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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 15 generic material types added to this table that will allow libraries a bit of flexibility in dealing with this category. Similar to how Primo has blank PNX fields that can be used to create additional facets, etc. that best fit the needs of the library and its users.

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    Laura M. shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →

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      • Jane Daniels commented  · 

        Hi,

        I have run out of votes but heartily support this idea!

        Jane Daniels

      • T. Back commented  · 

        Yes, please make this happen!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Please consider this proposal, it would significantly help our institution

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