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  1. Add expiry date for "proxy for" users

    In an academic institution, many "proxy for" users will be arranged on a semester or yearly basis, it would be good to have an expiry date so that this permission stops and does not extend into perpetuity.

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  2. Have the option to send emails to the user’s preferred address or send it to all of the user’s addresses on their account instead.

    Sometimes the “preferred addresses” imported from SIS is not the address users frequently uses, they could potentially miss important notifications and cause disputes.

    164 votes
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  3. Purchase Request Library management in User records

    A new multi-selection field, Purchase Request Library, was added to the User Details page with the June 2018 release. If one or more libraries are defined for a user, the user may create purchase requests only for the listed libraries. If no libraries are defined, the user may create a purchase request for any library.

    But managing Purchase Request Libraries in user records can only be done record per record; there is no possibility for batch processes.

    Currently, there is no option:
    - to add or remove a Purchase Request Library with the Update/Notify Users job;
    - to add or…

    132 votes
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  4. Allow batch deletion of user notes

    It's possible to add notes to user records in batch using the "Update/Notify Users" job on a set of users. It would be helpful if we could also batch delete notes on user records.

    There are occasions when we have subsets of users who receive special permissions to check out subsets of materials (e.g. students in a specific class who are the only people allowed to use specific equipment or reserve items, collections/materials where we require a signed agreement on file from the user to allow access). In these situations, we add notes to the user record to indicate whether…

    99 votes
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  5. Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

    Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

    We are a library that has two libraries in two different cities but we are one organization and we share the same economy. The Fines/Fees Behaviour is hardcoded to be owned by library which doesn't mirror our situation. We would like the Fines/Fees Behaviour table to be configurable.

    96 votes
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  6. Make Paying Fines/Fees-Waiving Fines/Fees a separate User Role in Alma and remove them from other roles

    The auditors at our institution require us to limit the number of staff members who have this ability. We had to ask Ex Libris to remove PAYFINESFEES PRIVILEGE and WAIVEFINESFEES_PRIVILEGE from a large number of roles, most of which didn't even relate to fulfillment responsibilities during our implementation.

    Our Student Assistants and Operators at the Circulation Desks should not have these privileges. But they did before we had them removed.

    Approving Manager and Operator, Producer Manager, User Manager, Editor Full, Assessing Manager and Operator, Arranging Operator and Manager are all roles that I don't understand, and…

    93 votes
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  7. To add the "primary identifier" to the export list of the user set

    We would like to add the "primary identifier" to the export list of the user set.

    We will use the excel file with "primary identifier" to establish the User set, but not all the primary identifier can be loaded into the user set. So
    We would like to add the "primary identifier" to the export list of the user set in order that we could know which primary identifier can not be loaded into the User set.

    88 votes
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  8. User ID Generation functionality also on the User Details page

    Libraries can configure the automatically generated user identifiers for new patrons that are added when an operator adds a patron on the Patron Identification page. We would like that the user Primary identifier can also be generated when users are added or edited on the User Details page: Existing users (external or internal) could have their Primary identifier updated (refreshed) in a more easy and effective way by circulation desk operators.

    85 votes
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  9. Purge User Records - allow to keep users with Blocks

    Right now the Purge User Records job does not delete users with active loans and users with a fee > than a specific threshold.
    Users with active Blocks are instead deleted.
    Adding to Purge User Records job an option allowing to keep the users with blocks would be very useful.

    81 votes
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  10. Field for academic year in user profile

    It would be good if there were a field in the user's profile that states the user's academic year, e.g., YEAR 1, YEAR 2, YEAR 3, etc.

    72 votes
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  11. Allowing the ability to freely assign different jobs to different users.

    There are cases where we want the user to only be able to handle a specific task that is beyond their user role, but currently in order to do that we have to assign them with roles that allows them access to jobs we don’t want them to have access to.

    57 votes
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  12. Alma User Role for Editing/Deleting only Quick-Cataloged Records

    Scenario:
    Library staff frequently need to create records for resources using the Quick Cataloging feature. Often, those records need to be edited after creation, due to mismatching resource types, updated information, operator input errors, etc. Most of the staff using the Quick Cataloging feature are not trained as catalogers, and do not have cataloging roles in Alma.

    Problem:
    Quick-Cataloged records are not editable by staff without cataloging roles in Alma - who are frequently the creators/managers of these records. This has led to several different workarounds at various institutions:

    Some institutions have given their non-cataloging staff full cataloging permissions to…

    57 votes
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  13. Update user roles quickly - import the Excel file exported from another user

    Currently, it's possible export a user's roles in Alma to an Excel file. However, the counterpart function isn't there: to be able to take the roles you've exported from one user and import them into another user's record. This would be such a time-saving feature because it would enable us to take the roles from one member of staff and apply the same to another.

    56 votes
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  14. delete users with expired purge date daily with scheduled job

    Now deleting users with an expired pruge date has to be done manually and cannot be scheduled with a job. We would like to have a job that can delete these records more easy than now.

    ExLibris came with this answer: Alma product management is aware of this issue and most likely scheduling will be possible in future Alma versions. However, there is no specific timeline for this solution, yet. Once the fix is released, information will be included in the relevant release notes and documentation.

    It would be an efficiënt addidition in the ALMA jobs.

    54 votes
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  15. Proxy/Principal User Search

    (I'm not sure the best term, so I'm using "principal" to refer to the person a proxy is acting on behalf of)

    It's possible to view a list of principal patrons that a patron is a proxy for from within the proxy's user record (the "Proxy For" tab).

    It's not possible to view or search for patrons that are proxies to a principal patron.

    Examples:
    1) Alice and Bob are known proxies for Chad.
    I can open the Proxy For tab for Alice and Bob, where Chad will be listed for both.

    2) Chad has several proxies, but it's uncertain…

    54 votes
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  16. Add "Faculty" to pop-up window

    Add "Faculty" inside: Configuration Menu > User Management > General > Contact Information Pop-Up.
    In order to display faculty in the pop-up window with the user information

    50 votes
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  17. Note Type

    Have the options to create different Note Types under the patrons note tab.

    45 votes
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  18. Add the Import function to the Statistical Categories/Types mapping table.

    Statistical Category and Category Types can be Imported but mapping them is exceedingly tedious.

    44 votes
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  19. Manual Deleting of User (Patron) records and need for consistency in maintaining reportable data

    At present Alma has an inconsistent method of maintaining reportable patron data when a user record is deleted. The reality is that the policies established by an institution (to keep fully reportable, or keep statistics, or fully remove) do not apply when a patron record is manually deleted - ie. Deleted in: Administration > User Management > Find and Manage Users.

    “Users that are manually deleted in Alma are fully removed from the system” regardless of institution policy. The Queensland Health Libraries would like to have this situation changed so that manually deleting a user (patron) record would maintain the…

    27 votes
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  20. Move general email feature outside of the User's form

    The General Email function is currently located inside the form for updating general information in the user record.

    If there are any problems with missing mandatory data in the form then the email cannot be used at all.

    Since it is unrelated to user general information I would suggest that the Send Message function should be located outside of the user data area perhaps up near the buttons "Toggle Account Type", "Open for Update". (See screenshot)
    Additionally, the general mail could perhaps be added to the letters that can be sent from "Manage Patron Services"

    I would also support greater…

    24 votes
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