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  1. Enable desk operators to select from a predetermined list of loan periods.

    We would like desk operators to have the option of selecting from a list of predetermined check out periods for items in certain collections.

    Boston College Libraries currently provide approximately 80 laptops to community members, which can be borrowed for a fixed loan period. For many patrons this static loan period is either too short or too long, adding some loan period choices would enable us to easily meet the needs of more patrons.
    Currently in Alma, offering a variety of loan periods would require the creation of additional locations and terms of use. Doing so would enable us to…

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  2. Hyperlink invoice number in PO to actual invoice

    Working with purchase orders and invoices requires frequent switching between a purchase order and invoices attached to it. Under the tab Invoice lines in a purchase order Invoice Numbers are listed to the left. On the right side there is a View button, which gives some basic information about the invoice.
    In order to view payment date, cheque number, view attached invoice, view other purchase orders associated with this invoice, one must copy the invoice number, then go to Invoices in Open Search Menu, paste the invoice number and then access the invoice record that way.
    To directly access invoice…

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  3. Implement auto holdings for Wiley

    Implement auto holdings (autoholding, auto load, autoload) for Wiley, as is already available for ProQuest, Elsevier, Ovid, and Springer.

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  4. 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.

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  5. Prevent change of due-date when the item is under the recalled status.

    Or have an alert message of some kind when the due date is being changed.
    Because when the due date is changed, the recalled item reverts back to its initial status making it difficult to determine if there are requests placed on the item.

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  6. Suggestions for Normalization Rules (NR) functions

    Hello,

    Please see the attached file.
    We would appreciate it if the suggested Normalization Rules functions would be developed in Alma.

    Thanks

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  7. Change item information RESTORE change type should allow clearing temporary item information.

    When using the Restore change type under Change item information, the only change made is toggling the "item is in temporary location" back to NO. Any values filled in for temporary library, temporary location, temporary item policy, temporary call number, etc. remain. Restore should clear those fields, or allow operators to keep those fields by unchecking a box that would be checked by default.

    If the item has been scanned to have an item policy for special circ rules, that information remains in the record when it is restored, even though that information is not applied. If the item is…

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  8. Have the option to send emails to the user’s preferred address or send it to all of the user’s addresses on their account instead.

    Sometimes the “preferred addresses” imported from SIS is not the address users frequently uses, they could potentially miss important notifications and cause disputes.

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  9. Add ability to reorder Description Template Setup Rules using drag and drop

    The Description Template Setup Rules list must continually be reordered, since the first (sequentially) rule for which the enum/chron combination meets all criteria is used for the description, even if the enum/chron would more exactly meet a later rule. Regardless, is is also helpful to order the list so that similar rules are grouped together, so reordering would desirable as rules are added or removed.

    Currently, the only way to reorder the list is to move a selected rule up or down in the list, ONE PLACE AT A TIME. This is time consuming and inefficient.

    Please add the ability…

    158 votes
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  10. Allow Linking PO Lines to Electronic Inventory Regardless of Order Record Type

    We keep running into road blocks with not being able to hotlink POLines into the POLine fields of either Electronic Collection Records or Portfolio records.

    Is there a way that Alma can allow us to add POLines to Electronic inventory no matter what the order type is? This would save us so much time and allow us to use existing order lines for renewals. Right now we are doing a work around to connect order lines with electronic inventory by entering order information in the Portfolio Internal Description field.

    http://screencast.com/t/m9WVcw0HPExX

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  11. Add a public note field in interface record

    From time to time, a vendor interface goes down temporarily. While we follow the access issue up with the vendor, we add a public note for our students and staff indicating that the interface is temporarily down. The issue is that often we have many electronic collections with the same interface, and therefore must add a public note to each and every electronic collection that uses the affected interface, and then remove all of the notes once access is restored.

    Since all of these electronic collections link back to a single interface, it would be great if there were a…

    155 votes
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  12. Job for copying the configuration from the production environment into the Standard Sandbox

    Making testing and training in an Alma Standard Sandbox based on Ex Libris provided configuration is very difficult since this configuration may be very different from the one in the customer's production environment.

