Could we have dates showing the actual month, not represented numerically?
Many of our students can't work out when their items are due, maybe due to the increasing use of the US dating format, so they don't know if 4/10/16 is the 4th of October or the 10th of April. Using the actual months would decrease the confusion.
Ann Kucera - Central Michigan University commented
We are in implementation and our dates show up MM/DD/YYYY so I suspect it is configurable.
François Renaville commented
I agree this feature would be useful for end-users.
I would like to add that customers should be able to customize by language the way months are displayed, in full (MMMM > January, February…) or in brief (MMM > Jan, Feb…).
For institutions using Alma/Primo in other languages than English, Alma should be able to support a translation for the months so that it is coherent in the letters.
Joan Kolarik commented
I suggest that this idea should be broadened.
In the new UI, Alma should have the ability to select date format. The ability to display dd-MMM-yyyy should be standard for optimal usability: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/date-input/.
During our implementation, we requested that the Alma date format be changed to dd-MMM-yyyy. Ex Libris staff didn't know that this wasn't possible. It turned out that there is a bug which prevents that date format from displaying correctly in many Alma screens.
Anyone who works both with the US and the rest of the world probably finds dates confusing when they present only numbers.