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  1. Make "Physical Item Condition Field" options configurable

    The new feature "Physical Item Condition Field" was a good idea.

    However, the condition options should be completely configurable. Currently the only options are:
    Brittle
    Damaged
    Deteriorating
    Fragile

    The current condition options seem extremely similar to each other.

    Each institution should be able to completely configure this field, including hiding the field entirely, adding/removing options, hiding/displaying options, renaming/relabelling, reordering the options.

    59 votes
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    • Ability to assign electronic activation tasks in the POL

      Electronic resources are automatically added to the Electronic Resource Activation Task List page upon ordering. The current workflow requires someone with the permission of Repository Manager to manually review the activation task list in the unassigned tab (which might have hundreds of portfolios and databases at any given time) to decide whom to assign a task.

      I propose a different model or workflow: Allow Acquisitions staff to assign a task while creating the purchase order line.

      23 votes
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      • search in a specific library

        We would appreciate having a tab "library" as existing tabs "Institution zone", "Network zone", "Community zone". Indeed, currently, it's tiresome to use facet "library" each time we launch a search in Alma.

        Is it possible?

        230 votes
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        • In Advanced Search, allow filtering OUT specific locations. For example, allow use of the filer: Physical Location "IS NOT" X.

          Many searches do not allow for an "IS NOT" operator, and in some cases it is greatly missed. For example, when trying to assemble large sets of records where you want to exclude just a few locations, or filter out a single library. Please allow for an "IS NOT" operator when doing an advanced search and filtering by location or library. I'm sure there are other search filters also missing the "IS NOT" operator. Please feel free to add more suggestions via a comment! :)

          105 votes
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          • Add a linking job for mass linking of NZ records to IZ

            Currently the only way to use records from NZ in an IZ is to search them in the NZ and perform an action like "order" or "link" on every single record one by one. There are, however, situations where an IZ wants to use a bulk of records. For this purpose we need a possibility to link records in bulk and create inventory for the linked records.

            We imagine a linking job that takes as an input a logical or itemized set of records saved from a search in the NZ. The linking job can create physical and electronic (and…

            103 votes
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            • batch job de/activation of proxy enabled setting at service level

              You can de/activate the proxy setting in batch for portfolios, by using the "Change electronic portfolio information" job on a set. Unfortunately you cannot at this stage do the same on Services or Collections.

              I have approximately 30 services that I would like to change EZproxy enabled from YES to NO. I do not want to run a batch job on the portfolios - I want the proxy to be determined at service level and the portfolios to inherit the settings. It would be helpful if this could be done as a batch job rather than editing each service manually.

              46 votes
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              • search filters and better results display in the "search external resources" function

                When we are searching WorldCat for a record to match a newly-ordered title, we often find duplicate records. The current search results display makes it difficult and time-consuming to choose the best record.

                The external resources search would be much improved if we could limit search results by the language of cataloging (040 |b) and format. This would save us having to wade through multiple vendor records that aren't even in our local language of cataloging, and multiple records for resources in a format other than the one we are looking for.

                It would save us a lot of time…

                17 votes
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                • Change Physical Item Job should ignore default MARC holdings template when changing location

                  Also entered as NERS ID 5949 for *Next* year's enhancement process cycle

                  When using the Change Physical Items job to change an item's location, we are running into problems because of the way Alma processes this job. Alma creates a new holding with the same data as the original holding and reattaches the items to this new holdings record. If all items are changed to the new location, the original holding is deleted. When creating the new holding, Alma uses the default MARC holding template. Our default is set with 852 indicator 1 set to 1 for Dewey Decimal classification,…

                  12 votes
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                  • Add "Alternative Call Number" to the "Change Physical Items" job so that this field can be edited in batch across sets of item records.

                    Many fields in the Physical Item record can be edited in bulk using the Change Physical Items job, but "Alternative call number" isn't included in the options for this job. We would like to be able to edit (and delete) these fields across large numbers of records without having to do it manually for each one. Please give consideration to including this field in the Change Physical Items job.

