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  1. Make physical item sort routines stick

    For those of us working with continuing resources:

    When viewing a list of physical items, the sort routine defaults to Library/Location. The items do not appear in any particular order when the results are loaded. Often I change the sort routine to Description or Receiving Date to view the most recent serial items and order them chronologically for viewing.

    It would be nice if the sort routine "sticks" so that every time I open a list of items, the sort mechanism will stay on Description (not default back to Library/Location)

    This would be especially helpful when managing items in the…

    54 votes
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    • Collaborative Collections Retention Item Designators

      Collaborative collecting agreements are becoming increasingly critical for libraries in managing collections and access across institutions. Formal agreements require libraries to commit to hold specific items. Currently, there is no way to mark this in records unless in free text notes, and no system checks in place for items to prevent accidental weeding of items that libraries have committed to retain. This idea outlines system functionality to ensure that libraries can safely manage committed collections.

      • Two new fields in Alma Items: a Committed to Retain check box and a Retention note free text field (minimum of 200 characters)

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      58 votes
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      • Keep suppressed records without items that have received more than one purchase request

        We have detected this case that we consider is an incorrect behavior of Alma.

        When a purchase request is generated, a non-visible bibliographic record is created. The problem is that if a second purchase request for the same document is generated, Alma automatically makes the bibliographic record visible, even though we still do not have copies of it. Therefore this record appears visible in Polibuscador but without funds.

        We request that the bibliographic record should only be visible when the issue or copies are available to the user, meanwhile, even if more than one purchase request has been made, it…

        31 votes
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        • 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.

          186 votes
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          • Collaborative Collections - Index 583 more fully

            Collaborative collecting agreements are becoming increasingly critical for libraries in managing collections and access across institutions. Formal agreements require libraries to update records with an appropriate Action Note (583 field) to note these commitments. Currently, only $a of the action note is indexed. All fields of the 583 (when present in bibs or holdings) should be indexed, or at a minimum $c, $d, $f and $5.

            27 votes
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            • Enable bulk updating of items from spreadsheet based on barcode

              It would be very useful to be able to bulk edit item records from an uploaded spreadsheet of physical items in much the same way that portfolios can be updated via uploading a spreadsheet.

              I'm particularly interested in being able to bulk change data in the Enum/Chron fields in serials. I imagine this might have to be coupled with a regenerate job.

              51 votes
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              • When Managing In Process Items ability to sort list of items into shelf order

                When managing in process items in a work order department we may want to take a device with this list to a shelf of items in call number order e.g. damaged items shelved in call number order or theses ready to be shipped for digitisation. Call number is available as a field, but it's not possible to sort by it (ideally we'd want to sort by normalised call number.

                3 votes
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                • Ability to delete items by scanning-in

                  At present items can be withdrawn/deleted in two ways:
                  1. Manually, an item at a time (or multiple items only if in same holding)
                  2. In bulk, from a set created either directly from search results or from a spreadsheet.
                  There is no way to rapidly delete items-in-hand.

                  A feature in Alma to quickly delete items-in-hand, in quick succession, with the same safeguards as when using existing deletion methods.

                  The attached document gives more details and a mock-up of such a feature - it would be a big bonus to those of us with a lot of weeding to do!

                  120 votes
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                  • BATCH JOB TO CREATE ITEMS

                    We need a batch job to add items to existing holdings records. During migration we did not realize the importance of having items for display in Primo. One of our locations shows (0 copies, 0 available) when we do have non-circulating copies.

                    88 votes
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                    • Add generic physical material types to the current table

                      My libraries circulate various pieces of equipment from microphones, to musical instruments, to 3D printers, to lockers, and the current physical material type table does not suffice without adding a slew of item policies or location codes, which is messy and makes the resulting analytics more painful than it should be.

                      Ex Libris support states that "The [physical material type] codes cannot be changed, because Development needs them for statistics across libraries." However individual libraries will have items that they need to distinguish between either for fulfillment rule purposes or our own statistics.

                      I would like there to be about…

                      135 votes
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                      • Make the effect of exclude process from publishing on holdings configurable

                        The current implementation of exclude process types from publishing has the side-effect, that a holdings record gets automatically suppressed as well if it only contains items which get suppressed based on the exclude from process types configuration.
                        E.g. if you have process type=acquisition, material type=issue, exclude=true all holdings which happen to only have items with material type issue in process type acquisition are suppressed no matter what. This is bad in itself, since it precludes the possibility of offering additional information to our users via the 866 field.
                        What makes things worse is that the bib record gets suppressed as…

                        82 votes
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                        • Have the option to turn off sorting for sets.

                          Our OAC department needs to generate a packing list of items that are scanned in, in the order in which they were scanned. The problem is that after creating a physical items set via scanning, the set sorts itself, and the items are no longer in order.

                          In addition, our Metadata Services department used to manage our corrections projects in Millennium by having a public set that everyone could access. Once the cataloger was done correcting the record, it was removed from the set.

                          Our problem is that once we're done correcting the record for a Physical Titles set and…

                          22 votes
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                          • Update 863/864/865 when items are withdrawn

                            There is a crucial step missing in the Automatic Generation of the Summary Holdings Statement Based on Items process. The process is documented here:
                            https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/040Resource_Management/040Metadata_Management/020Navigating_the_MD_Editor_Page?uxp=true#Automatic_Generation_of_the_Summary_Holdings_Statement_Based_on_Items

                            When items which are linked to the Holdings record are withdrawn, there is no process to update the Holdings record 863/864/865 fields to create an updated 866/867/868 field. When items are withdrawn, the user has to manually edit the Holdings records.

                            Since the creation of the 863/864/865 field is now automated based on received items being linked to the holdings record, there is a need for the 863/864/865 to be automatically re-created when the linked…

                            44 votes
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                            • run a job physical items Enumeration

                              In "Run a job / update physical items" only some fields are included. Ideally, it would be best if all fields could be updated. Minimally, we would like to add • EnumerationA • ChronologyI • ChronologyJ

                              6 votes
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                              • Configuring Physical Item Sort Routine for Alternative Call Number

                                We have large volumes of items that are at the same location but at a different call number. All of these items migrated on to one holdings which means the Alternative Call Number is key in determining the correct call number. Are there any plans to add Alternative Call Number field to the physical item sort routine?

                                2 votes
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                                • Temporary Location should include Temporary Item Policy

                                  When we pull a volume from the Stacks and put it on the Reserves shelves, we want to change the Item Policy from the Stacks default to a much shorter loan period. When we restore the item to the Stacks we want to restore the Item Policy to what it was. As it is, we have to know what the former policy was for each item and break a large batch of items coming off reserve into multiple files for each Item Policy that is wanted.

                                  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.

                                    202 votes
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                                    • Add Statistics Notes to Search Indexes

                                      Currently Statistics Notes in item records are not among the options of search indexes in Alma. Recommend adding them. Evidently they can only be searched in Analytics now.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Expand Validate Local Call Number Distinction task to include 050

                                        The Validate Call Number Distinction task should include 050 call numbers and not just local 090 tagged call numbers.

                                        Vendors are sending records with call numbers tagged 050 _4 (LC-type call number assigned by a library other than LC) which are essentially the same as a locally-assigned LC-type call number (090), only they're not included in the validation task. We are encountering lots of duplicate call numbers in our Alma database.

                                        3 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…

                                          25 votes
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