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  1. Search for Courses from top search bar (persistent search)

    I often have to remind colleagues (and myself) that you can only search for Courses by clicking through Fulfillment > Course Reserves > Courses.

    It would make more sense for the Course search to be an option in the persistent search drop-down.

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  2. Allow library configuration to block Temporary or Permanent Move requests

    University of Wisconsin Madison has a ‘Withdrawn’ library, where items are moved and suppressed, because they are deaccessioned (e.g, extra copies that are no longer needed) or lost and missing materials. We use this method for in-depth reporting for capital depreciation and other accounting measures. As these items technically don't physically exist, we would like to be able to block Temporary or Permanent Move requests (to Change the items location) on the ‘Withdrawn’ library. Currently, blocking all requests, blocks patron initiated requests, but does not prevent staff from putting in these internal requests to change location on an item and…

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  3. In Calendar Management, allow the removal of old exception dates without changing upcoming due dates

    Currently, in the Alma Calendar Management configuration page, if an exception (closed) date from the past is removed then loans with upcoming due dates can be affected when the Due Date Correction after Calendar Change job runs.

    It would be helpful if there was a way to remove old exception dates without upcoming due dates changing. Otherwise, exception dates can never be removed.

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  4. Add Renewal Amount to Terms of Use

    In the TOU, there is a Maximum Renewal option but this still does not let us configure the amount of times they can renew an item. A solid TOU that gave an exact amount value of they amount of times they could renew would be wonderful.

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  5. Include Library Name in Item Available Notice Subject Line

    Allow for the option to include the name of the library sending an available notice, "Main Library Available Notice" or "Art Library Available Notice" for example. Would be applicable to any notice where items referenced are from a single library.

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  6. Separate courtesy notice before max loan period reached

    Users as well as staff find it difficult to keep track of the max loan period, especially with auto-renewals the expectation is that the loan period gets renewed all the time, and it catches people by surprise that the max period has been reached. A separate message warning them of the max loan period approaching, with its own configurable number of days before due date it will be sent, would give users time to arrange for either return of items or bringing them in for renewal.

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  7. Add the due date when you scan a book in "scan in items"

    When we scan a book in "scan in items" in our library, it could loan the book to the reader (for the home delivery).

    In those cases, we would like to see the due date immediately rather than have to check in the user's account.

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  8. Don't show expired courses in reading lists

    When using Scan In Items to add new items to a reading list, staff often have to scroll through a large number of reading lists attached to expired courses. We would like a way to hide these to make the list easier to work with.

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  9. Change Fulfillment to Circulation

    Fulfillment isn't an intuitive label for us. Circulation is the term we use, or allow libraries to call it whatever they want if you don't want to change it globally.

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  10. Provide Configuration Options for Lost Item Replacement Fee TOU Precedence in Alma

    Some items have price information in the record, and some do not. Rather than delete all price info or try to add it to each record, our library would like the option to force the system to defer to the Lost Item Replacement Fee (LIRF) stored in the Fulfillment TOUs over the item price in the record (if one exists). Some additional parameters for this configuration may include 1.) if price exists and is greater than the LIRF then the item price should take precedence or 2) if item price is less that LIRF then LIRF takes precedence or 3.…

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  11. Add open for edit option to patron query types emails

    Add open for edit option to patron query types emails, so that patron query types can be sent to other email address as well as the patron. As this only works in patron query templates.

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  12. Auto-renew - Maximum renew date in Borrowing Activity Letter

    We have been running auto renew for several months and it is very popular. We do not notify customers that an item has been successfully renewed but do send weekly updates and would lie to include the Maximum Renewal date on these. Although it displays in Primo we have not been able to find a way to include it in Letters and would like to request this functionality is added please

    6 votes
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  13. Add SIP2 Bin rule parameter for Fulfillment Notes

    It would be useful if the Alma internal SIP2 Bin rules were a little more granular, i.e. to help pass a different BIN number if there is a Fulfillment Note present.
    Although there are SIP fields which can be used for this at the sorter machine logic level, it would be useful to be able to use Alma's own granular item information to distinguish the sort for requested or transiting items for those with fulfillment notes and those without.
    No doubt other criteria could be asked for but the Fulfillment Note seems to be such a commonality to 'trapping' items…

    6 votes
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  14. Show editions of books when a repository search is done in either Physical Title search, or Physical Item search, not just all item search

    It's frustrating to do a physical title search or physical item search and only be showing the year of publication but not the edition, the edition only seems to show in an all item search.

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  15. mark as missing several items at the same time

    Ability to select numerous items and mark them as missing all together, instead of clicking each individual one and mark as missing one by one.

    6 votes
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  16. new TOU: pickup in (permanent) owning library

    We have different pickup-TOU:
    - pickup in all libraries
    - pickup in owning library

    If an item with TUO "pickup in owning library" is transfered to a temporary library (ILL), the a user see as pickup location the (temporary) ILL-library and not the library that owned the item permanent.

    to solve this, it should exist es new TOU:

    "pickup in permant owning library"

    Best regards

    Michael Voss

    6 votes
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  17. Please allow library staff to override the re-loan limit embargo if needed.

    Please allow library staff to override the re-loan limit embargo if needed.

    We profiled a 24 hour "embargo" using the new Reloan Limit parameter in Alma, so patrons have to wait 24 hours before checking out another laptop. However, there have been several times that a patron checked out a laptop, but experienced technical difficulties with the device and returned it to check out a replacement device. However, Alma doesn't allow staff to override the new reloan limit so we have to keep a written note with the patron's info, item barcode, etc. and do a manual check out for…

    6 votes
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  18. Have Related Holdings assigned lower AVA lower subfield P for correct View in Primo

    Currently the priority for related holdings is not being considered when writing the AVA subfield P when exporting to Primo. This is incorrect. The record itself should have a higher priority than the related records. This can cause the Primo aggregated call # display to be misleading: http://screencast.com/t/06sd3csq

    In the screenshot above, if the priority was set correctly upon extract from Alma, The correct holding information would be displaying beside the Available statement in Primo

    6 votes
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  19. Fullfilment - temporary note on a loan

    Fullfilment - temporary note on a loan

    In our library system in Siena we have also public libraries (Institution REDO)
    These libraries host classes to "introduce" young students to the libraries and books.

    When we were in Aleph these libraries created a card from the class (let's say second class of Green School) and they made loans on this card.
    They used the temporary note in order to write the name of the children that took the book.

    So they printed a loan receipt for the teacher where there were the titles, barcodes, date of return and the names of…

    6 votes
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  20. Include renewal override prompt when using "Renew selected" or "Renew all".

    Include prompt for override when using "Renew selected" or"Renew all" button in Patron services if the item's renewal is not allowed by TOU.
    Override prompt only occurs when item is re-loaned by entering the barcode.

    5 votes
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