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  1. Metadata editor: Enable moving up and down within a field using arrow keys

    It would be nice to be able to move up and down within a field using arrow keys in MDE. For example, when a lengthy 505 or 520 MARC field has many lines, the cataloger must now move to the desired line using either mouse or left/right arrow keys, since pressing up/down arrow causes the pointer to move to the previous/next field.

    My suggestion is that the pointer should be able to move within the field using up/down arrows and move only to the previous/next field when the pointer is on the first/last line of the field.

    Using up/down arrow…

    164 votes
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  2. Please add the "suppress bibliographic record" to the log of the "view versions" in the MD editor

    Hello,

    We would like to have the ability to know when and by whom a bibliographic record was suppressed, when checking the "view versions" in the MD editor.

    Thanks.
    Dafna

    148 votes
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  3. Add ability to load split coverage dates with portfolio loader & export split coverage dates from Alma using standard export methods

    This feature would add the ability to load and export split coverage date ranges for Alma portfolios. Currently, the portfolio loader only allows uploading continuous coverage date ranges. However, in some cases, a journal has split coverage dates. For example, we might have access to a journal from:

    1980-1995
    1997-present

    Currently, there is no way to upload this using the portfolio loader; the portfolio loader will only load one of the date ranges. This means we must do extra manual work to enter these date ranges in the portfolio editor.

    Also, the standard portfolio export features in Alma, in cases…

    203 votes
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  4. Consultation in Alma FF

    There is no easy solution in Alma FF to indicate that an item has been consulted in the library and that it can be reshelved.

    When items are placed on the hold shelf and are briefly consulted in the library, there is no easy way to directly reshelve them in Alma FF. The workarounds are far from ideal and are very labour-intensive when facing a large amount of physical requests: cancel the request (but this is not correct and influences our request statistics) and reshelve via the expired hold shelf, update the expiry date to yesterday (but this requires a…

    133 votes
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  5. Improving Physical Item Editor management

    I would like to suggest two ideas which can improve the whole management of working with physical item editor:
    1. Enable all tabs and fields to be editable without clicking on 'save and edit' button – Currently after you click on 'Add item' and being navigated to the 'Physical Item Editor' form, not all the fields and tabs (General, ENUM/CHRON, Notes, and History) are enabled for editing, the barcode no. is not populated automatically, and the dropdown list of process type is disabled as well. Only after clicking on 'save and edit' button, the complete form, including the tabs are…

    90 votes
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  6. Add block action for patron digitization requests in User Block Definitions

    The configurable blocked actions for user blocks in Alma are:
    01 – loan
    02 – loan, renew
    03 – loan, renew, hold

    It is therefore possible to configure that blocked users are not allowed to place requests at all.

    We propose a distinction between the different request types in blocked actions.

    Blocked users should be able to place hold requests, as it can be checked at the latest at the time of loaning whether there is a block, and users then have to take care of the unblocking (e.g. by paying fees) in order to be able to loan the…

    114 votes
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  7. Enhanced “In Transit” flow/functionality

    We encounter a lack of important functionality to efficiently follow-up on In transit requests (physical item requests to another pick-up location). We would like the functionality to be extended with the following additional features:
    1. A patron facing letter when the requested item is placed “in transit” by the owning library, so that the patron is better informed of the status of his request.
     We want to create a situation that once a requested item is being transported, there is in fact no way back and a fee needs to paid.
    2. To make it impossible for patrons to…

    114 votes
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  8. Physical Item Editor Templates

    It would be great if we could use templates for adding new items.
    At the moment, whenever we add an item, for each single one of them we have to manually fill in the same values in "Material type" and "Item call number type". The "inventory date" has to be chosen manually as well.
    It would be extremely useful if we could load the physical item editor form with some values already filled in, and with the date fields automatically filled with the current day's date.

    If this idea has already been posted or it the option already exists, please…

    178 votes
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  9. Add 'Test access' button to New Portfolio editor

    When adding a new local portfolio in an electronic collection we will always test access before the task is completed.
    Currently we have to click 'Save and done', search for the portfolio and then test access. If the link is incorrect, we have to edit, save, and test again.

    Please add the 'Test access' button in the New Portfolio editor as in the Electronic Portfolio Editor to save us time and extra clicks.

