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  1. Short Term Loans - Courtesy and Overdue Notices

    The new shortloancourtesyreminder & shortloanoverduereminder cannot be configured for multiple locations. For institutions with several hourly loan locations (for example Boston College maintains 2 and 3 hour loan periods for Course Reserves and a 4 hour loan period for some technology items) this dictates that the reminder notice has to be set based on the location with the shortest loan period. The overdue notice must be timed to make sense for for the longest loan period.

    In our test configuration we used the following time parameters:

    ​shortloancourtesyreminder - 105 minutes
    short

    280 votes
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  2. Change due date when patron account expiration date reduced

    As a Fulfillment Manager, I would like the due dates of a patron's books to be changed to their account Expiration Date if this is reduced. Eg, if a book is issued to a student for 10 weeks and they withdraw from their course, the original due date remains which can be some weeks after they have left. This can cause confusion for library staff and the patron.

    181 votes
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  3. Expand 'Bulk Change Due Dates' to disregard expired patrons and include recalled items

    Configuring Alma to deliver an exclusively off-campus service in response to the Coronavirus pandemic included the extension of due dates for us. We were thankful for the 'Bulk Change Due Dates' functionality, which we were able to use to push back the due dates of a majority of items on loan (until 1 June in the first instance for us). We encountered problems though when it came to any items borrowed by patrons whose records were due to expire before that date. The items wouldn't go beyond the patrons' expiry dates, which under normal circumstances would be exactly how we…

    176 votes
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  4. Enable desk operators to select from a predetermined list of loan periods.

    We would like desk operators to have the option of selecting from a list of predetermined check out periods for items in certain collections.

    Boston College Libraries currently provide approximately 80 laptops to community members, which can be borrowed for a fixed loan period. For many patrons this static loan period is either too short or too long, adding some loan period choices would enable us to easily meet the needs of more patrons.
    Currently in Alma, offering a variety of loan periods would require the creation of additional locations and terms of use. Doing so would enable us to…

    170 votes
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  5. Enable bulk due date changes based on a set of items listed by barcode

    We've had occasions where it would have been useful to be able to create a set of items, for example, in Alma Analytics. Then to take that set of items, e.g. a CSV or Excel file listing the barcodes, and then to update the due dates of all those items, to a new fixed value.

    This is similar to the current Bulk Due Date Change functionality, but with the addition of uploading a list of items to change.

    Regards,

    Ciaran

    The University of Manchester Library

    116 votes
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  6. Claimed returned option for Lost items

    In our previous system, with one click we were able to change items to Claimed Returned status, no matter what their current status was. one click and it was done.
    But in Alma, for some reason, this is not possible once the item has been declared Lost. One has to go through a long and convoluted process creating a file and saving it then creating a set and saving it then running a job on the set. This involves three pages of instructional documentation and about 15 minutes of staff time every day.
    We often have items claimed returned when…

    92 votes
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  7. Short Loan Reminder - overdue notice doesn't display due time

    The Short Loan Reminder uses the Full Overdue and Lost Loan Notification letter for the overdue reminder (sent x minutes after due time). This letter does not display the due time of loans however, and is not configurable.

    86 votes
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  8. Fulfillment overdue popup/font color when item is returned.

    It would be nice to have an overdue alert for our fulfillment staff when they check in an item that is overdue. The alert could be either a pop-up or a change in font color such as red when overdues are checked in. Sometimes reserve materials are brought to the desk a few hours late and could be caught while the patron is still standing there. If could be configurable for libraries, that may not want this function.

    71 votes
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  9. Patron services – Renew all loans

    When the number of loans is more than 50, they are displayed on several pages.
    When we want to renew all the loans, or to modify their due date, we can’t do it all at once, but page by page.
    We would like to be able to select ALL the loans, no matter how many they are, to work them on bulk.

