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  1. Include rolling dates in local date information field

    As an electronic resource librarian, I would like to see a better way to deal with rolling coverage dates. There does not seem to be a good way to deal with gaps in portfolio coverage when there's a moving target date involved. For example, if a title includes perpetual access from 2011-present, and issues 12 years or older are open access, unless you include a public note, what will display is:

    Available from 2011 volume: xx issue: xx
    Most recent 12 year(s) not available

    This is confusing to patrons and librarians alike. It would be useful to have the option…

    12 votes
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    • Ability to Configure Borrowing Requests Status in Primo

      The status of borrowing requests is displayed in the user's account (MyLibrary) in Primo. The statuses are not very user-friendly as they are the Alma statuses that are meant for staff. For example, "Locate failed" is quite disturbing for a user to see when checking the status of their resource sharing borrowing request.

      We have been told that these values are in a hidden table in Alma and cannot be translated. We would like to be able to configure this table, or be able to map these statuses in a better way.

      130 votes
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      • 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!

        19 votes
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        • New UI-Call Number as an option in the search customization

          In the old UI when conducting a search the call number would display in the search results. In the new UI each individual title now has to have the physical title clicked on to see the call number. It would be helpful to have a call number option under the customization options so that it would eliminate all of the unnecessary clicking when trying to view call numbers during a search.

          49 votes
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          • Adding 'citation type' to the facet in Resource Sharing Borrowing/Lending Request

            Though I can distinguish book and article using other facets such as requested form, I think that citation type(book/article)is going to be more intuitive and useful. In addition, because I found it possible to use citation type as a facet in Acquisitions, including it in Resource Sharing is also proper considering coherence or unity of facets. I hope it is added soon.

            32 votes
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            • last active date

              User profile - Last active date

              We would like to have a field in the user profile that shows patron’s last active date, i.e. loan, request or return. This field will be useful when deciding which user profiles to purge.

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                1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
              • VIAF Integration for Alma

                I have been looking at the Alma Road map for 2018/19 and note the exciting BIBFRAME and Linked Data initiatives.

                Fitting in nicely would be the facility to search VIAF from within Alma.
                This would make it easier to check what already exists in authority files internationally and identify a suitable entry if we have to add identifying information for disambiguation purposes.

                13 votes
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                • Automatic renewal notifications of subscriptions

                  Our library manages about 3'500 current subscriptions to periodicals. We fixed the automatic annual renewals of our subscriptions on a same date, precisely on the 31 August. As most of our subscriptions have been assigned to a few suppliers, our wish is that all renewal notifications intended for a same supplier are included in a single e-mail, instead of being sent individually in separate e-mails. We wish to avoid that each supplier receives as many e-mails as there are automatic notifications on the same date. They would only receive one e-mail with all the renewal notifications.

                  19 votes
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                  • Enhance Physical Locations List export for "Suppress from Discovery" and other tags

                    At the moment there is no easy way to create a list of all physical locations set to "Suppress from Discovery".

                    It's not in the export, it's not in Analytics and it's not in the data you can get via API.

                    I would expect this information to be included in the export you can download in Alma. Same thing goes for "Accession Placement", "Call Number Type" and all other fields that are available in "Edit Physical Location".

                    At the moment the export is rather short as it contains only Code, Name, Location Type and Fulfillment Unit.

                    26 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                    • RS partners search enhancement proposal

                      The idea is changing the default of the "Find:" menu on Fulfillment -> Resource Sharing -> Partners.
                      Now the default is to "code:" search.
                      The default to "name:" search would be better
                      Thanks

                      33 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • Common link between a POL and a License (for updating collections)

                        A POL has a licence connected to it. It would be great if when adding that POL to an Alma Collection, that the connecting licence would be automatically added to the collection as well. And working in reverse, when adding a licence to an Alma collection, it would be nice if the POL connected to the licence was automatically added to the collection as well (thus saving time adding two things to a collection, when they are already related).

