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  1. Allow Acq managers to force POs to close.

    There are a number of occasions where POs get stuck at 'sent' where they should be closed. Currently we have to contact Salesforce to close these which is needlessly time consuming for all parties. It would be very helpful if Alma had the option select closed as a status type that would override the sent status regardless of activation/receipt status of the order.

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    After running an analysis on this issue, we believe that the root cause for the POL to be “stuck” was found and is planned to be fixed in one of Alma’s next releases. This fix will enable POL to continue in their workflow (move to the next step) and not to get “stuck”. I will update here when the fix is applied.

    Thanks,
    Noam.

  2. 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
    - po_line_attachments.xml ... View Edit
    - po_attachments.xml ... Edit
    - invoice_attachments_tab.xml ... View
    - po_line_attachments.xml…

    69 votes
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  3. Enable configuring VAT on the purchase order line level

    Institutions should be able to enable configuring VAT on the purchase order line level so that it can be taken into account for encumbrance calculation. Having the VAT only configured at the invoice stage creates incorrect Fund Balance reports where Encumbered Balance is always underestimated and Available Balance always overestimated. A distinction between Inclusive and Exclusive VAT in the POL would be necessary.

    27 votes
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  4. Ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that are paid and closed

    We are aware that one can edit notes on an invoice that is already paid and closed. However, for subscriptions, journals and continuations we often have the need to add/edit notes on the invoice lines of invoices that are already closed and paid. Manually putting the invoice back in Review to edit / add notes to the invoice lines doesn't solve the problem as this makes the payment information disappear which we then have to re-enter.

    We require the ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that were already paid and closed without having to re-open the invoice.

    74 votes
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  5. POL access service subscription & other service subscription -> add expected activation date

    In two POL subscription type, the expected activation date is missing :
    access service subscription & other service subscription.
    Thank you to add the field "expected activation date" into these 2 POL templates.

    19 votes
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  6. 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?

    64 votes
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  7. Set the sender address to the address of the staff that made the PO and automatically forward the mail to the said staff.

    With multiple librarians handling PO, this can help us keep better track of PO details and increase process efficiency.

    56 votes
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  8. Adding a field in the Excel Example of Creating Invoice from File.

    Adding a field in the Excel file under batch process that allows for inputting custom exchange rates. The reason for this is because the invoice creation date may not always be on the same day as payment, resulting in outdated rates.

    61 votes
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  9. Trials : when a participant reopens a survey form, the replys already submitted should display

    At the moment, when a participant reopens a survey form he already submitted, all the answers are empty.
    If he fills in again the survey form, at the end, when submitting his answers the second time, a warning message displays (do you want to submit again ?)
    We consider that this warning is too late in the workflow.

    So our request is : when a trial participant has filled in a survey form, if he reopens the same survey form later, this one should display the answers already submitted.

    10 votes
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  10. Acquisitions workflow for born digital material

    The National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) is ordering and receiving an increasing amount of born digital material, particularly through Legal Deposit. These publications are collected as individual monograph publications and serial issues, not as part of an aggregation or domain/website harvesting, for the purposes of long term access and preservation in our Heritage Collections. They are publications in their own right, not digitised version of print holdings. Alma’s Acquisitions workflows do not currently have any options to allow for steps that are specific to receiving born digital material.

    Our current workflow involves the creation of Vendor records and POLs…

    79 votes
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  11. Reopening closed POLs should re-encumber funds

    Currently re-opening a closed POL doesn’t re-encumber the funds. The workaround for this is to delete the fund, save the change, then add the fund back and save again.

    When we brought this up with Ex Libris they advised this can't be done automatically, but that they would instead add a popup message advising the funds will need to be manually re-encumbered. This was supposed to be added in December 2016 release but we noticed some time later that it didn't eventuate (SalesForce case #00436654).

