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.
We thought to suggest to have an additional physical material type which will be more granulare and customizable. This type you will map to existing type allowing to keep the statistics.
I have voted several times for this - the college I recently started working for simply been using "Other" for material type when there isn't something that met there needs. This makes if very difficult when trying to gather stats and the like. Like why is there a material type for dvd, but not for dvd player, etc. We should be able to edit the material types to suit our needs. 3 votes from me to add this in a future upgrade!
This request is somewhat similar to "Decouple the bib-level material type of Music into Scores and Sound Recordings."
Michal Lahav commented
This idea was raised more than a year ago, and received a high number of votes. It is 2nd from top in the category of "Resource Management Physical" and 7th among all ideas, and yet there is no comment from the Product team that it will be reviewed.
Irene Handy commented
We really need this! Thanks.
Jane Daniels commented
I have run out of votes but heartily support this idea!
A thousand times YES!!
T. Back commented
Yes, please make this happen!
This is a great idea!
Please consider this proposal, it would significantly help our institution
If Ex Libris won't allow us to create new ones, can we request that Ex Libris add new ones for everyone's use?
Carole A. Chapman commented
I also like this idea. There are many material types that I would like to add. While we can repurpose an obsolete material type by re-naming it, I would rather be able to add a new material type to the list. For example, our Special Collections department would like "broadside" added to the list. Also, what about future material types that we do not yet know about, how would we add them when needed?
L. Morales commented
I agree with this! The Knowledge Center posted this recently: https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Knowledge_Articles/Physical_Material_Type_Descriptions_table_does_not_have_the_option_to_add_a_row and I am quite disappointed. The Material Type field would be wonderful for reporting purposes but is not as useful as it could be right now without some tweaking.
In the Physical Material Type code table there are many material types that we don't need or that are confusing or redundant, and other materials we want but that are not listed, such as librettos. If we could customize this table we could standardize the material types we use and add ones we need.