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  1. Mechanism to validate binary MARC record structure

    There is currently no mechanism within Alma to ensure that exported or published binary MARC records have valid record structures. Even though Alma uses MARCXML and is not impacted internally by invalid binary MARC, libraries must still provide binary MARC records to external entities in the course of regular business (vendors, outsourcers, agencies, other stakeholders).

    Structurally invalid binary MARC records significantly hamper data sharing for libraries. A third party application, MarcEdit, can be used to validate MARC record structure, but since our data is stored in Alma, there should be a mechanism *native to Alma* that validates binary MARC structure…

    51 votes
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  2. Provide authority control for terms in 3XX fields.

    Terms in fields 380, 382, 385 and 386 should be matched to authority records based on the $2 code and an icon placed next to the field when the terms have been verified.

    3 votes
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  3. Prevent 9xx local fields from being saved to Community Zone (CZ) records

    There is a known issue of some sites not adhering to the Community Zone (CZ) Contribution Guidelines and Community Catalog Standards.
    An example of this is the addition of local 9xx fields to CZ records.
    Ex Libris already uses a normalization routine to validate CZ records which are changed by customers.
    However, this routine does not specifically prevent the addition of local 9xx fields, even though the guidelines are clear that only changes which benefit the broader community should be made.

    Use case:
    This has been a longstanding issue, but has been fixable in the Primo Back Office to an…

    23 votes
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  4. Circulation count in item record

    Include a field in the item record which contains the circulation count or number of times the item has circulated.

    We want to be able to access the circulation count via API and Alma item record view.

    23 votes
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  5. Add a F3 functionality in the dropdown menu of the MDE

    In the Metadata Editor, F3 is used in order to look up to the authority headings from a specific bib heading. This is a crucial feature of the MDE, yet it is not available in the dropdown menus. As our librarians sometimes work with tablets, with no function keys, this lack is troublesome. Adding the look up functionality in the dropdown menus would be a welcome improvement of the MDE.

    27 votes
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  6. Create a Physical Titles or Physical Items set from a list of MMS IDs

    It is possible to create an All Titles set from a list of MMS IDs, but not a Physical Titles or Physical Items set. To run certain jobs – like Change Holdings Information – a Physical Titles set is required. In order to run this job on a list of MMS IDs, you must first create an All Titles set, then extract some other key like OCLC #, then create a Physical Titles set from that list, and only then can you run your job. Since all physical titles and items DO have MMS IDs, it should be possible to…

    3 votes
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  7. Navigating list of records

    Would like to have a forward option when working in a list of catalog records. It's cumbersome to have to go backward to go forward to the next record in the list.

    6 votes
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  8. Make configurable pop-up assistance in metadata editor

    Currently the po-up assistance in metadata editor for subfields 260$a$b$e$f, 264$a$b, 505$r$t and 561$a is hardcoded and it can not be deactivated. Activation/Deactivation should be configurable. We have many queries from our catalogers about that.

    55 votes
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  9. Add a drool normalization process option, to Publish to Primo job

    This will enable libraries to export to Primo their activated CZ bibliographic records, under the same conditions applied on their local bibliographic records.

    50 votes
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  10. Suggestions for Normalization Rules (NR) functions

    Hello,

    Please see the attached file.
    We would appreciate it if the suggested Normalization Rules functions would be developed in Alma.

    Thanks

    108 votes
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  11. Bring back the Galileo portfolio holdings in the institutional bibliographic record.

    There was a time in which the Alma portfolios for e-journals directly replicated the holdings for the institution that are shown through the Primo userface. Now that this is no longer the case, we're seeing more errors for deactivating and withdrawing journals that we do still have access to, despite not being able to see those available portfolios on the back-end of Alma. This is a problem.

    3 votes
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  12. Incorporation of All Indigenous Syllabics from the Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics Unicode Block

    I have a case open with Ex Libris (# 00517082) regarding this. Not all Indigenous syllabics render in Alma, and thus, do not render in Primo either. As an important aspect of Canadian Libraries' commitments to Truth and Reconciliation, and as it is UN's International Year of Indigenous Languages, it would be excellent if Ex Libris could prioritize resolving this issue so that we can allow Indigenous users full discoverability of resources in their own languages.

    68 votes
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  13. Ampersand symbol (&) in Repository search

    It's found that the repository searches using the ampersand (&) symbol and the word 'and' produce different results. Our request is to make the ampersand symbol and the word ‘and’ interchangeable when Alma does repository searches.

    SF case # 00646924

    12 votes
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  14. Permanent „save and continue“-button in item record

    We would highly appreciate a permanent „save and continue“-button in the item record, so that we can use the links in the item record, after changes were done, without saving and re-open it again. One scenario is changing the location in the item record and using the link to the holding to update this, too. At the moment this link is useless after changing the location, because it links to the old holding.

    176 votes
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  15. Include pagination in brief display

    After scanning all titles ISBN I have to open the bib record to check the pagination. Include pagination in brief results display so I (or a student worker) can go directly to the item to scan in the barcode.

    1 vote
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  16. read only view of bibliographic record information

    There is a need to provide our faculty librarians with a role that allows for a read only view of the bibliographic record information.

    1 vote
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  17. 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,…

    20 votes
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  18. 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. 

    27 votes
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  19. 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…

    40 votes
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  20. Lists of Name Authorities similar Subject Authorities

    Lists of Name Authorities similar Subject Authorities
    When cataloging a bibliographic record, Alma allows selecting different lists of Subject Authorities (LC, UC or UANDES, etc.). In the case of the Name Authorities, it currently only allows the use of a list of Name Authorities. We propose that the authorities of name are handled in the same way as the Matter Authorities.

    // Al momento de catalogar un registro bibliográfico, Alma
    permite seleccionar distintos listados de Autoridades de Materia (LC, UC o UANDES, etc.). En el caso de las Autoridades de Nombre, actualmente sólo permite usar un listado de Autoridades de…

    24 votes
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