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  1. Bursar integration: Additional fee statuses in Alma & Allow fee status change with job Import from Bursar

    Currently there exist in Alma only the fee statuses “open”, “transferred” and “closed”. Transferred means fee was exported to external Bursar system. When the fee is imported back to Alma, it is automatically Closed. For staff it is not possible to tell if the closed fee was paid, waived, unpaid etc. without consulting the 3rd party Bursar system.
    To give the librarians and end users more transparency about the (invoice) status of a fee, we would need more differentiated fee statuses. Also, we need to be able to set this status when importing the fees back to Alma using the…

    94 votes
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  2. Warn before regenerating the SFTP Service private key

    There is a «Regenerate private key» button under Alma configuration » General » S/FTP definitions.

    This button is too efficient. This idea is to make the button a little less efficient, but in doing so make it safer.

    Clicking the «Regenerate private key» button immediately regenerates the private key for the Ex Libris Secure FTP Service. In the process it invalidates any previously generated private key and breaks all integrations with the SFTP Service. More so, the button in Alma (Premium) Sandbox does the same as in Alma Production, including breaking all production integrations.

    All it can take is one…

    32 votes
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  3. Support full SIP2 protocol

    For the communication between selfcheck kiosks and Alma, the SIP2 protocol is needed.
    The full protocol can be found here: https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/3M-Standard-Interchange-Protocol-Version-2.00.pdf

    Unfortunately, Ex Libris does not support all fields that would be available in the protocol (marked as 'not supported' in this document): https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/integrations/selfcheck/sip2/

    Please make the whole SIP2 protocol available for Alma.

    44 votes
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  4. Populate library hours from other sources

    Currently Alma does not accept a feed of library opening hours from other sources, we would like ExLibris to add this feature for better integration with other calendars. Currently Alma API can retrieve and output library open hours, it would be nice to have an API that can read and update library open hours.

    1 vote
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  5. Allow request-type webhooks to be triggered only under certain conditions

    We would like the ability to configure request webhooks such that they are triggered only when certain conditions are met. Request webhooks for patron physical item requests include the user’s primary ID and the title they have requested. This type of circulation information should in most circumstances stay within the library and not be shared with third parties. But it may be necessary to enable a third-party integration in order to provide needed services, such as a smart locker delivery service. Currently, request-type webhooks are triggered by any request in Alma, regardless of request type or destination. We would like…

    49 votes
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  6. Alma “scan-in” API: Marc21 field 852 - call number prefix and suffix

    We are using the Alma “scan-in” API
    /almaws/v1/items?itembarcode={itembarcode}
    which redirects to
    /almaws/v1/bibs/{mmsid}/holdings/{holdingid}/items/{item_pid}
    to print book labels.

    Some sublibraries also use call number prefixes or suffixes in some cases.

    Please see the following example record:
    - Marc21 field 852 in the Holding record
    - XML output

    (1) Example: Call number with prefix 852 $$k
    852 8_ |b XHOG |c XGRY |h G-1234567 |k Präfix

    XML output:
    item/holdingdata/permanentcallnumber: Präfix G-1234567
    item/holding
    data/callnumber: Präfix G-1234567
    item/holding
    data/accession_number: G-1234567

    item/itemdata/parsedcallnumber:
    <parsed
    callnumber>
    <call
    no/>
    <call_no>Präfix</call_no>
    <call_no>G-1234567</call_no>
    </parsed_call_number>

    (2) Example: Call number with…

    11 votes
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  7. Air bar box

    I am a General Manager of Store Operations and responsible for day to day store operations, including scheduling, training, and supervising employees and assistant manager. Before that, [url=https://cgdistro.com/product/air-bar-box-disposable/]Air bar box[/url] I worked as a casual Customer Service Representative, In - store consultant, and ROC Coordinator.Clear eyes, Eagle torch lighters, Duracell batteries, haze xl disposable vape, recharging puff bar, top shine disposable, supreme hyppe max flow and wax pen batteries are among the items for sale. Managing shop profitability as well as all controllable expenses such as labor, inventory levels,

    1 vote
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  8. Enable additional types of requests via API

    The API documentation for the Create User Requests endpoint notes that "is currently NOT possible to create GENERALDIGITIZATION, MOVE or WORKORDER request." Enabling this functionality would facilitate batch processing of items for various workflows.

    2 votes
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  9. Ability to change an institutions public key for S/FTP setup

    Our institution is requiring us to change the public key we use in Alma every 90 days in the S/FTP integration connections we have set up, to adhere with our Universities tightening of cyber security measures. We would like the ability to change our institutions public key 4 times a year. Currently institutions are only assigned a static key that can not be changed.

