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  1. Remove 246 $a from title matching

    When fuzzy and extended fuzzy tests for title matches, they include 246 $a. This allows too many mismatches. When testing for title matches, match should not evaluate on 246 $a at all. For example, the current routine considers these two titles a match (due to 246 $a), even though they are in different languages (both have Plato as an author), have different ISBN, publishers, etc.:

    Title: Ion, oder, Über die Ilias
    Published: Göttingen ; Bristol, CT, U.S.A. : Vandenhoeck et Ruprecht, [2017]

    Title: Ion.
    Published: Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2018.

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    • Task list customization

      Currently, the task list is automatically configured based on user roles. However, there are many features assigned to a role in Alma that a user may not actually deal with. For example, as electronic resources manager, I do not need to see print order lines to claim for print titles. This is particularly an issue because other departments do not always use the task list in their workflow, so mine can become cluttered with their content. We would like additional customization to be available within the task list, so that we only see relevant tasks.

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      • Access detailed error reports for all jobs

        University of South Australia Library would be interested in accessing various error reports for the jobs that we run at the time when we run the jobs.
        We are aware we can check Import errors as per "Resolving Import Issues" but for other type of jobs we cannot check error reports.
        As an example, running a filtering job on a set provides us with a report including a brief information on the number of records that "failed" as in this message:
        "Of the 67201 records processed, 4 records failed. For more information view the report details (or contact Support using…

        68 votes
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        • Add Melingo to ALMA

          Hello,

          The assimilation of Melingo in Primo for the customers in Israel proved to be a useful solution.
          It would be nice if it can also be implemented in ALMA.
          If Melingo will indeed be in ALMA, the catalogers will no longer need to add Ktiv Maleh or Ktiv Haser in Hebrew in variant titles.

          Thanks.

          23 votes
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          • Index the Marc 546 field in Alma Repository Search

            Libraries have expressed the need to search the Marc 546 language note field in Alma repository search. https://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en/5xx/546.html

            Use cases:
            to search for specific languages that do not have a Marc language code in the 041 field.
            Or to search for closed-captioning or subtitle info in the 546 field. (Example: "English, Spanish, French or Mandarin dialogue with optional English for the hearing impaired; closed-captioned."

            https://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en/0xx/041.html

            Like how other 5xx fields are indexed in the Notes search index, could the 546 be indexed as well?

            https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/040Resource_Management/040Metadata_Management/180Search_Indexes/MARC_21_Search_Indexes

            Voters: If you would like additional 5xx fields indexed please add them as a comment…

            18 votes
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            • Add the 'Not contains', 'Not contains phrase', 'Not equal', 'Is not empty' search logic to Keywords, Creator, Subject etc. search indexes

              Please add the 'Not contains', 'Not contains phrase', 'Not equal', 'Is not empty' search logic to as many search indexes as possible, and particularly to Keywords, Creator, Subject search indexes.

              The 'Not contains', 'Not contains phrase', 'Not equal', 'Is not empty' search logics are very essential to advanced searches.

              3 votes
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              • Add ability to see name associated with user ID in MD Editor

                User IDs are visible in MD Editor for "Created by" and "Modified by", but unlike other pages, there is no way to quickly see the name associated with that ID. Currently, one must leave the record and search the Users index for that number to get the person's name.

                There should be a clickable icon like you see on the Monitor Jobs screen that shows you the name associated with the ID.

                2 votes
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                • Brief Record - Quick Cataloging Template

                  Boston College would like to see the contents of the linking tab of Electronic Portfolio Editor added to the Brief Record, Quick Cataloging template for electronic articles.

                  This will enable us to edit the URL and enable the proxy as we catalog and would save us the step of going in later to edit the linking information. It would also enable us to test the link before posting it, rather than using the "view it" function afterwards.

                  48 votes
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                  • Massive copy of records from the community zone to the local catalog

                    In our institution, we have thousands of active electronic records for our institution but belong to the Community Zone. We want to copy massively these records to our catalog without having to do it one at a time.
                    Our usual procedure is, from an excel file in which we have the ISBNs or ISSNs of the electronic documents, to upload the portfolios from the electronic collection itself. In this way we bring and activate in our institution the portfolios of the collection, but this does not generate a local copy in our catalog of each of them. So, we have…

                    31 votes
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                    • Fix Call Number Sorting for certain classifications

                      Certain call number classifications that don't follow the typical format (LC class code, class number, Cutter code, title code, pub date) aren't sorting correctly in Alma's Browse Shelf Listing or Primo's call number browse.

