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  1. Notify when a title (esp. electronic portfolio) chosen in a Leganto reading list is deleted in Alma

    Especially when dealing with electronic titles, for example when importing them, Alma may delete some portfolios.
    However, researchers may have previously selected these portfolios for their Leganto reading list. But nobody would notice that, until the students find a broken link in Leganto.

    To avoid that right now we perform a manual check, relying on an Analysis looking for Electronic Titles selected for reading lists before running the import, and comparing that with the list of deleted portfolio we have when the import is finished. It's however time consuming.

    It would be much better to get a notification when the…

    74 votes
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  2. Incorporation of All Indigenous Syllabics from the Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics Unicode Block

    I have a case open with Ex Libris (# 00517082) regarding this. Not all Indigenous syllabics render in Alma, and thus, do not render in Primo either. As an important aspect of Canadian Libraries' commitments to Truth and Reconciliation, and as it is UN's International Year of Indigenous Languages, it would be excellent if Ex Libris could prioritize resolving this issue so that we can allow Indigenous users full discoverability of resources in their own languages.

    60 votes
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  3. 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…

    72 votes
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  4. Include access information as part of the data that are published from Alma to Primo for Alma-D records

    We would like to have the possibility to include access information in the data that are published from Alma to Primo for Alma-D records (per representation).
    Use case:
    At this moment, we make the digitized content of all institutions searchable in the views of all institutions of the network.
    This is can be very useful for items that are freely available, including digitized heritage.
    However, it is inconvenient and confusing for items with restricted access, when the content can only be viewed by users of the institution.
    Yet the availability indication for these items is "Online access", because we cannot…

    121 votes
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  5. Analyse and normalise special characters and diacritics in Alma records

    In order to enable correct and consistent automatic linking between Bib. headings and authority records, Alma's treatment of diacritics needs to be normalised, and made configurable according to the Authority file being used. In addition there are special characters in use (such as quotation marks), that have more than a single graphic representation that should be normalised in order to prevent discrepancies in Almas' match and link mechanisms.
    SFC#00533813, SFC#00375370 relate to the issue.

    38 votes
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  6. Copy PO Line Prices to Item Replacement Cost

    Add a new configuration parameter to automatically copy the physical one time PO line price to the item Replacement cost. If the PO line's currency is different than the institution's default currency, the amount is exchanged and copied to the item (with no currency). The possibility (for an operator, a job or an API) to update or remove the amount in the Replacement cost should remain. Customers should be free to activate or not this configuration (true/false parameter).

    199 votes
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  7. Prevent change of due-date when the item is under the recalled status.

    Or have an alert message of some kind when the due date is being changed.
    Because when the due date is changed, the recalled item reverts back to its initial status making it difficult to determine if there are requests placed on the item.

    93 votes
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  8. 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…

    89 votes
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  9. Check for attachments in the Digitization Process

    When managing Digitization Requests, there is no control in the last step (when files or URLs are attached) that a file or URL has effectively been attached or correctly uploaded. If operator clicks on 'Done', the request is completed without any alert!
    If no file or URL has been attached when the operators clicks on Done, the requester receives a letter with no attachment or URL for download. Waste of time and bad service provided...
    There should be a control before clicking on Done, at least one file or one URL should be attached before the request gets completed. At…

    55 votes
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  10. Allow part payments to be sent from Alma to WPM for online payments

    Allow a user to choose the sum they wish to pay when making an online payment via WPM. At the moment it is only possible to pay the total fine/fees owed, no option is given to enter and pay a lesser amount.

