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  1. Automatically deactivate any scheduling of repository import profiles when import method changed to Upload Files/s

    When the import method of a repository import profile is changed to Upload File/s, any scheduling previously set for another import method should be automatically switched off.

    Currently the scheduling status for FTP/OAI has to be manually changed to inactive, in addition to changing the import method.

    This could easily be forgotten by staff making changes to import profiles and results in the scheduled metadata import jobs continuing to run and subsequently failing.

    The process would be streamlined and more efficient if scheduling could be automatically removed when an import profile is changed to an import method which does not…

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  2. Greater functionality for the Manage Deleted Repository Function

    The other day I accidentally deleted several thousand portfolios that should not have been deleted. When I went to the "Manage Deleted Repository" functionality to restore them I found I could only restore them one by one. There was no option to mark multiple items on a page or to restore a page of items at a time. There was no option to reverse the job. This shows a remarkable lack of sophistication and is quite simply unacceptable in a modern LSP

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  3. Preferred Term Correction job needs option to turn off the reordering of subfield URIs $$0

    We have implemented URIs into our bib records, but found that the Preferred Term Correction job is reordering the subfield $$0, where URIs are automatically clumped together at the end of the subject string and are no longer associated with the term. Even though the current best practice is for only one URI to be associated with the subject string and for it to be last in order, most subject headings with multiple subfields do not yet have a single identifier (URI) assigned to the entire subject string. There should be an option for the reordering to be turned off…

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  4. Please add the ability to use the facets for Archival Materials according to LDR pos. 8 = a

    Hello,

    Most archival materials are cataloged as follows:
    LDR pos. 6 = p
    LDR pos. 8 = a
    Currently, the facet in Alma show these kind of materials as "Undefined".
    Adding a facet of "Achieve Material" according to LDR pos.8 = a, would be very useful.

    Thanks.

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    Hi. 1. Are you stating that you want a new “Resource Type”?
    2. The definitions of the resource types are explained in the table titled “Rules Used to Create the Resource Type Field – MARC 21/KORMARC and UNIMARC” at https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/010Getting_Started/050Alma_User_Interface_%E2%80%93_General_Information/Searching_in_Alma#The_Resource_Type_Field
    3. Do you want a new row in this table which would be as follows?
    Archival materials. LDR pos. 8 = a
    4. The table is read top to bottom and as soon as match is found it stops. Where in the table would you like this new row to appear?
    5. How come the title of this suggestion states “LDR pos. 8 = a” but the comment from Feb. 2 also has “LDR pos. 6 = p”? We do not think “LDR pos. 6 = p” is a good idea. That is used for “mixed materials”. On the other hand “LDR pos. 8…

  5. Local Authorities for Network Zone linked records

    Alma provides the possibility of local authorities for cataloguing in an Institutional Zone and its local records. Unfortunately I cannot use those local authorities if I work in a Network Zone environment for records linked to the Network Zone.
    I would like to:
    a. define the local authority in the Institution Zone.
    b. Link to this local authority in a local field 6XX (= with $$9LOCAL) via F3 in MDE even if the bibliographic record is linked to the Network Zone.

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  6. Add alphabetic title search field to the external databases search fields in Alma

    when searching external databases in order to import a relevant record i notice there are many search fields by words but non of them is by alphabetic order. Especially missing a search field by alphabetic title.

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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".

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  8. rerun Overlap and Collection Analysis

    There are certain reports that I would like to run in Overlap and Collection Analysis periodically. It would be helpful if I could rerun a past report instead of having to enter all the criteria every time.

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  9. 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

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  10. Making it possible to use both arrow sign (←, →) as characters and Alma's directional character function.

    When we configure [Alma configration > Resources > General > Other settings > enabledirectionalcharacters > true], "←" and "→" can't be entered in the MDE.

    Also, if opening migrated records which include "→", all the "→" are deleted like the example below.

    Example)
    Before
    500 $$a 出版者変更: 日本ドクメンテーション協会 (-v. 36, no. 7 (1986.7))→情報科学技術協会 (v. 36, no. 8 (1986.8)-)
    After
    500 $$a 出版者変更: 日本ドクメンテーション協会 (-v. 36, no. 7 (1986.7))情報科学技術協会 (v. 36, no. 8 (1986.8)-)

    It takes time if we modify these records and also we can't follow cataloging standard ("→" sometimes includes in a title etc. of a material).…

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  11. Search External Resources - Review Existing Ideas & Redesign Z39.50 Search & Refine Options

    I have just checked out the search and refine options available via the Jisc Cataloguing Hub Web interface. It allows a much richer search experience than accessing the same data via the Z39.50 interface via Alma Search External Resources. As colleagues have posted a number of ideas around reviewing and enhancing the search options would it be possible to combine these ideas and carry out a general review of how we can search and refine the results?
    I attach a screenshot showing the options in the Cataloguing Hub.