                    138 votes
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                    • Allow renaming of normalization, indication, and merge rules

                      Please allow renaming of normalization, indication, and merge rules. Right now you can only duplicate the rule and change the name of the copied rule.

                      57 votes
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                      • Change item information RESTORE change type should allow clearing temporary item information.

                        When using the Restore change type under Change item information, the only change made is toggling the "item is in temporary location" back to NO. Any values filled in for temporary library, temporary location, temporary item policy, temporary call number, etc. remain. Restore should clear those fields, or allow operators to keep those fields by unchecking a box that would be checked by default.

                        If the item has been scanned to have an item policy for special circ rules, that information remains in the record when it is restored, even though that information is not applied. If the item is…

                        76 votes
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                        • Add "articles" in portfolio's material type

                          Hi there,

                          At the moment, when creating or editing a portfolio for an artcile, it is not possible to precise that it's an article's portfolio (you can precise that it's a book, map, journal, dissertation, proceeding...).

                          We would like to add "articles" in Electronic Portfolio Editor > electronic material type's field.

                          Please see screenshot attached for illustration.

                          Best regards,

                          Ariane

                          40 votes
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                          • cataloging level defaults

                            We have cataloging levels enabled in Alma. We would like the default for imports to be higher than the lowest level. Currently, all imports from import and integration profiles are assigned the lowest level, and the only way to change them is to run a job after importing.

                            25 votes
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                            • Make Suppressing a location function the same as suppressing a holding in all publishing jobs

                              Currently, the general publishing job exports inventory in locations which are ticked "Suppress from Discovery" in Physical Locations config, when "Excluded Suppressed Locations: is ticked in the Publishing Profile.

                              Alma should handle this flag as it does for Publishing to Primo and Publishing to Libraries Australia and ignore suppressed locations, otherwise what's the point of setting this at the location level and then providing an option to Exclude suppressed records. It is extra work to set this value for each individual bib/holdings record.

                              28 votes
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                              • Allow for searching by Service, Collection, and Portfolio levels distinctly

                                Repository searching is somewhat vague in what actually gets searched (e.g. Free field & proxy). Some fields that exist in collection & service level are searched but it is not clear in the repository search which level is being searched. Proposing the repository search is more clear in what level & field is being searched AND that the service level is able to be searched as equally as collection & portfolio levels.

                                6 votes
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                                • Need a way to perform "scan in" or other workflow operations in batch, either from an itemized set or from a .txt or .csv file

                                  Use case: We have a large number of items which are being moved from our regular collection to our archives. We have already created a .txt file of barcode numbers and used that file to create a set in Alma, so that we might run Change Holdings and Change Physical Items jobs against the set. It would be much more efficient if we could then run a batch "scan in" or equivalent operations to actually place the items in transit to their new location and then the archives could likewise use that set to get the items out of transit…

                                  10 votes
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                                  • EuroVoc Thesaurus implementation

                                    Add EuroVoc http://eurovoc.europa.eu to Authority Vocabulary.
                                    It is the multilingual, multidisciplinary thesaurus covering the activities of the EU.

                                    27 votes
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                                    • Indication that shows I edited an open record

                                      Icons in MD-Editor only show if a record has been saved or not. I would like to have an indication to see if the record has been edited by me after I opened it.

                                      18 votes
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                                      • Allow full customisation of the keyword index

                                        Since every institution has a different idea of what constitutes a "key" word, we would greatly appreciate the ability to customise the keyword index for ourselves. A table to allow us to add and remove MARC fields and subfields would be in keeping with much of Alma's back office design.

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Identify headings linked to authority records in Simple Record View

                                          I frequently consult the Simple Record View page of bibliographic records when working on the Authority Control Task List. This view, however, does not indicate which headings are linked to authority records and which are not. The only place in Alma to confirm this is through the Metadata Editor.

                                          This proposal recommends adding a marker (such as the binoculars icon found in the Metadata Editor) to those fields in the Simple Record View with headings linked to authority records. This would save a step in the Task List review process, not to mention being helpful to any Alma user looking…

                                          81 votes
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