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  1. Serials: Editing of Description Needed

    When opening predicted items, the Description-Field is populated by the data provided in “Next Predicted Item´s information” and displays these data in a certain punctuation-logic. Unfortunately, this logic is not equal to the description- (and punctuation-) logic used in German speaking countries (which is following ZETA-Standard) – and there is no possibility to edit this. Since there has to be a correct description (for sorting etc.), the only way is to open and edit every single item once it is created by prediction pattern. This is causing a lot of unnecessary work to be done manually - we need the…

    249 votes
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  2. Improve Job "Change Physical items information" parameter "Item call number"

    Our "Item call number" are made up of two parts, one alphabetical and the other numerical. We need to be able to modify the alphabetic part in a group of items, and keep the numerical part exactly the same.

    101 votes
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  3. Add "Description" to the "Change Physical Items" job so that this field can be edited in batch across sets of item records

    We would like to be able to edit (and delete) the "Description" field across large numbers of records without having to do it manually for each one. The "Rebuild Physical item description" job does not help here, since the content of the field is not necessarily based on Enumeration and Chronology data.
    Several fields have been added since we started with Alma (e.g. Alternative Call Number, Temporary Call Number, Inventory Number, etc.). Therefore, we hope that this field will also be available for this job in the near future. Thank you in advance!

    94 votes
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  4. Work orders: unnecessary message "cancel requests" when moving an item with work order

    When moving an item that has a work order from a location to another, the cataloguer receives a message "The item is in work order, moving the item will cancel the requests if the item is not requestable in the new location". Most of these messages are not pertinent, and we ask for the possibility to adjust it, so that it only appears when really necessary. It confuses cautious employees who are afraid of unintentionally deleting markers, or it is hardly noticed because too often wrong.

    86 votes
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  5. Improving Physical Item Editor management

    I would like to suggest two ideas which can improve the whole management of working with physical item editor:
    1. Enable all tabs and fields to be editable without clicking on 'save and edit' button – Currently after you click on 'Add item' and being navigated to the 'Physical Item Editor' form, not all the fields and tabs (General, ENUM/CHRON, Notes, and History) are enabled for editing, the barcode no. is not populated automatically, and the dropdown list of process type is disabled as well. Only after clicking on 'save and edit' button, the complete form, including the tabs are…

    290 votes
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  6. Related holdings displayed only after "direct" holdings in the brief results

    Currently, only 5 holdings are displayed in the "Physical" tab in the brief results list in Alma. In many cases holdings and "related" holdings are mixed and displayed without any particular ranking. Especially when many of them are present, it takes many clicks before one can exclude the related holdings and obtain a list of all holdings linked directly to a record.
    The "Physical" tab in Alma could be changed like this: all holdings linked directly to the record are displayed first (regardless of the library), and only then come the holdings of related records.

    121 votes
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  7. Physical Item Editor Templates

    It would be great if we could use templates for adding new items.
    At the moment, whenever we add an item, for each single one of them we have to manually fill in the same values in "Material type" and "Item call number type". The "inventory date" has to be chosen manually as well.
    It would be extremely useful if we could load the physical item editor form with some values already filled in, and with the date fields automatically filled with the current day's date.

    If this idea has already been posted or it the option already exists, please…

    474 votes
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  8. Customize the amount of holdings displayed in the brief results

    Currently, only 5 holdings are displayed in the "Physical" tab in the brief results list in Alma. For IZs with many libraries, this is not always ideal and many clicks are necessary before getting to the complete list of holdings.
    The new sortlibraryby_relevance parameter helps but doesn't solve all issues.
    Therefore, we'd like to ask to implement a functionality similar to what can be done for the amount of records to be displayed in the results list (at the moment, one can choose between 10/20/50) so that for example staff users can choose whether they want to see…

    111 votes
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  9. Please expand the volume of Internal note fields to the Physical Item Editor

    Our library has more than three kinds of information need to be recorded in the internal note field, such as property number, new books statues notes, compensation books notes and so on.
    Hope is could add more, or became expandable let staff to select numbers of fields they needed.

