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  1. Subdivided LCSH headings should be flipped by Preferred Term Correction

    Preferred Term Correction is not flipping all LCSH headings when the authority record changes. If there is an authority record that has a subdivision, it is only flipped by PTC if the heading in the bib has no additional subdivisions. This means there is a significant gap in the PTC process that requires manual attention and handling, which is unsustainable. The PTC process needs to be more thorough.

    For example, this LCSH:

    $a Germany $x Politics and government $y 19th century

    was updated by LC to be:

    $a Germany $x Politics and government $y 1789-1900

    When the authority record changed,…

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  2. Increase the visibility of digitization requests in case of multiple requests

    When there is more than one digitization request on a same item (same or different requesters), only the first request is displayed in the Task List. When this request is completed, the second request is not listed in the Task List or in the “In Process Items” page, except when the barcode is scanned again.

    We think that “In process Item” page should not be empty once the first request is completed. Or least, there should be an alert informing the operator that there is another request on the same item just ready to be fulfilled...

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    We’re looking at adding an indication in the Manage In Process Items next to a request where there are more digitization requests for the same item in the queue. A row action will allow the staff to complete the current active request and activate the next.

  3. Invalid email address list or failed to be sent notifications

    We would like Alma to indicate somewhere (in a report, in the user account or else) if an email was not delivered to a patron or a vendor due to an invalid address. This would help to locate them faster and correct this data.
    Otherwise, we would like to have a list by Alma institution of users / vendor accounts with invalid email addresses.

    Thank you!

    307 votes
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  4. Make configurable pop-up assistance in metadata editor

    Currently the po-up assistance in metadata editor for subfields 260$a$b$e$f, 264$a$b, 505$r$t and 561$a is hardcoded and it can not be deactivated. Activation/Deactivation should be configurable. We have many queries from our catalogers about that.

    300 votes
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  5. Make physical item sort routines stick

    For those of us working with continuing resources:

    When viewing a list of physical items, the sort routine defaults to Library/Location. The items do not appear in any particular order when the results are loaded. Often I change the sort routine to Description or Receiving Date to view the most recent serial items and order them chronologically for viewing.

    It would be nice if the sort routine "sticks" so that every time I open a list of items, the sort mechanism will stay on Description (not default back to Library/Location)

    This would be especially helpful when managing items in the…

    295 votes
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  6. Improve 'Electronic Resource Activation Task List' Management

    The Electronic Resource Activation Task List does not adequately cover the multiple tasks and steps that operators need to complete during the resource's lifecycle. For example, for most electronic resources, there are usually multiple tasks in progress simultaneously (e.g., entering the EZProxy stanza on the server, ensuring admin access to the publisher's site). But because the Electronic Resource Activation Task List allows only one status to be assigned to a resource, there is no way to manage multiple simultaneous tasks nor easily determine what task has already been completed. This results in double handling and inefficient use of managing our…

    293 votes
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  7. Short Term Loans - Courtesy and Overdue Notices

    The new shortloancourtesyreminder & shortloanoverduereminder cannot be configured for multiple locations. For institutions with several hourly loan locations (for example Boston College maintains 2 and 3 hour loan periods for Course Reserves and a 4 hour loan period for some technology items) this dictates that the reminder notice has to be set based on the location with the shortest loan period. The overdue notice must be timed to make sense for for the longest loan period.

    In our test configuration we used the following time parameters:

    ​shortloancourtesyreminder - 105 minutes
    short

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  8. Extend the "interested users" functionality

    Acquisition librarians want to extend the current "interested users" functionality in order to serve the end user in a better and faster way. The current "interested users" functionality is not sufficient enough, to become useful and really benefit from this functionality we would like to extend it with:
    • The ability to sort the interested user list.
    Use case: some users (e.g. academic staff) have priority and should get the issue first!
    • Make it possible to create hold requests on these items regardless of the existing fulfillment policy:
    Use case: some libraries don't allow requests for available items, but…

    287 votes
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    Dear community, this idea was reviewed and accepted, below you can find the suggested design, please feel free to comment if you have further suggestion:

    1. It will be possible to sort the interested users list using arrows. The hold requests will be activated as per the order in the interested users tab.

    2. A check mark for ‘Loan to first interested user’ will cause the received item to be automatically loaned to the first interested user when the item is received.

    3. It will be possible to print the list of users (in the proper order) when the item is received

    Thanks,
    Noam Fass | Alma product management team

  9. Serials: Editing of Description Needed

    When opening predicted items, the Description-Field is populated by the data provided in “Next Predicted Item´s information” and displays these data in a certain punctuation-logic. Unfortunately, this logic is not equal to the description- (and punctuation-) logic used in German speaking countries (which is following ZETA-Standard) – and there is no possibility to edit this. Since there has to be a correct description (for sorting etc.), the only way is to open and edit every single item once it is created by prediction pattern. This is causing a lot of unnecessary work to be done manually - we need the…

    287 votes
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  10. add security levels to norm rules

    Because all norm rules can be edited by all staff with cataloger roles, there is great room for erroneous changes for rules that are applied to batch jobs. For example, the norm rule that is applied to records being brought in from Z39.50 targets can be edited by any staff member. A single error in the rule can break the z39.50 import process for all staff until the source of the error is identified. Likewise, if we have a rule applied to import profiles and a staff member inadvertently changes it and we load 50,000 records, that could cause huge…

    287 votes
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  11. recall

    Update Lending and Borrowing Status when Recalls of Resource Sharing items are cancelled

    Currently, once an item is recalled in Resource Sharing, it stays in that status even after the recall is cancelled by the patron. If this could have the same functionality as regular Fulfillment (which can be configured to have the item's original return date applied if recall is dropped), that would be ideal.

