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  1. Display PO-Line owner in "Manage EDI Tasks"

    I would like to suggest to add a column in the Manage EDI Tasks List for PO-Line owner. That would give the option to sort the List by PO-Line owning Library.

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  2. "Save and dismiss" button in "Manage EDI Tasks"

    In the "Manage EDI Tasks", when using the "Update Expected Receipt Date" action, updating the date and clicking on "Save", it would be great the concerned line would automatically be removed from the list without having additionally to click on "Dismiss". A new function button like "Save and dismiss" would be helpful.

    256 votes
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  3. Add "item policy" and "temporary location" automatically to predicted issues

    Acquisition librarians want to add automatically the "item policy" and "temporary location" to predicted issues to speed up their work and limit the number of clicks. At this moment the added value of prediction pattern functionality is being restricted by the lack of functionality (parameter setting) …
    Use case: It’s not possible to add the item policy/temporary location as a parameter to continuous pol’s. If issues are created via prediction patterns the item policy/temporary location should be indicated automatically based upon parameter settings on pol level. This would save a lot of time and additional clicks when receiving the issues. …

    245 votes
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  4. Specify time period for SUSHI harvests

    When you manually request a particular SUSHI account/report to be harvested by Alma, by default Alma requests any data which it hasn't already loaded for that account from the last 12 months. If there are multiple months in sequence missing, Alma requests the data for these months together as a single SUSHI request.

    This is an inflexible system.
    Instead, at the point where a user requests a harvest, Alma should ask the user to specify the time period they would like to request.

    This would have several advantages:


    • We would be able to use SUSHI to harvest usage data from…
    163 votes
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  5. Ability to create a chosen quantity of predictions

    As someone who manages serial subscriptions, I would like the ability to choose the quantity of predictions I create for any given holdings record. This would allow for quicker navigation of list of items, and reduce the number of inaccurate predictions.

    It is not always desired to predict an entire year’s worth of predictions (which currently is the only option). Depending on the publishing frequency and the number of copies of a subscription, we can have 11 pages of predictions in a list of items, in addition to the received items. This greatly increases the amount of clicking needed at…

    155 votes
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  6. "Request" link when you have ordered a physical book

    When you have ordered a physical book (one time order) it would be very helpful to get a Request link available on the Purchase order lines in Review page.

    Then you could place a request more quickly. You don't have to search for the book again.

    142 votes
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  7. Alma task lists: "Assign to me" and bulk actions

    In Alma task lists ...


    • Electronic resources - activation - unassigned (Electronic Resource Activation Task List)

    • Order Lines - review - unassigned (Purchase Order Lines in Review)

    • Invoices - review - unassigned (In Review Invoices)

    ... there is only a row action ("..." button) to start the "Assign to" dialog which opens a pop-up window where you can select a user. Our colleagues are not satisfied with this cumbersome assignment functionality.

    The missing functionalities are:
    (1) a one-click "Assign to me" button
    (2) a bulk functionality for "Assign to" and "Assign to me" (it is already possible to mark several…

    111 votes
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  8. Ability to store & track VPAT® documents

    As part of the procurement or licensing process, many libraries may request that a vendor provide a VPAT® (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) in order to indicate their compliance with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. It would be desirable if functionality could be developed somewhere in Alma that would allow libraries to track & report whether/when a VPAT was requested and received, which VPAT version was used, and local notes related to accessibility testing.

    103 votes
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  9. Expand ONIX-PL import to all default values in Alma.

    For ONIX-PL to actually save time, more variables has to be supported.
    We suggest that all default fields in Alma, and language for Text and Data mining are included in the import file.

    97 votes
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  10. Allow inventory to be linked to multiple licenses

    We would like inventory to be linked to multiple licenses. Some resources are licensed with two entities...the content provider and the access provider. An example of this is APA. If we choose to have our APA content hosted by another provider (which is an option), we must have a license with both APA (content provider) and the access provider.

    Currently, we need to choose only one license to link the inventory to. Which one do we choose?

    93 votes
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  11. Searching for a title with "&" should also search "and" when searching for PO lines and invoices

    When searching for a title in any of the Acquisitions (i.e. Order Lines, Invoices, Vendors, Funds, etc.) filters, searching for a title containing "and" should also pull up any results with an ampersand (&) in the title.

    e.g. Searching the title "Law and Inequality" will not find the title's PO line unless it is spelled as "Law & Inequality."