    91 votes
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  10. Deleting items on reading lists: notification when batch-withdrawing

    The recently-added “Alert of Associated Reading List when Withdrawing or Deleting Items” facility is very welcome. However, this only produces alerts when withdrawing individual items. Would it be possible to add this notification to the reports produced when doing batch withdrawals, otherwise this feature has only limited use.

    24 votes
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  11. Add Description Field and Generate Button to ENUM/CHRON Tab in Item Record

    It would be helpful to have the description field and generate button on the ENUM/CHRON tab in the item record. If someone is utilizing multiple enum/chron fields, beyond what's available in the General tab, they have to switch tabs to edit those fields and then switch back to generate the description (manually or through description templates and the generate button).

    Alternatively, more enum/chron fields could be made available on the general tab. Possibilities include:
    an expandable enum/chron section which by default shows only the first 2 of each (like what is currently available);
    a customizable option that would allow institutions…

    2 votes
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  12. Include Item Description in the ASRS Remote Storage Update Job

    When an item is added into the ASRS, Alma's Inventory Remote Storage Update Job sends the following item record fields to our Dematic EMS system:

    • Item barcode
    • Call number
    • Author
    • Title

    This is described in the Developer's Network documentation here: https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/integrations/remote_storage/asrs/

    We would like to have the item description field added in addition to the call number since it holds the volume and other essential enumeration information.

    Not having the volume and enumeration information in our Dematic system makes it extremely difficult to inventory a journal series, or locate an individual volume in the Dematic/EMS software.

    12 votes
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  13. Mejorar realizar cambios globales en ejemplares físicos

    Permitir realizar cambios globales sobre los campos de signatura de ejemplares físicos, para modificar una parte de la signatura sin cambiar el resto. Por ejemplo:

    EPP3500(075)/ALV cambiar a PLP3500(075)/ALV

    EPP3300/WES cambiar a PLP3300/WES

    22 votes
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  14. 1 vote
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  15. Show editions of books when doing a search in either Physical Title search, or Physical Items search, not just All item search

    This is a more practical and efficient way of showing book's info , as the edition is not restricted to All item search.

    1 vote
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  16. Work Orders: package of required enhancements

    Work orders are useful but often cumbersome and don't work as required. A package of enhancements/fixes would make them much more useful and useable:

    • Adding notes when creating work orders in bulk. This would enable having fewer work order types as explanatory notes could be used instead.
    • Makes notes more (immediately) visible when scanning in (pop up message?). Again would enable fewer work order types as items could be easily catergorised according to explanatory note upon receipt at managing department.
    • Select recall/not recall at work order placement (like pick from shelf), not baked into type (and in…

    176 votes
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  17. Changing Holdings or Relinking Item is Possible Only in User Role Scope for SOURCE library

    At present staff can move items from a library they don’t have a user role for, to a library they do have a user role for. For example, staff could move an item from the Rare Book Collection holding in one library to a Withdrawn holding in another library if they have the user role for the latter.

    In the May 2021 release changing holdings for an item or relinking an item to a bibliographic record required the TARGET library to be within the scope of the user role. This prevents moving item or changing holdings for an item if…

    62 votes
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  18. Add integrated spine label printing for collection items

    Allow for spine label printing direct from Alma rather than having to use a third party API. ie- Spin0Matic

    Thank you

    We are currently getting an Error -
    Can't retrieve XML file.
    Error message: The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send.

    1 vote
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  19. do not show Library Scope when an institution only has one library

    The new Library Scope facet for Physical holdings and Physical items search is only useful if an institution has multiple libraries. It should be possible to disable this facet if an institution only has one library.

    1 vote
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  20. Include International Standard Music Number (ISMN) in Analytics

    ISMN is not present i Analytics, and is sorely missed.

    8 votes
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