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  1. Change Financial Year dates after they have been set

    It doesn't look as if it is possible to change the start and finish dates of any financial year in Acquisitions Configuration > Fund And Ledger Fiscal Period table mapping tables once the year has been created, unless it is deleted completely.

    Can it be made possible for the start and (in particular) the end dates to be edited having already been set and saved, if so required?

    Being able to do this would be of particular benefit around the time of a financial year rollover, especially if an institution cannot be certain that all financial transactions for the outgoing…

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  2. Open predicted issues in bulk / by help of a job

    only option in alma is opening the predicted items per title. We would like more functionality in the receiving workbench. We can see that predicted issues can be opened for the coming year when in the receive screen, so have to do it title by title!

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  3. Ability to change invoice owner

    Currently, invoice owner cannot be changed once the invoice Summary tab has been saved.

    If a user creates a manual invoice and mistakenly saves this tab with the wrong owner, the invoice needs to be deleted and recreated.

    If an EDI invoice loads with the wrong owner due to an issue with one or more lines, the invoice needs to be deleted and reloaded.

    This is inefficient, particularly when an invoice with many line items needs to be deleted and manually reentered. Please add the ability to change invoice owner to an appropriate value.

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  4. Defer PO Lines with Acquisition Method "Purchase at vendor system"

    The documentation on Deferring PO Lines clearly states that "you can defer any PO line except those with the Acquisition method of Approval plan or Purchase at vendor system" (https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/ProductDocumentation/010AlmaOnlineHelp(English)/020Acquisitions/050Deferrals/010DeferringPOLine_Workflow).

    We would like to be able to defer PO lines with the Acquisition method of Purchase at vendor system. We have many PO lines with this Acquisition method that are only paid every few years, i.e. 5-year hosting fees. The ability to defer PO lines with this Acquisition method would allow us to clear encumbrances for the unaffected years and release those…

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  5. Option to receive from items list

    Please make it an option to receive an issue, without having to navigate away to the specific "Receiving" page, if you are looking at it on an items list. Often I'll be working on items and notice that one of them is not received when it should be, but I can't change that without interrupting my workflow or opening a new window.

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  6. Copy POL data to new POL with different order line type

    We still experience issues when a POL is created with the 'wrong' POL type / inventory type (e.g., a print POL is created but e-inventory needs to be attached) - these 'incorrect' POLs must be deleted and recreated manually. There are other ideas out there to make POL types and architecture more flexible, such as this one:

    https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/10634154-allow-linking-po-lines-to-electronic-inventory-reg

    and Ex Libris has done some work on this, e.g.:

    https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/13876698-ability-to-change-purchase-type-order-line-type

    In the comments of that request, Ex Libris indicates that allowing the kind of flexibility to 'change' a POL order line type - or attach different types of inventory to it…

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  7. Print slip option in the Acqisition receive screen

    We want a print slip option for the Receive screen in Acquisition that includes barcode and location, reporting codes, receiving note and notification of interested user/ patron request.

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  8. Add option (permitted) text data mining clause to license terms of use

    Some publishers allow text data mining of databases/ejournal packages and this needs to be noted as a license term of use

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  9. Add the ability to upload EDI files from FTP sites manually

    Currently, Alma will only allow you to manually upload an EDI invoice file from a local folder. If you map an FTP site shortcut to your desktop and attempt to manually upload the EDI invoice file from that location, it will say there is an error. I have confimed that Alma does not currently support manual EDI invoice file uploading from ftp sites, only when you configure it to run automatically.

    Import profiles support both processes, so it seems like this area of Alma should support both manual and automatic uploads from FTP sites as well.

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  10. Associating with more than one POL

    Currently you can only associate a POL with one other POL. I would like the ability to associate a single POL with multiple POLs. This is helpful in associating different titles that are paid in a single package, or arrive together.

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  11. Direct to source Test Access button

    When you click on the "test access" button or link in drop down menu Alma takes you directly to the e-book/e-journal rather than going splash screen of portfolio resources that directly link to the e-book/e-journal

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    Add a button or link that directly goes out to the e-book/e-journal/database on the web skipping the splash window (see attached screen shot. Opening in a new browser windows without taking you away from the Alma browser window you are working on

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  12. “In Review” requests sorted by creation date

    In the Acquisitions> Purchase Request> Manage Purchase Request> “In Review” requests, these are displayed in reverse order of the creation date.

    It would be more useful if the default order was by creation date, that is, the oldest requests were shown in the top, so that they are managed in the first place. In this way, it would save time in their management.
    Another possibility would be that the librarian could select the type of ordering of the requests.

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  13. Communications in cancelled POL

    Alma offers the possibility of sending communications to the vendors at the POL level. While the POL is active, you can see both the communications made and their content in the POL Communications tab. However, when the POL is canceled, the content of the communications cannot be displayed in Alma.

    Knowing the content of the communications, especially in POLs that are canceled, is necessary to know the reasons for the cancellation.
    We propose that the content of the communications be seen in Alma not only when the POL is active, but that it be viewed independently of the POL Status.

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  14. Automated Invoicing for Amazon

    Amazon is a common supplier of materials for many libraries and the current process of needing to manually enter invoices in Alma is very slow and tedious. I don't believe Amazon supports EDI, but they do provide invoice/order information in CSV format. It would be really great to have the ability to automate or batch load Amazon invoices.

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  15. Automatically Associate Certain Payment Methods (e.g., Credit, JV, Deposit) with Prepaid Functionality when Creating Invoices

    We would like the ability to automatically associate certain Payment Methods (Credit Card, JV (Correction), Deposit Account, etc.) with Prepaid functionality when creating Invoices. 1) This would save time. 2) Most institutions do not want certain payment methods going to their ERP, but occasionally forget to check the Prepaid box. Setting this up systematically would serve as a fail-safe for such situations.

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  16. Purchase request conversion into a resource sharing request

    It would be good if it was possible to convert a purchase request into a resource sharing request on Alma. This might arise in circumstances where the user has originally requested a purchase request for a journal article on Primo. It would be useful if this purchase request could be converted into an ILL request simply without having to re-key in the information

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  17. Un-receive option for items not in-department with interested users.

    Current un-receive functionality is restricted to items which are still in department and having no interested users. It would be very helpful to have un-receive available without these two conditions attached.

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  18. Ability to assign Renewals.

    In the same way POLs or Purchase Requests in review can be assigned. This will give us that ability to assign subscription renewals to selectors/budget holders for approval.

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  19. Allow the system to change formats for example Physical One time to Electronic One-time and vice versa.

    At the moment when you have created an order for a physical book, but then want to accept the e-book instead, the system does not allow you to change the format as it expects you to follow the workflow of the format you ordered in the first place.

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  20. Creating sub lines in a manual invoice

    The ability to add servicing charges to an invoice manually as separate invoice lines that are linked to the regular lines.

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