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  1. Use user data in general electronic services

    Currently in a general electronic service we can pass bibliographic metadata via openurl format through to the target webpage. It would be useful to also pass through user data. The "Adding a General Electronic Service" section in the Online Help mentions a requester (req.) category of attributes but these don't seem to be used at the moment.

    Passing through the requester's name, email address, etc would allow us to auto-populate an external form (eg interloans, purchase suggestion forms, etc) and save the user time / potential typing errors.

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  2. Analytics Local Parameter mapping to Dublin Core fields

    We can map MARC tags to Analytics Local Parameters up to 10 but not to Dublin Core fields. Please allow Local Parameter mapping to DC fields too.

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  3. Authority linking issue with bibliographic field 240

    We'd request that when Alma links up bib field 240 with a uniform title entered in authority record, it should take into account of bibliographic contents in field 240 PLUS field 100 ALTOGETHER, and link these combined contents with uniform titles entered in authority records.

    Currently, it links up the uniform title in field 240 only with authority record. So, those generic uniform titles e.g. Works, Poetry, etc. will be ambiguous, and do not have proper linking with their authority records established with author's name.

    Details, please refer to Salesforce case # 823121

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  4. Open second search box when "Advanced" is selected from persistent search

    The default persistent search box in Alma is one line. For a more complex search, I click on "Advanced". I then (always) have to click on the plus sign to get a second row for additional critieria. I would like for the system to automatically open that second search box when "Advanced" is chosen. Thank you.

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  5. Sort Subfields Task does not work correctly in combination with Authorities - Preferred Term Correction

    We've defined the following Sort Subfields Task but there seems to be a problem in combination with "GND Authorities -Preferred Term correction"

    700: iaqbcdtmnrpkolgfs0
    710: iagbndctkplfs0
    711: iagendctkplfs0

    The subfield i which we defined as first in 700/710/711 is suddenly put last. If this happen, the latest job that was run is always Authorities - Preferred Term correction

    In any case, the sorting should be the way we defined it in the Sort Subfields Task

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  6. add conditions in General Electronic Services based on ebook Collection

    We request to add conditions based on ebook Collection.
    We want to be able to display additional services only for records that belong to a specific collection.

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  7. Purchase request : add a new field for the url

    In our University, we would need an additional field into the Purchase Request for the url : it would help to confirm the identification of the document.

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  8. Select All check box for digital files

    Please provide Select All function for digital files, like a check box on the header.

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  9. Implement auto holdings for Oxford University Press Journals

    Implement auto holdings for Oxford University Press journals as is already done for Springer, Elsevier, Ovid.

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  10. Make patron / user information pop up card in Alma customizable or add more fields for purchase requests

    This specific request came to light when processing purchase requests from the task list. We would like to see the patron's user group when clicking on the patron information card link:
    https://www.screencast.com/t/XttSUJmwjEr

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  11. When building index tables, include data from all bib records (even if no holdings) and from all holdings records (even if no items).

    Currently, most holdings fields are not included in the indexing for the physical items table if there is no item attached. I believe the same is true for some bibliographic fields if there is no item and/or no holding.

    The resolution to the previous suggestion "Need a way to retrieve HOLDINGS where there are no ITEMS associated with the holding" addressed that one, very specific symptom of the larger problem.

    Now that we can FIND the holdings without items attached, we'd like to also search for and report on other information about them.

    Please index the same fields for ALL…

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  12. Allow batch deletion of POLs

    After we set up our Alma Ebook Central integration, thousands of technical PO lines were created for our triggered DDA requests. We already had POLs for these titles, so we want to delete the duplicate POLs. Currently, they have to be deleted manually. Please create a job that allows you to delete POLs in batch.

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  13. Please add Collection Name (for Digital) to search index for creating a digital title set

    Please add Collection Name (for Digital) to search index for creating a digital title set. There is only collection pid field. Alternatively, please allow Keyword index refers Collection Name too.

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  14. Identification of Reply vs Response in Communication tab of POL

    It would be useful to be able to easily identify a Reply vs a Response when looking at all of the 'Answers' associated with a Communication in a POL. Perhaps an arrow could indicate which direction the communication occurred ? e.g. an arrow pointing to the left ('out') if it is a Reply from us to the vendor, or an arrow pointing to the right ('in') if it is a Response from the vendor. See attached for screenshots.

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  15. Add "Reading List description" field to Course Reserves and Leganto Instructor Usage/Leganto Student Usage Subject Areas

    It would make sense to add the Reading List Description field to Analytics as it is information which is available but missing from the Course Reserves Subject Area, and the Leganto Subject Areas which contain Reading list information. Without this information you cannot really reproduce a list from its constituent data.
    NB this is really a Leganto issue as much as anything, but the impact is felt in Analytics.

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  16. Use non-LC call numbers for journal categories

    This affects Primo/PrimoVE; but the job is in Alma.

    The new feature (as of Nov 2019) to browse a list of journals by category depends on the 050$a. This should be expanded to use the 055$a, 060$a, 070$a, 080$a, 082$a, 083$a, 084$a, 085$a, and 086$a. Additionally, libraries should be able to pick which of the subfields to use.

    This is an example of the lack of support for non-LC libraries.

    This idea cross-posted as Primo idea.

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  17. Please provide more flexibility for creating video file thumbnails

    It would be great if Alma provides more flexibility for creating video file thumbnails. For example,

    1) Creating a couple more thumbnails and letting the user to choose one
    2) Taking the frame in the middle of the whole clip
    3) Giving the user a configurable option to set the timing, etc.

    Now thumbnail generation for video is taking the frame in second 1 (00:00:01) - and make it the thumbnail of the video file. Consequently many of thumbnails look alike because mostly there is a few seconds of 'opening' or fade-in effect.

    Therefore, it needs to be configurable by…

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  18. Acquisition Renewals for NZ e-collections

    We would like the ability to renew a shared e-collection.
    The new FY year price would be displayed in the negotiated license and then a renew button would be available. the library would see the new FY cost and then renew or cancel that subscription.
    Then this renewal or cancel would notify the NZ administrator.
    (similar to the functionality in ConsortiaManager).

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  19. Duplicate title analyis : able to detect duplication on 856

    It would be good to be able able to detect duplication on the MARC 856 field

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  20. Create an "Ideas Meta" category for ideas on the tool itself

    As an ExLibris customer, I would like a channel were I can submit my ideas on how the Idea Exchange tool could be improved, so that the tool can evolve for maximum benefit for both ExLibris and customers.

    See Meta Stack Overflow as an example.

    Currently I don't know an obvious place where I could submit this idea, which is why it ended up in Alma - Other ... The idea about a meta category thus exemplifies the need expressed in the idea itself. How meta is that? ;-)

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