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  1. Community Zone records: subfield t missing in 780 and 785 MARC tags

    In the CZ please add $t (Title of the related resource) to tags 780 (Continues) and 785 (Continued by).

    The lack of $t causes issues in discovery where 780 and 785 tags are set to be displayed, linked and searchable. With no $t this is not possible.

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  2. 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.

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  3. Normalization rules - adding dates

    It would be great if the normalization rules could be enhanced to use variables such as date, or add datestamps.

    We would like the ability to insert dates into MARC notes fields via normalization rules.

    Ideally inserting variables something like %DAY%/%MONTH%/%YEAR% in a rule would add today's date in the format DD/MM/YYYY once a rule is run.

    28 votes
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  4. Enable labeling enumeration and chronology fields

    It can be difficult to recall the meaning of enumeration and chronology fields, e.g., Enumeration A, Enumeration B, Chronology I, etc.). It would be helpful if general system administrators could change the labels of these that show to staff, for example, change Enumeration A to Year.

    27 votes
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  5. Add a safety feature to Delete Bibliographic Record Job to include option "Do not delete if ANY PO Line is attached"

    Currently there is only an option to protect Active PO Lines with this job. Acquisitions staff often place orders on bib records representing multi-volume sets. Cataloging staff then decided to use individual bib records for each volume and want to delete the set record and move POLs to the individual records. It would be very helpful to have this feature in place to protect order information.

    26 votes
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  6. Add a lock feature to prevent selected items from being withdrawn when running a job

    I envisage this as a simple checkbox within an item's record which prevents that item from being accidentally withdrawn. (A parallel exists in many photo editing software packages.)

    I also envisage this as being a property which could be engaged or disengaged on a set of items via a job.

    When running a withdrawal job, any such "locked" items which were not withdrawn should be listed individually in the job report so that the user can determine whether this was correct (in case an item has been accidentally locked by a user, for example).

    A use case is as follows:

    25 votes
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  7. 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.

    24 votes
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  8. Add a mapping structure for normalization/merge rules in MDE

    The numbers of normalization rules is getting quite annoying. When we are in a consortium we also see every rule in the network zone.
    I would like a posibility to create folders like in Analytics.
    This would be helpful to group rules by institution or category.

    24 votes
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  9. 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/ProductDocumentation/010AlmaOnlineHelp(English)/040ResourceManagement/040MetadataManagement/180SearchIndexes/MARC21SearchIndexes

    Voters: If you would like…

    23 votes
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  10. Add more times to scheduled weekly bibliographic import jobs

    When running import jobs on a schedule Alma only gives us one weekly option (Saturdays at 3:00 a.m.). OCLC WorldShare generally posts new, delete and updated files on Saturday mornings in the early a.m., although not always by 3:00 a.m.
    Since it doesn't make sense to run these import jobs daily since record sets are only delivered weekly, we have them set up to run at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday (the only weekly option that Alma gives us). This causes the following problems:

    1) Files of deleted records are loaded concurrently with files of new records for the same collections…

    23 votes
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  11. 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.

    22 votes
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  12. Add 775 field in the search index.

    Currently this field is not indexed in the search index. Would you please add it so that it can be searched?

    21 votes
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  13. 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…

    21 votes
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  14. Raise the limit to total number of rejections ( currently 1000) for exporting records that are not imported (due to import profile setup)

    There is currently no limit to the number or records that can be imported into Alma (as far as I am aware).. there is however a limit of 1000 when needing to export the rejected data.. Workflows would be much better managed if this limit was raised to the total number of rejected records

    21 votes
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  15. Enable 'recall' option on individual work orders

    At present work order types can be set to recall items or not.

    It would be useful to have this as an option for individual work orders (much as 'do not pick from shelf' is an option).

    This would make work orders more versatile and save having two work order types ('recall' and 'no recall') for essentially the same process.

    21 votes
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  16. import profiles -- need the option to leave suppression codes "as is"

    When creating an import profile, the “set management tags” option is to either suppress record/s from publish/delivery, or to not suppress. This is for the entire file.

    We need a third option to leave the existing suppress status unchanged for replaced and merged records. (We had this option in Voyager, and it worked well)

    Rational: All GPO weekly brief Marcive records are loaded suppressed. When the monthly bib records overlay the weekly brief records, the suppress status needs to remain as is. “If” the bib record is suppressed, the cataloger will unsuppress at the point of cataloging

    21 votes
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  17. Combining multiple itemized sets

    We'd really like the ability to flag multiple sets to be combined to create a single combined set. Several times we've wanted to do this to facilitate data analysis (e.g. on sets created logging weekly data loads), but it's far too time-consuming to combine them two at a time!

    20 votes
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  18. Brief result display options per Alma login

    Enable Alma users to choose "brief display" options (either very brief or extended information). Many of our Alma users would like to be able to do a search in Alma (in both repository search and course reading lists) and ONLY see a list of titles (e.g., do not display Format, Subject, ISBN, Availability). However, recognize that many Alma users would like to see extended display, so we would like each Alma user to be able to set their display preferences (e.g., brief, title only OR additional information). Ideally, users could choose exactly what data elements to display (e.g., OCLC number,…

    20 votes
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  19. "Select All" checkbox for In Process Items

    When changing the status of In Process Items there is no “Select All” box at the head of the column, often there are multiple copies and we want to apply the same status change to all the items on the list.

    Instead of having to check the box next to each item in a list we would like to suggest that on this page (and other pages where applicable) that a “Select All” checkbox* be added.

    *as is the case on some lists such as “Patron Loans” and “List of Items”.

    19 votes
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  20. Add an Owning Library facet in Repository searches

    Can we please have the owning library added as a facet in repository searches. At the moment it only appears in Acquisitions based searches as we have four libraries making up our collections this facet would also be very useful in the general searching

    19 votes
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