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  1. Allow barcode search for a course reserve citation

    Often professors fail to come to the Library and remove their personal books from Course Reserve, leaving the Reserves supervisor with many such books and no idea to whom they belong. In Voyager, she could go into the Reserves module, scan in the barcode, and it would bring up the course, instructor, and the rest of the course's reading list, so she knew immediately whose book it was. In Alma, scanning in the barcode in Alma brings up only the brief bibliographic record. If she goes to Fulfillment/Course Reserves/Citations, all reserve items appear, and she could search by title to…

    20 votes
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  2. Borrowing Activity Letter

    Currently, Alma limits the borrowing activity letter to list only 100 loans.

    It would be great to have the letter list all loans without a limit.

    19 votes
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  3. Delay for hold notification - up to 5 digits

    Even if a library is closed to the public, the staff are working.

    When they scan a returned loan, a notification is sent but the patron cannot retrieve his document due to the closed library.
    It would be beneficial for us to be able to delay the notification for a week.
    We would like to get up to 5 digits the delay for hold notification. Currently, it's 3 digits max, 999 minutes (16 hours).

    19 votes
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  4. Make the focus and displayed function configurable

    in the Function "Fulfillment" - " manage user services" - "Patron services" - "submit request"

    a popup screen is shown "Submit request". After select a title there are 4 action buttons:

    "Patron Physical", "Booking", "Cancel", "Digitization"
    (in this order).

    • Please put the Action "Cancel" at the first or last (better) place!
    • Can we configure which buttons are shown (Digitazation, and Booking we not offer as a service)
    • the action button "Digitazation" is the prefered action (focus is on that function), can we configure which action is the prefered action?

    Michael Voss (HUB)

    18 votes
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  5. Option to sort reading list citations by publication date

    Instructors sometimes want to sort citations in a reading list by publication date. We would like the options “Date – ascending” and “Date – descending” added to the “Sort by” dropdown in Alma and to the “Order citations in all sections” dropdown in Leganto, so that either library staff or instructors could make this change.

    We know that data in this field can take on different forms because of the way it is entered in the bib record. For instance, it could be e.g. "c2000", "2000", "2000-2001" etc., so some normalization may have to occur

    18 votes
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  6. Enhance Display Logic Rules to incorporate the same full functionality options of General Electronic Services

    Display Logic Rules options are limited in allowing only Hide options by User Group, ownership by campus or institution, or presence of another service. They also have hardcoded display depending on the service, such as displaying only when a user is logged in, and only in Get It or View It (some of which are understandable per service).
    In contrast, General Electronic Services are extremely powerful with Show / Hide options by true or false default rule, choice of display in Get It and/or View It, allowing display when not logged in, as well as by ownership by campus or…

    18 votes
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  7. Bulk Import Citations

    Sometimes, we get many reserves from our own collection that we will put on for professors.

    It would be great to have a way to create a set, or some other itemized or logical list, to bulk import citations to a reading list. Of course, this would only be citations that exist within our repository.

    17 votes
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  8. Add Circulation History Log to Alma as Patron History in Patron Records

    Staff would benefit from having a circulation history log, as in Aleph, to track transactions much easier. That would greatly assist us in billing, since we do it manually. It is also useful for resolving patron issues with fines and fees issues, as well as overdue fines. It could be included as patron history on patron records. We used the log for handling a number of issues.

    16 votes
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  9. Confirm button for adding manual charges and/or ability to edit/delete manual charges

    It would be helpful to have a confirm button when adding manual charges, just as you do when waiving charges. Also, can we have the ability to edit or delete manual charges? We add charges for replacement costs for lost books, for example, and with no confirm button it can be too easy to mis-enter an amount, and as there is no functionality to edit or delete a charge you then have no option but to waive a charge and start again.

    17 votes
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  10. Differentiate Returns screen from Patron look-up screen

    Our student workers at circulation keep on trying to scan student IDs in the returns box or item barcodes in the Patron services box.
    I would like to make the highlight around the Returns box anyway a different, bright, distinguishable color. It would make it easy for a student to glance at the screen and think, "bright yellow, I'm on the returns window." See attachment for a preview of this option.
    (I realize our students should just pay more attention to what they are doing, but they don't.)

