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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 a Sending Borrowing Request Rule with Input Parameter Publication date = within last year (or 2 year, maybe optional range), and Output Parameter Send Request = False.

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  • Ann-Louise commented  · 

    Hi, Moshe
    Sorry for the delayed answer. On our part the type of patron is irrelevant. We try to have the same level of service to all our patrons. Other institutions may prefer a more differentiated level of service here, I guess.

    Rules that would automatically transform a rs req into a purch req makes sense. The important thing is to keep track of history, so we know that this started as a rs req, in case we deny the purch req and prefer to make a ILL instead. Or we like to do both.

    Thanks,
    Ann-Louise

  • AdminMoshe Shechter (Alma Senior Product Manager, Ex Libris) commented  · 

    Hi,

    What other considerations might make you prefer to manage a patron request as a purchase request as opposed to a resource sharing request ? For example, would it depend also on the type of patron ?

    What if we thought about rules that would automatically transform a resource sharing request into a purchase request ? Would that make sense ?

    Thanks,
    Moshe

  • Synnøve Uri commented  · 

    I agree - and the request must be overridable.

  • Ann-Louise commented  · 

    If the request is held back with status "ready to be sent", like it does with material self ownership=true, then we can approve sending manually.

  • Reidar Bjorvatn commented  · 

    A good suggestion, but naturally these request must be overridable if we choose not to buy the document ourselves.

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