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  1. Lists of Name Authorities similar Subject Authorities

    Lists of Name Authorities similar Subject Authorities
    When cataloging a bibliographic record, Alma allows selecting different lists of Subject Authorities (LC, UC or UANDES, etc.). In the case of the Name Authorities, it currently only allows the use of a list of Name Authorities. We propose that the authorities of name are handled in the same way as the Matter Authorities.

    // Al momento de catalogar un registro bibliográfico, Alma
    permite seleccionar distintos listados de Autoridades de Materia (LC, UC o UANDES, etc.). En el caso de las Autoridades de Nombre, actualmente sólo permite usar un listado de Autoridades de…

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    • Adding a Parameter to Partner Record

      We would like to add the parameter Library Type to the Partners e.g. CL=College Library, UL=University Library, HL=Hospital Library etc..

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      • Remove 246 $a from title matching

        When fuzzy and extended fuzzy tests for title matches, they include 246 $a. This allows too many mismatches. When testing for title matches, match should not evaluate on 246 $a at all. For example, the current routine considers these two titles a match (due to 246 $a), even though they are in different languages (both have Plato as an author), have different ISBN, publishers, etc.:

        Title: Ion, oder, Über die Ilias
        Published: Göttingen ; Bristol, CT, U.S.A. : Vandenhoeck et Ruprecht, [2017]

        Title: Ion.
        Published: Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2018.

        31 votes
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        • Provide the ability to select more than one file to delete when looking at uploaded sushi files.

          Right now you can only delete invalid sushi uploads one at a time, please let us select multiple and then delete.

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            11 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
          • Display prompts in analytics widgets

            We have created a widget to display IDs of citations, and would like to be able to display the associated prompts to allow users to select their own criteria.

            The current behaviour is by design:

            https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Knowledge_Articles/Analytics_widgets_with_a_prompt

            but it would be very helpful if this could be changed.

            35 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
            • Rights information in MARC records to display in Alma viewer

              1. Rights information for digital objects may be recorded in MARC fields:
              a. 540 (https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bd540.html)
              b. 542 (https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bd542.html)
              c. Possibly some other places too.
              There are only limited options in Configuring Delivery Profiles Metadata for MARC profile. - https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/030Fulfillment/080Configuring_Fulfillment/070Digital_Fulfillment?uxp=true#Configuring_Delivery_Profiles_Metadata There are no options to choose which MARC tags appear in the description area of the viewer.

              We would like to be able to configure the display of these fields in the Alma Viewer.

              16 votes
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                under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
              • Add more flexibility in Request TOU Pickup Locations policy

                We’d like more flexibility in Request TOU Pickup Locations policy.

                We have more than 20 libraries and most of them are located within walking distance. Therefore, we want our patrons to go directly to those libraries instead of placing pickup requests and limit the patrons who can place such requests. Otherwise, the number of requests will become too large to handle and logistics and management cost will become enormous. Moreover, it’s not time efficient. If users go directly, they can borrow immediately, but it may take 1-2 days to deliver since there is no direct route between some libraries.

                Currently,…

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                  3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  51 votes
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                  • Ability to assign electronic activation tasks in the POL

                    Electronic resources are automatically added to the Electronic Resource Activation Task List page upon ordering. The current workflow requires someone with the permission of Repository Manager to manually review the activation task list in the unassigned tab (which might have hundreds of portfolios and databases at any given time) to decide whom to assign a task.

                    I propose a different model or workflow: Allow Acquisitions staff to assign a task while creating the purchase order line.

                    65 votes
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                    • Make Manage Fulfillment Activities the same thing as Manage Patron Services

                      I found this idea buried in a comments section and felt it deserved its own idea since my team keeps encountering the same problem.

                      https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/11117682-payment-option-on-user-fines-fees-tab

                      Iain Gray said: "After finding a user it would be useful if when clicking on Manage Fulfillment Activities you were presented with the same screen as though you had used the Manage Patron Services screen. Instead you do not see the option to pay Fines and Fees from here and have to re-enter users details again."

                      I'll add that it would be great if Manage Patron Services and Manage Fulfillment Activities were the same page…

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                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • In Advanced Search, allow filtering OUT specific locations. For example, allow use of the filer: Physical Location "IS NOT" X.

