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  1. Please add the ability to use the facets for Archival Materials according to LDR pos. 8 = a

    Hello,

    Most archival materials are cataloged as follows:
    LDR pos. 6 = p
    LDR pos. 8 = a
    Currently, the facet in Alma show these kind of materials as "Undefined".
    Adding a facet of "Achieve Material" according to LDR pos.8 = a, would be very useful.

    Thanks.

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    Hi. 1. Are you stating that you want a new “Resource Type”?
    2. The definitions of the resource types are explained in the table titled “Rules Used to Create the Resource Type Field – MARC 21/KORMARC and UNIMARC” at https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/010Getting_Started/050Alma_User_Interface_%E2%80%93_General_Information/Searching_in_Alma#The_Resource_Type_Field
    3. Do you want a new row in this table which would be as follows?
    Archival materials. LDR pos. 8 = a
    4. The table is read top to bottom and as soon as match is found it stops. Where in the table would you like this new row to appear?
    5. How come the title of this suggestion states “LDR pos. 8 = a” but the comment from Feb. 2 also has “LDR pos. 6 = p”? We do not think “LDR pos. 6 = p” is a good idea. That is used for “mixed materials”. On the other hand “LDR pos. 8…

  2. 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.

    58 votes
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  3. 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.

    56 votes
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  4. Default search option setting for external resources

    MD editor > Tools > Search external resources

    Search options for external resources such as title, creator, isbn, system number and year of publication are automatically filled in from a bib record. This make us to delete fields manually and spend time. It would be great to set search options at the institution level or individually.

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  5. 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.

    55 votes
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  6. Ability to use import profiles on OCLC Connexion exported records

    Currently import profiles can applied to Marc files that are uploaded into Alma. One can use the import profile to specify match methods, tell Alma how to deal with matches of existing and incoming records (overlay, merge, or use NZ record), and also specify inventory info to map the Marc 949 field to holdings and item records. Although the OCLC Connexion integration profile deals with importing records it lacks the features described in the previous sentence. Please see screenshot of settings in Oclc integration profile versus in an import profile.

    Basically we would like the ability to specify an import…

    55 votes
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  7. Allow **** or Python plugins for normalization rules

    The Drools framework in place for normalization rules is very limited compared to real programming script languages like or Python. Live would be way easier, much more efficient and some things impossible with Drools would be possible with (like in SFX parsers) or Python for those who can use these languages.

    54 votes
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  8. bulk remove titles from collections (not the electronic type)

    Add the ability to remove titles in a set from a collection (not the electronic type) in bulk, as well as add titles in bulk from a set.

    50 votes
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  9. Analyse and normalise special characters and diacritics in Alma records

    In order to enable correct and consistent automatic linking between Bib. headings and authority records, Alma's treatment of diacritics needs to be normalised, and made configurable according to the Authority file being used. In addition there are special characters in use (such as quotation marks), that have more than a single graphic representation that should be normalised in order to prevent discrepancies in Almas' match and link mechanisms.
    SFC#00533813, SFC#00375370 relate to the issue.

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  10. 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.

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  11. Ability to run a job on a set from the Manage Sets screen

    Currently we need to create a set in the Manage Sets area then go to "Run a Job", select the job to run and then select the set.

    Wouldn't it be great if you could go to Manage Sets then click on "Actions" for a particular set, then choose "Run a Job". You could then be prompted to choose the job to run but you wouldn't need to go through the additional step of choosing the set (and you wouldn't have to exit the sets screen to go to the "Run a job" screen). And only the jobs that can…

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  12. Brief Record - Quick Cataloging Template

    Boston College would like to see the contents of the linking tab of Electronic Portfolio Editor added to the Brief Record, Quick Cataloging template for electronic articles.

    This will enable us to edit the URL and enable the proxy as we catalog and would save us the step of going in later to edit the linking information. It would also enable us to test the link before posting it, rather than using the "view it" function afterwards.

    47 votes
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  13. Enhance Advanced Search to allow regular expressions

    Allow the matching of regular expressions as one of the criteria to perform an advanced search. This would be a much more powerful and precise method for gathering sets.

    46 votes
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  14. Add functionality to Change Item Information

    It would be useful to have more options in the Scan in/Change Item Information function - for example, the ability to change Material Type and Inventory Date.

    45 votes
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  15. Massive copy of records from the community zone to the local catalog

    In our institution, we have thousands of active electronic records for our institution but belong to the Community Zone. We want to copy massively these records to our catalog without having to do it one at a time.
    Our usual procedure is, from an excel file in which we have the ISBNs or ISSNs of the electronic documents, to upload the portfolios from the electronic collection itself. In this way we bring and activate in our institution the portfolios of the collection, but this does not generate a local copy in our catalog of each of them. So, we have…

    43 votes
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  16. Improve ME Browse Call Numbers Tool

    When editing a holding record in the Metadata Editor, the Browse Call Number tool shows the call number from the current holding record in a shelf list display. However, the resulting list starts with the call number in your holding record and shows the following call numbers. What we need is to see the call numbers both before and after the one we're working on. Request the list show at least 2-3 call number prior to the one we're working on, plus those following.

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  17. Create a Set of Inventory from a Title Set

    It would be very useful to be able to take a set of titles, and convert it into a set of inventory attached to those titles. Specifically, I would like to create a Portfolio set from a set of Electronic Titles. I have regular need to move groups of portfolios from one local e-collection to another. I have only a list of ISBNs to start with, which I use to create an itemized Electronic Titles set. However, moving portfolios requires a Portfolio set, which can only be created with Portfolio IDs. It is very cumbersome to arrive at the appropriate…

    41 votes
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  18. A way to set the Scan-in-Items drop-down-menu Status to our specific workflows

    In Cataloging when we scan in item barcodes to send a work order to shelf preparation or end-processing, the scan-in-Item Drop-down menu defaults to Cataloging. Acquisitions uses this to send material to us --but we want to send material to Shelf Preparation/End-Processing. So we have to manually mouse down to insert this everything single time. This is slow (uses up time). It would be faster and healthier (on our hands) if Ex Libris could reconfigure so any library unit in a library could unit set the Scan-in-Item Drop-down menu to default to (--or to "persist" or "stick" at--)the specific status…

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  19. Normalization rules - adding dates

    It would be great if the normalization rules could be enhanced to use variables such as date, or add datestamps.

    We would like the ability to insert dates into MARC notes fields via normalization rules.

    Ideally inserting variables something like %DAY%/%MONTH%/%YEAR% in a rule would add today's date in the format DD/MM/YYYY once a rule is run.

    41 votes
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  20. limit results by location facet in physical title repository search

    Ability to narrow search results by location in a physical titles or physical items results screen.

    Currently we can limit by material type, language, publication year and resource type.

    40 votes
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