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  1. Improve import profiles to create multiple holdings

    The import profiles to load bibliographic records and attach holdings and items are currently limited to only ONE holdings record per bibliographic record. We would like the ability to create multiple holdings records, one for each distinctive call number. After loading records, if we have multiple copies it is manual work to create new holdings records when the holdings have all been merged into one.

    24 votes
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  2. Include International Standard Music Number (ISMN) in Analytics

    ISMN is not present i Analytics, and is sorely missed.

    23 votes
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  3. Open Predicted Items feature in MDE should bring in the Item Policy value from the previous item

    The feature of Open Predicted Items in MDE cannot bring in the Item Policy as it does for the Material Type, which is inherited well from the previous item.

    23 votes
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  4. Mejorar realizar cambios globales en ejemplares físicos

    Permitir realizar cambios globales sobre los campos de signatura de ejemplares físicos, para modificar una parte de la signatura sin cambiar el resto. Por ejemplo:

    EPP3500(075)/ALV cambiar a PLP3500(075)/ALV

    EPP3300/WES cambiar a PLP3300/WES

    22 votes
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  5. Add fulfilment, Public and Internal Notes to the Excel spreadsheets for physical item sets

    When a Physical Item set of records is exported into a spreadsheet via Tools > Excel, the fields Fulfilment Note, Public Note and Internal Notes 1, 2 and 3 are noticeably absent from the columns of data offered in that spreadsheet.

    Those fields frequently play a major role in determining the action required by staff for the given item upon its return, as they’re used for requests for reclassification, relegation, etc. It would constitute a sizeable labour-saving fix to be able to generate/save/print off a ready list of all such messages, alphabetically sortable by contents, from the spreadsheet for staff…

    22 votes
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  6. In the List of Items screen, add "description" to the list of search options in the "Find" box.

    Currently in a list of items, Alma allows us to search within the list of items by only barcode or the call number. Adding the ability to search the description field would simplify trying to locate an item with unique information in the description, such as "index".

    22 votes
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  7. Add fields, ‘Pattern Type’ and ‘Linking Number’ to the ‘Change Physical Items’ Job

    Area of concern: Additional indexes for ‘Change Physical Items’ Job.

    Please reference Ex Libris presentation ‘Automation Tasks for Summary Holdings’:

    https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/@api/deki/files/63890/Serials_-_Automation_tasks_for_summary_holdings.pptx?revision=2

    In order for 863/866 Summary Holdings generation to work properly, each item record must contain certain information in the ‘Pattern Type’ and ‘Linking Number’ fields. Currently, neither of these fields are available via the ‘Change Physical Items’ job.

    What should be changed: As Serials Processors, we would like item level fields, ‘Pattern Type’ and ‘Linking Number’, made editable via the ‘Change Physical Items’ Job. Being able to change these fields in batch would benefit our workflow by allowing us…

    21 votes
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  8. Permanent Call Number in Physical Item Editor

    It would be extremely useful if we could edit the permanent call number in the physical item editor the same way we can edit the permanent location. This information is an holding's element in many libraries.
    Otherwise, after receiving the orders, we need to edit both the physical item and the holding after cataloging and before scanning the items to put them on the shelves.. This is tedious and prone to errors.

    20 votes
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  9. Managing Collections - more options for searching and display

    In the Collection Resource Editor (Alma) - it would be really useful to have greater flexibility for searching within a collection. Can we have the option to search by MMS Id and keyword? At the moment only Title and Publisher are available.

    This would be really useful when you don't know the specific title/publisher you are looking for - so you want to do a keyword search within the collection to browse. Also if you know the specific MMD id that would be useful too.

    20 votes
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  10. Allow Jobs to Accept CSV files

    There are many instances where we would like to run a job like the change physical items job for a list of barcodes where the variable is not the same for each barcode. For example, I'd like to add provenance codes to a list of barcodes, but each barcode could have one of 15 different codes. So it would be great to be able to upload a CSV or TSV with two columns - one with barcode and one with the provenance code for that barcode.

