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  1. Ability to edit "subscription from date", "subscription to date", and "additional information" fields on closed invoices

    For some institutions, this data did not migrate, and for others, there are invoice operator errors that need to be fixed. This is vital to subscription management. We need this.

    187 votes
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  2. Ability to store & track VPAT® documents

    As part of the procurement or licensing process, many libraries may request that a vendor provide a VPAT® (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) in order to indicate their compliance with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. It would be desirable if functionality could be developed somewhere in Alma that would allow libraries to track & report whether/when a VPAT was requested and received, which VPAT version was used, and local notes related to accessibility testing.

    58 votes
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  3. Automatic Hold Item check for its interested user

    Please make it possible that when a PO line has an interested user, its Hold Item gets checked automatically by using any of the following methods:

    1) the library's configuration change
    2) Import Profile setting
    3) Update PO line job

    This function is necessary for Patron-Driven Acquisitions which takes up most of our purchases. Now we manually open each PO line and tick the box one by one, which is one of the biggest hassles when there are hundreds of PO lines to review.

    67 votes
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  4. “Creating an invoice from PO” always sets the encumbrance to zero

    The use of the function “creating an invoice from PO” is essential for us. It saves a lot of work during invoice processing. The function always sets the encumbrance to zero, even if only a partial invoice has been recorded (for example: encumbrance: 300 Euro, partial invoice: 100 Euro -> disencumbrance: 300 Euro instead of 100 Euro).

    Ex Libris write: "This enhancement is already on the Alma Road Map but I can't provide a date now when this will be implemented."

    From our point of view, this is a mistake and should be corrected. A disencumbrance of the budget may…

    21 votes
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  5. PO Line and invoice attachments: Upload/View/Edit/Delete - additional user roles needed

    It is possible to upload attachments to a PO Line or an invoice. These attachements can be viewed, edited and deleted as well.

    In case of using Alma as (the only) data storage for e.g. invoice PDFs, it is very important that attachments can be deleted only by specially privileged staff users. Deletion might be necessery e.g. because of erroneous uploads.

    Looking into the 'Roles Reports' shows that there is no 'Delete' option listed (so Edit means also Delete):

    # Purchasing Operator / Purchasing Manager
    - po_line_attachments.xml ... View Edit
    - po_attachments.xml ... Edit
    - invoice_attachments_tab.xml ... View
    - po_line_attachments.xml…

    69 votes
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  6. MIT Press ebooks

    We would like to be created a new target in SFX KB for the objects (ebooks) included in the file attached (MIT Press Philosophy collection).
    The access that will should be created is from the site of the publisher MIT PRESS https://direct.mit.edu/, not of the vendors.
    Thank you.
    Carla Savarè

    40 votes
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  7. Generate Feedback Message with Link to E-Resource Activation Task

    When creating an e-activation task for an electronic inventory item directly from the portfolio or collection, the feedback message contains only an informational message that the task was completed but does not contain a link to the task on the E-Resource Activation Task List. We would like to see a feedback message that would include a direct link to the task so that the user can then handle the task (for example, assign the task to themselves or to others.)

    We would also like to see a feedback message containing a link to the newly created task when submitting an…

    32 votes
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  8. Un-receive option for items not in-department with interested users.

    Current un-receive functionality is restricted to items which are still in department and having no interested users. It would be very helpful to have un-receive available without these two conditions attached.

    14 votes
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  9. Expand ONIX-PL import to all default values in Alma.

    For ONIX-PL to actually save time, more variables has to be supported.
    We suggest that all default fields in Alma, and language for Text and Data mining are included in the import file.

    75 votes
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  10. Separate amount and its currency into two columns when exporting to excel

    In the pages of Funds and Ledgers, we would propose to separate amount and its currency into two columns when exporting the file, which would be easy to perform calculations in excel.

    12 votes
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  11. Preset item policy for subscription PO Lines

    Having the ability to set an item policy for a subscription PO Line would save time and trouble. Currently, when a serials item is received (checked in), one must go into the individual item record to set the item policy. Too many clicks. Also, if someone else is checking in serials, they might forget about this additional step. If someone tries to check out an item, will the person at circulation know that it is in-library use only, 3-day use or 14-day use?

