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  1. Confirmation Notice for Curbside Bookings

    Alma has allowed for the Booking Request feature to be set-up and modified as a means to provide curbisde service or make appointments. However, it appears that no letter exists to confirm the appointment day/time with the user, which would be most helpful in providing user instructions, cancellation information, contact numbers, etc. I propose that this letter be added to enhance communication and expectations especially during this challenging time of changing services and delivery options. Thank you!

    18 votes
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  2. Make Requester Notes a Searchable Field on Manage Purchase Requests Screen

    In Alma Purchase Requests, Requester Notes often contain important information included in the request which isn’t encoded in available fields, and for which recall via search would prove useful. Please add the ability to search Requester Notes from the Manage Purchase Requests screen to make this information easier to recall, and to make it possible to recall multiple results with similar Requestor Notes information.

    13 votes
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  3. Add to the Purchase request's "Approve and Order" action an option to select a PO line template.

    This idea was submitted on behalf of Alma's Product management team as we would like to understand the need and use cases of the idea's description below - any comment is welcome.

    Currently it is possible to save PO line as a template and utilize this template any time a new order is created (using the designated "Load from template") option (see attached image 1).

    The suggested idea is to allow users the option to choose a relevant PO line template when approving a purchase request (see attached image 2), this will allow the PO line created from the purchase…

    13 votes
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  4. Create a Set of Inventory from a Title Set

    It would be very useful to be able to take a set of titles, and convert it into a set of inventory attached to those titles. Specifically, I would like to create a Portfolio set from a set of Electronic Titles. I have regular need to move groups of portfolios from one local e-collection to another. I have only a list of ISBNs to start with, which I use to create an itemized Electronic Titles set. However, moving portfolios requires a Portfolio set, which can only be created with Portfolio IDs. It is very cumbersome to arrive at the appropriate…

    41 votes
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  5. LADD (Australian Libraries) resource sharing -- interoperability with Alma (some elements don't work between both systems)

    Some LADD notes and actions don't map to visible fields in Alma, therefore we don't receive them.
    For example, if a LADD user sends a damaged note this does not come through into Alma via ISO. Is there a way that non-mapped elements can be mapped to the general messages area in Alma, so that they can at least be viewed/received.

    13 votes
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  6. Bring back the "back" button on the metadata editor screen

    In the new metadata editor there is no back button anymore! Please bring it back. I often go from editing a new item into the holdings record to add a call number and then need to go directly back into the item creation page. With no back button from the MDE it takes three times as long.

    9 votes
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  7. Query to patron letter: add the publication date for Document delivery requests

    We’d like to display the publication date in the Query to patron letter also for DD requests. Now we can display the date in the letter only for ILL requests.

    7 votes
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  8. Add ORCID ID to CZ Authorities vocabularies search

    Field 0247 $$a XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX $$2 orcid used in authority records and is currently not searchable in CZ authority vocabularies.
    Using a unique identifier when searching for name authority records will improve the precision of authority search results. It would also save the time and effort currently invested in establishing the correlation between a name and its authority record.

    101 votes
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  9. Improved history tab for lending requests to include when a request is attached to a different MMSID

    As a result of lending requests sometimes being attached to an incorrect MMSID, with no clear indication as to why or how, we would like to see an enhancement to the lending request history tab to include information when this happens. This is to better analyze future cases where this error occurs.

    4 votes
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  10. 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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    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  11. Resource Sharing Electronic Locate for Borrowing article requests

    A borrowing article request is stopped for local ownership when the library has an electronic database that may have coverage for the journal.

    Currently, the borrowing locate local ownership check does not check the year, volume, or issue in the article request to determine if the library has access to this specific year in the database. The borrowing locate does not check for embargo status.

    Because the citation year is not checked for local ownership, requests are stopped from being automatically sent to lending libraries that have the article. Library staff must spend time checking if their library has access…

    64 votes
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  12. Allow more than 50 POLs on a PO via manual packaging

    Right now, in the Purchase Order - Package screen, you can only package 50 POLs onto one PO. The "PO lines to package" screen will only display 50 POLs max, and if you select all, then go to the next screen, it removes everything from the first screen that you selected. This means only 50 POLs max can be put on a PO. This is frustrating when we put in an order for more than 50 items and have to create multiple POs for a single order. I think the easy fix would be to have those POLs remain checked…

    15 votes
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  13. Allow externally hosted IIIF manifests to be added to Alma records for display in Primo Universal Viewer

    Hi there - can you allow externally hosted International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) manifests to be added to Alma records for display in Primo Universal Viewer?

    The documentation indicates you can use IIIF with Alma - https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/integrations/digital/almadigital/access/ - but, in fact, Ex Libris has clarified with our institution that IIIF only works if you use internal, Alma-D manifests. Ex Libris has said: "We looked into this and got some clarification on how IIIF manifests work in Alma. There is no option to ‘enter IIIF manifests into Alma’. Instead, Alma generates its own IIIF manifests, on the fly, from Alma bibs…

    22 votes
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  14. 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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    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  15. Update Resource-sharing request through the ALMA API

    Currently with the API, the only update option possible is shipping a resource sharing request. We request the option to perform other updates, e.g. change the status.
    (Updating the resource sharing request through the corresponding user-request does not work.)

    30 votes
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  16. 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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    Under Review  ·  2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  17. Order type for APC and "Read and Publish" agreements

    We have started to make APC (Article Processing Charge) agreements and also Read and Publish (to publish OA at no additional costs) agreements between the Library and some publishers.
    We found that there is no suitable order type to use in Alma when creating such orders.

    We ask Ex Libris to add a suitable order type for such orders.

    9 votes
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  18. Allow users to enter an address for home delivery

    Users should be able to enter an alternate address when requesting home delivery as most students put in a parent address when they enroll and then never update the info again. If students do want to update their address, they need to go into the campus system and wait another day for it to be loaded to Alma. At our institution, faculty and staff never have personal addresses loaded into Alma. In addition, that address entered at time of request should be pushed to the personal delivery notification letter.

    12 votes
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  19. Add "Faculty" to pop-up window

    Add "Faculty" inside: Configuration Menu > User Management > General > Contact Information Pop-Up.
    In order to display faculty in the pop-up window with the user information

    50 votes
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  20. Remove copyright symbol from Alma representation public notes in Primo

    Remove the copyright symbol from the beginning of the public note of an Alma representation displaying in Primo.

    The copyright symbol appears when the representations access right has a copyright notice.

    This doesn't make sense as public notes may not concern copyright, irrespective of access right.

    Alternatively provide the option to turn off the copyright symbol.

    15 votes
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