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  1. sound alert for pop-up windows

    A sound alert to accompany a pop-up window would be very helpful. We find that our student workers often fail to see important pop-up notes when they are checking out or returning materials. A distinct sound would help immeasurably!

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  2. Allow "ignore_lender_due_date" setting to be customized per resource sharing partner

    Currently the "ignorelenderduedate" setting in the Alma Customer Parameters Mapping Table is a global setting; it applies to all resource sharing partners. This is problematic for consortia who have resource sharing partners for consortia members, as well as a resource sharing partner for ILLiad.

    Setting "ignore
    lenderduedate" to "true" works for our consortia resource sharing standard checkout, but ILLiad due dates must be entered manually.
    Setting "ignorelenderduedate" to "false" works for the ILLiad lender due date, but then consortia due dates must be entered manually.
    If "ignore
    lenderduedate" could be…

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  3. It would be helpful if there were an option to "print MARC record" within the MD editor and from the Repository Search.

    We sometimes have need of a hard copy of the MARC record for tracking certain workflows. One such example is for making notes about title changes and tracking them across several records. It would be nice if there was a "print full record" option, both in the MD editor and in the repository hit list. Right now, we need to either do print screens or do a screen capture and print from that. Thank you!

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  4. Fine for failing to pick up request

    We would like to have a fine automatically applied when a patron fails to pick up a request. The fine should be applied after the last pick-up date has passed if the request has not been picked up or cancelled. It should be possible to determine for which locations/user groups the fine will be applied.

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  5. Decouple the bib-level material type of Music into Scores and Sound Recordings

    The bibliographic material type of Music inexplicably combines scores (Leader/06 c or d) and sound recordings (Leader/06 i or j) into a single facet. This makes no sense and makes standard statistics reporting extremely difficult as scores are usually reported with books (they are, after all, pieces of paper bound between covers) whereas sound recordings are usually reported with other media. Scores should be separated out as its own bib-level material type.

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    Thank you for this ideas exchange request.
    For the purpose of clarification:
    Alma uses (among others) two levels of faceting the bibliographic records: Material type and Resource type.

    Regarding the Material Type: There are seven different distinct bibliographic material types in Alma, and this corresponds to the seven different distinct bibliographic material types used by the MARC standard. These MARC standards are explained at https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bdintro.html under section “Scope of the Bibliographic Format”. Ex Libris will leave these distinct seven formats, and not add or subtract from them. This is because there are seven distinct formats in the MARC standard. For this reason we will not add another format or change the name of an existing format. Each bibliographic record has one bibliographic material type. The Material Type is considered “Music” if the LDR pos. 6 is one of the following: c d i j. This is explained in the Ex…

  6. Provide birthdate information in search results of patron search

    When searching for patrons through Fulfilment>Manage Patron Services, it would be useful if the search results included the patron's birthdate so that library staff had a unique identifier to check against when there a multiple patrons with the same name.

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  7. Automatic Hold Item check for its interested user

    Please make it possible that when a PO line has an interested user, its Hold Item gets checked automatically by using any of the following methods:

    1) the library's configuration change
    2) Import Profile setting
    3) Update PO line job

    This function is necessary for Patron-Driven Acquisitions which takes up most of our purchases. Now we manually open each PO line and tick the box one by one, which is one of the biggest hassles when there are hundreds of PO lines to review.

    144 votes
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  8. New role for Manage Import Profiles

    Currently users must have a Cat Admin role or Gen Sys Admin role to be able to Manage Import Profiles (change/add profiles). This also gives them access to the Configuration area of Alma. There should be a role to permit users to Manage Import Profiles that does NOT also give them access to the Alma configuration area. Access to the Alma configuration menu should be separate from the ability to Manage Import Profiles.

    143 votes
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  9. "Request" link when you have ordered a physical book

    When you have ordered a physical book (one time order) it would be very helpful to get a Request link available on the Purchase order lines in Review page.

    Then you could place a request more quickly. You don't have to search for the book again.

    141 votes
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  10. Add Electronic Services information to the Analytics Link Resolver subject area

    Currently the Link Resolver subject area of Analytics allows us to generate reports on the number of times all electronic services are delivered and clicked.
    We would like to see the details of which electronic services are being clicked, and which are not.
    This is valuable information for us when making decisions about collection displays and edits we might make to the online services order.
    To do inform these decisions we would like the Electronic services information to be added to the Link Resolver subject area in Analytics.