    It would save a lot of time if re-opening a closed POL automatically re-encumbered the…

    18 votes
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  12. Ability to attach bibliographic record to CZ order

    The Change Bib reference action is not available for POLs that have originated from the Community Zone. This is an issue as POLs with CKB references don't have bib record information which can be used in Analytics.

    In our SalesForce case about this (00570591) we were told that POLs for an electronic item can be relinked only if it has an MMS ID in the first place, and we see from the manual that changing the bib record isn't possible using the relink action if there’s not already a bib record attached:
    https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/020Acquisitions/020Purchasing/045Closing%2C_Reopening%2C_and_Relinking_PO_Lines#Relinking_PO_Lines

    So what we want is the ability…

    15 votes
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  13. ACQ: Improve PO Line Claiming job

    Please make the PO Line Claiming job more granular. Sending claim letters to all vendors without restriction of any kind is not really feasible.

    It should be possible to define own sets of PO lines (which should be claimed) by using the following criteria:
    - One time orders
    - Continuous orders: All / Serials / Standing orders
    - Vendors: All / only specific vendors
    - Acquistition types: All / only specific types (purchase, legal deposit, exchange, etc.)

    22 votes
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  14. Generate Feedback Message with Link to E-Resource Activation Task

    When creating an e-activation task for an electronic inventory item directly from the portfolio or collection, the feedback message contains only an informational message that the task was completed but does not contain a link to the task on the E-Resource Activation Task List. We would like to see a feedback message that would include a direct link to the task so that the user can then handle the task (for example, assign the task to themselves or to others.)

    We would also like to see a feedback message containing a link to the newly created task when submitting an…

    6 votes
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  15. don't mark zero usage SUSHI reports as invalid

    When SUSHI harvests a report that has no usage for the selected dates, it is labeled as invalid. This is misleading. As long as all the correct headings for the report are in place, the report should be considered valid.

    17 votes
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  16. Add checkboxes for the single positions at the invoice details in the invoice lines tab

    Add checkboxes for the single positions at the invoice details in the invoice lines tab.
    We create all of our invoices manually. Usually we don’t use the pro rata checkbox and four invoice lines for shipment, discount, overhead and insurance are created automatically.
    In most cases not all invoice lines are needed and we delete the redundant lines manually. Therefore it would be easier to have a checkbox for choosing these lines and to be able to delete all of them at once instead of choosing and confirming the deletion of each line separately.

    87 votes
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  17. Trials workflow : enable to fill in block "Analysis and Result" only from trials with In Analysis status

    At the moment, it is possible to fill in the block "Analysis and result" in Summary tab at any time of the trial workflow. Even in an evaluation with Draft or Active status.
    It doesn't make sens, does it ?
    We would like to ask EXL to fix this and enable to fill in block "Analysis and Result" only from trials with In Analysis status.

    4 votes
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  18. Accrual Accounting>Add Ability to Manually Edit Accrual Amounts

    Alma calculates accrual percentages based on days, while we have always calculated the percentages/amounts based on months. That creates problems when we manually calculate an invoice outside of Alma, and then try to re-create it in Alma. We have had instances in which we have different amounts in Alma and with our business office as we could not enter the amounts manually in Alma. It would be really helpful to be able to manually edit amount fields for both fiscal years.

    As another example, a 50/50 split of an odd number, e.g. 49.87 requires one year to be 24.93 and…

    6 votes
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  19. Improve po_line_remove_interested_users_job

    The po_line_remove_interested_users job allows institutions to delete Interested Users from PO lines that have closed. However, there are many times when a PO line is closed before the item has left the department; consequently, running the po_line_remove_interested_users job means that interested users may be deleted before the item becomes available. Additionally, while the job removes the Interested Users from Alma, it does not remove the information from Analytics.

    We request that:
    A. Institutions have the ability to set a delay on the job based on the date the PO line was closed. (E.g., the job runs weekly, but only deletes…

    16 votes
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  20. 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."

    68 votes
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