    While WPM will accept whatever amount is sent from Alma, and Alma will handle whatever payment is sent from WPM back to Alma (closing fees as possible, and partially closing fees if the paid amount does not exactly match the owed amount), Alma can only send WPM one payment element with the total amount the user owes (as…

    54 votes
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  11. Add scheduled job which Recalculates Rota Assignment on Resource Sharing Borrowing Requests in Locate Failed Status

    We are trying to configure a more automated workflow for Resource Sharing in our consortium. We recently reconfigured our Resource Sharing settings. Our Partners' Locate Profiles were all changed from not checking availability (so we had time to manually manage queues) to "Check for availability" so that items will pass instantly through the Rota if an item is not available at a partner. Then each of the Resource Sharing Libraries modified their Library Details from cancelling requests on locate failure to not cancelling requests on locate failure, which keeps the request Active after it passes through the Rota unfilled, and…

    75 votes
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  12. add security levels to norm rules

    Because all norm rules can be edited by all staff with cataloger roles, there is great room for erroneous changes for rules that are applied to batch jobs. For example, the norm rule that is applied to records being brought in from Z39.50 targets can be edited by any staff member. A single error in the rule can break the z39.50 import process for all staff until the source of the error is identified. Likewise, if we have a rule applied to import profiles and a staff member inadvertently changes it and we load 50,000 records, that could cause huge…

    149 votes
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  13. Preferred term correction should flip headings that change tag number

    Alma authority control does not handle cases where the bib heading is linked to an authority via a cross-reference, but the preferred and non-preferred terms are in different fields, e.g. preferred term is in authority field 130 and cross-reference in authority is in 410.

    Alma should be able to handle this scenario. Currently when the bib heading matches the authority cross-reference, Alma won't correct these and instead puts them on this report: Preferred Term Correction - Bib Heading found no authorized term.

    Example bib heading that Alma won't correct:

    110/2_ $$a Allied and Associated Powers (1914-1920). $$t Treaties, etc. $$g…

    90 votes
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  14. Add generic physical material types to the current table

    My libraries circulate various pieces of equipment from microphones, to musical instruments, to 3D printers, to lockers, and the current physical material type table does not suffice without adding a slew of item policies or location codes, which is messy and makes the resulting analytics more painful than it should be.

    Ex Libris support states that "The [physical material type] codes cannot be changed, because Development needs them for statistics across libraries." However individual libraries will have items that they need to distinguish between either for fulfillment rule purposes or our own statistics.

    I would like there to be about…

    210 votes
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  15. PO Line and invoice attachments: Upload/View/Edit/Delete - additional user roles needed

    It is possible to upload attachments to a PO Line or an invoice. These attachements can be viewed, edited and deleted as well.

    In case of using Alma as (the only) data storage for e.g. invoice PDFs, it is very important that attachments can be deleted only by specially privileged staff users. Deletion might be necessery e.g. because of erroneous uploads.

    Looking into the 'Roles Reports' shows that there is no 'Delete' option listed (so Edit means also Delete):

    # Purchasing Operator / Purchasing Manager
    - po_line_attachments.xml ... View Edit
    - po_attachments.xml ... Edit
    - invoice_attachments_tab.xml ... View
    - po_line_attachments.xml…

    28 votes
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  16. 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.

    74 votes
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  17. Claimed returned option for Lost items

    In our previous system, with one click we were able to change items to Claimed Returned status, no matter what their current status was. one click and it was done.
    But in Alma, for some reason, this is not possible once the item has been declared Lost. One has to go through a long and convoluted process creating a file and saving it then creating a set and saving it then running a job on the set. This involves three pages of instructional documentation and about 15 minutes of staff time every day.
    We often have items claimed returned when…

    23 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
  18. Customisation of Alma patron deposits page

    We would like to have the ability to customise the Alma patron deposits page, including:
    - Logo + other branding elements eg. footer with University/Library details, link to privacy policy etc.
    - Access to the landing page html to include deposit instructions and/or embed video tutorials
    - Option to add links to help, contacts, policies for patron deposit
    - Option to include a chat widget
    - Css styling
    - Sign in options to mimic Primo (in our case we might want to use SAML + Alma login)

    25 votes
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  19. Set the sender address to the address of the staff that made the PO and automatically forward the mail to the said staff.

    With multiple librarians handling PO, this can help us keep better track of PO details and increase process efficiency.

    56 votes
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