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  1. More easily edit/delete POL templates

    We would like to be able to more easily update our POL templates. As far as I can tell, you need to create a new order, make adjustments in the POL, and then Save As Template - overwriting the old template. There should be an easier process.

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    • Make Manage Fulfillment Activities the same thing as Manage Patron Services

      I found this idea buried in a comments section and felt it deserved its own idea since my team keeps encountering the same problem.

      https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/11117682-payment-option-on-user-fines-fees-tab

      Iain Gray said: "After finding a user it would be useful if when clicking on Manage Fulfillment Activities you were presented with the same screen as though you had used the Manage Patron Services screen. Instead you do not see the option to pay Fines and Fees from here and have to re-enter users details again."

      I'll add that it would be great if Manage Patron Services and Manage Fulfillment Activities were the same page…

      16 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
      • Using "Change expected date" clears filters on "Order lines with claims"

        When using the "Order lines with claims" task it's useful to add filters, such as Purchase Type and Vendor, to refine your list of claims. However, if you use the "Change expected date" option, which should be quicker than Edit, it clears your filters once the new date is saved.

        Can you please allow the filters to remain after using the Change expected date function? Thank you

        12 votes
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        • Job to automate the addition of multiple POL notes

          We sometimes need to cancel or close large groups of POLs. We append notes to these to explain the closure.

          Currently, we need to add these notes to POLS one at a time.
          A function that allows us to append the same note to multiple POLs (ex. "POL closed on 12/12/18 due to package changes") at once would be extremely helpful.

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          • Create a Separate Search Index for Specific OCLC Number

            Currently, the OCLC Number for a record is indexed in the search index "Other System Number." This is not ideal, since the Other System Number indexes other numbers related to vendor record, CONSER, related item, etc.
            We request that Ex Libris provide a separate search index for OCLC number based on the presence of the '(OCoLC)' prefix in the 035 $a and/or $z, or (without prefix) in the 019 $a if there is a number in the 035 with an (OCoLC) prefix. Currently these specific (OCoLC) numbers are mixed in with other numbers occurring in the 019, 035, 773, 774,…

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            • Add OCLC number to physical item export

              Large scale weeding projects would be made much more efficient if Alma offered the ability to include OCLC numbers in the physical items set export details. Currently, we are in the position of using a work-around where we must create a title-level set based on the same items. There are bib-level elements present in the physical item export, so we assume this is possible. Ultimately, we would prefer the option to select which fields export for every export we perform, but the addition of OCLC number to physical item exports would be a great first step. 

              8 votes
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              • Apply Reporting Code from Encumbrance to Disencumbrance

                In a disencumbrance transaction, Alma does not apply the reporting code assigned to an encumbrance to the disencumbrance. Because we use the reporting codes as a part of funds allocation, this practice causes the disencumbrance to be ignored thus overreporting the encumbrance for the reporting code. Please apply the reporting code of the encumbrance being disencumbered to the transaction of the disencumbrance.

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                • Fulfillment overdue popup/font color when item is returned.

                  It would be nice to have an overdue alert for our fulfillment staff when they check in an item that is overdue. The alert could be either a pop-up or a change in font color such as red when overdues are checked in. Sometimes reserve materials are brought to the desk a few hours late and could be caught while the patron is still standing there. If could be configurable for libraries, that may not want this function.

                  19 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                  • Collaborative Collections - Index 583 more fully

                    Collaborative collecting agreements are becoming increasingly critical for libraries in managing collections and access across institutions. Formal agreements require libraries to update records with an appropriate Action Note (583 field) to note these commitments. Currently, only $a of the action note is indexed. All fields of the 583 (when present in bibs or holdings) should be indexed, or at a minimum $c, $d, $f and $5.

                    25 votes
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                    • Collaborative Collections Retention Item Designators

                      Collaborative collecting agreements are becoming increasingly critical for libraries in managing collections and access across institutions. Formal agreements require libraries to commit to hold specific items. Currently, there is no way to mark this in records unless in free text notes, and no system checks in place for items to prevent accidental weeding of items that libraries have committed to retain. This idea outlines system functionality to ensure that libraries can safely manage committed collections.

