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  1. Z39.5 MARC field filtering

    Alma's current settings on integration profile do not have the functionality to prevent exposure of specific MARC field. It will create problem if some of the MARC content are licensed and are not supposed to be shared easily.

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    • Change color of NZ icon to distinguish from the CZ icon

      The new Alma UI has made the NZ icon and CZ icon the same color and very difficult to distinguish from each other. The previous interface had different colors for these icons, which made it very easy to distinguish them. Please change the color of the NZ icon so that at a glance we can easily distinguish it from CZ records.

      41 votes
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      • Delete multiple MARC fields after they are highlighted / selected in Metadata Editor

        At the moment, you can select multiple MARC fields when you hold down CTRL, as can be seen by the fields highlighted in BLUE in the attached screenshot.

        However, when one attempts to remove them (CTRL+F6), only the first field is deleted.

        This is a request to delete all highlighted fields

        78 votes
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        • Add "Search within results" box on a set

          Hello,

          It would be very useful if we had a search box of "Search within results", on a set we created with indication rules.

          Thanks.

          69 votes
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          • Improve publishing to PubMed to give a single coverage statement for all portfolios active for the same title

            The Publish to PubMed publishing profile outputs an xml file giving details of ejournal coverage per title. Where we have multiple active portfolios for a title, the output contains a set of "or" queries with the coverage for each portfolio, and these often overlap or duplicate each other. NLM will no longer accept files with these duplications and overlapping coverage statements and instead require a single coverage statement for each ISSN in the file.

            Please add to the publishing profile the option to merge the various coverage statements to give a single start and end date per title that reflects…

            60 votes
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            • Produce a Publishing Profile for BrowZine

              The idea is to create a specific publishing profile for sending data to BrowZine on a scheduled basis. The presently used data format (Google Scholar XML with Sources) could be better served as a CSV file for numerous reasons. Additionally, the Publishing Profile should be able to accommodate the scenario of a library's holdings being made up of a combination of NZ and IZ holdings.
              Please contact john@thirdiron.com for full technical guidelines for the best and most reliable data exporting configuration. Thank you!

              Note:
              Over time we have come to understand a number of limitations in the approach suggested here…

              99 votes
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              • Include rolling dates in local date information field

                As an electronic resource librarian, I would like to see a better way to deal with rolling coverage dates. There does not seem to be a good way to deal with gaps in portfolio coverage when there's a moving target date involved. For example, if a title includes perpetual access from 2011-present, and issues 12 years or older are open access, unless you include a public note, what will display is:

                Available from 2011 volume: xx issue: xx
                Most recent 12 year(s) not available

                This is confusing to patrons and librarians alike. It would be useful to have the option…

                12 votes
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                • Combining multiple itemized sets

                  We'd really like the ability to flag multiple sets to be combined to create a single combined set. Several times we've wanted to do this to facilitate data analysis (e.g. on sets created logging weekly data loads), but it's far too time-consuming to combine them two at a time!

                  19 votes
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                  • New UI-Call Number as an option in the search customization

                    In the old UI when conducting a search the call number would display in the search results. In the new UI each individual title now has to have the physical title clicked on to see the call number. It would be helpful to have a call number option under the customization options so that it would eliminate all of the unnecessary clicking when trying to view call numbers during a search.

                    49 votes
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                    • VIAF Integration for Alma

                      I have been looking at the Alma Road map for 2018/19 and note the exciting BIBFRAME and Linked Data initiatives.

                      Fitting in nicely would be the facility to search VIAF from within Alma.
                      This would make it easier to check what already exists in authority files internationally and identify a suitable entry if we have to add identifying information for disambiguation purposes.

                      13 votes
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                      • Common link between a POL and a License (for updating collections)

                        A POL has a licence connected to it. It would be great if when adding that POL to an Alma Collection, that the connecting licence would be automatically added to the collection as well. And working in reverse, when adding a licence to an Alma collection, it would be nice if the POL connected to the licence was automatically added to the collection as well (thus saving time adding two things to a collection, when they are already related).

                        11 votes
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                        • Make more sort fields available in Physical Item Sort Routines

                          Functionality wanted:
                          Make more sort fields available in the Physical Item Sort Routines, to include all enumeration and chronology fields, as well as receiving date and material type. Retain sort routine selection in all areas of Alma, including when receiving.

                          Use case: Currently the limited options available in the Physical Item Sort Routines do not allow for serial items with no volume or number to be displayed in correct chronological order. Instead they sort alphabetically by month. Serial items published daily do not sort in correct chronological order, because the chronology field J is not an option in the Physical…

                          109 votes
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                          • Need ability to search 79X fields

                            We plan to implement use of the 790 field for local tracings (such as former owners) to be used for special collections materials, and have set up a separate search field in Primo. Now we see that we can't search that field at all in Alma, only Primo. Since Alma does index 59X fields as "local notes" and 69X fields as "local subjects" we propose that the 79X be indexed as well.

                            33 votes
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                            • Allow data from the POL notes to inform/be inherited by the portfolio notes.

                              Our Acquisitions process currently allows for receiving e-book purchase option information (platform and use model) from a vendor via POL notes. We would like this information to be inherited by the e-inventory in the notes field of the portfolio. There is currently no way to get that information out of the POL, and it is needed in the porfolio to streamline workflows.

                              9 votes
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                              • Re-sequence MARC fields by each tag when running a normalization rule

                                Currently, after running a normalization rule on a set of bib records, the bib records display the 5XX fields out of order, e.g. 500, 546, 506 etc. This occurs even after running the CnmarcBibReSequenceTask as fields between 500 and 899 are not sorted, or sorted only by hundreds (this was the information given to us by a member of staff when we reported the issue on the ExLibris Customer Portal).

                                Having all fields in the correct order would ease any future cataloguing needed on these records, or when staff members view the record for work purposes.

                                I've attached an example…

                                19 votes
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                                • Enable Individual Portfolios for Publish to PubMed Profile

                                  There is not a way to set up individual profiles for the Publish to PubMed Profile for individual colleges that share one Alma instance. This functionality is important and should be enabeled. Without it, patrons using PubMed will not be aware which results are available in full-text through their college's databases. The expected outcome of this improvement is that it would provide a way in the Publish to PubMed profile manager to set up individual profiles per college, like there is in the Publish to Google Scholar Profile.

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Enable 'recall' option on individual work orders

                                    At present work order types can be set to recall items or not.

                                    It would be useful to have this as an option for individual work orders (much as 'do not pick from shelf' is an option).

                                    This would make work orders more versatile and save having two work order types ('recall' and 'no recall') for essentially the same process.

                                    10 votes
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                                    • Add members to set from results screen

                                      We would like an easier way of adding individual titles to itemized sets. It would be nice if, on the results screen after performing a search, you could click the ellipses menu for more options and see "Add to set" there, which would then direct you to select a set to which you'd like to add that record.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Search bar

                                        Allow for the most recent and/or the most used search facets to display within the simple search bar. Within the search facets options for All titles (Title) Requires someone to scroll at length down the page. This functionality is available in other parts of the new UI within Alma where the most recent used entries display first.

                                        13 votes
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                                        • Want to view more of a bibliographic record when editing without having to scroll

                                          There is currently quite a lot of unused space above and below a bibliographic record. It would be great if I could drag the bottom of the bibliographic record down further when I am editing so that I can view as much of the record as possible at once.

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