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  12. Add Publisher attribute to Search External Resources

    We would like to be able to search the Japanese academic common catalog (NACSIS) by Publisher name in Search External Resources, but the corresponding use attribute (1018) is not currently supported. This would be very useful when searching by title or keywords, to differentiate between similar results. We think that this addition would be useful with other external resources too.

    https://www.nii.ac.jp/CAT-ILL/about/infocat/z3950/z3950gwbib1-use.html

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  13. Allow Course Loader integration to process files from users' local drives

    With the current bulk operations functionality for courses (course loader), an SFTP server is required for hosting files.

    The SFTP requirement is a hurdle for many libraries, as it requires additional infrastructure (SFTP host), as well as additional knowledge (FTP user tools) not always available on staff.

    We would like to see the ability to upload course loader files for import from a local drive, similarly to how other workflows in Alma also support local file processing (portfolio loader, etc).

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  14. Add 017 field (subfields a, b) in the search index.

    Currently this field (Copyright or Legal Deposit Number) is not indexed in MARC 21 Bibliographic Tag to Search Index Mapping. Would you please add it so that it?

    10 votes
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  15. Support for browsing, sorting and display by LC classification/call number, regardless of format

    I think Alma/Primo should strive to replicate a genuine browsing experience of the stacks as a feature. That functionality adds value to librarians and libraries (we can do things Google can't) and value to titles themselves, because they appear to users in a disciplinary content, part of a visible collection not just part of an aggregation / repository of searchable content.

    Better system support for integrated shelf list of print and electronic resources and browsing virtual stacks would be a win/win. It would help librarians maintain strong visible collections (we need the information too) and would help our online users…

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  16. Collection Discovery should support Bookshelf (Shelf List) Browse

    Collection Discovery is a nice feature in Alma, but it would be much better if it could be a virtual bookshelf browse tool of new titles in user defined disciplines.

    Currently, Collection Managers can create collections of titles based on titles sets or title by title additions, but titles within these collections are displayed to users in random order, not as a meaningful collections, and with limited bibliographic information appearing.

    The random arrangement is not pleasing, especially in an academic research setting. It would also be ideal to have the ability to be able to harvest out new titles to…

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  17. Easier Removal from Large Itemized Sets

    It would be helpful to be able to search within itemized sets and then remove undesired items in those search results. Right now the only way to find an item to remove from an itemized set is to browse through the set which can be unwieldy for large sets.

    This search functionality (by title, ISSN and ISBN) already exists in other areas of Alma such as displaying a portfolio list for an electronic collection.

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  18. Untraced references showing as valid subject headings

    Authority records with 008/09 of "b" shouldn't be showing as authorized headings. These are untraced references not authorized headings. (I found this on the record with LCCN sh 85038380)

    Form https://www.loc.gov/marc/authority/ad008.html :
    b - Untraced reference
    100-15X field contains an unestablished heading that is not authorized for use as the element in an access point in a bibliographic record. The heading is not traced as a 4XX See From Tracing field in any other authority record. The reference record contains a Complex See Reference (260) or a General Explanatory Reference (666) field to guide the user to established heading(s).

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  19. Network Zone Advanced search should allow a search for "Held By"

    The ability to quickly run a repository search for an institution or institutions holdings as well as when "Held by" is Null in the Network Zone would be extremely useful for weeding and Network Zone Clean-up.

    Currently, the NZ does not have the ability to search using "Held by". To gather information for specific Institutions or when "Held by" is null requires an analytics report or exporting sets, which are limited to approximately 100K results.

    Creating a search index for "Held by" for Network Zone advanced searches would be a great improvement to the functionality of working with a Network…

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  20. Allow "not" in subject authorities searches

    It would be helpful to be able to include NOT in subject authority searches. This would be particularly helpful when eliminating terms containing certain subdivisions.

    For example, I searched the keywords "children" and "religious" and I know that I don't want anything with the subdivisions "religious life" or "religious aspects", so being able to add NOT "life" or "aspects" would narrow my results down to something more manageable than the 150ish that I got.

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