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  1. Customize display of fields in Alma Article request form

    We would like to display the fields in the Alma article request form in the following order: Journal name, year, volume, issue, pages, article title, article author, and issn - and not in the order these fields are currently hard-coded (e.g. author initials splits volume and issue, and publication date is at the end of the form)

    53 votes
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  2. Update Date

    The Update date in the RS record is not updated when we send a General Message or a Will Supply letter to Partners.

    6 votes
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  3. Resource Sharing - Status of Renewed Lending Request not clear

    After Renewing a Lending request the status automatically updates to "Received by Partner" - it would be more helpful if the status updated to 'Renewal Accepted".

    13 votes
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  4. Lending: Edit Request Type in Manage Fulfillment Options

    We sometimes need to change the Request Type from Physical to Digital and vice versa, after we have placed the request via Management Fulfillment Options. As there is no edit option, we have to place a new request and then delete the redundant option.

    16 votes
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  5. Report of Outstanding Borrowing Requests

    We would like a to be able to: 1. Create a report of outstanding borrowing requests, 2. Automatically send the claim letters by email to the partners, 3. Update the status of the requests to Claimed.

    57 votes
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  6. Convert a lending request into a borrowing request.

    We can easily convert a borrowing request into a lending request, the other way around is impossible without losing all information about the lender.

    As we supply libraries with material from other libraries we now have to manage the request in both Lending and Borrowing.

    8 votes
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  7. Keyboard Shortcuts for Resource Sharing

    Would it be possible to assign Keyboard Shortcuts for the following commonly used Resource Sharing tasks?

    Lending Requests
    Borrowing Requests
    Shipping Items

    7 votes
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  8. Renewing resource sharing requests

    When changing the date in the borrowing side, we then have to manually change again in manage patron services. It would be great if we could just amend the date once and this information is carried across.

    22 votes
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  9. RS Borrowing External Resource Search

    We would like to be able to perform Advanced Searches on our External Resources (from the RS Borrowing screen) and not just keyword searches. Alternatively, we would like to define the default search as 'Contains Keywords' instead of 'Contains Phrase'. This would make our searches more accurate.

    4 votes
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  10. Include Fulfillment Notes when Shipping items in Resource Sharing

    It would be nice if pop-up fulfillment notes on an item record were attached to a resource sharing request when an item is shipped, much like the barcode currently does. So if a damaged book has a note saying "Underlining noted," that note would attach to the request record so that the borrowing institution could see it. This would make it easier for the people processing on either end to know whether an item shipped with damage, or a set shipped with a certain amount of items, etc.

    75 votes
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  11. Resource sharing search

    Our Resource sharing staff at Sheffield Hallam University would like there to be an All category in the Find box, as there is under Find and Manage users. This would enable them to work more efficiently and would allow them to interrogate more than one index at once.

    See attached image for a comparison between the two find boxes.

    58 votes
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  12. Automatically add specific blocks to a patron record by type of fine

    We would like to be able automatically add a specific block to a patron record by a type of fine once it as reached a specified amount.

    We have recently set up a new block for oustanding resource sharing borrowing request charges (we charge our patrons for renewals). We would like this to be automatically added to the patron record once the fines `active balance' reaches £13.95 which is the equivalent of 3 renewals.

    4 votes
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  13. Resource Request Monitoring - partner information missing for Lending requests on hold

    When a Lending request is put on hold, the partner information is not visible in the Resource Request Monitoring list. This makes it impossible to check which place in the queue a lending request has.
    We would like the Requester field to to display partner information and be added to lending requests in the Resource Request Monitoring display.

    Please see attachment for screenshots.

    171 votes
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  14. Resource Sharing Preferred Email Address

    We have multiple libraries set up as Resource Sharing Libraries. However as we can only have one preferred email address the Borrowing Resource Sharing Requests are coming from the default email address for the library (usually the information email address), and not the dedicated email address for resource sharing at that library.
    It would be really useful to have an email address type in a library record that is used to send Resource Sharing requests.

    3 votes
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  15. Move the Level of service facet to the top of the facet list

    Currently the Level of Service facet is at the base of the facet list, almost always hidden by the facets above it. I would like to see it moved to the top of the list as the timely processing of material for Rush or Express requests depends on being able to find those requests and action them quickly. As it is currently unless you specifically scroll down the list, you don't even know those requests have come in.

    22 votes
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  16. Shipping cost lender rule partner code prefix

    When setting up the Shipping Cost lender rules, there is no ability to add a rule that allows you to adjust the price based on the partner code prefix. Currently you have to add every partner to that list, and when partners are added or removed you need to manually recreate the parameter list again. (Because you can't edit the parameters, only delete.) Having to manually update these rules is unnecessary work, and the alternative is to manually edit the costs for every partner that doesn’t fit the standard code rules. These issues, and the errors caused by manual editing…

    6 votes
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  17. Resource Sharing Borrowing Requests back button

    For some reason the Resource Sharing Borrowing Requests screen does not have a back button or a method of clearing the search. Even if you quick link the screen the link takes you to the search you have just done. It would be extremely useful to have a back button or a method of clearing the search.

    6 votes
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  18. More frequent resource sharing notifications

    Enable the option to send notifications to users who place resource sharing requests for each stage of the process. This will give users a better sense of where their requests are, instead of just sending them into a black hole with no idea when they might arrive. This is similar to the way that online shopping provides notifications for each stage of a purchase, and is something users are coming to expect.

    11 votes
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  19. Alma RS Borrowing - view the patron ID (primary identifier) number in the main body of a borrowing request

    When you edit a borrowing request you can't see the patron ID number in any of the fields. It is only seen when you come out of editing a request and view the details next to the Request name. It should be seen with the request information.

    5 votes
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  20. Request status "Pending" and "On Waiting List"

    Add statuses to resource sharing borrowing request status field

    Is it possible to add two more statuses to the drop-down list for the Request Status field in a resource sharing borrowing request? We would like to add “Pending" and "On Waiting List".

    5 votes
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