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  1. 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/rfidsip2over_https.htm

    159 votes
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  2. 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.

    77 votes
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  3. 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).

    60 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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

    51 votes
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  6. Include Attachments Tab Data in XML Output of Invoice Export

    Currently, when you send invoices to your S/FTP server, only data from the Summary tab and Invoice Lines tab are included in the XML output.

    We would like the data from the Attachments tab to be included in the XML output as well for our upcoming integration with Workday. Workday requires a URL for the attached invoice and the Attachments tab is the place to store this.

    These data also do not appear to be available via the API. Adding these data to both places would be ideal.

    47 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.

    45 votes
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  8. Proxy for Print Daemon

    We are grateful that there is a print daemon. Since our network does not allow any application to access the Internet, version 1.2 will not run without affecting the secured network configuration.

    The improvement I request is to implement a network configuration setting to configure the proxy settings the way as it works in Browsers.

    Kind regards
    Urs Wider

    34 votes
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  9. Update Resource-sharing request through the ALMA API

    Currently with the API, the only update option possible is shipping a resource sharing request. We request the option to perform other updates, e.g. change the status.
    (Updating the resource sharing request through the corresponding user-request does not work.)

    30 votes
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  10. 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…

    29 votes
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  11. 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.

    28 votes
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  12. 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.

    20 votes
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  13. Create item via API addition of parameter to generate description field

    Creating item via API using -POST /almaws/v1/bibs/{mmsid}/holdings/{holdingid}/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".

    19 votes
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  14. Limit the IP range that can call the Alma APIs

    I would like to suggest an enhancement in ALMA regarding APIs: in addition to the API keys mechanism we would like to limit the IP range that can call the Alma's APIs.

    This feature can be useful for System Administrators and the main benefit is to increase security and user data protection.

    18 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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…

    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.

    17 votes
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  18. Support automatic weeding of holdings in the Swedish national catalogue

    The Swedish national Ex Libris user group (ElugSWE) would like Alma to integrate with the Swedish national catalogue (Libris), so that when a bibliographic record is deleted in Alma, the corresponding holding record is deleted in Libris.

    (We have discussed this idea with the local Ex Libris representative and also a customer success manager, and were recommended to submit it to Idea Exchange.)

    This integration exists for multiple other library systems, and it would be really welcomed if Alma could match them on this.

    The integration would need to make use of Libris API:s, documented here:

    https://github.com/libris/librisxl/blob/master/rest/API.md

    The sections most…

    17 votes
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  19. API conf/sets - Always add member/@link

    Currently not all calls to conf/sets will return member-elements with links. This will make a call to e. g. electronic portfolios close to useless, as there is no API-call that can be done with the portfolio's ID only.

    Ceterum censeo I don't think that this is an enhancement, but Case 00874282 was not interpreted as this being a bug.

    16 votes
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  20. bursar integration - option to export fine/fee credits even if minimum value > 0

    Currently in order for fine/fee credits to be exported in the bursar integration, the minimum value must be set to zero, which means Alma will export fines of any amount even if they are very small.
    We would like to be able to set a minimum value for the fine export, but still export credits. Ideally we'd like a checkbox to tell Alma to apply the minimum value amount to credits as well as to debits. For example if we set the minimum value to $5 and check a box to include credits, Alma would export any fines over $5,…

    13 votes
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