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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Item Sequences Configuration: import option

    In the area of the "Patron/User Groups" there is already an import option (Excel file) for the configuration table.
    Please provide the same feature for the Item Sequences configuration table.
    Since our counters contain the year and always have to start counting with 1, we have to change this table every year. Due to our sublibraries we have more than 50 active counters.

    21 votes
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  4. 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,…

    20 votes
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  5. 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?

    20 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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…

    19 votes
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  9. Seperate the price and currency in Item's inventory price

    The field Inventory price field in physical item contains price and currency while Alma copies price from POL to item.Please seperate the currency into anohter field and make sure the price field is numeric. In this way, the Inventory price field can be counted directly.

    19 votes
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  10. Enable the ability to make an item missing that has a process type

    In order to mark an item 'missing' it currently has to have a status of 'item in place'. However, many items that have a status of 'item not in place' need to be marked as missing. If an item gets lost in transit from one library to another or has a process type of technical migration and cannot be found, those items need to be marked as missing.

    The current process requires that these items be checked in so they do not have a process type before they can be made missing. This seems counter intuitive to check in an…

    19 votes
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  11. Item Sequences Configuration: "Set Next Sequence Value"

    It is currently not possible to change the sequence value to a lower one --> error message: "The new sequence value must be greater than the current value."
    In order to achieve the desired result, you then have to delete the counter and set it up again.
    Please change this behavior! Thanks in advance!

    19 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  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. 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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  17. Include an item's total number of checkouts within the item record or physical item editor

    There doesn't seem to be a way to view the number of times a item has been checked out, aside from going in the item history and manually counting every transaction. Frequency of use is an important data point for catalog curation and maintenance.

    15 votes
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  18. Run a "change temporary location indications" job

    This functionnality is currently available only with the "change physical item" that allows change for all item indications. Such a new job would help all librarians to change temporary locations for a set of documents avoiding the risk of errors in other item fields. With that new option, it would be possible to keep the "change physical item" job only available to ILS manager and let all librarians run the "change temporary location indications"

    14 votes
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  19. Create "Quick Cataloging" placement default as "Institution" rather than "Network"

    When creating an item at checkout, or a brief record, Alma opens up a Quick Cataloging window that defaults the "Placement of new record" into the network. Since these records most often end up with the Cataloger under review, I feel that Alma should default to the Institution Zone instead. This will ensure that we do not unintentionally add these records to the Network zone.

    14 votes
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  20. 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,…

    13 votes
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