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  1. 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.

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  2. 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…

    265 votes
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  3. Better management of serial prediction when publication frequency changes

    Sometimes providers change a journal’s publication frequency throughout the year. So, the prediction’s pattern selected / elaborated at the beginning of the year doesn’t work anymore in Alma. One part of predictions (date of receipt) will be ok until the change but all other predicted items will be false. Now, we can revise the prediction during the year but we must erase the items already received. We can also leave the prediction defined at the beginning of the year and edit manually the false items from the time of the prediction change.

    It would save a lot of time if…

    215 votes
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  4. In Process Items_Move items in batches to the next work order

    In the page of “Manage In Process Items”, we would propose
    1) Adjust the number of each page so that more items can display on the page. That would be the maximum the staff can tick “Done” at one time.

    2) Given above, ideally we'd want to move a pack of items by jobs to the next work order.

    3) Sort out “Barcode”

    205 votes
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  5. 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…

    186 votes
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  6. 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!

    160 votes
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  7. Add ability to reorder Description Template Setup Rules using drag and drop

    The Description Template Setup Rules list must continually be reordered, since the first (sequentially) rule for which the enum/chron combination meets all criteria is used for the description, even if the enum/chron would more exactly meet a later rule. Regardless, is is also helpful to order the list so that similar rules are grouped together, so reordering would desirable as rules are added or removed.

    Currently, the only way to reorder the list is to move a selected rule up or down in the list, ONE PLACE AT A TIME. This is time consuming and inefficient.

    Please add the ability…

    158 votes
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  8. 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…

    151 votes
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  9. 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)

    •…

    136 votes
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  10. 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.

    102 votes
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  11. Alma Templates: allow user-by-user customization of default holdings templates

    The shared MARC21 holdings templates in Alma offer customization of the template properties, allowing the selection of one template as the default. This customization applies to the entire institution, and not the individual Alma user. Therefore, when we have multiple catalogers working with multiple templates, they all have to conform to one default template. It would be useful to allow each cataloger to set the default template for their workflow.

    102 votes
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  12. "Make Toggle Missing Status Available from item editor"

    To mark an item as missing, you must currently use the Toggle Missing Item option from the inline action menu, which only displays when you are viewing a list of items attached to a given bib record. However, if you search for the item using a physical item search, and only one item matches your search criteria (for example, if you search by barcode), then the item record opens automatically in the physical item editor. There is no option to toggle the missing status from this screen. Operators must remember to perform a title search, instead of a physical item…

    100 votes
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  13. MDE : holding field 852 - display only the libraries in the scope of physical inventory operator

    When creating a holding in MDE, the cataloger has to choose a library in the list of libraries of the institution for completing field 852 $$b.
    The full list of all libraries of the institution in displayed for the user, even if the user has a physical inventory operator role with a scope on only one library.
    As a result he has to scroll down the list of libraries to find his own library.
    It would be much quicker if only the libraries in his scope were displayed.

    97 votes
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  14. Permanent collections

    Colecciones permanentes:
    Si un título tienen todos sus ítems asignados a una colección permanente de documentos perdidos, extraviados, descartados, etc. , el sistema Alma debe evitar que el registro se recupere y visualice a través de Primo, esto a fin de que los usuarios no visualicen un recurso que no tiene la biblioteca y a fin de evitar de realizar otro proceso de cambio.

    Permanent collections:
    If a title has all its items assigned to a permanent collection of lost, missing, discarded documents, etc. , the Alma system must prevent the registry from being recovered and viewed through Primo, so…

    93 votes
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  15. 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.

    86 votes
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  16. Add Storage Location ID as column choice in Item View screen

    We would like to view Storage Location ID in the item view screen within Alma: https://www.screencast.com/t/1fJ1IyCq

    We can now access in Analytics however staff would like to be able to see this field without having to run a separate analytics report to see the data.

    Thanks!

    84 votes
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  17. Add Storage Location ID to Export Physical Items job

    "Storage Location ID" will be added to Analytics in the January 2017 release but we also need to be able to get the Storage Location ID from the Export Physical Items job.

    83 votes
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  18. 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…

    80 votes
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  19. Shelf Report - Figuring out items that are not in call number order

    When running a shelf report for a set or call number range we want to know if any items are misshelved in the sense that they are not in the right call number order. As far as we can tell this is not possible but is an essential part of our inventory checking. For example, if we are running a shelf report for all items in our early childhood education collection we want to be able to determine if items within the collection are shelved in the wrong place according to their call number so that we can go to…

    79 votes
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  20. List of items - when have several pages of items on a holdings, return back to active page

    I apologize if this has already been posted (I searched and searched and did not see it), but when viewing a holdings record with a list of items that have multiple pages of items (like 6-7 pages) - it would be great if Alma would default back to the page of items you were actively on, versus defaulting back to page one - every time you edit an item record on list of items page. I know that the lines on invoices that were several pages used to do the same thing (default to page one), but was fixed.

    Example,…

    67 votes
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