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  1. Add "item policy" and "temporary location" automatically to predicted issues

    Acquisition librarians want to add automatically the "item policy" and "temporary location" to predicted issues to speed up their work and limit the number of clicks. At this moment the added value of prediction pattern functionality is being restricted by the lack of functionality (parameter setting) …
    Use case: It’s not possible to add the item policy/temporary location as a parameter to continuous pol’s. If issues are created via prediction patterns the item policy/temporary location should be indicated automatically based upon parameter settings on pol level. This would save a lot of time and additional clicks when receiving the issues.…

    495 votes
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    Accepted  ·  Dana Moshkovits responded

    When creating a a POL, it will be possible to also define a default item policy and temporary location. This will be used when items are created (by a prediction pattern or manually) on POL or at receive time

  2. Better management of serial prediction when publication frequency changes

    Sometimes providers change a journal’s publication frequency throughout the year. So, the prediction’s pattern selected / elaborated at the beginning of the year doesn’t work anymore in Alma. One part of predictions (date of receipt) will be ok until the change but all other predicted items will be false. Now, we can revise the prediction during the year but we must erase the items already received. We can also leave the prediction defined at the beginning of the year and edit manually the false items from the time of the prediction change.

    It would save a lot of time if…

    417 votes
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  3. Make physical item sort routines stick

    For those of us working with continuing resources:

    When viewing a list of physical items, the sort routine defaults to Library/Location. The items do not appear in any particular order when the results are loaded. Often I change the sort routine to Description or Receiving Date to view the most recent serial items and order them chronologically for viewing.

    It would be nice if the sort routine "sticks" so that every time I open a list of items, the sort mechanism will stay on Description (not default back to Library/Location)

    This would be especially helpful when managing items in the…

    295 votes
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  4. Serials: Editing of Description Needed

    When opening predicted items, the Description-Field is populated by the data provided in “Next Predicted Item´s information” and displays these data in a certain punctuation-logic. Unfortunately, this logic is not equal to the description- (and punctuation-) logic used in German speaking countries (which is following ZETA-Standard) – and there is no possibility to edit this. Since there has to be a correct description (for sorting etc.), the only way is to open and edit every single item once it is created by prediction pattern. This is causing a lot of unnecessary work to be done manually - we need the…

    287 votes
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  5. Add "Description" to the "Change Physical Items" job so that this field can be edited in batch across sets of item records

    We would like to be able to edit (and delete) the "Description" field across large numbers of records without having to do it manually for each one. The "Rebuild Physical item description" job does not help here, since the content of the field is not necessarily based on Enumeration and Chronology data.
    Several fields have been added since we started with Alma (e.g. Alternative Call Number, Temporary Call Number, Inventory Number, etc.). Therefore, we hope that this field will also be available for this job in the near future. Thank you in advance!

    230 votes
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  6. Significant Improvements to the 'Browse Shelf List' Function Needed

    The 'Browse Shelf List" function is essential for catalogers in our library and is extremely clunky and time-consuming to use. Proposing any (hopefully all) of the following changes:

    1. Ability to view more results surrounding the exact search request.
      Said in a different way, the ability to view the result in the middle of the results page, so as to be able to see a few of the results both before and after. This makes call number adjustment significantly easier, instead of always needing to click a back button and remember what the call number were on the page before.

    2. Ability…

    221 votes
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  7. Change item information RESTORE change type should allow clearing temporary item information.

    When using the Restore change type under Change item information, the only change made is toggling the "item is in temporary location" back to NO. Any values filled in for temporary library, temporary location, temporary item policy, temporary call number, etc. remain. Restore should clear those fields, or allow operators to keep those fields by unchecking a box that would be checked by default.

    If the item has been scanned to have an item policy for special circ rules, that information remains in the record when it is restored, even though that information is not applied. If the item is…

    219 votes
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  8. Add ability to reorder Description Template Setup Rules using drag and drop

    The Description Template Setup Rules list must continually be reordered, since the first (sequentially) rule for which the enum/chron combination meets all criteria is used for the description, even if the enum/chron would more exactly meet a later rule. Regardless, is is also helpful to order the list so that similar rules are grouped together, so reordering would desirable as rules are added or removed.

    Currently, the only way to reorder the list is to move a selected rule up or down in the list, ONE PLACE AT A TIME. This is time consuming and inefficient.

    Please add the ability…

    199 votes
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  9. May release : deletion of empty holdings.

    Dear all
    the May release introduced a change concerning the deletion of empty holdings:

    The 'Delete Holdings' link in the 'List of Holdings' page, which was formerly visible to users with the 'Physical Inventory Operator' role, is now visible only to users who have the 'Physical Inventory Operator Extended' role.

