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  1. Manage Multiyear Licenses for Electronic Resources in a POL

    Hi,

    It is common for libraries to sign multi-year price lock deals for e-resources (databases, journals, etc). Currently, we are keeping track of this information as "Notes" which is hard for us to follow since "Notes" used for other purposes. Also, we need to update the "List price" accordingly before we proceed with a renewal /invoice payment.

    Would it be feasible to have a POL type that is catered for multi-year deals. I was somewhat inspired by the new feature in the Jan'18 release that is meant to record multiyear licenses in a Network Zone. A similar feature in the…

    25 votes
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  2. E-Resources: Make public note and authentication note translatable

    In the editor of e-collection / service / portfolio, it is possible to set up the public note and authentication note. These are then displayed to the patron in Primo VE in the box with full-text link in view it section.

    Currently it is a simple text box with no translation possibility. In our network we use 4 languages for the UI. Therefore, we require this field to be translatable so the note language adjusts to the patron interface in Primo VE.

    21 votes
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  3. Deleting Network Zone Records from and Institution Zone in Bulk

    Members of Consortia (with appropriate privilege's) need to be able to delete bibliographic records managed in the Network Zone in Bulk from within the member institution Zone

    19 votes
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  4. Electronic Collection Activation - Ability to specify Inventory groups

    I would like to request there be an option to specify inventory groups when activating an electronic collection from the community zone. We actively share our Alma with another institution and utilize inventory network groups. When activating an community zone collection, there is currently no option to specify inventory group(s) the collection (or FT service) belongs to . This causes those portfolios to appear in ALL primo views until we can specify groups AFTER the activation process is finished.

    19 votes
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  5. Ability to convert from digital/electronic to physical request

    we have encountered issues when a citation for a digital/electronic request for an article/chapter is either beyond what is permitted within copyright policy or is insufficient to determine what is needed

    rather than cancel the request and have it hit the next institution on a rota, we prefer to be able to to convert the request to physical and route the entire item to the borrowing institution, much like the functionality available in ILLiad

    would it be possible for there to be an option to convert a digital/electronic request to a physical request?

    currently, we are required to close out…

    17 votes
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  6. Short url in sharing Buttons Added To Alma Digital Viewers

    At the October 2018 release the following change was made "Social Network Sharing Buttons Added To Alma Digital Viewers". Now it would be a good idea to add the option to generate a "short url" for the records, since it generates a very long url for services such as twitter for example.
    Thanks

    16 votes
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  7. Network Zone Advanced search should allow a search for "Held By"

    The ability to quickly run a repository search for an institution or institutions holdings as well as when "Held by" is Null in the Network Zone would be extremely useful for weeding and Network Zone Clean-up.

    Currently, the NZ does not have the ability to search using "Held by". To gather information for specific Institutions or when "Held by" is null requires an analytics report or exporting sets, which are limited to approximately 100K results.

    Creating a search index for "Held by" for Network Zone advanced searches would be a great improvement to the functionality of working with a Network…

    16 votes
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  8. Improve OpenURL generation to remove blanks and duplicates

    Openurls generated could by Alma/Primo be shorted by:

    1. Not sending duplicate parameters.
    2. Not sending empty parameters.

    Background:

    We have noticed that OpenURLs produced by Alma/Primo (which are then sent on to our ILLiad server, which can require redirection to get the patron authenticated) can be VERY long. So long in fact, that they can produce errors for our ILLiad web server. The ILLiad server will end up reporting "Request header is too large", and the user is left with a HTTP Status 400 Bad request error.

    We believe the responsibility here is on the Alma/PRimo side as the urls generated…

    15 votes
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  9. Allow SuppressedBibWithSuppressedHol for Network Zone environments

    Currently when publishing to Primo VE from a Network Zone environment a BIB record with all holdings suppressed is not suppressed even if the SuppressedBibWithSuppressedHol is active.
    We see that excluding items from publishing based on process type has the desired effect on the BIB record when all items have the process type that is excluded from publishing. We want the same to be applicable for suppressed locations.

    15 votes
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  10. 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.

    15 votes
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  11. Include Item Description in the ASRS Remote Storage Update Job

    When an item is added into the ASRS, Alma's Inventory Remote Storage Update Job sends the following item record fields to our Dematic EMS system:

    • Item barcode
    • Call number
    • Author
    • Title

    This is described in the Developer's Network documentation here: https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/integrations/remote_storage/asrs/

    We would like to have the item description field added in addition to the call number since it holds the volume and other essential enumeration information.

