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  1. Enable Auto Refresh on the Monitor Jobs Page

    At University of Tennessee we have found we are often waiting on lengthy system jobs to process before manually ran jobs are completed. It would be nice if this page had a built in auto-refresh to reload job percentage completion. It is rather tedious to repetitively click the refresh button to see if a job has began or made any substantial progress. If possible the button should be able to be clicked for instant refreshes but it should also refresh automatically in a timely matter. I believe increments of thirty seconds would be favorable or up to a minute. Thank…

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  2. Make the Manage Sets table sortable

    Most institutions make heavy use of Sets functionality, but there are basic UI improvements that would save time and effort. One would be to make the "Manage Sets" table sortable by the column headings that are not currently sortable:
    Active
    Type
    Content Type
    Created By
    Creation Date

    30 votes
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  3. Ensure sample xml is available at the same time new Alma letters are released

    When new Alma letters are released it would be super helpful if:

    • The sample xml file is added to the zip file here  https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/blog/alma-letters-xml-samples-for-working-on-xsl-customization to coincide with the Sandbox release

    • Release notes include a link to the post on the developers network

    Even better would be if the sample could be downloaded from within Alma letters configuration

    LettersDefault.xml which is currently downloadable in Alma is a generic xml which cannot be used for customisation. Some letters require a scheduled job to be run (these are disabled on Sandbox by default) making it inconvenient to generate a letter…

    66 votes
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  4. 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.

    444 votes
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  5. Always add newly implemented fields to API and Analytics

    We have repeatedly run into issues with the following: Things implemented in the Alma UI are not automatically available via API and/or Analytics.

    Recent examples include:
    * June 2020 "Can't edit restricted users" - Ex Libris offered to add this to the API, but not to Analytics
    * CDI Search activation status - as of now it is not clear whether we will have access to this via API

    To be honest: I am not willing to open an idea or NERS every time Ex Libris thinks it's nice to have something in the Alma UI, but do not care…

    46 votes
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  6. Allow Users to lock preferred panel position for user details and summary panel

    Currently the location of the summary panel for record views and patron details alternates between the right side of the page and the top of the page depending on window size. (See the note on #6 of Changes to the User Interface: https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/ProductDocumentation/010AlmaOnlineHelp%28English%29/010GettingStarted/050AlmaUserInterface%E2%80%93GeneralInformation/045UsabilityImprovements/LayoutImprovements )

    Sometimes even minimal changes to the window size causes this rotation. It would be nice if users could choose to lock the location of these panels to their preference, regardless of window size. This helps with consistency in documentation for manuals, as well as…

    18 votes
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  7. Extend searchable range of Monitor Jobs table

    The monitor jobs table is useful in tracking and troubleshooting problems. Sometimes it would be really helpful to be able to track certain jobs further back than 30 days, but when you enter a search term while using a date range of greater than 30 days, you get the error message:

    Search is not supported when the date range is more than 30 days.

    It would be helpful to be able to track jobs longer ago than 30 days.

    5 votes
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  8. Alma new layout: better visual distinction between Alma Main Menu and Alma Configuration

    Hello.

    I'm testing the new layout of Alma. https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/ProductDocumentation/010AlmaOnlineHelp(English)/010GettingStarted/050AlmaUserInterface%E2%80%93GeneralInformation/045UsabilityImprovements/LayoutImprovements

    One major change is that the Main Menu (with the Alma functional areas: Acq, Resources, Fulfillment,...) is now on the left side. The Alma Configuration Menu is also on the left side.

    It can be difficult to visually distinguish between the Main Menu and the Configuration Menu. (Please see "Alma new layout, Main Menu vs Config Menu.png")

    For example, I think I'm in the Alma Main Menu so I click on Resources to Manage Import Profiles. But I'm actually…

    31 votes
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  9. Hide timestamp in patron facing contexts

    Add an option to allow the library to decide whether or not timestamp should be shown in patron facing contexts, for example in the Primo Get It for items on loan or items waiting for reshelving.