                      One example is from a classification concerned with books about Civil War troop regiments:

                      E
                      577.5
                      24th
                      .T55
                      2010

                      Which should typically sort like this:
                      E577.5 1st
                      E577.5 2nd
                      E577.5 3rd
                      E577.5 10th
                      E577.5 24th
                      etc.

                      However, it seems as though the call number normalization isn't set for these specialized classifications and they end up sorting incorrectly, like this:

                      E577.5 1st. P48 2004
                      E577.5 10th .W35…

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                      • Conversion job for any part of the record to any other part

                        Hello,
                        It would be nice if there was a job of conversion of every part of a record (bib, hol, item, portfolio) into another part, for example:
                        Bib records into Items
                        Bib records into Holdings
                        Bib records into Portfolios
                        Bib records into Orders
                        Items into Bib records
                        Items into Holdings
                        Orders into Bib records
                        Orders into items
                        Orders into Portfolios
                        Portfolios into Bib records
                        Portfolios into Orders
                        This way, we will not be limited by the search for any job.
                        For example, we would be able to search Bib records, convert the set into items and run a job for…

                        13 votes
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                        • Control open session time?

                          Good Morning,

                          Is there a configuration of Alma that keeps the session open and that you do not have to log in again?

                          If this possibility does not exist, can you implement it or is it in process?

                          Thanks

                          10 votes
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                          • Move Browse bib headings and shelf listings function away from MD Editor

                            Currently the Browse functions stick to MD Editor. And this poses too many restrictions to browsing. Please consider making browsing easier, and make it independent from MD Editor, and instead, incorporate browsing into normal simple and advanced repository searching.

                            The major disadvantages of doing browsing within MD Editor are:
                            1. Space constraint: the MD Editor does not have much space for results display
                            2. Too many parameters to choose e.g. vocabulary, IZ vs. NZ

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                            • Add Back to results button to Browse bib headings after Editing each record

                              Currently if we want to edit an author name form, and use the Browse bib heading function, Alma will give a list of records with the author name. But if we want to edit the bib records, after clicking Edit, there is no Back to results button. So it is very difficult if the list of records is very long.

                              There is the Back to results button if we choose to view the record. But often we need to edit the bib records also. Please consider adding this Back to results button and all navigation options as many as possible…

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                              • Designate location for Restore Temporary Shelved Items job

                                We've recently begun investigating Due Back Date functionality and using the Requests - Restore Temporary Shelved Items job to help manage restoring temporarily shelved items more consistently and less manually. Currently, there is no option to designate a specific temporary location for the Requests - Restore Temporary Shelved Items job to pull from, so All items in a temporary location with a due back date in the past are processed with this job.

                                Due Back dates are assigned to course reserve items placed in a temporary location, resources sharing items in temporary locations, and items in other temporary locations such…

                                3 votes
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                                • Duplicate title analyis : able to detect duplication on 856

                                  It would be good to be able able to detect duplication on the MARC 856 field

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                                  • More sophisticated functionality in the Duplicate Title Analysis function

                                    The Duplicate Title Analysis functionality does not allow you to clear previous duplicates when you run a new job.

                                    For example, you may run a job to find duplicate titles. You investigate those titles and decide that they are not problems for your library, so you wish to leave those titles in Alma, but you don't want them to come up on the next Duplicate Analysis title job.

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                                    • Run a job on a collection

                                      When we want to run a job on all the titles/portfolios in a collection we should be able to run a job on those contents without having to put the contents into a set first

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                                      • Sorting sets by creation date

                                        In Manage sets (Admin>Manage sets) we should be able to sort the list of sets by Creation Date. When you have a lot of sets in your list and you create a set, then have to run a job and choose the set - it's easy to lost your set

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Email CZ Contributor

                                          When a library contributes a portfolio to a CZ e-collection and there is an issue with the portfolio, Ex Libris Support is unable to update the error because of the policy in place for local contributions. Would it be possible to have the contributor add their email address to the contribution so errors could be reported to the contributing library? A link similar to Report to Ex Libris could be added, Report to Contribution Library. It isn't easy to locate someone at a contributing library to notify them of the an error with the portfolio.

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