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  1. Browsing Dewey in MD Editor

    We noticed that in Metadata editor the browsing in the 676 - Dewey field isn't available: we would like add the feature to scroll the lists from other records, as happens for the 6xx fields (subjects) and 7xx (authors).

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    • Add Full Call Number to E-Inventory Subject Area in Analytics for Portfolios

      For e-inventory portfolios, a number of vendors provide an LC call number in the 050 of item’s bibliographic record.
      However, currently, the most complete LC call number field available for the E-Inventory subject area in Analytics is the LC Classification Top Line field. This, however, only stores the combined LC code and classification numbers up-to the first period ; and does not include cutter numbers after the top line. There are no other field in this subject area that was mapped to this latter part of the call number such that it might be possible to combine the two fields…

      7 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
      • Linking local portfolios without ISBN/ISSN from IZ to CZ

        Please advise how to efficiently link the IZ collection to CZ collection for those local portfolios without ISBN/ISSN

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          1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  Admin →
        • Change the XML of exported portfolios

          An exported portfolio from Alma looks like this:

          <item type="electronic">
          <title>Operations research.</title>
          <title>Operations Research</title>
          <issn>0030-364X</issn>
          <coverage>
          <from>
          <year>1952</year>
          <volume>1</volume>
          <issue>1</issue>
          </from>
          <embargo>
          <days_not_available>720</days_not_available>
          </embargo>
          </coverage>
          <eissn>1526-5463</eissn>
          <object_type>JOURNAL</object_type>
          </item>

          However, that's not very clear. An ISSN element under an electronic item can be interpreted as the ISSN for the electronic publication.

          A better structure would be something like this:

          <item type="electronic">
          <title>Operations research.</title>
          <title>Operations Research</title>
          <issn type="electronic">0030-364X</issn>
          <issn type="print">1526-5463</issn>
          <issn-l>1526-5463</issn-l>
          <coverage>
          <from>
          <year>1952</year>
          <volume>1</volume>
          <issue>1</issue>
          </from>
          <embargo>
          <days_not_available>720</days_not_available>
          </embargo>
          </coverage>
          <object_type>JOURNAL</object_type>
          </item>

          This is related to this idea: https://ideas.exlibrisgroup.com/forums/308173-alma/suggestions/32344600-export-the-print-issn-for-electronic-portfolios-m

          36 votes
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          • Setting to default when only one Loan Period Policy

            When placing a request for an item with only one Loan Period Policy, It would be more intuitive and friendly if it would be the default option so the patron shouldn't have to open the drop down and choose the only available option.

            55 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
            • Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

              Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

              We are a library that has two libraries in two different cities but we are one organization and we share the same economy. The Fines/Fees Behaviour is hardcoded to be owned by library which doesn't mirror our situation. We would like the Fines/Fees Behaviour table to be configurable.

              103 votes
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              • Massive copy of records from the community zone to the local catalog

                In our institution, we have thousands of active electronic records for our institution but belong to the Community Zone. We want to copy massively these records to our catalog without having to do it one at a time.
                Our usual procedure is, from an excel file in which we have the ISBNs or ISSNs of the electronic documents, to upload the portfolios from the electronic collection itself. In this way we bring and activate in our institution the portfolios of the collection, but this does not generate a local copy in our catalog of each of them. So, we have…

                31 votes
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                • Brief Record - Quick Cataloging Template

                  Boston College would like to see the contents of the linking tab of Electronic Portfolio Editor added to the Brief Record, Quick Cataloging template for electronic articles.

                  This will enable us to edit the URL and enable the proxy as we catalog and would save us the step of going in later to edit the linking information. It would also enable us to test the link before posting it, rather than using the "view it" function afterwards.

                  45 votes
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                  • Add functionality to fund summary pages to view encumbered orders

                    There is no functionality within the fund summary pages to see what orders have not yet been paid (order still encumbered). The value of the encumbered orders does show in the summary graph however it would be really useful to see the orders this relates to.

                    93 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  Admin →
                    • Add department to User Details in Alma and to Hold/Resource Sharing pick slip for department delivery

                      We would like to use office delivery in Alma for our faculty but do not want to deliver items to an address. We want to deliver items to a department and have faculty pick up their items in the Department's office. In order to do this we need Department added to the User Details screen (we currently store department information in Job Description) and we also need department added to the Hold/Resource Sharing Pick Slip.

