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  1. Combined IZ + NZ bib headings browsing

    Please open an option to do a combined IZ + NZ bib headings browsing. Currently we have to choose browse in Institution or Network. But this really misses the point of a browsing -- we want to browse all the NZ + IZ records, and don't want to separate things into pieces.

    Please also consider opening combined browsing for each heading type category -- e.g. within subjects, open an option for combined subject browsing, rather than currently have separate sub-category e.g. chronological, topical etc. The current browsing options are too tedious, and we do appreciate you to open more combined…

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    • delete pol

      We really have the requirement to delete a POL attached to a PO in our daily work, we will have to reopen the POL and then cancel it and then delete it, it’s kind of complicated and can we delete it directly?

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      • Display Requester when "activate next" on expired hold shelf

        On the Expired Hold Shelf - Activate Next the expired requester name is displayed, however when you "activate next" Alma processes the request but doesn’t display who it is for.

        It would be really usefull for Alma to display the Next Requester information at this point.

        Currently you need to track down the item in Active Hold Shelf to find the next requester.

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          0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
        • In Calendar Management, allow the removal of old exception dates without changing upcoming due dates

          Currently, in the Alma Calendar Management configuration page, if an exception (closed) date from the past is removed then loans with upcoming due dates can be affected when the Due Date Correction after Calendar Change job runs.

          It would be helpful if there was a way to remove old exception dates without upcoming due dates changing. Otherwise, exception dates can never be removed.

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            0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
          • Make Query to Patron Letter use addressFrom like any other letter

            The Query to Patron letter functionality for Borrowing Requests in Alma has recently been reimplemented to use the standard mail configuration in Alma. By some reason an exception has been made for the "addressFrom" setting, where it instead still uses the default address for the Resource Sharing library.

            This is counter intuitive, as the addressFrom value is still configurable for the letter, only it doesn't have any effect. I'm still surprised my case (#00609529) was identified as a documentation issue and not a bug.

            If you like us has selected to not implement a separate Resource Sharing library, this also…

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            • Add option to specify electronic collection in Create PO-Line API

              When an electronic portfolio is created by GOBI through the Create PO-Line API, it is automatically set to standalone. The Create PO-Line API has no option to specify that it should be part of a specific electronic collection.

              In our use case we thought we could fix this by using the update inventory import profile when importing a more complete MARC record, but if this profile is configured with a collection a new portfolio will be created if the existing is standalone. (See case #00500768.)

              Allowing an electronic collection to be specified when creating portfolios through Create PO-Line API would…

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              • Select all citations across multiple pages in Course Reserves > Citations

                The 'Select All' checkbox only selects the citations which are listed on the current page (i.e. 20 citations maximum). Is it possible for all citation to be selected across multiple pages?

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                  0 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                • Include rolling dates in local date information field

                  As an electronic resource librarian, I would like to see a better way to deal with rolling coverage dates. There does not seem to be a good way to deal with gaps in portfolio coverage when there's a moving target date involved. For example, if a title includes perpetual access from 2011-present, and issues 12 years or older are open access, unless you include a public note, what will display is:

                  Available from 2011 volume: xx issue: xx
                  Most recent 12 year(s) not available

                  This is confusing to patrons and librarians alike. It would be useful to have the option…

                  28 votes
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                  • Include authority cross-references in Browse Bib Headings

                    The very useful Browse Bib Headings tool includes only information from bib records. It would be extremely useful if it also included authority cross-references for controlled headings, similar to how the Primo browse works. This way, if a user tries to use the Browse Bib Headings and enters the non-preferred term, the cross-reference will let them know that they need to search on the preferred term.

                    112 votes
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                    • Alma emails: provide matching plain-text alternative to reduce spamminess

                      Currently Alma emails only include an HTML-formatted variant. Anti-spam software will typically penalise messages that do not contain a plain-text variant, increasing the odds that the message will be marked as spam. Providing a plain-text variant would also benefit users of plain-text only email readers. The plain-text variant should resemble the unformatted content of the HTML-formatted variant. If they differ this might suggest that the sender is perhaps sending an innocuous text in the plain text part just to get through spam filters, and again, would be penalised for this.

