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  1. Blocking borrowing requests on books published within the last year

    With an active automatic rota for books, borrowing requests sent from Primo to Alma are automatically sent to partner. This applies for books published within the last year as well. Before we activated the autoROTA, we would usually change most of these borrowing requests into purchase requests and place the patron on a waiting list.
    New books requested by a patron are often items we want to purchase ourselves, and not spend money on borrowing from our partners in addition. With the autoRota there is no way for us to block these borrowing requests from being sent.

    We would like…

    185 votes
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    • Confirmation message when receiving items for continuous titles

      Please consider adding a confirmation message when an item for a continuous title (e.g. print serial) has been successfully received. This messaging--which would be similar to the "success" screen when checking in serials in Aleph--would make the process much clearer for student workers who often handle this task in academic libraries.

      Thanks for considering!

      12 votes
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      • KBART export from Alma to include title level URL

        As we from time to time need to interface with software and services outside the ExLibris suite, it would be great if the KBART Schema for export would include a proper title level URL as specified in the KBART Recommended Practice:

        "[Title level URL] Indicate the URL of the title’s homepage.
        For journals, this page should be a listing of the available volumes and issues. "

        12 votes
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        • Add Job Category to Update/Notify Users

          It seems strange that you can add User groups, roles etc in the Update/Notify USers job but the Job Category isn't available.
          It would be useful if you could add this as we are starting to use Job Categories is TOU rules and being able to assign them based on a set of users would be really helpful.

          5 votes
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          • Add MMSID header when creating digital titlles sets

            Currently, when we import digital material records as digital representations which is digitized from the physical books, first, we usually create all titles set using the “MMSID”header, to put the physical titles into a collection. But only digital titles can run the withdraw digital representations job. So it would be very useful to add MMSID header when creating digital titles set. And then we can use this set to apply the withdraw digital representations job. Or add “all titles”content type in withdraw digital representations job instead.

            21 votes
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            • Allow renaming of normalization, indication, and merge rules

              Please allow renaming of normalization, indication, and merge rules. Right now you can only duplicate the rule and change the name of the copied rule.

              71 votes
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              • Add "Print Slip Report" action to the "Resource Request Monitoring" screen

                The Print Slip Report function is currently available from the "Pick Up Requested Resources" and "Resource Sharing Lending Requests Task List" screens. But when a hold is placed on an item that is checked out, the returning item is automatically placed on hold and the request bypasses the "Pick Up Requested Resources" screen and shows up on the "Resource Request Monitoring" screen as "On Hold Shelf". But the Print Slip Report is not available here. It does need to be available here, as well.

                "Print Slip Report" is a different action than "Print Slip." The Print Slip Report is a…

                6 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                • API for backdate an item

                  Alma provides an API for library to build up application to do circulation operation, such as renew, change due date. However, since Nov release 2018, a parameter "overdue_at_change_due_date" has been introduced and shall charge overdue fine to patron if it has been already overdue during the change due date API operation is executed. If library do not want to disable the overdue_at_change_due_date, it has no way to check-in an overdue item without creating fine.

                  SIP2 and offline circulation is suggested from EXL but API operation is always preferred.

                  9 votes
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                  • View user request history

                    We would love to be able to view a user's request history in the Requests tab of their account. You can view Returns and Fines histories so why not Requests?
                    This would be very useful for students and staff! Thanks.

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                    • Option to receive from items list

                      Please make it an option to receive an issue, without having to navigate away to the specific "Receiving" page, if you are looking at it on an items list. Often I'll be working on items and notice that one of them is not received when it should be, but I can't change that without interrupting my workflow or opening a new window.

                      8 votes
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                      • Add "Electronic collection" subject area in analytics

                        I want to count the subscribed database collections for yearly statistics. However , it is found that only the collections with portfolios can be drawn in "E-Inventory" subject area. There is no way to draw the electronic collection statistics without portfolios so that I suggest to add a dedicated subject area.

                        17 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                        • Physical item count on home page

                          Please add a widget option to the home page that displays a simple current count of physical items. I should not have to create an analysis to get this basic information.

                          7 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                          • Add " Additional e-mails " fields to " Report to ex libris " form in Alma

                            In Salesforce the customers can use "Additional e-mails" feature to let colleagues know that they have (already) opened a case for a specific issue. This makes teamwork easier.

                            For SF cases opened using the "Report to ex libris" feature, this is not possible. Plase add 5 "E-mail 1" - "E-mail 5" as in SalesForce.

                            7 votes
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                            • Add the 'Not contains', 'Not contains phrase', 'Not equal', 'Is not empty' search logic to Keywords, Creator, Subject etc. search indexes

                              Please add the 'Not contains', 'Not contains phrase', 'Not equal', 'Is not empty' search logic to as many search indexes as possible, and particularly to Keywords, Creator, Subject search indexes.

                              The 'Not contains', 'Not contains phrase', 'Not equal', 'Is not empty' search logics are very essential to advanced searches.

                              4 votes
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                              • Make "additional code" for vendors searchable

                                Using the additional code field to track changes in the Vendor Code field make sense, but has limited use if we can not search it in any meaningful way.

                                2 votes
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                                • Ability to reverse 'completed' requests in Resource Sharing

                                  There are some occasions where we have completed a resource sharing request, and then later realise we aren't actually "finished" with the request.
                                  Even if you change the status to something else (e.g. shipped physically), you are still unable to receive an item on the request number.

                                  Would it be possible to create an option to 'un-complete' a request? Which would then give the request all the available options as active requests?

                                  12 votes
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                                  • Make Suppressing a location function the same as suppressing a holding in all publishing jobs

                                    Currently, the general publishing job exports inventory in locations which are ticked "Suppress from Discovery" in Physical Locations config, when "Excluded Suppressed Locations: is ticked in the Publishing Profile.

                                    Alma should handle this flag as it does for Publishing to Primo and Publishing to Libraries Australia and ignore suppressed locations, otherwise what's the point of setting this at the location level and then providing an option to Exclude suppressed records. It is extra work to set this value for each individual bib/holdings record.

                                    37 votes
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                                    • "Manage purchase request" available in Analytics reports

                                      Alma allows the export to Excel of the data found in the "Manage purchase request" option. The export is usually a slow process, which will surely slow down as the purchase requests stored in Alma increase.
                                      We would like all this information to be available in Analytics so that we can manage it in a simpler way.

                                      94 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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…

                                        7 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                        • search filters and better results display in the "search external resources" function

                                          When we are searching WorldCat for a record to match a newly-ordered title, we often find duplicate records. The current search results display makes it difficult and time-consuming to choose the best record.

                                          The external resources search would be much improved if we could limit search results by the language of cataloging (040 |b) and format. This would save us having to wade through multiple vendor records that aren't even in our local language of cataloging, and multiple records for resources in a format other than the one we are looking for.

                                          It would save us a lot of time…

                                          28 votes
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