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  1. Ability to attach bibliographic record to CZ order

    The Change Bib reference action is not available for POLs that have originated from the Community Zone. This is an issue as POLs with CKB references don't have bib record information which can be used in Analytics.

    In our SalesForce case about this (00570591) we were told that POLs for an electronic item can be relinked only if it has an MMS ID in the first place, and we see from the manual that changing the bib record isn't possible using the relink action if there’s not already a bib record attached:
    https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/020Acquisitions/020Purchasing/045Closing%2C_Reopening%2C_and_Relinking_PO_Lines#Relinking_PO_Lines

    So what we want is the ability…

    13 votes
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  2. BIBFRAME support for UNIMARC

    Currently, Alma can expose bib records in Linked Data in BIBFRAME format, but for MARC21 records only. I ask to develop the support for UNIMARC too, in order to expose UNIMARC records in BIBFRAME format through APIs, Publishing and the Alma Resource management UI.

    17 votes
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  3. "Electronic material type originating from Bib" vs "Electronic material type" : a display issue in the Portfolio service editor's list

    In an electronic portfolio, there is a field called "Electronic material type originating from Bib" which can be overloaded by another field called "Electronic material type".
    The Job "Change electronic portfolio information" allows to update the material type of portfolios into the field "Electronic material type" into a set of portfolios.
    If we do so, the material type is not updated into the Portfolio service editor's list... which is confusing.

    our request : when the material type of a portfolio has been updated in the field "Electronic material type", ALMA should only considare this material type and display it in…

    16 votes
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  4. 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.

    40 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
  5. Show orders and requests in repository search regardless of role

    Every staff member should be able to see if there are orders or requests for a title regardless of their roles.
    It's important e.g. for staff at info/circulations desks to see why a title without items is found - as well as for receiving operators to see if there are any patron physical item requests...

    Still, of course, one should only be able to edit orders or requests with the respective privilege.

    13 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  6. Need a Search for Alma Analytics Reports in Alma menu

    It will be great to have a search for the Alma Analytics reports off the Alma menu.

    13 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Admin →
  7. User ID Generation functionality also on the User Details page

    Libraries can configure the automatically generated user identifiers for new patrons that are added when an operator adds a patron on the Patron Identification page. We would like that the user Primary identifier can also be generated when users are added or edited on the User Details page: Existing users (external or internal) could have their Primary identifier updated (refreshed) in a more easy and effective way by circulation desk operators.

    84 votes
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  8. Keep suppressed records without items that have received more than one purchase request

    We have detected this case that we consider is an incorrect behavior of Alma.

    When a purchase request is generated, a non-visible bibliographic record is created. The problem is that if a second purchase request for the same document is generated, Alma automatically makes the bibliographic record visible, even though we still do not have copies of it. Therefore this record appears visible in Polibuscador but without funds.

    We request that the bibliographic record should only be visible when the issue or copies are available to the user, meanwhile, even if more than one purchase request has been made, it…

    39 votes
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  9. Link to Sandbox using alternate login methods

    The "Premium Sandbox" link in the (?) menu links to the Alma auth method login screen. However our library uses SAML login almost exclusively which is at a different URL, so this link is worse than useless as it confuses staff.

    To solve this we'd like either:

    1) let libraries configure this link (eg using a code table)

    or

    2) have the link go to an intermediary page that lists all the auth options available to the library.

    14 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  10. Add option to not attach a logo to Letters (to reduce e-mail spamminess)

    If we hide the logo by removing it from head.xsl, it's still attached to e-mails and contribute to increasing the spam score (which is already quite high due to several other issues like html-only content)

    If an email logo is not uploaded, the header logo is used as the email logo. Can this please be changed? If an email logo is not uploaded, it might mean that we don't want an e-mail logo.

    Alternative, to keep backwards compatibility, a new option "Don't attach logo to e-mails" could be introduced.

    10 votes
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  11. Make "Physical Item Condition Field" options configurable

    The new feature "Physical Item Condition Field" was a good idea.

    However, the condition options should be completely configurable. Currently the only options are:
    Brittle
    Damaged
    Deteriorating
    Fragile

    The current condition options seem extremely similar to each other.

    Each institution should be able to completely configure this field, including hiding the field entirely, adding/removing options, hiding/displaying options, renaming/relabelling, reordering the options.

    197 votes
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  12. 15 votes
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  13. Stop POL lines closing from Receiving?

    Currently when receiving an item back ordered item (ordered 4 but received 1) the process is you receive just the one and the invoice just the one item. But when the other 3 items have been received Alma is closing the POL once they have been received? This is causing issues as the Supervisor must then delete the invoice and unreceive the item and start again. After checking all the learning material and ex-Libris/Alma videos there is no way for a person to be doing this and the Pals from the area have even watched the whole process and it…

    8 votes
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  14. Collaborative Collections - Index 583 more fully

    Collaborative collecting agreements are becoming increasingly critical for libraries in managing collections and access across institutions. Formal agreements require libraries to update records with an appropriate Action Note (583 field) to note these commitments. Currently, only $a of the action note is indexed. All fields of the 583 (when present in bibs or holdings) should be indexed, or at a minimum $c, $d, $f and $5.

    31 votes
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  15. Suppress Items from discovery for a particular physical location but keep Holding statement

    We feel that it would be useful to be able to suppress items from discovery from a particular Physical location but still display the holdings information.
    This would be extremely useful for our Journals collections, whereby we receive individual items but only want to display the holdings statement to the end user.

    22 votes
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  16. 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…

    37 votes
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  17. Add a lock feature to prevent selected items from being withdrawn when running a job

    I envisage this as a simple checkbox within an item's record which prevents that item from being accidentally withdrawn. (A parallel exists in many photo editing software packages.)

    I also envisage this as being a property which could be engaged or disengaged on a set of items via a job.

    When running a withdrawal job, any such "locked" items which were not withdrawn should be listed individually in the job report so that the user can determine whether this was correct (in case an item has been accidentally locked by a user, for example).

    A use case is as follows:

    19 votes
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  18. Provide patrons notification of reasons for failure to renew a loan

    Please note: this idea is not ours originally. We voted for this as an institution as part of the first round of NERS 2018, where it was Req ID 5782. I noticed that it isn't in Ideas Exchange now (or at least I don't think so).

    Quoting the original description: 'We would like it to be possible to notify users when they have an item on loan that cannot be renewed, and to explain the reason to them so as to avoid confusion to patrons. Reasons may include: - because it is requested, - the patron has reached their expiry…

    73 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
  19. Add parameters to control anonymization of requests, resource sharing and fines

    We'd want to be able to control the anonymisation of requests, resource sharing requests and fines and fees in a similar way to loans. In particular we'd like to be able to set a parameter for days since user expiry and since the request or fine was complete.

    This would allow us to create a clear policy for anonymising and purging data in Alma so that all data was treated in the same way i.e. could say that all data was anonymised or purged X number of years after user left. It would also allow us to be confident that…

    212 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
  20. Copy subscription date range

    When adding an invoice line for a POL which has subscription date it would be useful if there was an option to copy the POL Subscription dates to the ‘Subscription Dates Range’ in the invoice line rather than having to enter it. Especially if there are multiple invoice lines it would speed up entering the data and avoid errors.

    21 votes
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