    17 votes
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  11. Blocks tab on User Details screen should display system assigned blocks as well as librarian assigned blocks.

    The blocks tab on the User Details screen should display system assigned blocks as well as librarian assigned blocks.

    It is confusing for staff if a user is blocked but the block doesn't show on the user details screen, only via Manage Patron Services.

    This idea is partly related to "Make Manage Fulfillment Activities the same thing as Manage Patron Services" (https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/36274744-make-manage-fulfillment-activities-the-same-thing) - one of the ongoing issues with Alma from a staff point of view are the number of different screens things are under, and not in a particularly intuitive way. Waive a fine here, pay a…

    17 votes
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  12. Set different reshelving time for specific collections in a library

    The August release added a temporary Awaiting Shelving status which can only be configured at the library or circulations desk level.

    We circulate all of our collections through one circ desk, but have a much shorter reshelving period for course materials (less than an hour) than for the general collection (up to a day). It would be useful to set different time to reshelve periods for these collections.

    17 votes
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  13. Ability to see all holdings when viewing citations in a reading list

    Currently a maximum of 3 Holdings is displayed for citations in a reading list. This means operators won’t see the details of all copies the library holds if there are more than 3 types of Holding. Viewing complete information is important for operators reviewing a reading list.

    Furthermore, this default display of 3 Holdings is based on Availability therefore operators are likely to see information for materials held in lesser reference collections (these are always available!) rather than information for stock held in more popular lending collections.
    Libraries should be allowed to set their own limit.

    16 votes
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  14. Allow Alma to allow renewals if a certain number of copies are "In Place"

    We circulate short loan laptops and equipment but have a threshold that needs to be in stock before we will manually renew for users. As a result, we need to mediate renewals. It would be great if Alma could do this automatically so we could allow self-renewals of short loan equipment.

    16 votes
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  15. Retrieving Returns from Advanced Search

    Currently there is no option in Advanced search to detect all the recent Items returned on a specific day.
    There is an existing function in Alma thats possible to detect only Loans

    Please add this feature to be able to retrieve Retuns in Advanced search and not just from analytics (there the data is updated only to the previous day and not the current) .

    16 votes
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  16. Work order email notification option

    We use work orders to request items from our other branches to be loaned out via interlibrary loan.

    When the branch is unable to find the book, they click Mark as Missing on their Pick from Shelf list.

    Unfortunately, this simply deletes the work order and doesn't notify us that the work order was deleted. We have to go into our Monitor Requests queue and actually scroll through all the completed requests to find the ones that were marked as missing.

    I would like to request that when creating a new work order, there is an option to add an…

    16 votes
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  17. sound alert for task

    Sound Alerts for Pick From Shelf Requests
    Can we please have a sound alert when new "Pick from Shelf" requests arrive as we use this for Reading Room requests which need to be actioned as soon as they arrive. Sound alerts would need to optional.
    It would be good to have these available for other tasks in fulfillment such as when "holds" or "lost books" are returned and another action needs to happen

    15 votes
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  18. Reduce 24 - 48 hour window between the time a Course and Reading list are created in Alma and the moment it appears in Primo

    It is very difficulty to judge whether or not processing course reserve material are successfully completed until a full day and sometimes longer have lapsed if/when publishing in Primo is a concern. This happens - failure to publish in Primo - inspite of Course Reserve becoming available as loan-able in Alma.

    15 votes
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  19. Dynamically set "addressFrom" field for "On Hold Shelf Letter" based on item location

    A few libraries in our consortium have expressed interest in more granularity for "On Hold Shelf Letter" configuration.

    In particular, the ability to have this letter dynamically show the ILL sender email address (ILL@institution.edu) for any item with a Resource Sharing (RS) location code. If an item has any other location code, show the Circulation sender email address (circ@institution.edu).

    It would be ideal be able to set this type of condition in a rule similar to the way Display Logic Rules work in the Alma Configuration Menu.

    Currently the circulation email address is our default and…

    15 votes
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  20. All items loan and hold requests history - in citation view.

    The new information available in the 'Other details' tab of items is great, can we also have this information made available in the citation view 'More Info' tab please?

    15 votes
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