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  11. Allow configuration of quick cataloguing form required fields

    We currently only use the quick cataloguing form at circulation desks to create quick records to loan items found on the shelves but not found on Alma. The items are loaned and then the work order routes them to the cataloguing team on return. All these items already have call numbers so we'd like the call number field to be a required field in the quick cataloguing form. Sometimes returned items are incorrectly returned to the shelves and if the quick catalogue record does not include the call number they are often impossible to track down.

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  12. Display Logic: shared NZ choices in IZ

    Currently, the Display Logic settings are limited to IZ resources only; they do not allow choices for resources that are shared from the NZ among several institutions.

    For example, my library offers unmediated CCC document delivery for certain Wiley titles we don't subscribe to. So when I set the display logic rule, it should be "Hide service Full Text with Electronic collection = CCC Get It Now Wiley if exists service Full Text with Electronic collection = Wiley Online Library." However, because the Wiley Online Library ecollection is shared in the NZ for my consortium, it will not appear as…

    139 votes
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  13. Request an item belonging to a bibliographic record for which an item is already on loan to the requesting patron

    Hi,
    We have dedicated librarians working on digitizations, and sometimes the item they have on loan and like to scan is not suitable for the digitzation process (notes, underlining etc).
    They would then like to request another item. This request will be rejected in Alma due to policy. An item can not be requested when you already have a an item from the same bib record on loan. They would, of course, like to keep the original item on loan until they have checked if other items are more suitable.

    You are able to request if the items have different…

    136 votes
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  14. Purchase Request Library management in User records

    A new multi-selection field, Purchase Request Library, was added to the User Details page with the June 2018 release. If one or more libraries are defined for a user, the user may create purchase requests only for the listed libraries. If no libraries are defined, the user may create a purchase request for any library.

    But managing Purchase Request Libraries in user records can only be done record per record; there is no possibility for batch processes.

    Currently, there is no option:
    - to add or remove a Purchase Request Library with the Update/Notify Users job;
    - to add or…

    134 votes
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  15. Control Purchase Request Display in Primo by Material Type

    Using display logic rules there is no easy way to show the Purchase Request link based on material type. We want to enable the purchase request link for ebooks, but not ejournals. I did come up with a hackey workaround by creating a GES that only does the identification of the journal and then a display logic rule to hide the purchase request if this GES is present, but there seems like there should be a better way to do this?

    134 votes
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  16. "Make Toggle Missing Status Available from item editor"

    To mark an item as missing, you must currently use the Toggle Missing Item option from the inline action menu, which only displays when you are viewing a list of items attached to a given bib record. However, if you search for the item using a physical item search, and only one item matches your search criteria (for example, if you search by barcode), then the item record opens automatically in the physical item editor. There is no option to toggle the missing status from this screen. Operators must remember to perform a title search, instead of a physical item…

    133 votes
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  17. Receiving workbench - more functionality

    Receiving workbench should be the most logical place to have an Open Expected Items button when you run out of predicted items. An option to withdraw expected items on the receiving workbench should also be available if during receipt the receiving operator becomes aware that an issue will not be published.

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  18. Automate Work Order creation based on item location.

    Boston College would like to be able to configure Alma so that work orders are auto-created for materials in a designated location when they are placed on loan.

    Here is the desired workflow:


    1. Item is loaned.

    2. At the same time, Alma automatically places a work order on the item.

    3. When the item is returned to the managing circulation desk the work order is triggered and the item is routed to the correct work order department for processing.

    The purpose of this request is to improve the management of the laptops that Boston College Libraries loan to patrons, and to facilitate…

    131 votes
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  19. Allow configuration of which columns are in the the Print Slip Report

    For institutions that handle a large number of Patron Physical Item, and other request types dealing with their physical inventory, the Print Slip Report available under Fulfilment>Resource Requests> Pick from Shelf is a crucial workflow tool.

    However the report output is inflexible, including columns which are irrelevant to many customers and which require hiding/deletion in Excel formats before being printed for onward process by library staff.

    It would be a huge improvement to be able to configure the columns that go into this report to ensure that only the key ones are downloaded for each circulation desk's pick from shelf…

    128 votes
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  20. portfolio deactivation date

    Currently, when you create a local electronic collection, you have the ability to set "active from" and "active until" dates at the collection level. We have electronic collections where we purchase 1 year of access for select titles (collections such as Kanopy). It would be great if we could set deactivation dates at the portfolio level. With a deactivation date, once the year of access is complete, we wouldn't have to remember to deactivate the individual portfolios.

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