    192 votes
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  10. NCIP request security

    Currently a valid NCIP request from anywhere can retrieve information about a given library's patrons. In order to exploit this, the attacker would need to know server address, institution code, code of the profile for ILL, all of the correct metadata, and the correct message type/formatting. It's not trivial to gather up all that information for a given institution, but much of the information is publicly available (e.g. NCIP message formatting is a public standard), and none of it is generally treated as a secret.

    Given the continuously evolving state of library systems security, it would be good to prevent…

    72 votes
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  11. Ability to track changes made to all fields on Electronic Collection record history tab

    Presently, only changes made to some fields in an electronic collection record are tracked on the Electronic Collection Record History tab. For example, if I enter text in the Description field on the Electronic Collection Description tab, the History tab shows a "Modification Date" but does not indicate what field was modified. If I change the Access type field on the General tab, the History tab does not record that any change was made.

    The usefulness of the History tab is greatly reduced if not all field changes are tracked. It is more difficult to trust the system or to…

    78 votes
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  12. Add the ability to add notes to POLs en masse

    During some projects, it is necessary to append the same note to a group of POLs (cancellation projects, for instance).

    Being able to add a note to a group of POLs en masse (versus adding the note to each POL one by one) would be helpful.

    107 votes
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  13. More humanity in the letters: add the name of librarians who take care of the requests

    Automatic processes in Alma make library staff save time and efforts, but also significantly reduce human interactions with patrons (very few emails are personally sent by librarians to patrons). Lots of Alma letters sent to patrons are nameless and only signed by generic service names like "Acquisitions Department", "Circulation Desk", "Library ABC" etc. (see @@department@@ in the Labels). Some staff members suffer from this dehumanization in the processes.

    We want to give a name and a face to a request when patrons get notified and would like to enrich some Alma letters with the name of the librarian who took…

    111 votes
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  14. Adding the publisher location to the "Keywords" index in Alma

    Currently, the publisher location is not indexed in the general "Keywords" index in Alma. If someone wants to search for a certain publisher location, one must use the specific index because a "Keywords" search won't bring any results.
    This is particularly unpractical when searching for series or periodicals, as they often have similar names but different publishers or publisher locations, or later editions of a certain work which can be identified by the different publisher resp. publisher location.
    What confuses staff users is also that if one wants to search for a book, using the title and/or the author as…

    75 votes
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  15. Expired Hold Shelf to Alma mobile

    It would be practical to get the Expired Hold Shelf lists to Alma mobile so we didn't have to print them on paper.

    88 votes
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  16. Show 'chapter/article title' and 'chapter/article author' in completed digitization requests and in Analytics

    For copyright reasons, we need to track whether users have requested an article from an issue or a chapter from a book from which they have already received a scan.

    Completed digitisation requests in Alma do not show the chapter/article title or chapter/article author, only the overall title requested. The data is not available in Analytics either.

    This means that we are reliant on a local spreadsheet to track what users have already requested.

    We would like to see the data available on the completed requests and in Analytics.

    60 votes
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  17. Add a facultative note to patron when rejecting purchase request

    Our proposal is to add a free field text in the popup when rejecting a purchase request. This field would include a note to the user, detailing the reject reason.
    This could be used by the library in several ways :
    - give the link to the record in Primo for documents already available ;
    - give the link to an Open Access version of the document ;
    - give details about the book (out of print...).

    It would make communication more personal

    95 votes
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  18. On-shelf requests for specific user groups

    We have limited human resource for picking up the items for on-shelf requests. Therefore, we hope this service is only available for patrons in need, for example, disabled patrons or distinguished professors/researchers.

    Therefore, we need Alma to support “specific user groups’ to “request for on-shelf items”, and “pick up in different library/campus only”. It would also be nice if we can limit the number of on-shelf requests in a period of time.

    This will definitely help librarians to provide precise service efficiently!

    137 votes
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  19. Make 'requester' clickable after 'scan in items' step of handling a request

    It would be convenient if it was possible to click on the requester after the 'scan in items' step when managing a request.

    285 votes
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  20. Additional functionality for new Born Digital POL types

    As a Legal Deposit library we process physical and born digital material in the same way through Acquisitions; creating bib records (often pre-publication), POLs and claiming if we don't receive material in the expected timeframe. We need the new Digital POLs to work as close to the Physical workflow as possible.

    The new born digital workflow assumes that we have the file in hand and can attach the representation when we create the POL. That is not always the case for us as we create a lot of POLs pre-publication as well as for material where we then need to…

    70 votes
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