Ability to schedule manual jobs on a regular basis
At our institution, we have some manual jobs we would like to schedule on a regular basis (daily, weekly, etc.). For example, after we purchase a physical title and a PO line is created in Alma, we run the manual job, change holding information on a logical set. This job updates the holding call number (852 $h and $i) from the bibliographic record and also updates the library and location (852 $b and $c) based on the Library of Congress call number in 852 $h.
We are aware that there is an Alma Jobs API (https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/blog/Working-with-the-Alma-Jobs-API) that could probably accomplish this. But could I suggest that scheduling manual jobs be built-in to Alma for those who lack programming skills? Thank you.
Kurt Vollmerhause (QUT) commented
Supported. There are several use cases at our site for this as well, to automate regular jobs currently done on a manual basis. It really should be possible to do this natively within the Alma application (like other customers, we do not have ready access to local programming/development resources to go the API route).
Mike Rogers commented
Implementing this idea would help us out a lot. I much prefer native Alma solutions over the APIs, if they are available. The APIs are helpful in certain circumstances but from a systems management perspective, this seems like something better managed within the application itself.
Adam Traub commented
Agreed! While there are alternatives using the API, including the ability to schedule jobs to run on sets allows Alma administrators (who may not have time/support for programming around APIs) to set up automated jobs, which would reduce the failure points and allow them to effectively monitor those jobs.
Very important for us too at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Avivit Stamker-Avisar commented
A very needed ability.
We also need such a development for the media conversion job, so that we can run it at night.