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  1. Fines and Fees - Overdue fines for item not to exceed cost of overdue item

    The maximum fine parameter in Alma only offers a choice between no maximum fine or a specific dollar amount that applies to everything. Would like an additional parameter to limit overdue fines for an item from exceeding cost of overdue item.

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    2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
  2. Multiple Quick-Cataloging Templates

    Scenario:
    There are multiple workflows and purposes for which the Quick Cataloging interface is used. For example, in course reserves, staff frequently need to create records for different resource formats beyond book and article. Staff at the circulation desks need to create records any time an item brought to the desk is not found in Alma, and these resources can take any form - from sound recordings on CD to equipment like laptop chargers.

    Problem:
    Not all of these materials fit the current “book” and “article” templates provided for Quick Cataloging. To enable efficient use of the Quick Cataloging feature,…

    66 votes
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  3. Improve usability of 'Automatically Print Slip' in Resource Sharing

    When receiving Resource Sharing Borrowing items, the 'Automatically Print Slip' option is only remembered for the current session, which leaves this vital function open to error.

    This could be improved in one of the following ways (in order of preference):

    Option 1: Provide a configuration option in one of the code tables to set the default (this would also be desireable for all similar functions elsewhere, such as in RS Lending).

    Option 2: Make the last selected option persist across sessions so our staff can set it once and not have to remember to set it every time.

    Option 3:…

    200 votes
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  4. Setting a pickup location for interested users

    It would be nice to set the pickup location as you do with requests. Currently the item goes to the "owning library" and the pickup is set there. We have Faculty that prefer different libraries for pickup so if a book is purchased but we allocated it to a Science Library but the faculty goes to a different library we can't set the pickup for that item.

    32 votes
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  5. Enhance Convert to Resource Sharing function on Pick From Shelf List

    When you don't find a requested item at your institution, it is great to be able to 'convert it to a resource sharing request' -- however that function should mark the item missing from our institution. Since pick from shelf does NOT display barcode and once we select the item to be converted to resource sharing request, it disappears from the pick from shelf list, so it is very difficult and time consuming to find the item and toggle it to missing. Also, the resource sharing request might be canceled because the item at our institution shows up as 'item…

    64 votes
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  6. Improve the management of license terms in config

    Currently to manage the order and organization of license terms in Alma, we have to number each term we wish to use in order. If we want to add or reorder, we need to carefully renumber the existing terms so we don't accidentally use the same number twice and risk overwriting existing terms. While we've all learned work-arounds for this, given the amount of work it takes to maintain our hundreds of licenses, it seems risky to have this form of ordering. It would be much better to have the functionality that appears elsewhere in Alma that allows for lines…

    46 votes
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  7. 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…

    60 votes
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  8. Item Material Type master List lacking several types

    The master list of Item Material Types is lacking three types commonly used by Special Collections cataloging. Please add Archival material, Broadside, and Poster to the master Item Material Types list.

    36 votes
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  9. Invalid email address list or failed to be sent notifications

    We would like Alma to indicate somewhere (in a report, in the user account or else) if an email was not delivered to a patron or a vendor due to an invalid address. This would help to locate them faster and correct this data.
    Otherwise, we would like to have a list by Alma institution of users / vendor accounts with invalid email addresses.

    Thank you!

    114 votes
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  10. Add suppress functionality to context menu in list of holdings

    When a staff member is looking at a list of holdings for a physical title, the right-click context menu / actions (ellipsis) menu should include a function to suppress holding.

    It's inefficient to have to enter the MDE to complete this action. It's inefficient to have to run a job for just a few holdings at a time.

    29 votes
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  11. Ex Libris should provide the option to place a call and/or online chat with their support team

    We are disappointed with the technical support service provided by Ex Libris. We strongly believe that Ex Libris should provide customers with more effective, prompt and interactive service.

    There should be an option to call or chat online in real time with a support person who has a sound understanding of the product in question. This would be in line with all system vendors we have previously dealt with.

    We appreciate that there will be some issues that are designated as bugs or enhancements and will require more in depth investigation. However, a direct call/chat option with a properly trained…

    742 votes
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  12. Allow more then 5 Digital Resource Copyright Declarations

    By now Digital Resource Copyright Declarations are limited to 5 declarations. This is not enough and not even covering all CC licenses. There should be an unlimited number of copyrights or at least 20.

    39 votes
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  13. Fulfillment Overrides without separate login

    When an override by a manager is needed at a circulation workstation, there should be a way for the manager to override either remotely or at the workstation without the operator logging out.

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  14. Provide MARC record quality measures to CZ collections

    CZ collections vary in regard to the quality of their metadata. Some CZ collections contain rich MARC records, while others contain very poor records. When facing the question whether to import vendor's MARC records or to rely on CZ records, librarians usually lack basic information about the quality of existing MARC records in a given CZ collection.

    I would like to suggest that each CZ collection will include basic statistical information about the MARC records quality. Such information could be generated in different ways.

    One possibility is to provide an analysis based on predefined quality profiles of MARC records. Here,…

    24 votes
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  15. Advanced search option for Users search

    Create an advanced search for Users search, just like for physical titles / items. In this search, make it possible to search (for instance) users with specific roles or job categories, identifiers starting with specific prefixes, users with different kinds of blocks, users with outstanding loans or requests, etc, and the possibility to combine these.

    125 votes
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  16. RS Borrowing Requests – changing format before sending request

    We would like the ability to change the format of a request before sending it to a Partner – e.g. from book/book chapter to journal/journal article or vice versa.

    As our patrons don’t always know, or pay attention, to the actual source format, they often submit their requests with the wrong format, which our staff would like to fix before sending to Partners.

    100 votes
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  17. Use preferred email from Partner record for shipping digital Lending Requests

    Often the Requester Email in a Lending Request is not the email that we can ship a digital item to (or sometimes the Requester Email is empty). Instead, the email address we use is from the preferred email address in the Partner record. We would like configuration to be made available so institutions could choose to use the preferred email address from the Partner record in Alma when shipping digitally instead of the Requester Email address that comes with the Lending Request.

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  18. Fines in Grace Period should let users decide to calculate or not.

    According to the policy that our institution laid down, Fines in Grace Period shouldn't be calculated.

    If overdue fines count $5 a day and grace period value is 3, then patron returned an item in 4th day after due date, the patron should pay only $5.

    But in Alma, we cannot set grace period that won't calculate fines. Hope to add this function to let users decide grace period fines calculate or not and make alma more flexible.

    411 votes
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  19. Add Authority records data to Analytics

    It is very necessary to obtain productivity reports about the amount of authority record created in a period and the user who created that record. Also, to know how many LOCAL authority records exist by type (names, subjects, subdivisions, etc.)

    31 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
  20. Ability to find bib records with attached PO lines but no inventory

    Problem:
    It is not possible to easily find IZ bibliographic records that have associated PO lines but no inventory. The All Titles Advanced Search has an option to search for “Has inventory | equals | no”, but those results include bibliographic records that have related holdings records (bound withs), as well as bibliographic records that have holdings records but no item records. We want the ability to easily find bibliographic records that have only a PO line associated with them.

    Use Case:
    The ability to find bibs with only PO lines attached is necessary in order to keep the database…

    117 votes
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