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  1. Add RFID multi scan function in Alma

    Currently, Alma doesn't allow multi scan use with RFID readers.

    This means librarians at circulation desk have to scan one by one items with RFID reader instead of dropping them off directely on the RFID reader. Thereby, RFID tech loses a huge part of his interest in library.

    This is all the more strange that RFID self check machines offer this possibility with Alma.

    To conclude, RFID libraries should be allowed to use multi scan functionality with Alma. Please implement such a function.

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    • Add NLM Classification to Analytics

      We would like to see NLM classification as an option in Analytics. We have a substantial Health Sciences Library and Med Center, and this would be quite useful for this area of reporting.

      27 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
      • Delivery Format Codes

        Is there any way to order the delivery format codes, or just have the ones we use regularly. Currently there are several in the drop down list that are not used, there are 14 and we only use 3. It can be difficult to find the one you need sometimes. If we can order them this will stop errors occuring.

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        • Make 245 $p, $n, $s, $k, $f, $g part of "Title" criteria in Analytics &/or make them available as separate criteria

          Currently, the Analytics criteria “Bibliographic Details – Title” returns the 245 $a and $b in combination. This leaves out a good portion of the information needed to distinguish titles in series or parts from one another. Works of classical music are another area which require information from the other subfields for clarity. In the case of many archival materials, the current results leave the title field completely blank or skip many records, as there is no data recorded in either 245 $a or 245 $b. (Please see the attached file for examples.)
          In order to use these reports in any…

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            3 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
          • Alma -- no warning when item goes into "transit" from receiving

            When an item is received under Receiving > One Time, if there is a request on the item for a user at another library, the item immediately goes into transit status to the requesting library. There is no message or warning that the item is in transit at this point, and the receiver's assumption is that it is now "In place" and ready to be shelved. The only warning that exists is a column prior to receiving that shows "Yes" under "Requests." Once the item is received, it is gone from this list (see below) and there is no more…

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            • Add Editions link-type facility to All Titles Persistent Search results

              When searching for a specific barcode using All Titles Persistent Search and the search result appears on screen, would it be possible for there to be a link next to the Edition statement (i.e. the 250 field contents) which links to the results for *all* editions of the title in question?

              In addition, would it be possible for that link to the results for all editions to appear in the search results when Physical Items Persistent Search is used instead, even though there is of course no Edition statement shown in such instances?

              There are many instances during the course…

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              • Allow copy number mapping in Alma Import Profiles

                The physical item inventory mapping configuration in Alma import profiles does not include the option to add a Copy ID. It creates a lot of extra work to, after importing records, open each item record with multiple copies, to edit the Copy ID field. We would like to be able to assign the Copy ID in the import, as we do the other physical item fields.

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                • Add subscription to and from dates to the invoice information that Alma exports

                  We believe it would be useful to include subscription to and from dates in the invoice information exported from Alma.

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                  • Display content of MARC 4901$$a in search result list needed

                    In the search result list the title of a linked series is only shown when MARC 830$$a contains the series title.
                    Most of our data don’t have MARC 830$$a, but contain the series title in 4901$$a. Therefore it would be helpful if the content of MARC 4901$$a could be displayed in all cases where there is no MARC 830$$a.

                    7 votes
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                    • Moving item records to differenent holding records and merging holding records

                      Being able to merge holdings records that have been accidentally created. Either that, or moving item records to different holding records, even if the holding records are in the same location, but different call numbers.

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                      • Better correspondence between number of items ordered and Quantity for pricing.

                        As a Purchasing operator, I would like a better correspondence between the number of items ordered and the "Quantity for pricing" in the PO line summary.

                        When we are ordering more than one item of a physical title, we have to add the extra items in the Quick add field, and then have to update the Quantity for pricing field manually. We see that Purchasing operators tend to forget to update both fields. The result is that the number of items that we intended to order, not always corresponds with the number of items that is supplied by our vendors.…

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                          1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  Admin →
                        • Placing requests through ALMA for items in stock

                          When a borrower has forgotten their ID card and asks us to keep books for them, in the past we have issued these to the Holds Trolley, so that we know where they are, until such time as the borrower returns. However, we want to convert these into official requests, so that they are time limited; cannot be requested by anyone else in the meantime; and no student can request more items than their limit, thus denying other people the use of those books. To make this an easy process, is it possible to enable the ‘Scan in items’ function…

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                          • "Make Toggle Missing Status Available from item editor"

                            To mark an item as missing, you must currently use the Toggle Missing Item option from the inline action menu, which only displays when you are viewing a list of items attached to a given bib record. However, if you search for the item using a physical item search, and only one item matches your search criteria (for example, if you search by barcode), then the item record opens automatically in the physical item editor. There is no option to toggle the missing status from this screen. Operators must remember to perform a title search, instead of a physical item…

                            9 votes
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                            • Display linked import profiles in Electronic Collection view/editor

                              It would be helpful if Alma displayed any import profiles set up to create portfolios (or delete) in an electronic collection when viewing/editing that e-collection. This would eliminate the need to go back to the import profiles themselves to verify which collections they work on.

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                              • Include MMS ID in Excel output from Manage Sets Results pages

                                The MMS ID is essential information when dealing with spreadsheets of records, and yet it is missing from Excel output of lists of sets and search results. Please include the MMS ID in all output Excel spreadsheets of Repository records.

                                38 votes
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                                • Change default of Automatic Print Slip from No to Yes in Alma RS

                                  When we are processing Lending Requests, we prefer to send the Shipping Slip with every item we loan/email. The information on the slips helps the requesting library to receive the item as it has their External Identifier, their address details, information regarding their request etc.

                                  We would like to have the Automatic Print Slip default change from No to Yes. Can it be made as a default of Yes?

                                  14 votes
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                                  • Provide the ability to sort the order of Resource Sharing Requests and General Electronic Services requests.

                                    Right now he tables which control the orders of requests in the Get It Window are currently not "interdisciplinary", which means that it is possible to sort the order of all General Electronic Services among themselves, all Online Service, etc. But it is not possible to control the complete sorting of services in the ViewIt or GetIt. Would be nice to sort together.

                                    9 votes
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                                    • Change due date when patron account expiration date reduced

                                      As a Fulfillment Manager, I would like the due dates of a patron's books to be changed to their account Expiration Date if this is reduced. Eg, if a book is issued to a student for 10 weeks and they withdraw from their course, the original due date remains which can be some weeks after they have left. This can cause confusion for library staff and the patron.

                                      41 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                      • To show a pop-up window a day or two ahead of time when the Patron's Library ID is about to expire and then a pop window saying it is expire

                                        TMS library fulfillment management wants to show a pop-up window a day or two ahead of time when the Patron's Library ID is about to expire and then a pop window saying the patron's account is expired.

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                                        • User Group fee

                                          I would like it to be possible for a fee to be added to a user record when a certain user group is selected, eg.Postal Loans. The patrons are not imported with this user type - it is changed when they make the request to receive loans by post. There is currently no functionality that allows a fee to be added automatically when a new User group is manually selected.

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