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  1. Synchronizing XSL templates with external systems

    When customizing XSL letter templates, it would be helpful to be able to import/export these to/from Alma. This could be done for example by webDAV. This should make it possible to use an external version control system, like git. The templates are many and complex, and version control would be useful for managing revisions. This would also enable syncing to templates between production and sandbox environments.

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  2. faster receipt printing

    Don't use email for all print events. It's too slow for receipts and transit slips at staffed service desks. (Complex anti-spam engines and office365 hosted email typically adds up to a minute to email transit time.)

    Instead, write some local software to act as a print client that talks back to the cloud. That way, you can bridge local networked printers across large sites, back to the cloud in a more timely fashion.

    56 votes
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  3. Allow part payments to be sent from Alma to WPM for online payments

    Allow a user to choose the sum they wish to pay when making an online payment via WPM. At the moment it is only possible to pay the total fine/fees owed, no option is given to enter and pay a lesser amount.

    While WPM will accept whatever amount is sent from Alma, and Alma will handle whatever payment is sent from WPM back to Alma (closing fees as possible, and partially closing fees if the paid amount does not exactly match the owed amount), Alma can only send WPM one payment element with the total amount the user owes (as…

    55 votes
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  4. Alma to DOCLINE OAI-PMH Integration

    Integration for automated harvesting of eJournal and pJournal holdings from Alma to Docline (National Library of Medicine's automated interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing and referral system).

    54 votes
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  5. API for managing scheduled jobs configured in integration profiles

    The enhancement described and completed in the idea http://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/9592206-api-to-interact-with-alma-job-scheduler is fine as far as it goes, but the current functionality does not allow us to interact with jobs launched automatically by Alma on a periodic basis; it only supports jobs launched manually by a user.

    Our use case: we have scheduled periodic uploads of SIS student data
    configured in a SIS integration profile. We would like to get a formatted list of rejected users, errors, etc. that happened during the automatic load available as a file on our processing server, so that the list can be parsed by a script…

    50 votes
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  6. Alma to support Hold Information in SIP2 checkin reponse

    We have a sort assistant (RFID equipment) that displays the next step/destination of an item on screen. It also generates a hold slip (with the hold patron name if there's a request for that item) or a transit slip (if it needs to be sent to another library).
    However the hold information is not provided in the SIP2 checkin response which means having to scan in the item again in Alma to get this information.

    Could the following SIP2 extension fields be added to resolve this issue:
    CY - Hold Patron Id
    DA - Hold Patron Name

    48 votes
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  7. Exclude expired users from bursar integration job

    Our bursar is not currently able to collect charges from users who are no longer at the university. So we want to be able to able to exclude these patrons from the reports that are sent to the bursar with bursar integration. The fact that this doesn’t exist now has prevented us from implementing integration.
    We would like this functionality to be an additional filter in the bursar integration settings that would exclude users whose expiration date is in the past. If it could specify an actual or relative date, this would be an additional improvement.

    40 votes
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  8. Provide access to files FTPed to third-parties

    We run a daily scheduled "Publishing to OCLC" job which sends OCLC our new and changed MARC records via FTP.

    From time to time, OCLC email us to let us know that some files were not processed due to errors in the MARC (typically blanks in the leader). To fix these, we need to download the problematic files, correct them, and manually upload to OCLC again.

    However we don't have access to these files in Alma. (OCLC deletes them from their server when their automated process picks them up so we can't get them from there either.)

    We managed to…

    35 votes
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  9. Patron Self Registration

    Make Patron Self Registration possible via Primo. This feature would need to be configurable by libraries and able to be turned off altogether by the library. Configuration options could include: what data elements are required, whether new accounts need to be reviewed before they are active.

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  10. Upload electronic holdings job: Add vendor's name information

    The name of the vendor is missing in the "Upload electronic holdings job" report.
    We can only see the name of the integration type.
    To identify the vendor, we have thus to remember the name of the vendors concerned by this integration profile (at this time, Elsevier or Ovid) and the date of the processing job.
    As new integration profiles are planned for other vendors (Proquest, Springer,...), this will be no more manageable.
    Thus, we would like to see the vendor name in all useful places (reports, "Monitor job" page, "Scheduled job status")

    33 votes
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  11. Add RFID multi scan function in Alma

    Currently, Alma doesn't allow multi scan use with RFID readers.