    8 votes
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  12. Enable configuring VAT on the purchase order line level

    Institutions should be able to enable configuring VAT on the purchase order line level so that it can be taken into account for encumbrance calculation. Having the VAT only configured at the invoice stage creates incorrect Fund Balance reports where Encumbered Balance is always underestimated and Available Balance always overestimated. A distinction between Inclusive and Exclusive VAT in the POL would be necessary.

    27 votes
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  13. Undo receipt of item on a continuous type order for which "Keep in Department" was not checked

    While it is currently possible to “un-receive” from the receiving workbench if the item is still in the Acquisitions Department, that will not be the case for our continuous orders.

    There is no good option for undoing the accidental receipt of a serial issue, at least not that our trainer was able to show us in our Alma Functional Workshop.

    7 votes
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  14. Ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that are paid and closed

    We are aware that one can edit notes on an invoice that is already paid and closed. However, for subscriptions, journals and continuations we often have the need to add/edit notes on the invoice lines of invoices that are already closed and paid. Manually putting the invoice back in Review to edit / add notes to the invoice lines doesn't solve the problem as this makes the payment information disappear which we then have to re-enter.

    We require the ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that were already paid and closed without having to re-open the invoice.

    92 votes
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  15. Allow inventory to be linked to multiple licenses

    We would like inventory to be linked to multiple licenses. Some resources are licensed with two entities...the content provider and the access provider. An example of this is APA. If we choose to have our APA content hosted by another provider (which is an option), we must have a license with both APA (content provider) and the access provider.

    Currently, we need to choose only one license to link the inventory to. Which one do we choose?

    73 votes
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  16. Reopening closed POLs should re-encumber funds

    Currently re-opening a closed POL doesn’t re-encumber the funds. The workaround for this is to delete the fund, save the change, then add the fund back and save again.

    When we brought this up with Ex Libris they advised this can't be done automatically, but that they would instead add a popup message advising the funds will need to be manually re-encumbered. This was supposed to be added in December 2016 release but we noticed some time later that it didn't eventuate (SalesForce case #00436654).

    It would save a lot of time if re-opening a closed POL automatically re-encumbered the…

    26 votes
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  17. Communications in cancelled POL

    Alma offers the possibility of sending communications to the vendors at the POL level. While the POL is active, you can see both the communications made and their content in the POL Communications tab. However, when the POL is canceled, the content of the communications cannot be displayed in Alma.

    Knowing the content of the communications, especially in POLs that are canceled, is necessary to know the reasons for the cancellation.
    We propose that the content of the communications be seen in Alma not only when the POL is active, but that it be viewed independently of the POL Status.

    9 votes
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  18. Trials workflow : enable to fill in block "Analysis and Result" only from trials with In Analysis status

    At the moment, it is possible to fill in the block "Analysis and result" in Summary tab at any time of the trial workflow. Even in an evaluation with Draft or Active status.
    It doesn't make sens, does it ?
    We would like to ask EXL to fix this and enable to fill in block "Analysis and Result" only from trials with In Analysis status.

    9 votes
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  19. Accrual Accounting>Add Ability to Manually Edit Accrual Amounts

    Alma calculates accrual percentages based on days, while we have always calculated the percentages/amounts based on months. That creates problems when we manually calculate an invoice outside of Alma, and then try to re-create it in Alma. We have had instances in which we have different amounts in Alma and with our business office as we could not enter the amounts manually in Alma. It would be really helpful to be able to manually edit amount fields for both fiscal years.

    As another example, a 50/50 split of an odd number, e.g. 49.87 requires one year to be 24.93 and…

    12 votes
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  20. POL access service subscription & other service subscription -> add expected activation date

    In two POL subscription type, the expected activation date is missing :
    access service subscription & other service subscription.
    Thank you to add the field "expected activation date" into these 2 POL templates.

    19 votes
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