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  1. Ship digitally

    We find the digitization workflow for Resource sharing tedious, and would like to have a shortcut directly from action menu, like for item and non-returnable.

    This would be a new action from the Lending request: Ship digitally.

    From there you should get the option to add a file, and ship it digitally to Borrowing library.

    Please see attachment for illustration.

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    • Ex Libris should provide the option to place a call and/or online chat with their support team

      We are disappointed with the technical support service provided by Ex Libris. We strongly believe that Ex Libris should provide customers with more effective, prompt and interactive service.

      There should be an option to call or chat online in real time with a support person who has a sound understanding of the product in question. This would be in line with all system vendors we have previously dealt with.

      We appreciate that there will be some issues that are designated as bugs or enhancements and will require more in depth investigation. However, a direct call/chat option with a properly trained…

      347 votes
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        12 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
      • Document Delivery - 10 MB Attachment Limit too small

        For document delivery (scanning and delivering book chapters and journal articles) the limit is 10 MB. This equals roughly 20 pages of black and white text only on default, low res scanning setting.

        For anything in color or with detailed photos we typically cannot send, requiring us to cancel the request and deliver the scan outside of the Alma workflow.

        346 votes
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        • Grace Period only for open days

          Now the unit of measurement for grace period is "days". So even if the library closed on weekend, those days are included to "Grace Period". To give fair advantage of grace period, Alma should apply the grace period excluding library closed.
          For the detailed scenario as I expected, please refer to the attachment.

          Thanks.

          301 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
          • Ctrl-z/Undo in the Metadata Editor

            Currently, there is no Ctrl-z/Undo function in the Metadata Editor.
            Please add this function.
            Use case:
            A record is in draft mode and the cataloger deletes a field accidentaly, there is no way of bringing it back.
            Or a cataloger works on an exisiting record, makes a lot of changes and only wants to undo the last actions, but not go back to the previous version.

            290 votes
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            • Provide the ability to select more than one file to delete when looking at uploaded sushi files.

              Right now you can only delete invalid sushi uploads one at a time, please let us select multiple and then delete.

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                11 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
              • search in a specific library

                We would appreciate having a tab "library" as existing tabs "Institution zone", "Network zone", "Community zone". Indeed, currently, it's tiresome to use facet "library" each time we launch a search in Alma.

                Is it possible?

                244 votes
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                • A borrowing library should be notified when a lending request is put on a waiting list

                  Scenario:
                  A library receives a resource sharing request (lending request), and the borrowing library asks to be put on waiting list if the wanted item is on loan. When the request is put on waiting list, the borrowing library should be automatically notified. This could for intance be by change of status on the Borrowing request to "In queue".

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                  • Short Term Loans - Courtesy and Overdue Notices

                    The new short_loan_courtesy_reminder & short_loan_overdue_reminder cannot be configured for multiple locations. For institutions with several hourly loan locations (for example Boston College maintains 2 and 3 hour loan periods for Course Reserves and a 4 hour loan period for some technology items) this dictates that the reminder notice has to be set based on the location with the shortest loan period. The overdue notice must be timed to make sense for for the longest loan period.

                    In our test configuration we used the following time parameters:

                    ​short_loan_courtesy_reminder - 105 minutes
                    short_loan_overdue_reminder - 241 minutes

                    However, this creates a situation whereby…

                    223 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                    • Include the item barcode as part of the data published from Alma to Primo in the AVA field to improve item search in Primo

                      Request for Alma item barcode be included in the data that is published to Primo as part of the Alma publishing functionality to enable barcode searchability in the Primo keyword search. We have discovered that items migrated from our previous ILS do contain the item barcode(s) in the MARC 945 $$i and is written to the search:general field of the PNX. As such, those items are keyword searchable via their barcode in Primo. However, for items created in Alma, the item barcode is not written to the bib record and is therefore not searchable in Primo. Adding the item barcode…

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                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                      • Add the ability to select, open, and edit more than one item record at a time.