                        Many searches do not allow for an "IS NOT" operator, and in some cases it is greatly missed. For example, when trying to assemble large sets of records where you want to exclude just a few locations, or filter out a single library. Please allow for an "IS NOT" operator when doing an advanced search and filtering by location or library. I'm sure there are other search filters also missing the "IS NOT" operator. Please feel free to add more suggestions via a comment! :)

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                        • Create a Separate Search Index for Specific OCLC Number

                          Currently, the OCLC Number for a record is indexed in the search index "Other System Number." This is not ideal, since the Other System Number indexes other numbers related to vendor record, CONSER, related item, etc.
                          We request that Ex Libris provide a separate search index for OCLC number based on the presence of the '(OCoLC)' prefix in the 035 $a and/or $z, or (without prefix) in the 019 $a if there is a number in the 035 with an (OCoLC) prefix. Currently these specific (OCoLC) numbers are mixed in with other numbers occurring in the 019, 035, 773, 774,…

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                          • Add OCLC number to physical item export

                            Large scale weeding projects would be made much more efficient if Alma offered the ability to include OCLC numbers in the physical items set export details. Currently, we are in the position of using a work-around where we must create a title-level set based on the same items. There are bib-level elements present in the physical item export, so we assume this is possible. Ultimately, we would prefer the option to select which fields export for every export we perform, but the addition of OCLC number to physical item exports would be a great first step. 

                            8 votes
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                            • Support best practice for CC licence for digital titles/files

                              To meet best practice we currently have to encode html into either a non-compliant MARC tag, or into a dc:rights field in Dublin Core records.

                              We would like to see a better for this linking to the licence to be accommodated. We should not have to put html inside fields. A method that works for both MARC and Dublin Core would be ideal.

                              The copyright declarations are associated with access rules and apply to many records, whereas these rights statements need to be customised for individual records, potentially for individual representations eg. In a research data set, some files may…

                              10 votes
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                              • Bibliographic records editing history

                                Here is an enhancement request concerning bibliographic records editing history.

                                Currently, the "View Versions" can only tell the different version of a bib. record. However, this cannot tell logging history of updating/editing the bib. records, e.g. who add/remove a MARC fields/who suppressed/released the bib. record etc. This is no history tab to keep tracking the changes of a bib. record which is unlike other history tab functionality available in other Alma pages, e.g.

                                • The PO Line Summary page when editing a PO line
                                • The Physical Item Editor page when editing item records
                                • The License Terms Details page…

                                9 votes
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                                • Grace Period only for open days

                                  Now the unit of measurement for grace period is "days". So even if the library closed on weekend, those days are included to "Grace Period". To give fair advantage of grace period, Alma should apply the grace period excluding library closed.
                                  For the detailed scenario as I expected, please refer to the attachment.

                                  Thanks.

                                  301 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • No items available for request due to policy- Show policy violated

                                    When a request fails, an error message reads: "No items available for request due to policy." It would be very helpful if the error message included which policy prevents the request. With that information, I can easily tell the patron what prevents the request or fix a policy problem. Right now, I have to hunt the problem down in the fulfillment and/or configuration modules.

                                    36 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Change default in loan history to fulfillment activities

                                      In loan history the default radio button is item changes. Better to have fulfillment activities as default because it displays displays loans, returns and in-house-use.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                      • Using "Change expected date" clears filters on "Order lines with claims"

                                        When using the "Order lines with claims" task it's useful to add filters, such as Purchase Type and Vendor, to refine your list of claims. However, if you use the "Change expected date" option, which should be quicker than Edit, it clears your filters once the new date is saved.

                                        Can you please allow the filters to remain after using the Change expected date function? Thank you

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                                        • Adding more scheduling options for emailing Scheduled Reports (Alma Analytics Objects)

                                          Currently, there are limited scheduling options for emailing Scheduled Reports (Alma Analytics Object area). Many of our users need reports delivered on the 1st of each month in order to capture the previous month's data. The only option right now somewhat close to that is delivery on the 2nd of each month. This doesn't work for us because it adds the first day's worth of data from the next month to the previous month. I propose adding delivery options for the 1st of each month. Better yet - how about offering a drop-down list where users can choose a certain…

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