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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Limit fine/fee payment to specific library

    One of our satellite libraries would like restrict payment of fines/fees for their materials to them -- we have separate accounting and budgets.

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  5. 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…

    23 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. A separate booking calendar

    Now, it is not possible to establish a separate calendar for booking request, the library's opening and closing times are used.
    We would like the booking request to have a separate calendar from the Library's general hours.

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  13. 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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  14. Automatic Loan Renewals-needs more options

    Could you add the ability to configure automatic loan renewals by physical location within a library? We have some locations we would like to have auto renewals for and some that we do not.

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  15. Display override message consistently

    Based on Block preferences, override messages can be configured. But these messages are shown only once in a session (as confirmed by Ex Libris, ticket 380696). We need this message to be displayed consistently each time that an action requires an override.
    We would like to be able to configure for each Block preference whether the override message is to be shown only once per session or at each action triggering an override.

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  16. 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)

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  17. Display Loan HOUR in Patron Services and Manage Item Returns

    Currently the Patron Services and Manage Item Returns screens display the DATE an item was loaned only. It would be helpful if they also displayed the HOUR. On the Patron Services screen, it takes extra clicks to review the Loan History in the Actions menu. On the Manage Item Returns screen, it is impossible to view the hour -- you must go to the item's history, which isn't accessible directly. The hour is already displayed in the Patron Services Due Date and Manage Item Returns Returned Date fields. I hope it is easy to add the hour to the Loan…

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  18. Loan Transfers Between Patron Accounts

    Sometimes we find ourselves in the situation where we need to return a loan from one account over to the account it should've been loaned out to.

    It would be great if we could have some kind of loan transfer option that would keep the original loan date and due date that's on the incorrect account.

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  19. Let every institution to configure due dates according loaning library (no only owning library).

    We often loan items not in the owning library but in another one. In these cases, Alma assigns the due date according to the calendar of the owning library.
    This causes that sometimes the due date is a closed day in the library where item will be returned (not owning library).
    It would be good for us to configure Alma in order to assign due dates according to the calendar of the loaning library, not the owning library.

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  20. Drop-down options for loan notes

    Loan notes are currently free-text, which makes it difficult to extract meaningful data from the notes. The option to configure a drop-down menu for loan notes would improve standardization and analytics.

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