    20 votes
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  11. Moving item records to differenent holding records and merging holding records

    Being able to merge holdings records that have been accidentally created. Either that, or moving item records to different holding records, even if the holding records are in the same location, but different call numbers.

    18 votes
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  12. Add option to Quick Cataloging Template for Publish/Don't Publish to OCLC.

    Add a checkbox option to the Quick Cataloging Template for Publish/Don't Publish to OCLC. This would prevent brief records for items created by circulation staff for professor's personal copies from being sent to OCLC and added as new records.

    18 votes
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  13. Change Holdings area to match Items

    Editing Holdings requires knowing all of the codes for your institution's locations and libraries. If the Holdings area were more like the Items area then the choices for locations and libraries would be on pull down menus. A History tab similar to the one on the Items screen would also be helpful.

    Navigating within the Holdings edit screen is difficult because one has to know or look up all of the codes for the institution's libraries and locations. This difficult navigation affects all customers. The lack of a History tab makes it impossible to track changes to the library, location,…

    17 votes
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  14. Ability to change item's Material Type while in process

    We would like the ability to change an item's Material Type while the item is in process. Currently, Alma does not allow this unless the item is in place. If the item is in process, we get the error message, "The item is not in place and there are requests registered for this item. Please handle the requests before moving or updating this item." Incorrect material type is part of the reason the item was sent to processing, so it seems strange the change cannot be made while the item is there.

    17 votes
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  15. Bound-withs - use subfield $i bound with in tag 773 or 774 to separate binding from bibliographic relationships

    Alma and Primo should allow institutions to designate 773 or 774 tags (whichever are used by the institution to link bound-with items) as applying to a bound-with item by using subfield $i with the relationship designator “bound with”. They may then configure Alma so that If this designator is not present, no related item linked will display in the Primo GetIt item information (although related titles may appear in the bibliographic description, if desired.

    This will enable the libraries to utilize other relationship designators besides the bound-with one, with or without invoking a bound-with relationship in Primo (note that the…

    16 votes
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  16. Moving item records should have a better way of refreshing the list of items

    When item records are moved from one location to another the move will be made and the list of items will refresh but then leave all of the items moved still on the page. From here there is no good option to refresh the page and continue working and moving item records. Using the Alma back button takes you back to the bib record where you have to reenter the the list of items. Moving a page forward on the list of items will display a blank page of no records being found. If a browser refresh is done a…

    16 votes
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  17. Asterisk search with special character in Alma

    Currently, Asterisk search with special character in Alma is not supported in ALma.
    It would be very useful if Asterisk search with special character is supported in Alma Search.
    For example, for cataloging work, Asterisk search of call number can helps librarian to determine if there is an duplicate call number. Also it can help to determine the call number following up.
    But for call numbers that contains special characters, the Asterisk search is not supported and can not work as expected.

    16 votes
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  18. Automatic Designated Copy ID Number Added to New Item Records

    I would like the ability to set an automatic copy ID number to designate that the item is a copy "1," instead of having to put the "1" in the copy ID field every time I add an item. Of course I would also need to have the ability to easily change the automatic "1" another copy ID number if I have a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. Voyager had this ability, which saves time when processing a large number of books. Thank you.

    16 votes
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  19. Physical titles results-- option to Sort by call number

    Currently, a Physical titles search by call number does NOT give us the option to Sort by call number. In order to sort by call number, we have to do a Physical items search. Having the option to sort by call number (Asc or Desc) would be extremely useful. The display options for Physical titles vs. Physical items are different. If your primary search for most projects is by Physical titles, it is problematic not to have a sort option by Permanent call number.

    15 votes
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  20. Changes made to Enumeration D - H, and Chronology K & M should appear in the item History tab

    At this time, only changes made to the Enumeration Fields A-C, Chronology I-J, and Chronology L appear in the item record under the History tab; we would like for changes made to any of the Enumeration and Chronology fields to appear in the History tab of the item record.

    If Alma is offering the use of 13 different enum/chron fields, they should all follow the same rules. Emphasis should not be given to just a handful of these fields, because many institutions use more than the 6 most popular fields.

    15 votes
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