    55 votes
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  10. option to "Send Return Receipt" from "Return items"

    When I'm returning books from the drop box, using "Return Items", I would really appreciate the option to "Send Return Receipt" in cases where the patron has accrued fines. It makes sense from a customer service standpoint - rather than the fine eventually going to billing (and adding the billing fee) without ever letting the patron know that they owe a fine. This is similar to the last idea posted, but subtly different, so I thought I'd go ahead and suggest this.
    Thanks, Marian

    37 votes
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  11. Fulfillment Overrides without separate login

    When an override by a manager is needed at a circulation workstation, there should be a way for the manager to override either remotely or at the workstation without the operator logging out.

    34 votes
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  12. Option to set return time to 15 minutes before closing

    We issue equipment such as laptops to students. These must be returned before the library closes.

    In the current TOUs it is only possible to set the due time to closing time. However, we really need to check all equipment is back, and therefore would like to set the due time to 15 mins (or 30mins) before closing.

    We would also do this for short loans, as these require being returned before the library shuts. Otherwise the student will receive fines.

    Changing the closing time of the library would be too confusing for everyone

    31 votes
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  13. Extra column in "Return items" with "Fine per patron"

    We would like to have an extra column in return items, a column for fine per patron. Because at every return we immediately want to see if the patron has a fine in general, not for the returned item. We would like to see this in Return items and not via "Manage patron services / Returns". Is this possible or something similar?

    28 votes
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  14. Re-loan should not cause automatic renewal of items already on loan

    When loaning an item to a patron, who has this item already on loan, the system automatically renews the loan (if possible). An option in configuration is needed to suppress this automatic renewal for the following reason: too many errors occur, when the item is automatically renewed. If the patron intends to return the item and the circulation desk operator by accident scans the item for loan, then the item is back in the library stacks but by accident renewed for the patron (who will get claimed!).

    27 votes
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  15. Handling books on the shelf that didn't get checked in

    When a book on the shelf was accidentally not checked in and another user brings it to the desk, it clears the original checkout and adds a fine without generating a message to let us know. In most cases, we would waive those fines, since the book had obviously been returned. We would love to see a pop-up when that happens so we can go and waive the fine on the previous customer's record

    27 votes
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  16. Add preferred pronoun field that displays in Fulfillment Manage Patron Services display

    We will be asked to provide a place to store preferred pronoun for our users (e.g. he/his/him) at some point in not too distant future.

    We cannot use Note field for this information because we have been told by Ex Libris that if we import notes the entire note section in a user record is overwritten.

    We need a configurable field (i.e. we can add the categories of preferred pronoun) that displays in the patron info section of the Fulfillment Manage Patron Services display

    23 votes
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  17. Return and reissue items with a single click that have reached their max loan period

    When items reach their maximum loan period and patrons want to borrow the items again they have to be returned and issued again by a circulation operator. This is an unnecessarily complex workflow. Please could an option be added for circulation desk operators to be able to return and reissue the items with a single click of an interface button (providing their are no blocks of course).

    20 votes
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  18. Display override message consistently

    Based on Block preferences, override messages can be configured. But these messages are shown only once in a session (as confirmed by Ex Libris, ticket 380696). We need this message to be displayed consistently each time that an action requires an override.
    We would like to be able to configure for each Block preference whether the override message is to be shown only once per session or at each action triggering an override.

    19 votes
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  19. Display Loan HOUR in Patron Services and Manage Item Returns

    Currently the Patron Services and Manage Item Returns screens display the DATE an item was loaned only. It would be helpful if they also displayed the HOUR. On the Patron Services screen, it takes extra clicks to review the Loan History in the Actions menu. On the Manage Item Returns screen, it is impossible to view the hour -- you must go to the item's history, which isn't accessible directly. The hour is already displayed in the Patron Services Due Date and Manage Item Returns Returned Date fields. I hope it is easy to add the hour to the Loan…

    19 votes
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  20. Automatic Loan Renewals-needs more options

    Could you add the ability to configure automatic loan renewals by physical location within a library? We have some locations we would like to have auto renewals for and some that we do not.

    19 votes
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