    Not having the volume and enumeration information in our Dematic system makes it extremely difficult to inventory a journal series, or locate an individual volume in the Dematic/EMS software.

    12 votes
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  12. Implement the ability to display when the Network Activity tab has content

    When you look up a patron in Fulfillment, if there's content under the Loans, Returns, or Requests tab, the top right corner of the tab is turned down. For schools that are part of a consortium/fulfillment network and have a Network Activity tab in addition to Loans, Returns, and Requests, the corner of the Network Activity tab is never turned down, even if the patron has items checked out from another institution in the network. (Please see attached screen shot.)

    If it's possible to enable a blue turned-down corner for the Network Activity tab in order to indicate content, it…

    12 votes
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  13. Allow an IZ to be its own RS fulfillment network partner

    In order to limit the request links that users must choose from, we would like to use resource sharing requests and the automated fulfillment network to first check local holdings and use that if available, then go to our fulfillment network partners if not. The most straight forward way to do this would be to make our IZ a fulfillment network partner and create an ordered rota template that would be applied before the template with our other partners.

    12 votes
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  14. Make "Send Query to Patron" option available in other areas of Alma

    The Send Query to Patron function found under Fulfillment - Resource Sharing - Borrowing Requests - More actions (on item) is a great tool for notifying patrons within a request without having to cancel the request to send a note. Can this be made available elsewhere in the system (e.g. Pick from Shelf, Patron Requests, Network Activity, etc.) for quick and easy access to the function?

    12 votes
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  15. make the bunch of XSD publicly available

    We use JAXB to generate classes from the XSDs of the API.
    The only way we know to obtain these XSDs is to click through the developer network and to collect the single files from

    https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/resources/xsd/

    There is no chance to stay up to date except permanently pulling the resources again and to diff them with what you have already.

    In fact this is what we do but smells like somthing from stone age and has the handicap that we never find out if there is NEW XSDs (as we have to know the name of something for pulling).

    It…

    10 votes
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  16. When there are multiple entries in same field, allow Alma analytics to export data meets certain criteria

    It is found that value is incomplete in Network number field if the number of characters is exceed 256.

    E.g.
    Record (CKB)2670000000194915 has multiple 035 fields. When export network number field, all following values are missing:
    (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000767305; (PQKBManifestationID)12331889; (SSID)ssj0000767305; (PQKB)10065432; (PQKBWorkID)14881543; (PQKBTitleCode)TC0001591939; (PQKBManifestationID)16288727; (SSID)ssj0001591939; (OCoLC)793110778; (EBL)1033794; (CKB)2670000000194915

    It would be very helpful if I can export only data begins with (CKB), etc.

    9 votes
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  17. Cataloguing statistics

    I'd like to suggest to add features that make generating cataloguing statistics easier, e.g.
    1. cataloguing date
    (We want a date format field that is stored as a local field, independent of the 005 MARC field because every time the record is edited, the date and time details in 005 field will be changed, and often these activities should not be counted as a cataloguing event.)
    2. cataloguer details
    3. whether this is original cataloguing or copy cataloguing
    4. whether this is a cataloguing contribution from Institution Zone to the Network Zone, or vice versa (i.e. copied from the Network…

    9 votes
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  18. View only electronic inventory role

    It would be great to have a role that could view all information related to electronic collections and portfolios but not edit them. This would be helpful for overlap analysis and viewing other details for individuals who should not be able to edit electronic inventory. One use case would be for network zone access for members of a consortium who access but do not maintain consortial resources.

    9 votes
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  19. Allow API clients to include/exclude fields in the response data

    It would be great if API clients could include/exclude fields of the response data of API calls.

    The rational behind this stems from a use case of our own:

    When making calls to the Alma and also Primo APIs we get a huge chunk of data back from which we only need a small portion. If we were able to make an API request in which we could specify upfront which fields we would and/or wouldn't need would: (1) prevent all that overhead data, (1) reduce the network traffic and (3) increase the response speed.

    The functionality that is necessary…

    9 votes
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  20. Duplicate Title Analysis should include match option for Unique OCLC number match method

    The Duplicate Title Analysis job and report currently include matching on only one attribute at a time, rather than on all of the attributes that might be covered by a given match rule. For instance, matching on system number provides only matches between 035$a in different records, while the Unique OCLC number match method covers both 035$a and 035$z. As a result the duplicate title analysis report is missing records that would otherwise be found by an import profile or the match method in the network zone.

    7 votes
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