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  1. Check past requests

    When a request is cancelled or completed, there is no possibility to retrieve any information about the past request. If something went wrong, it is impossible to trace the patron or destination of the request.

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  2. Add an order action in the Purchase Request to “Approve and order from the CZ

    Add an order action in the Purchase Request to “Approve and order from the CZ.” Alma would add an alert to the citation and redirect the user to the Community Zone, to the desired portfolio.  The operator will only need to click on the  "Approve and order from the CZ". Currently the only Action is “Approve and Order” which creates a local portfolio not linked to an E-Collection. It’s cumbersome and time consuming to re-link the POL and portfolio to the correct Community Zone record.

    45 votes
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  3. Expand 'Bulk Change Due Dates' to disregard expired patrons and include recalled items

    Configuring Alma to deliver an exclusively off-campus service in response to the Coronavirus pandemic included the extension of due dates for us. We were thankful for the 'Bulk Change Due Dates' functionality, which we were able to use to push back the due dates of a majority of items on loan (until 1 June in the first instance for us). We encountered problems though when it came to any items borrowed by patrons whose records were due to expire before that date. The items wouldn't go beyond the patrons' expiry dates, which under normal circumstances would be exactly how we…

    214 votes
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  4. Send borrowers an email when they place a request

    It would be good if, when someone places a request on Primo, they could be sent an email receipt to confirm what they have requested. (This is an idea for both Alma and Primo, as I assume the email would be sent from Alma).

    Not only would it be useful for users to have confirmation (a lot of webforms will send users a copy of their completed form, so people half-expect one from Primo/Alma), but it would allow libraries to include important messaging.

    eg. at the moment, January 2021, we're in lockdown again, so the email could ask people to…

    27 votes
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  5. Proxy for Print Daemon

    We are grateful that there is a print daemon. Since our network does not allow any application to access the Internet, version 1.2 will not run without affecting the secured network configuration.

    The improvement I request is to implement a network configuration setting to configure the proxy settings the way as it works in Browsers.

    Kind regards
    Urs Wider

    34 votes
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  6. RS BORROWING : A misleading error when patron's library card has expired

    When trying to receive or send a borrowing request that is already open in alma, but the patron's library card has expired since then,
    The message says: NO ITEMS CAN FULFILL THE SUBMITTED REQUEST
    There is no way to guess that there is a problem with the patron info.
    a better message would be: "there is a problem concerning patron's card"

    29 votes
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  7. Allow network zone administrators to unlink bibs from member institutions

    In many cases member institutions share records with the NZ that go against the consortium's policy. In these cases the only recourse is to ask the member institution to "copy to catalog", which unlinks the record, allowing the NZ to delete the bib record. This can be cumbersome in a large consortium. It should be possible for the NZ admins to perform this action, i.e. while working in the NZ to unlink a bib from member IZs, as though any institutions holding that bib had selected "copy to catalog".

    33 votes
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  8. More information on Process Type Transit

    In 'Item history', you can see when an item was checked in and out of transit, but not for whom or whereto. If something goes wrong with the transit, you can't get any information about the inactive/completed request.

    37 votes
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  9. 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.

    443 votes
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    22 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  10. Electronic Coverage Dates should be in a date format and be available in Analytics as such

    Currently, electronic coverage dates are considered as strings and not as Dates. We request to treat them like dates and add them to Analytics, in order to base reports on these dates.

    17 votes
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  11. Improved functionality for Authority contribution (Copy to community)

    This copy option was introduced in the November 2019 release: Authority Contribution – Copy Option:

    For institutions that are authorized to contribute authority records to the Community Zone, there is a new Record View page action (Copy to Community) that enables you to easily copy an authority record to the MD Editor, edit and save it, and contribute the saved record to the Community Zone and an external authority system such as GND, BARE, or NLI. The Copy to Community action appears when you select a title to view from your Authorities search results on the Community tab. See Copy…

    51 votes
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  12. 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

    7 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  13. Prevent Download Pictures (Alma Digital) when Download is not allowed

    Prevent Download Pictures (Alma Digital) when Download is not allowed

    When Access rights indicate to “Allow View” but not download, Alma viewer currently allows downloading the picture by “saving as”.
    The digital Viewer should prevent this option.

    93 votes
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  14. E-resources - Add Inventory number with automatic counter

    To a physical item, is it possible to add an inventory number both manually or - if configured the sequence - with the function "Allocate" to enter the next number.
    For the ebook acquired in way "pick and choose", it is necessary the same function, with sequence number, price and date of inventory.

    27 votes
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  15. Deleting Network Zone Records from and Institution Zone in Bulk

    Members of Consortia (with appropriate privilege's) need to be able to delete bibliographic records managed in the Network Zone in Bulk from within the member institution Zone

    16 votes
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  16. Item Sequences Configuration: "Set Next Sequence Value"

    It is currently not possible to change the sequence value to a lower one --> error message: "The new sequence value must be greater than the current value."
    In order to achieve the desired result, you then have to delete the counter and set it up again.
    Please change this behavior! Thanks in advance!

    21 votes
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  17. Item Sequences Configuration: import option

    In the area of the "Patron/User Groups" there is already an import option (Excel file) for the configuration table.
    Please provide the same feature for the Item Sequences configuration table.
    Since our counters contain the year and always have to start counting with 1, we have to change this table every year. Due to our sublibraries we have more than 50 active counters.

    20 votes
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  18. Allow us to suppress the License from display when it is not ready with status of "Draft" or review status "In review"

    For those waiting for review licenses, we will have status "Draft" and review status "In Review". These licenses are waiting to be checked and the fields are not verified for correctness. But now once the licenses are created with inventory added, all licenses are displayed out for the user, even with status “Draft” and “In Review”.

    It will be great if only the licenses with “active” and “accepted” status can be displayed, but not the “Draft” and “In review” license that they are waiting to be verified.

    26 votes
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  19. 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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    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  20. In "Purchase Requests": Permit re-linking request to a Portfolio.

    Purchase requesters are permitted to both 'Use existing record' AND choose 'Requested format' = 'Electronic'.

    Please add the possibility of re-linking to an E-Portfolio--not just to a bibliographic record.

    Beginning an e-purchase with a bib rather than a portfolio requires a lot of fiddling around after the fact to correct the record so the bib is not suppressed, or mis-indexed. And who knows what's happening under the hood.

    230 votes
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