    This means librarians at circulation desk have to scan one by one items with RFID reader instead of dropping them off directely on the RFID reader. Thereby, RFID tech loses a huge part of his interest in library.

    This is all the more strange that RFID self check machines offer this possibility with Alma.

    To conclude, RFID libraries should be allowed to use multi scan functionality with Alma. Please implement such a function.

    32 votes
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  12. Create item via API addition of parameter to generate description field

    Creating item via API using -POST /almaws/v1/bibs/{mms_id}/holdings/{holding_id}/items

    Addition of a parameter "generate description" , when this flag is set to true in a call Alma would generate the description field from the provided enumeration data based on the description templates set in config.

    Looking for an equivilent ot the create digital representation paramter "generate label".

    29 votes
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  13. Display call number and/or barcode in list of fines in Primo

    We like to display the alternative call number in the patron's list of fines in Primo for fees that are attached to an item. As well there should be the permanent call number or at least the item barcode in cases there is no alternative call number. Often, the items title is not sufficient to find the correct item in ALMA, and the staff at the circulation desks have problems to clarify witch items are concerned. In Alma the item barcode is already displayed in the list of fees/fines and this should be reflected in Primo as well.

    This functionality…

    27 votes
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  14. More API options for Borrowing Requests

    The current API:s for Borrowing Requests are limited to get a list of request for a specific user, get a specific request of a specific user or create a new request.

    To be able to integrate better with other systems, in our specific case the Swedish national ILL broker system "Libris Fjärrlån", we would need to be able to update and delete requests as well.

    We would also want to retrieve lists of requests without knowing the user, for example by status, by external system or other criteria.

    26 votes
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  15. Add more options for ILL integration

    Adding ILLiad integration to Alma was welcome but also brings more issues into the system. For example - patrons are shown in their account via Primo that ILL loaned items are not renewable. They are but not via Alma. A customizable message for the Resources sharing library that would display in "My Account" saying "Renewable via ILLiad" would be welcome. We have configured ILLiad to send courtesy notices. Now that we have integrated with Alma patrons get two courtesy and "due today" letters because Alma cannot turn off letters for specific locations. The ability to turn off those two letter…

    23 votes
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  16. Field creation date by changes via API

    While changing a specific field in a user records via API the "creation date" should be changed only in this field and not in any other fields – which happens now – in order to be able to recognize the newest changes in a user profile.

    17 votes
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  17. BIBFRAME support for UNIMARC

    Currently, Alma can expose bib records in Linked Data in BIBFRAME format, but for MARC21 records only. I ask to develop the support for UNIMARC too, in order to expose UNIMARC records in BIBFRAME format through APIs, Publishing and the Alma Resource management UI.

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  18. SRU/SRW: Increase the 10,000 record retrieval limit

    The usefulness of the SRU service is reduced substantially by the 10,000 record limit.

    If removing the limit is not an option, it would still help a lot if the limit could be increased to, say, 100,000.

    My use case is that I'm using the SRU service in combination with the Bibs API to do batch processing of catalog records.

    17 votes
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  19. SIP2 over https

    SIP2 further development: To provide ability to develop more versatile and agile self-service concepts and processes for the staff, it would be useful to take into use ‘SIP2 over HTTPS’ in Alma. The basic message between library automation and Alma would still be in accordance with the standard 3M/NISO, but message pairs would be encapsulated in XML.

    http://biblstandard.dk/rfid/dk/rfid_sip2_over_https.htm

    16 votes
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  20. SIS Import/Synchronise: improve invalid character handling

    When the Alma SIS Import/Synchronise job runs, if any of the files contain an invalid XML character, the entire job is aborted. The consequence of this is that user data held in Alma might be out-of-date, depending on whether it has recently changed in central systems. I assume this behaviour occurs because one of the initial steps when the import runs is to parse the input files as a whole, rather than parsing each user record individually.

    This Ideas Exchange ticket requests that the SIS job is improved so that the job does not abort, but instead skips over the…

    15 votes
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