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  1. Ability to delete items by scanning-in

    At present items can be withdrawn/deleted in two ways:
    1. Manually, an item at a time (or multiple items only if in same holding)
    2. In bulk, from a set created either directly from search results or from a spreadsheet.
    There is no way to rapidly delete items-in-hand.

    A feature in Alma to quickly delete items-in-hand, in quick succession, with the same safeguards as when using existing deletion methods.

    The attached document gives more details and a mock-up of such a feature - it would be a big bonus to those of us with a lot of weeding to do!

    178 votes
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  2. 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.

    176 votes
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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. 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

    173 votes
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  5. Add 'due date' to items list

    When student put a book on hold it would be useful to see when the on loan books are due to be returned in the item list rather than having to go into each individual onloan item to see when it is to be returned. Often we have 20 items out at a time and it would be good to have a quick overview of the return date.

    172 votes
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  6. 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…

    170 votes
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  7. More order type options for Additional Orders

    We would like more order types to choose from when creating additional orders on a portfolio using the “Additional Order” button. Particularly, Electronic Book - One Time and Electronic Title - One Time.

    Currently there are only a limited number of order types available when creating an order via this method. This creates inefficiencies, because using the Additional Order button is the easiest, quickest and neatest way to create an additional order on a portfolio.

    An example of where this change would be helpful is when purchasing additional copies of a limited-user ebook. Because we don’t have the option of…

    169 votes
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  8. May release : deletion of empty holdings.

    Dear all
    the May release introduced a change concerning the deletion of empty holdings:

    The 'Delete Holdings' link in the 'List of Holdings' page, which was formerly visible to users with the 'Physical Inventory Operator' role, is now visible only to users who have the 'Physical Inventory Operator Extended' role.

    This change is a problem because not all the operators can have the physical Inventory Operator Extended role: this role allows operators to delete copies and it is quite dangerous.
    It would be better for us that operators with the physical inventory role keep the permission to move copies from…

    169 votes
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  9. 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…

    168 votes
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  10. 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.

    165 votes
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  11. 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

    165 votes
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  12. 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.

    164 votes
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  13. 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.

    164 votes
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  14. 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…

    164 votes
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  15. Specify time period for SUSHI harvests

    When you manually request a particular SUSHI account/report to be harvested by Alma, by default Alma requests any data which it hasn't already loaded for that account from the last 12 months. If there are multiple months in sequence missing, Alma requests the data for these months together as a single SUSHI request.

    This is an inflexible system.
    Instead, at the point where a user requests a harvest, Alma should ask the user to specify the time period they would like to request.

    This would have several advantages:


    • We would be able to use SUSHI to harvest usage data from…
    164 votes
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  16. delete users with expired purge date daily with scheduled job

    Now deleting users with an expired pruge date has to be done manually and cannot be scheduled with a job. We would like to have a job that can delete these records more easy than now.

    ExLibris came with this answer: Alma product management is aware of this issue and most likely scheduling will be possible in future Alma versions. However, there is no specific timeline for this solution, yet. Once the fix is released, information will be included in the relevant release notes and documentation.

    It would be an efficiënt addidition in the ALMA jobs.

    164 votes
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  17. 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…

    161 votes
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  18. 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.

    156 votes
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  19. SIP2 over https

    SIP2 further development: To provide ability to develop more versatile and agile self-service concepts and processes for the staff, it would be useful to take into use ‘SIP2 over HTTPS’ in Alma. The basic message between library automation and Alma would still be in accordance with the standard 3M/NISO, but message pairs would be encapsulated in XML.

    http://biblstandard.dk/rfid/dk/rfidsip2over_https.htm

    156 votes
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  20. Raise the limit to total number of rejections ( currently 1000) for exporting records that are not imported (due to import profile setup)

    There is currently no limit to the number or records that can be imported into Alma (as far as I am aware).. there is however a limit of 1000 when needing to export the rejected data.. Workflows would be much better managed if this limit was raised to the total number of rejected records

    155 votes
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