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  1. In Advanced Search, allow filtering OUT specific locations. For example, allow use of the filer: Physical Location "IS NOT" X.

    Many searches do not allow for an "IS NOT" operator, and in some cases it is greatly missed. For example, when trying to assemble large sets of records where you want to exclude just a few locations, or filter out a single library. Please allow for an "IS NOT" operator when doing an advanced search and filtering by location or library. I'm sure there are other search filters also missing the "IS NOT" operator. Please feel free to add more suggestions via a comment! :)

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    Alma team is analyzing to which indexes it is possible to add the “is not” and other negative comparators. In addition, there is a new feature coming called refined search which allows using indication rules created by the users (see Ability to search via free text MARC tag and subfields idea, NERS 2020).

  2. Add generic physical material types to the current table

    My libraries circulate various pieces of equipment from microphones, to musical instruments, to 3D printers, to lockers, and the current physical material type table does not suffice without adding a slew of item policies or location codes, which is messy and makes the resulting analytics more painful than it should be.

    Ex Libris support states that "The [physical material type] codes cannot be changed, because Development needs them for statistics across libraries." However individual libraries will have items that they need to distinguish between either for fulfillment rule purposes or our own statistics.

    I would like there to be about…

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  3. More possibilities for the Alma Color Theme

    In the new UI, libraries can manage branding in Alma by selecting one of 6 basic colors (blue, purple, red, green, brown, orange). This configuration can only be made by a General administrator and is valid for all Alma users. We would like:
    - a larger variety of colors (proposing the 216 web-safe colors would be fine);
    - the possibility for any user to define their own Color Theme: color experience may be very different from one individual to another and giving everyone the possibility the use a convenient color would be appreciated.

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    24 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →

    Alma team has decided to provide the ability to choose a color scheme by the user.
    The user will be able to change the color scheme via the UI preference menu based on institution policy. The institution’s administrator will be able via “Alma Logo and Color Scheme” to enable or disable users to choose a color scheme. Also, there will be a special option for the administrator to provide the ability for a specific user to choose a color scheme via the user details screen. Another improvement Alma team plans to provide is a high contrast color scheme each user will be able to choose regardless of institution policy

  4. Short Term Loans - Courtesy and Overdue Notices

    The new shortloancourtesyreminder & shortloanoverduereminder 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:

    ​shortloancourtesyreminder - 105 minutes
    short

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  5. Alma emails: provide matching plain-text alternative to reduce spamminess

    Currently Alma emails only include an HTML-formatted variant. Anti-spam software will typically penalise messages that do not contain a plain-text variant, increasing the odds that the message will be marked as spam. Providing a plain-text variant would also benefit users of plain-text only email readers. The plain-text variant should resemble the unformatted content of the HTML-formatted variant. If they differ this might suggest that the sender is perhaps sending an innocuous text in the plain text part just to get through spam filters, and again, would be penalised for this.

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    Under Review  ·  6 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  6. Make Alma link resolver compatible with EndNote's "Find Full Text" feature

    EndNote offers a "Find Full Text" feature that allows users to locate full text for citations saved to their library. The feature can be configured to work with your institution's link resolver. However, according to EndNote customer support, the Alma link resolver is not currently compatible with this feature. This enhancement would allow Alma customers to locate full text for EndNote citations via openURL.

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    We have recevied te following response from EndNote:
    We support OpenURL from SFX, which offers XML responses via REST. Other services, like Primo and Alma, did not support this at the time of Find Full-Text feature development.

    However, we have already forwarded this to our Development team as an enhancement request to have this feature with the future release of the EndNote program.

    We from Technical Support are not sure how this enhancement would be prioritized in terms of upcoming development work. While all the product suggestion submissions are reviewed by development for ideas and features for new versions of the software

  7. Expand 'Bulk Change Due Dates' to disregard expired patrons and include recalled items

    Configuring Alma to deliver an exclusively off-campus service in response to the Coronavirus pandemic included the extension of due dates for us. We were thankful for the 'Bulk Change Due Dates' functionality, which we were able to use to push back the due dates of a majority of items on loan (until 1 June in the first instance for us). We encountered problems though when it came to any items borrowed by patrons whose records were due to expire before that date. The items wouldn't go beyond the patrons' expiry dates, which under normal circumstances would be exactly how we…

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  8. Add ability to reorder Description Template Setup Rules using drag and drop

    The Description Template Setup Rules list must continually be reordered, since the first (sequentially) rule for which the enum/chron combination meets all criteria is used for the description, even if the enum/chron would more exactly meet a later rule. Regardless, is is also helpful to order the list so that similar rules are grouped together, so reordering would desirable as rules are added or removed.

    Currently, the only way to reorder the list is to move a selected rule up or down in the list, ONE PLACE AT A TIME. This is time consuming and inefficient.

    Please add the ability…

    185 votes
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  9. Change item information RESTORE change type should allow clearing temporary item information.

    When using the Restore change type under Change item information, the only change made is toggling the "item is in temporary location" back to NO. Any values filled in for temporary library, temporary location, temporary item policy, temporary call number, etc. remain. Restore should clear those fields, or allow operators to keep those fields by unchecking a box that would be checked by default.

