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  1. 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…

    79 votes
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    • 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.

      31 votes
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      • In Advanced Search, allow filtering OUT specific locations. For example, allow use of the filer: Physical Location "IS NOT" X.

        Many searches do not allow for an "IS NOT" operator, and in some cases it is greatly missed. For example, when trying to assemble large sets of records where you want to exclude just a few locations, or filter out a single library. Please allow for an "IS NOT" operator when doing an advanced search and filtering by location or library. I'm sure there are other search filters also missing the "IS NOT" operator. Please feel free to add more suggestions via a comment! :)

        137 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…

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          • Provide ability to turn off the Related Record functionality for physical items

            Provide ability to turn off Related Record functionality for physical items. I would like to be able to decide for each related field in the MARC record - 773, 774, 777, 786, 800, 810, 811, and 830 whether or not Primo will display the related record information for physical items.

            There are cases where displaying related record information to the user is more confusing then helpful. 830 series fields, for example, will display "related" records that may not relate at all to a users search, especially if the series is general like: "Brill's studies in intellectual history." I would like…

            88 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…

              10 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.

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                • Make Suppressing a location function the same as suppressing a holding in all publishing jobs

                  Currently, the general publishing job exports inventory in locations which are ticked "Suppress from Discovery" in Physical Locations config, when "Excluded Suppressed Locations: is ticked in the Publishing Profile.

                  Alma should handle this flag as it does for Publishing to Primo and Publishing to Libraries Australia and ignore suppressed locations, otherwise what's the point of setting this at the location level and then providing an option to Exclude suppressed records. It is extra work to set this value for each individual bib/holdings record.

                  37 votes
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                  • Allow suppression of items from Discovery in Primo

                    I would like a check-box in the item record that would allow staff to suppress individual items from discovery in Primo. This could be used for libraries that want to use only a single discoverable "dummy" item for placing requests on physical journals in Primo as well as libraries that prefer not to have items discoverable by patrons until they are done with processing and are available on the shelves. In an ideal world, if a holdings record only had suppressed items, the holding record would also not display. Moreover, if all items on all holdings attached to a bibliographic…

                    74 votes
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                    • Ability to set records to "do not publish" to OCLC

                      It would be very helpful if the default value "publish to OCLC" was switched to "do not publish". We have brief records created by Acq. staff and Fulfillment staff and they sometimes forgot to check "do not publish" and these minimal level brief records end up being published to OCLC.

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                      • Modify predictive pattern template season capitalization, SS chron fields.

                        We are wanting to modify the template that holds the formatting for the Season - SS chron fields- so that it follows the rules in RDA and AACR2.

                        21 - Spring
                        22 - Summer
                        23 - Autumn
                        24 - Winter

                        to

                        21 - spring
                        22 - summer
                        23 - autumn
                        24 - winter

                        Thank you for reviewing this request.

                        3 votes
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                        • Include Network IDs of linked bib records in quick export of bib records to Excel

                          Please include Network IDs of linked bib records in the quick export of bib records to Excel. Currently the export does not contain Network IDs of linked records. If it includes the Network IDs, we can simply copy the Network IDs, and use them to create a set in the NZ, for further global updating. We need the Network IDs to create an NZ set especially when the original repository search criteria are based on some local contents, which do not exist in the NZ environment. In other words, if we want to create an NZ set based on the…

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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

                            5 votes
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                            • Combined IZ + NZ bib headings browsing

                              Please open an option to do a combined IZ + NZ bib headings browsing. Currently we have to choose browse in Institution or Network. But this really misses the point of a browsing -- we want to browse all the NZ + IZ records, and don't want to separate things into pieces.

                              Please also consider opening combined browsing for each heading type category -- e.g. within subjects, open an option for combined subject browsing, rather than currently have separate sub-category e.g. chronological, topical etc. The current browsing options are too tedious, and we do appreciate you to open more combined…

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                              • VIAF Integration for Alma

                                I have been looking at the Alma Road map for 2018/19 and note the exciting BIBFRAME and Linked Data initiatives.

                                Fitting in nicely would be the facility to search VIAF from within Alma.
                                This would make it easier to check what already exists in authority files internationally and identify a suitable entry if we have to add identifying information for disambiguation purposes.

                                61 votes
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                                • Add Previous and Next buttons to various screens

                                  After conducting a search and selecting a record to view, it would be nice to have Previous/Next buttons for navigation, rather than needing to always go "Back" and then select the next record in the list for viewing. This could also be useful in other areas, like the physical item editor, and perhaps in some Fulfillment functions.

                                  27 votes
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                                  • Allow option to abort import once it has been submitted

                                    Once an import has been submitted, there should be an option to abort or cancel the import.

                                    Sometimes mistakes are made. The wrong import profile is chosen, the wrong file is chosen. Often the mistake can be noticed very quickly, but there is no choice but to wait until the entire import file is loaded. And by then the damage is done, it can be very tedious in Alma to undo certain mistakes (portfolios imported to the wrong collection for example).

                                    Alma offers the action option to "abort" once a job has been submitted. This same option should be available…

                                    17 votes
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                                    • Title starts with search in Advanced Search

                                      Change "Title Starts With" search in Advanced Search

                                      There are situations when it's easier or more efficient to search by the beginning of the title. However, the “Title Starts With:” search in Advanced Search in Alma requires the user to know whether the title begins with an article (A, An, The) or not, and if so, which article it begins with. So users are expected to remember if a title begins with "A", "The", or no initial article in order to perform the search successfully. Why not just return both results, and let the user decide, instead of forcing them…

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                                      • Disallow deletion of sets that are used by jobs (publishing profiles, etc)

                                        When deleting sets, please perform a check to see if that set is in use by a publishing profile or other job, and show a popup dialog telling the user that the set cannot be deleted because it is in use, or allow deletion but warn the user that the set is in use by a publishing profile etc.

                                        10 votes
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                                        • Add 583 to the search index or the general Notes search index

                                          The bib 583 note is not index and therefore is not searchable in Alma unless we copy the field to a 9XX field. Please either add it to the general Notes search index or create is own Action note index.

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