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  1. Make all tables in Alma sortable by all their column headings

    There are lots of tables in the Alma UI that come up which can be sorted by a couple of the column heads but not others. For example in Letters Configuration, you can sort by "Letter" or "Description," but not by "Enabled," "Channel," or "Retention Period." Being able to sort by column headings is a basic function of a table.

    In the example above, it would be helpful to be able to see only those letters that are enabled, or to sort so that all the email letters are grouped together and all the SMS letters are separate from them.

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  2. Invalid email address list or failed to be sent notifications

    We would like Alma to indicate somewhere (in a report, in the user account or else) if an email was not delivered to a patron or a vendor due to an invalid address. This would help to locate them faster and correct this data.
    Otherwise, we would like to have a list by Alma institution of users / vendor accounts with invalid email addresses.

    Thank you!

    112 votes
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  3. Ex Libris should provide the option to place a call and/or online chat with their support team

    We are disappointed with the technical support service provided by Ex Libris. We strongly believe that Ex Libris should provide customers with more effective, prompt and interactive service.

    There should be an option to call or chat online in real time with a support person who has a sound understanding of the product in question. This would be in line with all system vendors we have previously dealt with.

    We appreciate that there will be some issues that are designated as bugs or enhancements and will require more in depth investigation. However, a direct call/chat option with a properly trained…

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  4. Fines in Grace Period should let users decide to calculate or not.

    According to the policy that our institution laid down, Fines in Grace Period shouldn't be calculated.

    If overdue fines count $5 a day and grace period value is 3, then patron returned an item in 4th day after due date, the patron should pay only $5.

    But in Alma, we cannot set grace period that won't calculate fines. Hope to add this function to let users decide grace period fines calculate or not and make alma more flexible.

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  5. Network Zone suppress dedup/frbr should have a library/location tree

    The Network Zone should have the ability to suppres dedup/frbr at the library>location which exists when suppressing dedup/frbr for IZ only bib records from displaying in Primo VE.

    IZ only bib records suppress dedup/frbr allows a library to suppress on the permanent physical location in a library. New records added to the location automatically suppress dedup/frbr in Primo VE once this has been configured.

    For NZ linked records using the Network Zone, suppressing dedup/frbr for an library/location in the network means multiple steps and constant updating are required from an institution and Network Zone. A local extension needs to be…

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  6. Enhance Report to ExLibris ticket fields within Alma

    Enhance the Report To ExLibris form in Alma with the following so that it matches the tickets submitted via SalesForce:
    Contact Name field: defaults to whomever is logged in/made the default contact if there is no match. Ex: if Person B is logged into Alma and is configured to report from Alma, they are the default when submitting a problem, not Person A (which is currently listed first because its an alphabetical listing). This would help staff to submit tickets faster and without having to go into SalesForce after submitting to change the name.
    Priority: Allow this as a field!…

    20 votes
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  7. Allow a staff to set his/her default department

    We are required to choose a "current desk/department" for each login. However, since each staff usually has his/her major role, meaning he/she might most of the time work on the same desk/department. To be more friendly, it's better to have staff to set his/her own default department and select other location when necessary.

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  8. Letters Configuration page should be sortable and searchable

    I like the new Letters Configuration and Components Configuration pages; they've simplified the letter customization work I am doing for our two libraries.

    However, the Letters Configuration page is a bit too unwieldy... requiring a lot of paging and scrolling to find a specific letter.

    Please consider making this page sortable by clicking the column headers, and if it's not too difficult, maybe even searchable?

    10 votes
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  9. Send emails from different addresses using conditional logic for addressfrom in the XSL template

    We want to set up an expiring user email in the user notification letter for the update user job. However it needs to come from different email addresses dependent on the users campus. So that the user can reply directly to the campus library. It would be helpful if you could use conditional logic on the addressfrom tag in the XSL template section of the letter configuration to do this.

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  10. 0060

    Please change the permission of .xml in tar.gz published from Alma from mode 0060 to 0664 or 0644. This allows Unix users to access extracted xml immediately without changing the permission on the filesystem level.

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  11. Notify when a title (esp. electronic portfolio) chosen in a Leganto reading list is deleted in Alma

    Especially when dealing with electronic titles, for example when importing them, Alma may delete some portfolios.
    However, researchers may have previously selected these portfolios for their Leganto reading list. But nobody would notice that, until the students find a broken link in Leganto.

