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  1. Ability to use import profiles on OCLC Connexion exported records

    Currently import profiles can applied to Marc files that are uploaded into Alma. One can use the import profile to specify match methods, tell Alma how to deal with matches of existing and incoming records (overlay, merge, or use NZ record), and also specify inventory info to map the Marc 949 field to holdings and item records. Although the OCLC Connexion integration profile deals with importing records it lacks the features described in the previous sentence. Please see screenshot of settings in Oclc integration profile versus in an import profile.

    Basically we would like the ability to specify an import…

    52 votes
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  2. Allow **** or Python plugins for normalization rules

    The Drools framework in place for normalization rules is very limited compared to real programming script languages like or Python. Live would be way easier, much more efficient and some things impossible with Drools would be possible with (like in SFX parsers) or Python for those who can use these languages.

    51 votes
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  3. bulk remove titles from collections (not the electronic type)

    Add the ability to remove titles in a set from a collection (not the electronic type) in bulk, as well as add titles in bulk from a set.

    50 votes
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  4. Ability to run a job on a set from the Manage Sets screen

    Currently we need to create a set in the Manage Sets area then go to "Run a Job", select the job to run and then select the set.

    Wouldn't it be great if you could go to Manage Sets then click on "Actions" for a particular set, then choose "Run a Job". You could then be prompted to choose the job to run but you wouldn't need to go through the additional step of choosing the set (and you wouldn't have to exit the sets screen to go to the "Run a job" screen). And only the jobs that can…

    49 votes
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  5. 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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  6. Add the ability to delete multiple sets from the "my sets" view

    In the course of our relegatuion and withdrawal work we create a large number of itemised sets. A while after the work has been carried it is useful to delete these sets (especially as many contain items which are no longer in our stock). Presently the only way to delete sets is on a set-by-set basis. We would like to be able to delete multiple sets in one go. I envisage this functioning much like the "task list" - that is, have a checkbox next to each set. This could then be checked and a "delete set" command applied to…

    48 votes
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  7. Analyse and normalise special characters and diacritics in Alma records

    In order to enable correct and consistent automatic linking between Bib. headings and authority records, Alma's treatment of diacritics needs to be normalised, and made configurable according to the Authority file being used. In addition there are special characters in use (such as quotation marks), that have more than a single graphic representation that should be normalised in order to prevent discrepancies in Almas' match and link mechanisms.
    SFC#00533813, SFC#00375370 relate to the issue.

    46 votes
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  8. Enhance Advanced Search to allow regular expressions

    Allow the matching of regular expressions as one of the criteria to perform an advanced search. This would be a much more powerful and precise method for gathering sets.

    45 votes
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  9. 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…

    45 votes
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  10. 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.

    43 votes
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  11. Improve ME Browse Call Numbers Tool

    When editing a holding record in the Metadata Editor, the Browse Call Number tool shows the call number from the current holding record in a shelf list display. However, the resulting list starts with the call number in your holding record and shows the following call numbers. What we need is to see the call numbers both before and after the one we're working on. Request the list show at least 2-3 call number prior to the one we're working on, plus those following.

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  12. Need ability to search 79X fields

    We plan to implement use of the 790 field for local tracings (such as former owners) to be used for special collections materials, and have set up a separate search field in Primo. Now we see that we can't search that field at all in Alma, only Primo. Since Alma does index 59X fields as "local notes" and 69X fields as "local subjects" we propose that the 79X be indexed as well.

    42 votes
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  13. A way to set the Scan-in-Items drop-down-menu Status to our specific workflows

    In Cataloging when we scan in item barcodes to send a work order to shelf preparation or end-processing, the scan-in-Item Drop-down menu defaults to Cataloging. Acquisitions uses this to send material to us --but we want to send material to Shelf Preparation/End-Processing. So we have to manually mouse down to insert this everything single time. This is slow (uses up time). It would be faster and healthier (on our hands) if Ex Libris could reconfigure so any library unit in a library could unit set the Scan-in-Item Drop-down menu to default to (--or to "persist" or "stick" at--)the specific status…

    41 votes
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  14. Add functionality to Change Item Information

    It would be useful to have more options in the Scan in/Change Item Information function - for example, the ability to change Material Type and Inventory Date.

    39 votes
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  15. limit results by location facet in physical title repository search

    Ability to narrow search results by location in a physical titles or physical items results screen.

    Currently we can limit by material type, language, publication year and resource type.

    39 votes
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  16. Default search option setting for external resources

    MD editor > Tools > Search external resources

    Search options for external resources such as title, creator, isbn, system number and year of publication are automatically filled in from a bib record. This make us to delete fields manually and spend time. It would be great to set search options at the institution level or individually.

    38 votes
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  17. 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…

    36 votes
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  18. Add to General Publishing profile the ability to include holdings details for related inventory

    We have large numbers of "bound with" titles e.g. pamphlets. These have MARC Bibliographic records but no Holdings or Items - they are linked to the parent volume, which has the Holdings and Inventory information. When the "bound with" records are published using a General Publishing profile, the Holdings information is not added from the related (parent) record, and the records appear to have no Holdings. We would like the option to include Holdings and Items for Related records in these cases, so that the library and location of the title can be included in the published records.

    36 votes
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  19. Include MMS ID in Excel output from Manage Sets Results pages

    The MMS ID is essential information when dealing with spreadsheets of records, and yet it is missing from Excel output of lists of sets and search results. Please include the MMS ID in all output Excel spreadsheets of Repository records.

    36 votes
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  20. Allow sorting of itemized set members similarly to logical set results.

    In Manage Sets, enable sorting the members of itemized record sets by title, creator, and publication date, similar to the criteria available for sorting results of logical sets. Currently our only option for sorting the members of an itemized set is by exporting to Excel and manipulating the resulting spreadsheet, which doesn't allow for clean sorting by the same criteria.

    35 votes
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