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  1. Resource sharing form customization

    At now we can customize only the fields to display and their labels.
    We feel the need of a deeper customization of the html (directly on the form page or via css)

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  2. Include variables in subject line in letter emails costumization

    In Alma you can costumize emails and letters message body via XSL including the related data from xml, but not in the subject area, where you can write only fixed text. We need the possibility to add changing information in subject area, for example add the id of requests in the subject of the Resource sharing emails. It would be possible to configure the subject field to accept variables/placeholder containing the data in xml emails?

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  3. Allow a differentiation of library addresses

    Although we can define a library e-mail address for Billing, Claim response, Patron communications, Primary, Shipping, the preferred address is systematically used for all library specific communications.

    This is problematic, as the service responsible for claim responses and orders is different from the service handling patron communications. Therefore, their e-mail addresses are different. Some libraries are too big for just providing a generic e-mail address for the whole library, as a person would then have to dispatch continuously the incoming e-mails.

    So ideally, the e-mail specification possibility in Alma should actually help make this distinction.

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  4. Send a confirmation by e-mail for each resource sharing request

    When the user fill in the form to receive a book by the Inter-Library Loan (ILL), it would be nice if a confirmation by e-mail could be sent to him.
    Our users were accustomed to receive this sort of e-mail and it's a deficiency for them.

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  5. Re-loan should not cause automatic renewal of items already on loan

    When loaning an item to a patron, who has this item already on loan, the system automatically renews the loan (if possible). An option in configuration is needed to suppress this automatic renewal for the following reason: too many errors occur, when the item is automatically renewed. If the patron intends to return the item and the circulation desk operator by accident scans the item for loan, then the item is back in the library stacks but by accident renewed for the patron (who will get claimed!).

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  6. Set up Online Service Order configuration in the NZ and be able to share with the IZ.

    We would like to be able to set up Online Service Order in the NZ and share that configuration with the IZ. The goal is push the shared OA e-collections to the bottom of the list so they do not display first in the list.

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  7. Handling books on the shelf that didn't get checked in

    When a book on the shelf was accidentally not checked in and another user brings it to the desk, it clears the original checkout and adds a fine without generating a message to let us know. In most cases, we would waive those fines, since the book had obviously been returned. We would love to see a pop-up when that happens so we can go and waive the fine on the previous customer's record

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  8. Add "Scan In Items" functions to "Return Items" processing

    We would like to build "Scan In Items" features to the "Return Items" function, i.e. "Return Items" should be able to process requests, expired holds, and items in transit between locations the same way as "Scan In Items" does. This includes the radio button for automatically printing slips (configuration should be able to define a default)

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  9. Add a checkout widget that can be accessed from the desktop

    The most common thing we need to do in Alma is to check out books, but we need to train our students and Circ clerks to go to "Manage Patron Services." What about some kind of checkout widget or even an entry in the main Alma menu that actually says "Check out" or "Check in"?

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  10. Improving usability of the inventory section for citations

    Currently, it’s impossible to tell how ‘Digital’ and ‘Other’ inventory may be configured in the Inventory section of a citation. The green indicator shows the inventory exists but not whether it has been used for the citation.

    Digital example:
    You can’t see whether a digital representation has been selected via the ‘Manage Digital Representations’ option or whether a representation is Active or Inactive. The green indicator stays green even if the representation is Inactive or if it hasn’t been selected via Manage Digital Representations.

    Other example:
    You can’t see whether the Link Resolver has been disabled via Edit > Citation…

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  11. Extra column in "Return items" with "Fine per patron"

    We would like to have an extra column in return items, a column for fine per patron. Because at every return we immediately want to see if the patron has a fine in general, not for the returned item. We would like to see this in Return items and not via "Manage patron services / Returns". Is this possible or something similar?

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  12. Bulk Work Order Functions

    A function that allows you to scan multiple item barcodes to create a specific type of work order on all items you scan.

    This would also allow you to remove work orders in bulk.

    This is a function we very much need; on Monday I had to create 140 work orders for one of our Resource Sharing services, and this took nearly an hour and a half to do. This is not feasible for us in the long term, and we very much need a rapid function for this process.

    This function would, of course, need to inform the user…

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  13. Make fine/fee text in color to stand out when a balance is owed

    It would be helpful to have a visual indicator pointing our attention to the "active balance" line when an outstanding balance is present above $0.00.

    I propose changing that field to a contrasting text color visible to color blind (i.e., orange), only when there is a balance above $0.00. This visible cue will make it very easy to identify the fine/fee balance and communicate that to our users in order to improve our communication of fees/fines to those who ignore the notifications via email.

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  14. Option to disable confirmation messages (not of deletion actions)

    That will be great if there will be an option to disable the confirmation messages when performing actions that are not of deletion (see attached image).

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  15. Fines and Fees - Overdue fines for item not to exceed cost of overdue item

    The maximum fine parameter in Alma only offers a choice between no maximum fine or a specific dollar amount that applies to everything. Would like an additional parameter to limit overdue fines for an item from exceeding cost of overdue item.

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  16. We need another possibility in the blocks options in Term of Use Definition 23 Block When Overdue

    We need another possibility in the blocks options in Term of Use Definition
    23 Block When Overdue,
    We need, blocking 1 day for overdue OPENDAY cumulative.

    I mean: For our UAM Loan Rules, the overdue block system should work as follows:

    Our users should be blockedfor natural days, but the overdue should be calculate ONLY whith OPENDAYS

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  17. Send overdue notifications only on library's open days

    Since we would prefer to avoid to send overdue and lost loan notifications to our patrons on Sundays and holidays, it would be great to have a further option for when to automatically run the “overdue and lost loan job”, that is, to run it only “on the library’s open days”, based on the opening hours set in the “Calendar management”.

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  18. Blocks by location

    We would like to be able to apply blocks to Patron's borrowing by Location or Library, so that a block applied to a Patron for, say, Library / Location A would still allow them to borrow items from Library / Location B. Alma seems designed for multiple locations and Libraries, and yet the Blocks are currently applied across all locations.

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  19. Return and reissue items with a single click that have reached their max loan period

    When items reach their maximum loan period and patrons want to borrow the items again they have to be returned and issued again by a circulation operator. This is an unnecessarily complex workflow. Please could an option be added for circulation desk operators to be able to return and reissue the items with a single click of an interface button (providing their are no blocks of course).

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  20. Enable/disable letter activity at the Library Level

    Currently it is only possible to enable and disable letters at the institution level.

    Initially Alma documentation said this was possible:

    "The Letter Activity mapping table (Configuration Menu > General > General Configuration > Letter Activity) lists all of the letters and enables you to enable/disable them for an institution or a library."

    However this was a "documentation defect" and you can only toggle letter activity at the institution level.

    We would like to disable the "FulCancelRequestLetter" from our Resource Sharing Library and see the ability to turn on/off letters at the library level as desirable functionality.

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