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  1. Customize Alma search indexes

    We would like to customize the search indexes in Alma for all MARC21 fields (not just localized fields). For instance, in the Alma advanced search > all titles > "Title" > we would like to change to "245 (Title)" to make it easier to identify the MARC21 field we want to search.

    85 votes
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  2. Physical Item Editor - activate Confirm button upon Save action

    In the Physical Item Editor, upon Clicking the Save button, please automatically activate as default the "Confirm" button in the Confirmation Message pop-up window.
    In the same way that all other Confirmation Message pop-up windows already have the Confirm button activated, so all you have to do is hit the enter key to select it. (Instead of having to make another click on the Confirm button.) This would help improve efficiency.

    2 votes
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  3. Display all orders for physical item searches, even when individual item records are not linked to a POL

    When doing various collection development tasks, acquisitions and resource managers may want to know whether there is order information for a title at the same time they're viewing physical item details via the More Info link in Alma. Currently, Alma does not display orders for physical item searches when a POL is not linked to an item record. This is a problem for closed orders that migrated from another ILS because the POL does not get linked in the item record during the migration process. We see accurate information when conducting an All Titles or Physical Titles search, but not…

    3 votes
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  4. Display renewals in Item History

    In the Physical Item Editor, under the Fulfillment activities, we are able to see the Loan and Return history. I think it would be great to see Renewal information in this place as well.

    So many times, we have patrons disputing fines because the item was late and they renewed it thinking that it's not due on the original due date.

    It's true that when the item is checked out to the person you can see this when you click Actions>Loan History. But this does us no good when the item is checked back in and a patron comes to…

    71 votes
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  5. Add new call number fields to Fulfillment area to assist with reporting

    In the Fulfillment subject area there are no fields allowing the breakdown of the call number in the holdings record.

    Please add fields that allow LC call numbers in the holdings record to be broken down into LC Code and LC number and also a normalised field which can be exported for sorting in Excel.

    2 votes
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  6. Improvements to Pick From Shelf list needed

    Currently our staff spend too much time managing requests. Improvements to the interface for Pick From Shelf would help in some of these cases. We would like to see:

    1. A search box.

    Very often we need to target a particular request, a task made more difficult by less than ideal facets (see #2). Search functionality exists under Monitor Requests & Item Processes, but not all options for handling requests are available in that view (such as "Skip Location").

    1. Better facets.

    Two of the facets available in the Monitor Requests & Item Processes view would be great for Pick from Shelf:…

    15 votes
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  7. A different colour scheme for Alma Sandbox

    Currently, Alma (Sandbox) and Alma (Production) looks almost the same except for the tiny “Sandbox” wording under the Alma logo on the top left corner of the screen.
    It can be very misleading and it will be disastrous (and irreversible in some cases!) if I update the wrong records in Production.

    You may want to consider to use a different colour scheme for the Sandbox login. Eg a “Alma Sandbox” logo with a red background.

    Thank you.

    9 votes
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  8. API for terms of use

    An API to retrieve the terms of use would allow us to display borrowing rules on our website which are completely synced to our Alma configuration.

    13 votes
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  9. Should be able to fill in all fields in item records by typing.

    Currently, location fields in item records can only be filled in by choosing from a menu. It would be helpful if it were also possible to simply type in the location when it is known. That way the change from one temporary location to another could be done by a macro, which would save a LOT of time when processing a cart of books with the same location change.

    8 votes
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  10. Add the ability to set individual user preferences or defaults when creating item records.

    Each user should be able to set preferences for Item record fields that match their particular workflow. For example - make it possible to set a temporary location default for when an item record is created. Make it possible for the receive date to be automatically filled in with current date.

    114 votes
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  11. Make Interface Admin and Usage Stats Information Usable from Alma

    It would be great if we could export username and password fields from the Administrative Information tab and Statistics Information tab located under the Vendor Interface Details page for each interface we have in Alma. As it is now, it is not possible to export this information using Analytics. We are currently required to either provide more access than is necessary for users who are tasked with collecting usage, or maintain a separate spreadsheet/database with URLs, usernames and passwords, which is an ongoing duplication of effort as these change frequently.

    12 votes
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  12. BATCH JOB TO CREATE ITEMS

    We need a batch job to add items to existing holdings records. During migration we did not realize the importance of having items for display in Primo. One of our locations shows (0 copies, 0 available) when we do have non-circulating copies.

    124 votes
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  13. change run time of "Notifications - Send Due Date Reminders" job to 8am instead of 10am

    The job "Notification – Send Due Date Reminders" seems to be sending a notice on the day that the item is due. It’s scheduled to run at 10:00am every day so picks up short term loans made that day. We would like the ability to change it to run at 8am or earlier before the Library opens as we do not want people with short hourly type loans getting a reminder

    1 vote
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  14. a specific type of "User notes" shown under "notes" tab

    Currently, all user notes (which can be added manually) are hidden behind the "notes" tab (which can't be manually added), as shown in the attachment. It would be great if a specific type of "user notes"(for example, circulation notes) could be listed under "notes" tab, so that those notes will be more obvious to desk staff.

    7 votes
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  15. Handling books on the shelf that didn't get checked in

    When a book on the shelf was accidentally not checked in and another user brings it to the desk, it clears the original checkout and adds a fine without generating a message to let us know. In most cases, we would waive those fines, since the book had obviously been returned. We would love to see a pop-up when that happens so we can go and waive the fine on the previous customer's record

    41 votes
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  16. Use user data in general electronic services

    Currently in a general electronic service we can pass bibliographic metadata via openurl format through to the target webpage. It would be useful to also pass through user data. The "Adding a General Electronic Service" section in the Online Help mentions a requester (req.) category of attributes but these don't seem to be used at the moment.

    Passing through the requester's name, email address, etc would allow us to auto-populate an external form (eg interloans, purchase suggestion forms, etc) and save the user time / potential typing errors.

    0 votes
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  17. Add seach box to Active Hold Shelf

    We often have 1500+ items on our Active Hold Shelf. While we have the ability to sort, this does not help much when we are looking for a particular item. A search box would allow us to locate an item easily without clicking through page after page.

    12 votes
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  18. In the List of Items screen, add "description" to the list of search options in the "Find" box.

    Currently in a list of items, Alma allows us to search within the list of items by only barcode or the call number. Adding the ability to search the description field would simplify trying to locate an item with unique information in the description, such as "index".

    22 votes
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  19. Ability to see more of the 2 records on the match/merge screen.

    Currently, when manually handling the matches one at a time, the view of the 2 records is only using the upper half of the screen. The ability to scroll each side is great but why not be able to see more of the records by increasing the viewing area? Thank you for considering.

    3 votes
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  20. Add proxy setting to einventory analytics dimension

    Have a desire to know which e collections have proxy enabled or not. Need the setting added to analytics to find out.

    9 votes
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