Add Rapid ILL lending categories to Electronic Collections in Alma
Please add a new Rapid ILL lending status field to electronic collections so libraries can indicate the following Rapid ILL lending statuses and more easily create logical sets to automatically send holdings to Rapid:
• LendableInternational: You are able to fill lending requests from any other Rapid libraries around the world. This is typically the Lendable value used for print materials that you want to make available in Rapid.
• LendableCountry: You are able to fill lending requests only from Rapid libraries in your country. This is typically the Lendable value used for electronic materials.
• LocalOnly: You are not able to fill lending requests from other Rapid libraries, however these items are still available to fill your local patrons’ borrowing requests.
Currently, the documentation suggests putting these labels in electronic collections’ internal notes field. https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/RapidILL/Implementation_Guides/Alma_Holdings_Harvest_for_RapidILL
It would better to have a dedicated field in electronic collections where a Rapid lending status value could be selected.
Libraries should also have the ability to perform bulk changes to this field via the E-Collection Quick Update Cloud App.
Toby Teng commented
I think this is a very good idea. In addition, could we select a default status if no status is indicated? For example, if an institution has most collections that allow lending requests from any Rapid libraries around the world, then the default status could be set to LendableInternational. Then only the LendableCountry and LocalOnly status needs to be indicated in the respective collections, leaving the majority of the collection with no status, and hence having the default status of LendableInternational. This will save time and effort to manage the smaller number of exceptions. For your consideration please.
Peta Hopkins commented
No votes left. But this sounds reasonable. Perhaps non-RapidILL libraries might like to have it hidden though.
Chris Sloan commented
Also, the field should be updateable by Alma bulk jobs and be represented in Analytics, or at least Alma search.