                      119 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                      • Add 583 to the search index or the general Notes search index

                        The bib 583 note is not index and therefore is not searchable in Alma unless we copy the field to a 9XX field. Please either add it to the general Notes search index or create is own Action note index.

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                        • Academic Departments - add field for Faculty/School

                          Academic Departments within institutions often sit under Faculty or School groups. This is currently not represented in Alma or Leganto. Could we have a new (optional) field added for School/Faculty both to the Academic Department area and have it available in Analytics.

                          80 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix $g in 773 / 774 related records

                            According to documentation (https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Product_Documentation/010Alma_Online_Help_(English)/040Resource_Management/040Metadata_Management/130Configuring_Related_Records_for_Physical_Inventory), $g in linking entry MARC fields (such as 773 or 774) "links to specific items for the record specified in the $w, $x, and $z subfields). According to support " it is outside Alma's current functionality to be able to be separate an item from a collection of related bib records. It would be an enhancement to this functionality."

                            I am proposing that Ex Libris fix or enhance this functionality so it will work. My institution has a large collection of 'bound with' physical materials from the 1700s with analytical cataloging. For example, 26…

                            3 votes
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                            • Ability to edit a location instead of creating a new one

                              We are aware that this is a fulfillment configuration, but it is one which causes problems with acquisitions.

                              We would like the ability to 'edit' existing location codes that would automatically update everything within those locations to the new location, including holdings, items, and PO lines...rather than having to create new locations and move things before deleting the old location.

                              This would eliminate the problems with "change physical items" jobs that don't change locations for things with no items attached (common with serials).

                              This would also eliminate the problem of POs becoming unlinked from holdings when a location is changed.…

                              67 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Acquisitions  ·  Admin →
                              • "Select All" checkbox for In Process Items

                                When changing the status of In Process Items there is no “Select All” box at the head of the column, often there are multiple copies and we want to apply the same status change to all the items on the list.

                                Instead of having to check the box next to each item in a list we would like to suggest that on this page (and other pages where applicable) that a “Select All” checkbox* be added.

                                *as is the case on some lists such as “Patron Loans” and “List of Items”.

                                18 votes
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                                • Automatically populate date and end time in booking request form

                                  When placing a booking in Alma or Primo you need to choose a starting date then a starting hour followed by a starting minute. You then need to choose an end date then an ending hour and an ending minute. This is a lot of clicks to place one booking.

                                  It would be nice if the end date, hour and time could be automatically populated based on the Terms of use of the item (so if the loan period is 2 hours and the start time is 2:30 then the end time could be automatically populated to say 4:30). If…

                                  35 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add a print test page option to printer action menu

                                    It would be great to have a simple way to test Alma printers, rather than having to go through a workflow to print something out. I think a good place for this would be on the action menu for each printer.

                                    76 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Fulfillment  ·  Admin →
                                    • Configuring different sender e-mail addresses (SMPT-envelope-from) for one letter-type

                                      For now the SMTP-envelope-from definition for Alma Letters can be set only once per letter-type. This isn’t suitable. E.g., our libraries need more than one sender email address for different acquisition departments. Vendors should be able to reply directly to the departments E-Mail-address. Using one no-reply-address (as SMTP-envelope-from value) in combination with a “reply-to”-addresses written in the Mail Footer cannot be a permanent solution.

                                      Actual situation in Alma:
                                      When an E-Mail is send in the context of a job Alma takes the SMTP-envelope-from value from the „addressFrom”-definition in the concerning letter-configuration (general configuration -> letter emails).
                                      When an E-Mail is…

                                      134 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
                                      • Note Type

                                        Have the options to create different Note Types under the patrons note tab.

                                        51 votes
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                                        • Ctrl-z/Undo in the Metadata Editor

                                          Currently, there is no Ctrl-z/Undo function in the Metadata Editor.
                                          Please add this function.
                                          Use case:
                                          A record is in draft mode and the cataloger deletes a field accidentaly, there is no way of bringing it back.
                                          Or a cataloger works on an exisiting record, makes a lot of changes and only wants to undo the last actions, but not go back to the previous version.

                                          290 votes
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