    281 votes
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  12. Ability to run user purge on a set

    The current purge job does not allow for granularity beyond the user group and the number of options and filters for the Purge User Records job is very limited.
    It would be helpful to be able to run patron purge on a set of user records, or alternatively for Alma to add a user delete job (under Manage Jobs and Sets > Run a Job) that runs on a set.
    (see also NERS Request ID 5304)

    273 votes
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  13. Batch deleting PO's

    There is currently no system job to delete PO's. These have to be done manually using the Acquisitions>Purchase Order>Delete PO function individually in ALMA.

    We have 1000's of old orders migrated from our legacy system that are no longer required. We also now only keep 7 years worth of orders in line with current financial practice and so would like to be able to set a job to batch delete at rollover into the new fiscal period.

    271 votes
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  14. Reminder when opening hours are expiring

    When you add standard opening hourse into the Library / Institution calendar it defaults to setting the expiry for the hours 3 years ahead. This is good but it would be useful to get a reminder to move them on when it's getting close to the expiry date.

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  15. Initiate consortium fulfillment requests for items in another institution from Alma

    In our consortium, we would like to be able to place requests for items in other institutions on behalf of our patrons in Alma.

    Scenario: a patron (dean, faculty member, etc) calls the circulation desk asking if an item is owned by the library. Circ operator searches Alma and finds the item in a consortium library. Circ operator SHOULD be able to request item in Alma from the patron's record. Right now, circ operator has to tell the patron to search Primo and request on his or her own.

    267 votes
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  16. Fulfillment Borrowing history: allow users to choose to opt in

    Currently the library can turn borrowing history on or off, but the choice applies to all users. For privacy reasons, and in order to avoid subpoena situations, we have it off, but some users do want borrowing history on as a convenience, and are not concerned about privacy risk themsleves. Why not allow those users to opt in to borrowing history, and allow the default otherwise to being off?

    By the way, this "opt in" approach is how most public libraries in Eastern Massachusetts are set up, so our users expect this level of service from us also.

    It is…

    263 votes
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    From the Circulation Desk user update form, it will be possible to turn on a ‘keep my loan history’ check mark.

    Patrons that have this check on will not have their loans anonymized when the anonymization process runs.

    It will be possible to get this indication also from API, and from Primo.

    The option to turn ‘keep my loan history’ on should be a library decision

  17. Re-sequence MARC fields by each tag when running a normalization rule

    Currently, after running a normalization rule on a set of bib records, the bib records display the 5XX fields out of order, e.g. 500, 546, 506 etc. This occurs even after running the CnmarcBibReSequenceTask as fields between 500 and 899 are not sorted, or sorted only by hundreds (this was the information given to us by a member of staff when we reported the issue on the ExLibris Customer Portal).

    Having all fields in the correct order would ease any future cataloguing needed on these records, or when staff members view the record for work purposes.

    I've attached an example…

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    Changing the existing re-sequencing task would impact all libraries, whether interested in this change or not - but we will look into adding a new re-sequencing task that will handle all fields, so libraries will have a choice on which re-sequencing behavior they want to apply.

  18. Alma - automatic warning for users about to expire with dedicated alma xml letter

    It would be useful to activate an automatic warning for users about to expire with dedicated alma xml letter.
    The customer could simply set up the amount of days before expiration and if the letter should be sent to all users or to specific user groups. A scheduled job could be activated, so that the letter is sent every day at a specific time.

    257 votes
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  19. Add “next year” as an option in serials subscription date range drop down menu for invoice lines.

    Many of the invoices we process are for serials subscriptions for the following calendar year. Having “next year” as an option, for invoice line subscription ranges would be quite helpful.

    255 votes
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    Dear Community,

    Thank you for your multiple answers regarding the preferred identification of “Next year” in Alma date picker. This was very helpful.

    I’d like to update you that this idea has been developed and will be included as part of August 2024 release.

    Upon a click on the date picker, you will see a new option “Next Year” which will include the next calendar year (1.1.20XX – 31.12.20XX).

    All the best,

    Zohar Shemesh

    Alma Product Team

  20. Improve the e-book purchase request workflow

    The purchase request workflow needs to be improved for acqusition of electronic resources.
    Currently, you can either approve or reject a purchase request. An approval automatically creates a POL and a standalone portfolio based in the Purchase Request BIB record. Both outcomes are unfortunate when working with e-books. An e-book will usually be ordered on the vendor site (e.g., the ProQuest portal) rather than through an Alma POL. It should be possible to select whether a POL is created. More importantly, we'd like the option, upon approval, to select and activeate a title from among CZ collections instead of having…

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