    Currently Ex Libris is offering two types of Sandboxes for Alma:
    (1) "Standard" - by default included in Alma subscription pricing. This sandbox contains Ex Libris provided data and configuration
    (2) "Premium" – for addition subscription fee – this sandbox includes a full copy of the customer's data and configuration

    Refresh of the Alma sandbox environment is possible up to once a quarter, upon request. In the…

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  13. Ability to create a chosen quantity of predictions

    As someone who manages serial subscriptions, I would like the ability to choose the quantity of predictions I create for any given holdings record. This would allow for quicker navigation of list of items, and reduce the number of inaccurate predictions.

    It is not always desired to predict an entire year’s worth of predictions (which currently is the only option). Depending on the publishing frequency and the number of copies of a subscription, we can have 11 pages of predictions in a list of items, in addition to the received items. This greatly increases the amount of clicking needed at…

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  14. Allow "ignore_lender_due_date" setting to be customized per resource sharing partner

    Currently the "ignorelenderduedate" setting in the Alma Customer Parameters Mapping Table is a global setting; it applies to all resource sharing partners. This is problematic for consortia who have resource sharing partners for consortia members, as well as a resource sharing partner for ILLiad.

    Setting "ignore
    lenderduedate" to "true" works for our consortia resource sharing standard checkout, but ILLiad due dates must be entered manually.
    Setting "ignorelenderduedate" to "false" works for the ILLiad lender due date, but then consortia due dates must be entered manually.
    If "ignore
    lenderduedate" could be…

    150 votes
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  15. Add notifications to Alma reminders

    I appreciate the addition of the Reminders in Alma, but I think it would be even more useful if reminders could trigger email notifications when the reminder date has arrived.

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  16. Add Data Type category for the Title Report in COUNTER 5 section of analytics

    The Master Title Report of COUNTER 5 includes ebook and journal titles. It is difficult to use this master report in analytics without having a data type or section type option to differentiate between which titles are journals and which are ebooks. The master title report is useless in analytics without this option. Please add the data type or section type category from the COUNTER 5 Master Title Report into the Analytics Usage Report.

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  17. RS Borrowing Requests – changing format before sending request

    We would like the ability to change the format of a request before sending it to a Partner – e.g. from book/book chapter to journal/journal article or vice versa.

    As our patrons don’t always know, or pay attention, to the actual source format, they often submit their requests with the wrong format, which our staff would like to fix before sending to Partners.

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  18. Decouple the bib-level material type of Music into Scores and Sound Recordings

    The bibliographic material type of Music inexplicably combines scores (Leader/06 c or d) and sound recordings (Leader/06 i or j) into a single facet. This makes no sense and makes standard statistics reporting extremely difficult as scores are usually reported with books (they are, after all, pieces of paper bound between covers) whereas sound recordings are usually reported with other media. Scores should be separated out as its own bib-level material type.

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    Thank you for this ideas exchange request.
    For the purpose of clarification:
    Alma uses (among others) two levels of faceting the bibliographic records: Material type and Resource type.

    Regarding the Material Type: There are seven different distinct bibliographic material types in Alma, and this corresponds to the seven different distinct bibliographic material types used by the MARC standard. These MARC standards are explained at https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bdintro.html under section “Scope of the Bibliographic Format”. Ex Libris will leave these distinct seven formats, and not add or subtract from them. This is because there are seven distinct formats in the MARC standard. For this reason we will not add another format or change the name of an existing format. Each bibliographic record has one bibliographic material type. The Material Type is considered “Music” if the LDR pos. 6 is one of the following: c d i j. This is explained in the Ex…

  19. No Auto-Send of Activity Report Letter

    The Activity Report letter automatically tries to send when “Renew Selected” and “Renew All” are selected in Alma Patron Services. This is problematic for a few reasons:


    1. The letter is triggered even when the letter is disabled in Letter Activity configuration. It generates a ‘fail’ message for staff.


    2. The letter slows down processes dramatically depending on how many loans are attached to the account.


    3. A workaround is to use the letter opt-out functionality, but we'd have to continually update all of our users with the opt-out in order for this to work well for us.


    I would like to see…

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  20. Implement auto holdings for Taylor and Francis

    Implement auto holdings (autoholding, auto load, autoload) for Taylor and Francis, as is already available for ProQuest, Elsevier, Ovid, and Springer.

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