    To avoid that right now we perform a manual check, relying on an Analysis looking for Electronic Titles selected for reading lists before running the import, and comparing that with the list of deleted portfolio we have when the import is finished. It's however time consuming.

    It would be much better to get a notification when the…

    74 votes
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  12. Add mandatory choices for Digitization Request page

    For the Get It option of Digitization Request page in Primo, we want to be able to set some fields in the form as mandatory on demand, as a digitization request without specifying the detail is invalid. Only if we can set the following fields as mandatory, the number of invalid requests could get reduced.

    *calculateDigitButton
    *calculateQueueButton
    *chapterArticleAuthor
    *chapterArticleTitle
    *comment
    *endPage
    *fullChapter
    *generalUseLabel
    *issue (For future use)
    *manualDescription (For future use)
    *notNeededAfter
    *part (For future use)
    *partial
    *publicationDate (For future use)
    *startPage
    *volume (For future use)

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  13. Add multiple Central catalog integration profile with the enable/disable button

    The background:

    To add the backup CALIS path (or host) to the integration profile. When the primary CALIS host failed, the library admin can switch the profile quickly instead of modifying the configuration directly to avoid any misconfig.

    Request:

    It will pop up an error when adding another or multiple Central catalog integration profile to Alma. So we would suggest to add multiple Central catalog integration profile with the enable/disable button, so we could choose and enable the backup host quickly when the primaiy host failed.

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  14. Alma display no longer dims when busy

    Eliminate the dimming of the display when Alma is busy and just use the rotating wheel icon by itself. I have vision problems AND a seizure disorder and the constant dimming and un-dimming of the screen as I work makes it very hard to focus, causes headaches and other problems.

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  15. Add option to not attach a logo to Letters (to reduce e-mail spamminess)

    If we hide the logo by removing it from head.xsl, it's still attached to e-mails and contribute to increasing the spam score (which is already quite high due to several other issues like html-only content)

    If an email logo is not uploaded, the header logo is used as the email logo. Can this please be changed? If an email logo is not uploaded, it might mean that we don't want an e-mail logo.

    Alternative, to keep backwards compatibility, a new option "Don't attach logo to e-mails" could be introduced.

    33 votes
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  16. Ex Libris should use an online calendar for Alma, Primo, etc. release dates that can be subscribed to in popular calendar software

    Ex Libris posts the Alma release schedule (for prod, sandbox, etc.) at https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Release_Notes/010_2019/Alma_Release_Schedule_-_2019

    This is great, but what would be even more useful is an online calendar that I can subscribe to in my calendar program of choice (MS Office 365, Apple Calendar app, etc.).

    Even better - separate calendars for Alma, Primo, and other products that list release dates. As dates change, the calendar is automatically updated, etc.

    This would be a great timesaver for System Admins who need to coordinate library work to avoid release windows, etc.

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  17. Support Microsoft Edge for Alma

    According to documentation (https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/010Getting_Started/050Alma_User_Interface_–_General_Information/010Browser_Requirements), Ex Libris does not support Microsoft Edge for Alma.
    The use of Edge is growing and should be considered a major browser, and therefore supported.

    6 votes
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  18. Allow for the updating of license terms using scripts or spreadsheets.

    Currently all updating in licenses is a manual process. To add or reorder terms has to be done manually and to add a new term to existing license has to be done manually. Wouldn't it be nice for either type of updating to be achieved via a script or spreadsheet? For managing terms, it would be great to export the existing terms to a spreadsheet, make changes and then upload the new terms order and organization. It would also be great to be able to update existing terms in the same way, via either spreadsheets or scripts, whereby we could…

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  19. Improve the management of license terms in config

    Currently to manage the order and organization of license terms in Alma, we have to number each term we wish to use in order. If we want to add or reorder, we need to carefully renumber the existing terms so we don't accidentally use the same number twice and risk overwriting existing terms. While we've all learned work-arounds for this, given the amount of work it takes to maintain our hundreds of licenses, it seems risky to have this form of ordering. It would be much better to have the functionality that appears elsewhere in Alma that allows for lines…

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  20. Offer option to prevent website automatic log out after idle time.

    Offer option to prevent website automatic log out after idle time.

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