    This change is a problem because not all the operators can have the physical Inventory Operator Extended role: this role allows operators to delete copies and it is quite dangerous.
    It would be better for us that operators with the physical inventory role keep the permission to move copies from…

    177 votes
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  10. Shelf Report - Figuring out items that are not in call number order

    When running a shelf report for a set or call number range we want to know if any items are misshelved in the sense that they are not in the right call number order. As far as we can tell this is not possible but is an essential part of our inventory checking. For example, if we are running a shelf report for all items in our early childhood education collection we want to be able to determine if items within the collection are shelved in the wrong place according to their call number so that we can go to…

    158 votes
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  11. Work orders: unnecessary message "cancel requests" when moving an item with work order

    When moving an item that has a work order from a location to another, the cataloguer receives a message "The item is in work order, moving the item will cancel the requests if the item is not requestable in the new location". Most of these messages are not pertinent, and we ask for the possibility to adjust it, so that it only appears when really necessary. It confuses cautious employees who are afraid of unintentionally deleting markers, or it is hardly noticed because too often wrong.

    152 votes
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  12. Enable bulk updating of items from spreadsheet based on barcode

    It would be very useful to be able to bulk edit item records from an uploaded spreadsheet of physical items in much the same way that portfolios can be updated via uploading a spreadsheet.

    I'm particularly interested in being able to bulk change data in the Enum/Chron fields in serials. I imagine this might have to be coupled with a regenerate job.

    144 votes
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  13. Customize the amount of holdings displayed in the brief results

    Currently, only 5 holdings are displayed in the "Physical" tab in the brief results list in Alma. For IZs with many libraries, this is not always ideal and many clicks are necessary before getting to the complete list of holdings.
    The new sortlibraryby_relevance parameter helps but doesn't solve all issues.
    Therefore, we'd like to ask to implement a functionality similar to what can be done for the amount of records to be displayed in the results list (at the moment, one can choose between 10/20/50) so that for example staff users can choose whether they want to see…

    142 votes
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  14. Related holdings displayed only after "direct" holdings in the brief results

    Currently, only 5 holdings are displayed in the "Physical" tab in the brief results list in Alma. In many cases holdings and "related" holdings are mixed and displayed without any particular ranking. Especially when many of them are present, it takes many clicks before one can exclude the related holdings and obtain a list of all holdings linked directly to a record.
    The "Physical" tab in Alma could be changed like this: all holdings linked directly to the record are displayed first (regardless of the library), and only then come the holdings of related records.

    142 votes
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  15. Alma Templates: allow user-by-user customization of default holdings templates

    The shared MARC21 holdings templates in Alma offer customization of the template properties, allowing the selection of one template as the default. This customization applies to the entire institution, and not the individual Alma user. Therefore, when we have multiple catalogers working with multiple templates, they all have to conform to one default template. It would be useful to allow each cataloger to set the default template for their workflow.

    139 votes
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  16. BATCH JOB TO CREATE ITEMS

    We need a batch job to add items to existing holdings records. During migration we did not realize the importance of having items for display in Primo. One of our locations shows (0 copies, 0 available) when we do have non-circulating copies.

    135 votes
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    Dear all,

    I would like to update you on our plans to support creation of multiple items.

    We are looking into adding 2 workflows, to support different needs in libraries:


    1. Creating multiple items for a specific holdings record, using item templates.

    The "Add item from template" functionality coming in May release will allow automatically filling in the fields of a new item from a template. We are looking into a future enhancement using this feature, to also allow librarians to specify a number of items to add - so that multiple items will be created pre-populated from the template.

    This will be an easy, quick way to add multiple copies of a book, etc.


    2. Creating multiple items from Excel using a CloudApp

    This will work similarly to the existing "Item updater by Excel" CloudApp, allowing the librarian to upload an Excel with item information, but instead of specifying…

  17. Add Storage Location ID to Export Physical Items job

    "Storage Location ID" will be added to Analytics in the January 2017 release but we also need to be able to get the Storage Location ID from the Export Physical Items job.

    108 votes
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  18. Please expand the volume of Internal note fields to the Physical Item Editor

    Our library has more than three kinds of information need to be recorded in the internal note field, such as property number, new books statues notes, compensation books notes and so on.
    Hope is could add more, or became expandable let staff to select numbers of fields they needed.

    100 votes
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  19. Improve Job "Change Physical items information" parameter "Item call number"

    Our "Item call number" are made up of two parts, one alphabetical and the other numerical. We need to be able to modify the alphabetic part in a group of items, and keep the numerical part exactly the same.

    98 votes
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  20. "A" and "The" are not alphabetical

    When listing items, titles that begin with 'a' or 'the' (the indefinite and definite articles) should not be alphabetized under 'A' and 'T', respectively. They should be alphabetized based on the beginning letter of the first non-article in the title. This is standard practice and it is ridiculous to do otherwise.

    95 votes
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