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  1. Link to next higher level when Alma can't match to article or chapter

    When Alma cannot successfully link to an article because of no exact match is found, it would be helpful for Alma to use alternative metadata, such as the page number, to target. It would also be useful to users to be taken to the next higher level of the publication, e.g., the journal issue page. If there is uncertainty about the issue, then users should be taken to the journal page.
    This problem frequently arises for short pieces and book reviews. For example, some journals publish book reviews in a section entitled, "Book Reviews", rather than as separate articles. In…

    11 votes
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  2. Full text hyperlink from the title level.

    Direct linking to the article (when available) directly from the title result (that is make the titles hyperlinked to the full-text).

    2 votes
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  3. Automated holdings data updates for Paratext Reference Universe platform

    Reference Universe by Paratext utilizes holdings data files consisting of ISBNs to present users with search results specific to their library's holdings.

    According to Paratext, they have recently completed a pilot project where they access a library’s SFX resolver directly and retrieve information on new acquisitions without library personnel being involved at all, once the original protocols are established. This will be great for libraries using both Reference Universe and SFX.

    They are interested in establishing this automated holdings data maintenance functionality with other OpenURL resolvers, such as Alma Link Resolver.

    Please work with Paratext to establish and optimize automated…

    9 votes
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  4. Use all of the author fields when creating a display record from an Alma resolver call.

    Right now, if you pass an openurl call to the resolver with fields of rft.au fields and rft.aufirst or rft.aulast the record created does not include the main author represented in the rft.aufirst and the rft.aulast.

    6 votes
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  5. Allow General Electronic Services links to populate the services menu

    Currently, the only way for a link from one of our sources such as Web of Science through Primo to the resource is using the General Electronic Service (GES). The problem is that "No full text available" will display in the services menu. SFX had the ability to make the GES link display in the services menu. Is there a way to force the Proquest D&T GES link to display in the services menu instead of the "No full text available" message?

    1 vote
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  6. Improve Alma Link Resolver’s performance with Pubmed IDs (PMIDs)

    Improve Alma Link Resolver’s performance with Pubmed IDs (PMIDs) such that it is as good or better than Serials Solutions’ 360 Link performance with Pubmed IDs. Areas where this is currently a problem include translation of OpenURL data from Pubmed over to Illiad through Alma Linker and Primo, item level linking between Pubmed, Alma Linker and Cochrane Library, and probably many other areas.

    94 votes
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  7. Make Alma resolver better at locating books and book chapters without ISBN

    Alma resolver incorrectly matches to other books with the same title if the open URL does not contain an ISBN.

    Alma is not fit for purpose as an open url resolver for Books when an ISBN is not available.

    Other resolvers such as SFX and 360 link use all the information in the openurl eg author and publisher and date. Alma resolver only uses the Book title which causes numerous false matches.

    See example in attached file

    36 votes
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  8. Improve Display Logic in Alma Uresolver to show all variant coverage statements in a collapsed menu

    Ideally, Alma should be able to display ALL unique variant coverage statements when showing a collapsed menu.

    If a library uses the Display Logic rules to for example show Proquest as an option only once in a services menu, this works very well where a journal may be in 12 Proquest databases with the same coverage.

    However, when the coverage varies significantly between these databases, Alma uresolver will still just show one of the coverage statements and a user will only see a subset of holdings and believe this is all the library has. (eg Nursing standard in Proquest is…

    81 votes
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  9. Eliminate display limit of 25 portfolios in Primo

    Eliminate the display limit of 25 portfolios in Primo, or at least look at all of them so the ones we have set to so you can apply the Online Services Order. Allow libraries to set their own limit, should they choose to do so, and allow them to set the portfolio order for individual journal titles when they would like to deviate from the default display.

    Look at for example the title: Foreign affairs. There 35 portfolios for it. You block JSTOR from even displaying, even though we have it listed as 4th in our Online Services Order.

    13 votes
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  10. Failsafe links to databases if/when Direct Linking fails

    When we were a Serials Solutions customer and we used Summon discovery, we also used Direct Linking. What was great about Summon was that it would provide a pane at the top of the screen after linking to full-text content that would provide a way to see all the database targets on the 360 Link page. See attached image.

    This same feature would be highly desirable in Primo and is one of the main reasons why we do not currently use Direct Linking. Currently, if the full-text fails to load for the default target, there is no way to see…

    52 votes
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  11. Show Service temporarily unavailable message even if Direct linking is enabled

    The Service temporarily unavailable message is only visible if direct linking is not enabled.

    It would be useful if activating the message, would automatically disable Direct linking for that particular service

    14 votes
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  12. Link resolver should use ISSN and title from external resource

    When the link resolver receives a URL from an external resource, it should use the ISSN and the journal title from the incoming URL to create links for Interlibrary loans and ignore any related links if related links are activated (Fulfillment > Fulfillment Configuration > Configuration Menu > Discovery Interface Display Logic > Related Records). Currently, the link resolver will change the incoming ISSN and journal title to that of the related link when creating ILL requests, which makes the ILL article information incorrect.

    6 votes
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  14. Show item title in browser tab name (title) for uresolver landing page

    At present if users follow a link from one of our website or our VLE to an item with more than one content provider or a Public Note it takes them to an Alma landing page for the uresolver, which opens in a new window or tab.
    The <title> of the Alma uresolver tab or window shows as 'Home'. If the user has several tabs open the word 'Home' is not likely to help them identify the one that contains the links to the item they were trying to access. It would be much more helpful if the browser tab…

    4 votes
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