                      81 votes
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                      • Fix Call Number Sorting for certain classifications

                        Certain call number classifications that don't follow the typical format (LC class code, class number, Cutter code, title code, pub date) aren't sorting correctly in Alma's Browse Shelf Listing or Primo's call number browse.

                        One example is from a classification concerned with books about Civil War troop regiments:

                        E
                        577.5
                        24th
                        .T55
                        2010

                        Which should typically sort like this:
                        E577.5 1st
                        E577.5 2nd
                        E577.5 3rd
                        E577.5 10th
                        E577.5 24th
                        etc.

                        However, it seems as though the call number normalization isn't set for these specialized classifications and they end up sorting incorrectly, like this:

                        E577.5 1st. P48 2004
                        E577.5 10th .W35…

                        6 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.

                          62 votes
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                          • Provide access to files FTPed to third-parties

                            We run a daily scheduled "Publishing to OCLC" job which sends OCLC our new and changed MARC records via FTP.

                            From time to time, OCLC email us to let us know that some files were not processed due to errors in the MARC (typically blanks in the leader). To fix these, we need to download the problematic files, correct them, and manually upload to OCLC again.

                            However we don't have access to these files in Alma. (OCLC deletes them from their server when their automated process picks them up so we can't get them from there either.)

                            We managed to…

                            4 votes
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                            • Move the Level of service facet to the top of the facet list

                              Currently the Level of Service facet is at the base of the facet list, almost always hidden by the facets above it. I would like to see it moved to the top of the list as the timely processing of material for Rush or Express requests depends on being able to find those requests and action them quickly. As it is currently unless you specifically scroll down the list, you don't even know those requests have come in.

                              23 votes
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                              • Add profile used to the list of Roles for a given user

                                It would be useful if there was an indication of the Profile used that added each role to a given users account.

                                3 votes
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                                • Refreshing linked account expiration dates

                                  As we understand it, there are only two ways for a linked account's expiration date to be refreshed/synchronized with the user's primary account in their home IZ:

                                  1. Requesting an item from the IZ with that linked account

                                  2. Staff at the lending institution go to Manage Patron Services, Find user in other institution, enter the user's identifier, and then find user

                                  We think that the Alma experience would be improved by triggering this refresh process by a renewal attempt, by having an ability to run and schedule a job that refreshes these expiration dates on a regular basis, or…

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • Conversion job for any part of the record to any other part

                                    Hello,
                                    It would be nice if there was a job of conversion of every part of a record (bib, hol, item, portfolio) into another part, for example:
                                    Bib records into Items
                                    Bib records into Holdings
                                    Bib records into Portfolios
                                    Bib records into Orders
                                    Items into Bib records
                                    Items into Holdings
                                    Orders into Bib records
                                    Orders into items
                                    Orders into Portfolios
                                    Portfolios into Bib records
                                    Portfolios into Orders
                                    This way, we will not be limited by the search for any job.
                                    For example, we would be able to search Bib records, convert the set into items and run a job for…

                                    13 votes
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                                    • Ability to change the Requester in the Purchase Request form

                                      Several new features were added to the Purchase Request workflow with the May and June 2018 releases.

                                      One of these has meant a regression for our staff and negatively impacts the library services. In the past, any staff could create purchase requests in Alma, on behalf of academic staff, researchers and students. The patron name could be selected as Requester. This was particularly helpful to Circulation Desk operators and managers. Now, it is not possible anymore and the purchase request creator is automatically processed as Requester (unless the user has the new Purchase Request Operator or Manager roles). A user…

                                      29 votes
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                                      • Course Reserves searching when only one Course

                                        If a course only has one item on Reserve, searching for it in Course Reserves does not provide the facets that show you the course name or Professor's name. I recognize that facets are intended to be used to narrow down a search, so if a search results in one item, it makes sense for them not to display, but in this case, this is how we find a course/professor's name.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                        • Change the Network Number field in Analytics to use a semicolon between subfields in addition to fields.

                                          The Network Number field in Analytics includes a number of fields, including 035$a and $z, 019 $a and $z, and some 7xx linking fields. The documentation says the delimiter is "; ".

                                          What actually happens is that the delimiter is present only between fields, not between numbers in repeatable subfields in the same field. If an 035 contains one $a and three $z subfields, there will not be a semicolon delimiter between them, only a space. This makes it difficult to parse out individual fields, and not possible to find erroneous numbers with a space in the subfield.

                                          Please change…

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