    3 votes
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  10. Webhook for Library Hour Changes

    It would be great if a event could be created that would fire a webhook when a librarys hours change.

    The use case for this is when we use a 3rd party system that pulls hours out of Alma, we want to be able to know the hours have changed and perform a sync sooner than say 72 hours later (or whatever interval) when the outside system refreshes automatically.

    This would be useful when we close do to inclement weather or something, so we could trigger updating our 3rd party system after the hours are updated in Alma.

    4 votes
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  11. User API order response of identifiers

    When a response is received from the users API the identifiers aren't ordered.

    For example our library gates system requests a GET on the user API to retrieve an identifier, in our case <id_type desc="Additional ID 1">OTHERID1</id_type>. it can only read the first hit for this identifier

    I would like the response to order the values by status, with Active coming first.

    This would allow us to read the active value and ignore any subsequent Inactive values

    This is an example what is currently returned
    <user_identifiers>
    <user_identifier segment_type="Internal">
    <id_type desc="Additional ID 1">OTHERID1</id_type>
    <value>1234567890</value>
    <status>INACTIVE</status>
    </user_identifier>
    <user_identifier…

    3 votes
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  12. API to get and upload Overdue and Lost Loan Profiles

    It would be great to have an API to get a list of all Overdue and Lost Loan Profiles as well as being able to get and upload individual profiles.

    We have 300 libraries, each of which has 3 or more Overdue and Lost Loan Profiles. Being able to manipulate the profiles with an API would be of great help in keeping track of all these profiles.

    1 vote
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  13. 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…

    80 votes
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  14. SIP2 Kiosks should bundle loan/return notifications to a single notification

    Currently SIP2 connected self service hardware triggers a receipt notification for every single item that is loaned or returned. Would it be possible to package these notifications in to one email after the transaction is finished based on the configuration that it has been conducted on a self service circulation desk?

    3 votes
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  15. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for developer portal

    Currently login to the developer portal https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/ requires username and password. If a user account associated with an organisation is compromised this gives the malicious actor access to use/create API keys to do anything they want in Alma.

    For example a malicious actor could create an API key which allows them to access all the user information stored in Alma.

    Access to manage API keys should be locked down with 2FA, password login is not sufficient.

    5 votes
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  16. The "maximum renewal date" (max_renew_date) should be part of the fields that are provided by API

    The max-renew_date is viewable in Primo, but if you use another Discovery it can't be displayed because it is not provided by API.

    39 votes
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  17. Allow API update action of License in POLine record

    Currently, License field in POLine record cannot be updated via Acquisition API. There are no effective way to link up POLine record and License record without manual update one by one. The field were mentioned in the restpoline.xsd as

    "The license code. Relevant for electronic orders only, and is not supported for PUT. "

    1 vote
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  18. Display “Created by” field for all Notes tab notes

    When we use the APIs to update a record, the “Updated On”, and “Updated By” fields on the Notes tab are overwritten with today’s date and “API, Ex Libris”. (This behaviour occurs regardless of the record type.) While we love the ability to use the API to update fields in our Alma records, we feel it’s misleading for these fields to show as having been updated when no update actually occurred.

    Per Ex Libris, this is the expected behavior: when we have a list of something, the PUT API replaces them all by deleting them and then recreating them according…

    14 votes
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  19. Add a request cancellation code & reason in the Request webhook

    The current Request webhook doesn't seem to include the Request Cancellation reason. Currently it just says:

    'event' => {
    'desc' => 'Request canceled',
    'value' => 'REQUEST_CANCELED'
    },

    The comment field refers to the request, but not the cancellation reason here:

    'userrequest' => {
    'request
    time' => '2022-05-11T23:42:26.191Z',
    'managedbycirculationdeskcode' => 'EASTCIRC',
    'mms
    id' => '993815723607636',
    'taskname' => 'Rejected',
    'author' => 'Ferguson, J.',
    'item
    id' => '2365452260007636',
    'issue' => '',
    'pickuplocationlibrary' => 'ABC',
    'dateofpublication' => '',
    'managedbylibrary' => 'State Library',
    'requesttype' => 'HOLD',
    'request
    id' => '1419991190007636',
    'pickup…

    3 votes
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  20. Allow API update action of License in POLine record

    Currently, License field in POLine record cannot be updated via Acquisition API. There are no effective way to link up POLine record and License record without manual update one by one. The field were mentioned in the restpoline.xsd as

    "The license code. Relevant for electronic orders only, and is not supported for PUT. "

    3 votes
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