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  1. New notification letter when expiry date is updated

    When updating the expiry date for items on hold shelf, we miss the opportunity to resend notification letter with the new expiry date. We are aware of the resend notification functionality, but this will not include the new expiry date.

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  2. 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…

    165 votes
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  3. 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.

    92 votes
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  4. Request an item belonging to a bibliographic record for which an item is already on loan to the requesting patron

    Hi,
    We have dedicated librarians working on digitizations, and sometimes the item they have on loan and like to scan is not suitable for the digitzation process (notes, underlining etc).
    They would then like to request another item. This request will be rejected in Alma due to policy. An item can not be requested when you already have a an item from the same bib record on loan. They would, of course, like to keep the original item on loan until they have checked if other items are more suitable.

    You are able to request if the items have different…

    134 votes
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  5. Automate Work Order creation based on item location.

    Boston College would like to be able to configure Alma so that work orders are auto-created for materials in a designated location when they are placed on loan.

    Here is the desired workflow:


    1. Item is loaned.

    2. At the same time, Alma automatically places a work order on the item.

    3. When the item is returned to the managing circulation desk the work order is triggered and the item is routed to the correct work order department for processing.

    The purpose of this request is to improve the management of the laptops that Boston College Libraries loan to patrons, and to facilitate…

    130 votes
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  6. Alma bookings - concurrent bookings issue

    Our institution wants to introduce bookings in Alma for our High Demand loans, which are 3 hours.

    The main issue we’ve found is concurrent bookings, see scenarios below, with a 5 minute exclusion set up:

    • A books item for 11:40-12:40 - however doesn’t borrow the item within the 5 minute exclusion

    • B books item at 11:46, for 11:50-12.50

    • A checks out item at 11:53, despite booking for B at 11:50

    What is needed is some mechanism for bookings to expire automatically once the exclusion period is reached.

    84 votes
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  7. Fines and Fees - Overdue fines for item not to exceed cost of overdue item

    The maximum fine parameter in Alma only offers a choice between no maximum fine or a specific dollar amount that applies to everything. Would like an additional parameter to limit overdue fines for an item from exceeding cost of overdue item.

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  8. Multiple Quick-Cataloging Templates

    Scenario:
    There are multiple workflows and purposes for which the Quick Cataloging interface is used. For example, in course reserves, staff frequently need to create records for different resource formats beyond book and article. Staff at the circulation desks need to create records any time an item brought to the desk is not found in Alma, and these resources can take any form - from sound recordings on CD to equipment like laptop chargers.

    Problem:
    Not all of these materials fit the current “book” and “article” templates provided for Quick Cataloging. To enable efficient use of the Quick Cataloging feature,…

    66 votes
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  9. Enhance Convert to Resource Sharing function on Pick From Shelf List

    When you don't find a requested item at your institution, it is great to be able to 'convert it to a resource sharing request' -- however that function should mark the item missing from our institution. Since pick from shelf does NOT display barcode and once we select the item to be converted to resource sharing request, it disappears from the pick from shelf list, so it is very difficult and time consuming to find the item and toggle it to missing. Also, the resource sharing request might be canceled because the item at our institution shows up as 'item…

    64 votes
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  10. 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.

    33 votes
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  11. A separate booking calendar

    Now, it is not possible to establish a separate calendar for booking request, the library's opening and closing times are used.
    We would like the booking request to have a separate calendar from the Library's general hours.

    21 votes
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  12. Option to define which library will serve a patron digitization request with priority

    We allow patrons to place digitization requests on print journal articles. For this we use a central digitization department that serves several libraries of the institution. Since the request can be placed on the journal title it often occurs that several libraries could fulfill the request. At the moment the system picks the serving library randomly. Since our central digitization department is located at our central library, it would be extremely helpful, if we could define that items of the central library fulfill the requests with priority. This way we could eliminate unnecessary transfers of items between libraries and speed…

    34 votes
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  13. New type of block : booking

    Currently the Block Preferences in Alma have Block options to permit Blocks on :

    · Block types 01 et 02= Loan and renewals

    · Block type 03= Loan and renewals and request

    · Block type 04 = Resource sharing

    · Block type 05 = Request

    It would be good to include a type of block for Booking only. It would allow us to block Booking without blocking other services for a patron.

    Right now libraries can’t choose to sanction a booking abuse without blocking every other service. It is too strong a sanction for some users.

    Best regards,

    Nathalie Darbon

    40 votes
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  14. An availability calendar for booking request showing the times when booking request can be made

    When we request a booking, the availability calendar doesn’t show the hours when booking request can be made, it only indicates the hours when the booking is not available.

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  15. All items loan and hold requests history - in citation view.

    The new information available in the 'Other details' tab of items is great, can we also have this information made available in the citation view 'More Info' tab please?

    17 votes
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  16. Option to disable confirmation messages (not of deletion actions)

    That will be great if there will be an option to disable the confirmation messages when performing actions that are not of deletion (see attached image).

    22 votes
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  17. Allow each items’ request policy with specific parameters (location, keyword etc.) to be excluded from the title-level request policy

    I believe this is an expansion on this idea https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/31119715-title-level-request-and-item-level-request

    But we are dealing with ASRS in our case so I thought it might be a little more elaborate.

    We would like to have the option to allow each items’ request policy with specific parameters (location, keyword etc.) to be excluded from the title-level request policy.

    Currently we have "No requesting" as our general policy that's applied to all of our items except for the ones in ASRS. The problem is that when items with multiple copies and identical call number exist both at open-stack library and ASRS, the No…

    81 votes
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  18. Allow customization of close_paid_lost_loans parameter

    When the closepaidlostloans parameter to false and lost loans are closed (either manually or through the Close Lost Loans job), refunds/credits are not automatically given to patrons if the item is subsequently found and returned. When setting the closepaidlostloans parameter to true and the lost loan is closed (automatically setting the Lost and Paid status), a refund/credit IS applied to the patron’s account if the item is subsequently found and returned, providing the Lost Loan Refund Ratio is greater than 0.

    For libraries that wish to take advantage of this new Process Type, but…

    82 votes
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  19. 상호대차 주기메뉴 노출

    현재 상호대차서비스는 이용자가 본인이 신청한 자료의 제목과 상태만 볼 수 있고, 구체적인 내용(의뢰 기관, 제공불가 사유 등)을 알 수가 없어 불편하다는 클레임이 아주 많습니다. 알마에 주기 메뉴가 있는데도 이용자의 My Library에는 노출되지 않아 그러한 불편함이 있는 것 같습니다. 주기 메뉴를 노출하여 사서가 입력한 구체적인 사항을 이용자도 볼 수 있으면 그러한 불편함이 해소될 것으로 생각됩니다.
    반영 부탁드립니다.

    36 votes
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  20. Option to sort reading list citations by publication date

    Instructors sometimes want to sort citations in a reading list by publication date. We would like the options “Date – ascending” and “Date – descending” added to the “Sort by” dropdown in Alma and to the “Order citations in all sections” dropdown in Leganto, so that either library staff or instructors could make this change.

    We know that data in this field can take on different forms because of the way it is entered in the bib record. For instance, it could be e.g. "c2000", "2000", "2000-2001" etc., so some normalization may have to occur

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