          3 votes
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                          • Purchase Requests API

                            A Purchase Request API is needed. This would allow the library to seamlessly integrate with internal systems.

                            From Francois Renaville: "We asked for this in May 2016 and were told in July 2016 (case 00222634 - API for Purchase Requests?) 'that API for purchase requests is on the Alma road map for 2017. Currently, there is no release date.' No news since then."

                            17 votes
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                            • Bursar Export: Option to not close out fines/fees upon eport

                              It would be useful if the bursar export job to export fines and fees had an option to keep fines and fees active in the Alma user record upon export. Some libraries want to keep fines and fees active even as fines and fees owed are communicated to a bursar's office. Because it's possible through the fine/fee payment API for a custom solution to be developed to communicate fine/fee payment back to Alma, some libraries would choose to use a bursar export integration to export fines and then develop a custom solution to send payment information back to Alma to…

                              19 votes
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                              • API query to retrieve only those user accounts where active fines/fees exist

                                We want to export user fine/fee data to our SIS (PeopleSoft) while retaining the ability to manage patron fine/fees in Alma. The Alma bursar export does not meet our needs because it closes out the fine/fees in Alma. The user API only allows for checking accounts individually to determine whether a fine/fee exists. The 'users' query does not provide a filter for whether a fine/fee is on the retrieved user's account.

                                10 votes
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                                • Allow MarcEdit Alma Integration to update Community Zone records (via API)

                                  Ex Libris has allowed us to edit Community Zone records, except 022 field. Currently, we can only open the records in the metadata editor and add a MARC field one at a time. Using MarcEdit Alma Integration to update a record one at a time results in an error, because the Alma API documentation states that “…updating a linked Community Zone record is currently not supported.”

                                  I am requesting Ex Libris to allow updating Community Zone records via MarcEdit Alma Integration., so that we can update records one at a time, instead of adding MARC fields to a record one…

                                  2 votes
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                                  • SRU/SRW: Increase the 10,000 record retrieval limit

                                    The usefulness of the SRU service is reduced substantially by the 10,000 record limit.

                                    If removing the limit is not an option, it would still help a lot if the limit could be increased to, say, 100,000.

                                    My use case is that I'm using the SRU service in combination with the Bibs API to do batch processing of catalog records.

                                    10 votes
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                                    • Granular permissions for Alma API functions

                                      (The idea title is copied from a NERS suggestion (5311) that didn't make it to the second round.)

                                      When working with third parties it is problematic that granting access to the Alma API for the necessary functionality will often also open up for access to other information that we might not want to share with the same third party.

                                      An example is that allowing a vendor to create PO Lines via the API will also give the vendor access to the complete financial data of our institution, potentially giving them insights that could be used against us when negotiating prices.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • More API options for Borrowing Requests

                                        The current API:s for Borrowing Requests are limited to get a list of request for a specific user, get a specific request of a specific user or create a new request.

                                        To be able to integrate better with other systems, in our specific case the Swedish national ILL broker system "Libris Fjärrlån", we would need to be able to update and delete requests as well.

                                        We would also want to retrieve lists of requests without knowing the user, for example by status, by external system or other criteria.

                                        25 votes
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                                        • API for Bibliographic record versions

                                          Currently, only the latest version of a Bib record is available from the Bibs API. There should be some way to retrieve older versions of the record.

                                          7 votes
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