                        11 votes
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                        • Extend time before analytics times out

                          Whenever I am working on an analytic report, it often takes hours. But after a few minutes, if I do not go back to Alma to do a fake search to refresh its link to analytics, analytics would time out.

                          Can you extend the time to at least an hour before analytics times out?

                          282 votes
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                            under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                          • Physical Holdings should be considered in determining Primo Availabilty.

                            At this time, Alma physical holdings are NOT considered in determining article coverage in Primo search results. The system should be smart enough to recognize physical holding date/coverage. ExLibris should create a look-up tool that will check our physical holdings and offer Get It details so patrons will see that articles are available in print journals that are owned by the library.

                            135 votes
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                            • Alma needs ti have the ability to identify bib, holdings, and item records created by individual staff operators.

                              The MDE shows the operator of various versions of a bib record. When a bib record is imported via an import profile that creates inventory, however, the staff operator that ran the import is not identified as the creator of the bib, holding, and/or item record. We often did Access queries in Voyager to identify bibs, holdings, or item records created or modified by particular staff members or student assistants. I can see that we could do such a report from Alma on bib record operators of versions after the initial import and I can also see in the Item…

                              8 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                              • Hyperlinking from the Request Queue/Hold Shelf to the Patron Record.

                                When an item is returned in Alma, the screen displays the patron name, which is hyperlinked through to their patron record.

                                I wondered whether this feature could be incorporated into the Active Hold Shelf and/or the Resource Request Monitoring list and/or the Request Queue as well. Currently these pages display the patron name, but the name is not hyperlinked to their record (see examples attached). It would be extremely useful to be able to go directly from the Request Queue to the patron record, or the Active Hold Shelf to the patron record in order to loan the requested item…

                                35 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                • Status for returned items changed to Awaiting shelving then changed to item in place after specified period

                                  When an item is returned at the Library Desk Alma instantly changes the status to "Item in place", leading a user looking at that status in Primo to believe that the item is on the shelf. However when an item is returned at the Library Desk it is not instantly returned to the shelf - often it is placed on a returns trolley and reshelved later in the day or the next day.

                                  What would be more useful would be for Alma to automatically assign a status of 'awaiting shelving' to an item when it is returned, and then after…

                                  87 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make more sort fields available in Physical Item Sort Routines

                                    Functionality wanted:
                                    Make more sort fields available in the Physical Item Sort Routines, to include all enumeration and chronology fields, as well as receiving date and material type. Retain sort routine selection in all areas of Alma, including when receiving.

                                    Use case: Currently the limited options available in the Physical Item Sort Routines do not allow for serial items with no volume or number to be displayed in correct chronological order. Instead they sort alphabetically by month. Serial items published daily do not sort in correct chronological order, because the chronology field J is not an option in the Physical…

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                                    • Configuring External Library names for display in Primo

                                      In Alma it is already possible to enter external location names for display in Primo. 
We request this option for library names, too. Currently, the configured library name is exposed to the user in the Primo Getit tab as well as to the staff in several places in the Alma user interface, f.ex. the „currently at“ pickup list and the persistent menu. We request the possibility to configure an internal name for display in Alma (for example in abreviated form) and and external name for display in the Primo Get it tab.

                                      46 votes
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                                      • Limiting the list of Lending and Borrowing requests to the current Owning library

                                        When we go to the list of Lending requests or Borrowing requests (either via the Tasks menu or directly under Fulfillment),
                                        we get requests for both our libraries/campuses. This is the case, even if we have already chosen one of the libraries as our «current location».
                                        When we choose one particular library as the current location it would be very helpful to get a list of request only for this library.
                                        As it is now, we need to scroll down at the bottom of the left-side menu to choose the current Owning library.
                                        Alternatively, if the above solution is not…

                                        36 votes
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                                        • 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.

                                          33 votes
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