    93 votes
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  12. Can option for viewing 'Ready to be Paid' invoices be added to Acquisitions menu?

    In the 'Receiving and Invoicing' section of the Acquisitions menu,
    there are options for displaying invoices in various stages of processing: 'Review', 'Approve' and 'Waiting for Payment'. (See Alma_menu.PNG)

    It would be very useful to be able to display invoices 'Ready to be Paid' - i.e., which have passed the review stage and await running of the job for export to ERP, which changes them to 'Waiting for Payment' status.
    Can the menu be configured to include this option?

    92 votes
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  13. Ability to link to single interface records from vendor record

    At the moment, when you link to an interface from a vendor record in Alma the interface record cannot be linked to one that has already been set up. For example, if you have Vendor A and link it to Interface X you cannot also link Vendor B to Interface X. You are also unable to have two interfaces with the same name. This is required in situations where we have multiple vendors for the one interface. For example, SAGE journals are acquired directly through SAGE but the ebooks are acquired through iGroup. In this case we would like to…

    88 votes
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    Anonymous responded

    Submitted by Ex Libris PM on behalf of our customers

  14. PO Line and invoice attachments: Upload/View/Edit/Delete - additional user roles needed

    It is possible to upload attachments to a PO Line or an invoice. These attachements can be viewed, edited and deleted as well.

    In case of using Alma as (the only) data storage for e.g. invoice PDFs, it is very important that attachments can be deleted only by specially privileged staff users. Deletion might be necessery e.g. because of erroneous uploads.

    Looking into the 'Roles Reports' shows that there is no 'Delete' option listed (so Edit means also Delete):

    Purchasing Operator / Purchasing Manager


    • polineattachments.xml ... View Edit

    • po_attachments.xml ... Edit

    • invoiceattachmentstab.xml ... View

    • poline
    87 votes
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  15. Ability to edit a location instead of creating a new one

    We are aware that this is a fulfillment configuration, but it is one which causes problems with acquisitions.

    We would like the ability to 'edit' existing location codes that would automatically update everything within those locations to the new location, including holdings, items, and PO lines...rather than having to create new locations and move things before deleting the old location.

    This would eliminate the problems with "change physical items" jobs that don't change locations for things with no items attached (common with serials).

    This would also eliminate the problem of POs becoming unlinked from holdings when a location is changed.…

    76 votes
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  16. Add the ability to set individual user preferences or defaults when creating item records.

    Each user should be able to set preferences for Item record fields that match their particular workflow. For example - make it possible to set a temporary location default for when an item record is created. Make it possible for the receive date to be automatically filled in with current date.

    71 votes
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  17. Enable link from Invoice line to live Purchase Order Line so that data can be updated

    The Alma renewals workflow for continuous resources (Subscription POLs) involves creating Invoices and updating the renewal date and other data such as Notes in the Purchase Order Line. This should be possible as part of a unified workflow when invoicing, i.e. adding the invoice line and then linking through to a live Purchase Order Line to update and save the renewal date etc.
    Currently the Invoice Line PO Line link is View Only which means a separate search and action is required to find and update the renewal dates etc in POLs. This is inefficient and wastes time - given…

    68 votes
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  18. Colour/shade gradients to tell the different between license statuses (Active, Retired, Deleted)

    In the list of licenses it would be useful to have a colour/shading gradient difference between active and inactive licenses.
    For example, when you delete a license it still remains in Alma, it is just given the status deleted. This is fine as it provides a history, however, as the deleted licenses in the list look exactly the same as active licenses, apart from the status note it can often be difficult to tell the active and deleted licences apart, especially at a glance.

    It would be useful to change the colouring/shading gradient, for example, grey out the text, for…

    65 votes
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  19. Field to add "Charges" in the price.

    We need a field that allows us to add "Charges" in vendor record or in the POL, now these only allow discounts.

    Nowadays we have to assign this charge manually in the POL's list price.

    64 votes
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  20. need more search criteria in acq such as operator id or create/update date

    It would be useful to have some additional search criteria, such as operator id, and facets, such as a last update date range and status, available to monitor staff productivity. Not just in purchasing but in all areas of acquisitions the site reports the need for functionality that will allow a combination of attributes of the records to generate results. For example, an operator should be able to search using their user name, some category of task (po lines in review, invoice lines in review, invoices pending approval, etc.) and a date or date range, or status (sent/ waiting auto…

    62 votes
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    Anonymous responded

    Submitted by Ex Libris PM on behalf of our customers

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