Expand 'Bulk Change Due Dates' to disregard expired patrons and include recalled items
Configuring Alma to deliver an exclusively off-campus service in response to the Coronavirus pandemic included the extension of due dates for us. We were thankful for the 'Bulk Change Due Dates' functionality, which we were able to use to push back the due dates of a majority of items on loan (until 1 June in the first instance for us). We encountered problems though when it came to any items borrowed by patrons whose records were due to expire before that date. The items wouldn't go beyond the patrons' expiry dates, which under normal circumstances would be exactly how we would have Alma work, but in this situation was inconvenient and required us to do a manual workaround. Likewise, the due dates of any items on loan that had been recalled due to policy (e.g. having reached the end of the maximum renewal period) or requests were not extended, so again we had to deal with those separately.
Recognising that the way Bulk Change Due Dates works currently is suitable for Alma users probably a majority of the time, could tick-box options such as 'Disregard patron record expiry dates' and 'Include recalled items' be added to that screen please?
I had an exchange about this with Support this morning. This was a problem for us even before the pandemic because of the way our academic calendar works. We, the libraries, not Ex Libris, should determine the best way to handle expired patrons.
Tom, can you share your workaround? Thanks.
Michał Wawro commented
I suggest also to add possibility to select all libraries for a single bulk job. Currently with 40 librares in an institution it's a lots of work.
Lori Hilterbrand commented
The tick boxes are really important as the expiration and recalled exceptions might not be desired every time due dates are being advanced. The ability to add those features or opt out with each run of the job would be very helpful.
Chuk Goodin commented
A toggle to confirm overriding expiration dates is good. Also you can work around this limit with the API.
Florian Steinborn commented
Graham Bamber commented
Greta idea. It would also be nice if we could do this for more than one library at a time. Having to change bulk dates per library is a tad annoying.
Henry Steele commented
This is a great idea, and I think is important for bulk due dates to work properly. If possible it might be good to make this a toggle feature, like a check box that says "override expiration dates?"