    If the item has been scanned to have an item policy for special circ rules, that information remains in the record when it is restored, even though that information is not applied. If the item is…

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  10. Add Data Type category for the Title Report in COUNTER 5 section of analytics

    The Master Title Report of COUNTER 5 includes ebook and journal titles. It is difficult to use this master report in analytics without having a data type or section type option to differentiate between which titles are journals and which are ebooks. The master title report is useless in analytics without this option. Please add the data type or section type category from the COUNTER 5 Master Title Report into the Analytics Usage Report.

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    Under Review  ·  2 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
  11. 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…

  12. Adding more scheduling options for emailing Scheduled Reports (Alma Analytics Objects)

    Currently, there are limited scheduling options for emailing Scheduled Reports (Alma Analytics Object area). Many of our users need reports delivered on the 1st of each month in order to capture the previous month's data. The only option right now somewhat close to that is delivery on the 2nd of each month. This doesn't work for us because it adds the first day's worth of data from the next month to the previous month. I propose adding delivery options for the 1st of each month. Better yet - how about offering a drop-down list where users can choose a certain…

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    18 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone. This will be considered. First a comment and a question.
    Regarding “how about offering a drop-down list where users can choose a certain day of the month for report delivery”.
    This will not happen. Jobs of this nature need to be scheduled so that resources can be properly distributed.
    Regarding adding additional time, that may happen. Now a scheduled report has the following possible options. What would you like to see added and or changed?
    Every Monday at 03:00
    Every Monday at 07:00
    Every Monday at 09:00
    Every Day at 03:00
    Every Day at 07:00
    Every Day at 09:00
    On the 02 of every month at 03:00
    On the 02 of every month at 07:00
    On the 02 of every month at 09:00

  13. Add a linking job for mass linking of NZ records to IZ

    Currently the only way to use records from NZ in an IZ is to search them in the NZ and perform an action like "order" or "link" on every single record one by one. There are, however, situations where an IZ wants to use a bulk of records. For this purpose we need a possibility to link records in bulk and create inventory for the linked records.

    We imagine a linking job that takes as an input a logical or itemized set of records saved from a search in the NZ. The linking job can create physical and electronic (and…

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  14. Add Breadcrumbs (Collection Path) to Alma Viewer

    Like Hansel & Gretel, would be good for users to have a trail of breadcrumbs to follow home.

    That is option for Alma Viewer to display the context of the item (which collection the item belongs to if any) as defined by Alma Collections and published to Primo discovery collection lobby.

    This would enable the user, provided with a deep-link to an item in Alma Viewer, to browse related items (other items in the same collection) in Primo or return home where applicable.

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  15. Failsafe links to databases if/when Direct Linking fails

    When we were a Serials Solutions customer and we used Summon discovery, we also used Direct Linking. What was great about Summon was that it would provide a pane at the top of the screen after linking to full-text content that would provide a way to see all the database targets on the 360 Link page. See attached image.

    This same feature would be highly desirable in Primo and is one of the main reasons why we do not currently use Direct Linking. Currently, if the full-text fails to load for the default target, there is no way to see…

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  16. Digital itemized sets

    Currently it is impossible to create an itemized set of digital titles/representations/files as the option of Rep ID header is not recognized by the system.

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  17. Analyse and normalise special characters and diacritics in Alma records

    In order to enable correct and consistent automatic linking between Bib. headings and authority records, Alma's treatment of diacritics needs to be normalised, and made configurable according to the Authority file being used. In addition there are special characters in use (such as quotation marks), that have more than a single graphic representation that should be normalised in order to prevent discrepancies in Almas' match and link mechanisms.
    SFC#00533813, SFC#00375370 relate to the issue.

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  18. Enter 12 hour time with AM/PM

    We have already changed our display to 12 hours in the General configuration (General/Other Settings/systemtimeformat is changed to hh:mm:ss a and it operates correctly.) However, there are still many cases when Alma requires us to input a 24 hour time.

    For example, when we check out an item and need to change the due time, there is no way to input 12 hours with AM/PM. (Screenshot example: http://screencast.com/t/9B9XC2qbl) We must enter 24 hour time. This has caused an ongoing problem of inputting an incorrect due time (such as "17:00" when we mean to input 7PM), causing stressful…

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  19. Add option to not attach a logo to Letters (to reduce e-mail spamminess)

    If we hide the logo by removing it from head.xsl, it's still attached to e-mails and contribute to increasing the spam score (which is already quite high due to several other issues like html-only content)

    If an email logo is not uploaded, the header logo is used as the email logo. Can this please be changed? If an email logo is not uploaded, it might mean that we don't want an e-mail logo.

    Alternative, to keep backwards compatibility, a new option "Don't attach logo to e-mails" could be introduced.

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    Under Review  ·  3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  20. Reporting on historical location changes

    Analytics should allow users to run reports on historical location changes e.g. identify items that were moved from Branch A to Branch B or different locations in the same branch. This information is visible in the Item history tab; it should be made available for management reports.

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