                      • Two new fields in Alma Items: a Committed to Retain check box and a Retention note free text field (minimum of 200 characters)

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                      55 votes
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                      • Add "Purchase Type" to PO line order templates.

                        It would be very helpful to have the Purchase Type included in order templates. PO lines that share criteria in other fields usually have the same Purchase Type.

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                        • Run Update BLDSS Requests job more frequently/at better times

                          The Update BLDSS Requests job runs at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., which is effectively once a day. It needs to run more frequently and at more sensible times, i.e. 2 + times during the working day, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., so that Event Type updates from the BL are more frequent and timely.

                          3 votes
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                          • Don't dublicate identifiers in the KBART and the TXT schema

                            In cases where a record in Alma has only either 022a or 776x Alma puts the only ISSN in both print_identifer and online_identifier.

                            Reading a file that has the same ISSN in both print_identifier and online_identifier makes it hard to know if that ISSN is a print identifier or an online identifier.

                            40 votes
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                            • Add "Print Slip Report" action to the "Resource Request Monitoring" screen

                              The Print Slip Report function is currently available from the "Pick Up Requested Resources" and "Resource Sharing Lending Requests Task List" screens. But when a hold is placed on an item that is checked out, the returning item is automatically placed on hold and the request bypasses the "Pick Up Requested Resources" screen and shows up on the "Resource Request Monitoring" screen as "On Hold Shelf". But the Print Slip Report is not available here. It does need to be available here, as well.

                              "Print Slip Report" is a different action than "Print Slip." The Print Slip Report is a…

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                              • Sort Invoice Lines by Description

                                When viewing "Invoice Lines" in "Invoice Details" it would be highly useful to be able to sort invoice lines by Description A-Z. Currently you can only sort by Line no., Price/Total Price and Status.

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                                • API for backdate an item

                                  Alma provides an API for library to build up application to do circulation operation, such as renew, change due date. However, since Nov release 2018, a parameter "overdue_at_change_due_date" has been introduced and shall charge overdue fine to patron if it has been already overdue during the change due date API operation is executed. If library do not want to disable the overdue_at_change_due_date, it has no way to check-in an overdue item without creating fine.

                                  SIP2 and offline circulation is suggested from EXL but API operation is always preferred.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Improving usability of the inventory section for citations

                                    Currently, it’s impossible to tell how ‘Digital’ and ‘Other’ inventory may be configured in the Inventory section of a citation. The green indicator shows the inventory exists but not whether it has been used for the citation.

                                    Digital example:
                                    You can’t see whether a digital representation has been selected via the ‘Manage Digital Representations’ option or whether a representation is Active or Inactive. The green indicator stays green even if the representation is Inactive or if it hasn’t been selected via Manage Digital Representations.

                                    Other example:
                                    You can’t see whether the Link Resolver has been disabled via Edit > Citation…

                                    30 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make physical item sort routines stick

                                      For those of us working with continuing resources:

                                      When viewing a list of physical items, the sort routine defaults to Library/Location. The items do not appear in any particular order when the results are loaded. Often I change the sort routine to Description or Receiving Date to view the most recent serial items and order them chronologically for viewing.

                                      It would be nice if the sort routine "sticks" so that every time I open a list of items, the sort mechanism will stay on Description (not default back to Library/Location)

                                      This would be especially helpful when managing items in the…

                                      54 votes
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                                      • Bibliographic records editing history

                                        Here is an enhancement request concerning bibliographic records editing history.

                                        Currently, the "View Versions" can only tell the different version of a bib. record. However, this cannot tell logging history of updating/editing the bib. records, e.g. who add/remove a MARC fields/who suppressed/released the bib. record etc. This is no history tab to keep tracking the changes of a bib. record which is unlike other history tab functionality available in other Alma pages, e.g.

                                        • The PO Line Summary page when editing a PO line
                                        • The Physical Item Editor page when editing item records
                                        • The License Terms Details page…

                                        9 votes
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                                        • Confirmation message when receiving items for continuous titles

                                          Please consider adding a confirmation message when an item for a continuous title (e.g. print serial) has been successfully received. This messaging--which would be similar to the "success" screen when checking in serials in Aleph--would make the process much clearer for student workers who often handle this task in academic libraries.

                                          Thanks for considering!

                                          12 votes
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