    Examples:
    - “Awaiting reshelving until 27/05/2020” instead of “Awaiting reshelving until 27/05/2020 7:02 PM”
    - “On loan until 14/07/2020” instead of “On loan until 14/07/2020 22:00”

    43 votes
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  10. Make documentation more gender inclusive

    Can we please increase inclusivity by changing to gender-non-specific language in both documentation and descriptions in coding tables?

    The Primo and Alma documentation uses very gendered terms, particularly his / him. End users and library staff are mostly referred to as he / his / him, despite libraries being an overwhelmingly female workforce. We also need to recognise the increasing numbers of non-binary users within our institution.

    I propose the following changes:
    Him or her -> them
    His or hers -> theirs
    She or he -> they

    As one example, a search on Alma documentation shows 3324 results for he,…

    9 votes
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  11. Messages/Email in Alma

    When assigning tasks, bibs, etc. to users in Alma, it would be beneficial to receive a copy of the message that is being sent and/or have a history in your user profile so that you can keep track/proof of messages/assignments sent to people/users.

    6 votes
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  12. Configure paired libraries to have own Discovery Widget in Alma

    We have two libraries and would like to have the Discovery Widget visible on Alma's initial page based on own libraries collection. When I go to Configuration Menu > Discovery > Display Configuration > Configure Views, 2 libraries are listed. If I select my own library, my own library discovery widget becomes the default to both libraries. We'd like each library to have their corresponding collection on the Discovery Widget.

    14 votes
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  13. Enhance SUSHI admin job reports with additional details for troubleshooting purposes

    Are there plans for ExLibris to bulk up the details provided in the admin jobs reports for executed SUSHI requests? The admin reports currently lack any meaningful details that will help with re-formatting/ troubleshooting usage report errors. Manual usage report uploads that fail will list the errors and give the specific columns/ rows that were problematic but the admin job reports provides don't include this information. Instead you have to contact ExLibris Support with the relevant process ID number to get that information which is cumbersome and time-consuming.

    4 votes
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  14. Add the ability to use facets with imported itemized sets

    When importing data to an itemized set it is not currently possible to use the facets in the members list.

    3 votes
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  15. Do not automatically highlight search terms

    After completing a search in the persistent search box, the inputted text remains in that field. When clicking back into the persistent search box to edit this text, all of the text is automatically highlighted. This often results in accidentally deleting the entire search phrase when attempting to edit it slightly, or at the very least having to pay extra careful attention to click twice into the search box to un-highlight before editing. Removing auto-highlighting would streamline the process of editing searches and alleviate the frustration of many accidental deletions.

    7 votes
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  16. Display External Name of Physical Location at SoA location facet

    We want to display "External Name of Physical Location" at SoA location facet. However, if Summon edits the location description from "Name" to "External Name", Alma overwrites it.
    Currently, only "Name" can be displayed there.

    3 votes
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  17. Segmented Display of the MMS ID

    It would improve the readability of the MMS ID, if it was displayed with segments:

    9910 775585597 05501

    (instead of 991077558559705501)

    But it should only affect the visibility, the spaces should not be copied, when you copy/paste the id

    3 votes
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  18. Modifiche alla visualizzazione personalizzata

    Fra le varie opzioni di Personalizza VIsta sarebbe utile poter inserire il possessore, elemento molto utile per la gestione del libro antico e dei fondi antichi, cosa al momento impossibile

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  19. Location color schemes

    I would like to make it an option to change the color scheme of the ALMA top ribbon/possibly sidebar to differentiate locations especially between Main Circulation Desk and Acquisitions, of which I have to switch regularly. This would save me time spent on correcting errors due to being in the wrong location for a particular procedure.

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  20. Use data source code not data source label during Delete External Data Sources

    From Admin > Run a Job > Delete External Data Sources, users should be given a list of codes instead of labels. If libraries are importing different sets from the same source and want to use the same label, if external data needs to be deleted, staff have to temporarily relabel the appropriate discovery import profile.

    Any drop down list in Alma should be using unique fields not fields that can be not unique.

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