                        Currently, Alma only allows one item record to be edited at a time within cataloging. To have the ability to selected multiple items, and then open them all at the same time (either in the same screen, or pop-ups) would be a HUGE time saver. Not only for catalogers, but for binding and material physical processing users as well.

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                        • way to report in Analytics for the POL Note

                          Need the ability to report in Analytics for the POL Note. We would like to be able to pull a report for POLs which have a note.
                          The only POL note that I can find in Analytics is the Note to Vendor but the notes we are adding are not in this field.

                          205 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                          • Add "Alternative Call Number" to the "Change Physical Items" job so that this field can be edited in batch across sets of item records.

                            Many fields in the Physical Item record can be edited in bulk using the Change Physical Items job, but "Alternative call number" isn't included in the options for this job. We would like to be able to edit (and delete) these fields across large numbers of records without having to do it manually for each one. Please give consideration to including this field in the Change Physical Items job.

                            202 votes
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                            • Hold Shelf policy for RS items

                              When using Lender Due date for RS items (Fulfillment > General > Other Settings > ignore_lender_due_date = false) the date for Pick up from shelf is the same as the Due date. This is, according to ExLibris, working as intended, but we have a few issues with the workflow.

                              This makes the workflow more manual and difficult than needed, given that we have to manually check RS items that is not getting picked up by patron within a couple of weeks. Having the RS items on Hold shelf for up to 4-6 weeks is poor use of time - for…

                              202 votes
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                              • Title-level request and item-level request

                                Currently it is only possible to configure either item-level-requests OR title-level requests in Alma for Primo . We request the possibility to configure title-level-requests in the terms of use when specific parameters are met, for example when all items are located in a certain location.

                                200 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                • create out-of-box institutional standards reports (i.e., ACRL, IPEDS,ARL)

                                  Since many institutions have to complete these standardized reports annually, it would be helpful if a template existed for each one so we wouldn't have to re-create them each year. As the reports are revised by the sponsoring organization/agency then Ex Libris can update the out-of-the-box report as part of the monthly features.

                                  198 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                                  • last active date

                                    User profile - Last active date

                                    We would like to have a field in the user profile that shows patron’s last active date, i.e. loan, request or return. This field will be useful when deciding which user profiles to purge.

                                    197 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make "Physical Item Condition Field" options configurable

                                      The new feature "Physical Item Condition Field" was a good idea.

                                      However, the condition options should be completely configurable. Currently the only options are:
                                      Brittle
                                      Damaged
                                      Deteriorating
                                      Fragile

                                      The current condition options seem extremely similar to each other.

                                      Each institution should be able to completely configure this field, including hiding the field entirely, adding/removing options, hiding/displaying options, renaming/relabelling, reordering the options.

                                      186 votes
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                                      • Blocking borrowing requests on books published within the last year

                                        With an active automatic rota for books, borrowing requests sent from Primo to Alma are automatically sent to partner. This applies for books published within the last year as well. Before we activated the autoROTA, we would usually change most of these borrowing requests into purchase requests and place the patron on a waiting list.
                                        New books requested by a patron are often items we want to purchase ourselves, and not spend money on borrowing from our partners in addition. With the autoRota there is no way for us to block these borrowing requests from being sent.

                                        We would like…

                                        185 votes
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                                        • Significant Improvements to the 'Browse Shelf List' Function Needed

                                          The 'Browse Shelf List" function is essential for catalogers in our library and is extremely clunky and time-consuming to use. Proposing any (hopefully all) of the following changes:

                                          1. Ability to view more results surrounding the exact search request.
                                          Said in a different way, the ability to view the result in the middle of the results page, so as to be able to see a few of the results both before and after. This makes call number adjustment significantly easier, instead of always needing to click a back button and remember what the call number were on the page before.

                                          181 votes
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