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  1. Work Orders: package of required enhancements

    Work orders are useful but often cumbersome and don't work as required. A package of enhancements/fixes would make them much more useful and useable:

    • Adding notes when creating work orders in bulk. This would enable having fewer work order types as explanatory notes could be used instead.
    • Makes notes more (immediately) visible when scanning in (pop up message?). Again would enable fewer work order types as items could be easily catergorised according to explanatory note upon receipt at managing department.
    • Select recall/not recall at work order placement (like pick from shelf), not baked into type (and in…

    176 votes
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  2. Allow Reinstatement of Fines/Fees

    Fines are occasionally processed in error or you might need to reinstate a fine payment taken on someone's account. We would like the ability to reinstate fines that have previously been paid or waived.

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  3. 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…

    172 votes
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  4. sound alert for pop-up windows

    A sound alert to accompany a pop-up window would be very helpful. We find that our student workers often fail to see important pop-up notes when they are checking out or returning materials. A distinct sound would help immeasurably!

    171 votes
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  5. 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…

    171 votes
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  6. 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.

    169 votes
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  7. Receiving workbench - more functionality

    Receiving workbench should be the most logical place to have an Open Expected Items button when you run out of predicted items. An option to withdraw expected items on the receiving workbench should also be available if during receipt the receiving operator becomes aware that an issue will not be published.

    167 votes
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  8. Ability to find bib records with attached PO lines but no inventory

    Problem:
    It is not possible to easily find IZ bibliographic records that have associated PO lines but no inventory. The All Titles Advanced Search has an option to search for “Has inventory | equals | no”, but those results include bibliographic records that have related holdings records (bound withs), as well as bibliographic records that have holdings records but no item records. We want the ability to easily find bibliographic records that have only a PO line associated with them.

    Use Case:
    The ability to find bibs with only PO lines attached is necessary in order to keep the database…

    167 votes
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  9. Pop-up note when patron has something on the hold shelf

    When scanning the patron's barcode or searching for a patron in Manage Patron Services, can a pop-up notification be configured to alert staff that there are items held for the patron on the hold shelf?

    Currently, you have to look at the User Notes section on the right hand corner of the screen and it's gray text that does not draw attention. You can also look in the request tab if it is dog-eared but it will display all requests statuses; not just when an item is on shelf ready for pick up.

    Since patrons don't always check their email…

    167 votes
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  10. New role for Manage Import Profiles

    Currently users must have a Cat Admin role or Gen Sys Admin role to be able to Manage Import Profiles (change/add profiles). This also gives them access to the Configuration area of Alma. There should be a role to permit users to Manage Import Profiles that does NOT also give them access to the Alma configuration area. Access to the Alma configuration menu should be separate from the ability to Manage Import Profiles.

    166 votes
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  11. It would be helpful if there were an option to "print MARC record" within the MD editor and from the Repository Search.

    We sometimes have need of a hard copy of the MARC record for tracking certain workflows. One such example is for making notes about title changes and tracking them across several records. It would be nice if there was a "print full record" option, both in the MD editor and in the repository hit list. Right now, we need to either do print screens or do a screen capture and print from that. Thank you!

    166 votes
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  12. Please add the "suppress bibliographic record" to the log of the "view versions" in the MD editor

    Hello,

    We would like to have the ability to know when and by whom a bibliographic record was suppressed, when checking the "view versions" in the MD editor.

    Thanks.
    Dafna

    164 votes
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  13. Ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that are paid and closed

    We are aware that one can edit notes on an invoice that is already paid and closed. However, for subscriptions, journals and continuations we often have the need to add/edit notes on the invoice lines of invoices that are already closed and paid. Manually putting the invoice back in Review to edit / add notes to the invoice lines doesn't solve the problem as this makes the payment information disappear which we then have to re-enter.

    We require the ability to add notes to invoice lines from invoices that were already paid and closed without having to re-open the invoice.

    163 votes
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  14. 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…

    162 votes
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  15. 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/rfid_sip2_over_https.htm

    162 votes
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  16. 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…

    160 votes
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  17. Claimed returned option for Lost items

    In our previous system, with one click we were able to change items to Claimed Returned status, no matter what their current status was. one click and it was done.
    But in Alma, for some reason, this is not possible once the item has been declared Lost. One has to go through a long and convoluted process creating a file and saving it then creating a set and saving it then running a job on the set. This involves three pages of instructional documentation and about 15 minutes of staff time every day.
    We often have items claimed returned when…

    156 votes
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  18. Request an item belonging to a bibliographic record for which an item is already on loan to the requesting patron

    Hi,
    We have dedicated librarians working on digitizations, and sometimes the item they have on loan and like to scan is not suitable for the digitzation process (notes, underlining etc).
    They would then like to request another item. This request will be rejected in Alma due to policy. An item can not be requested when you already have a an item from the same bib record on loan. They would, of course, like to keep the original item on loan until they have checked if other items are more suitable.

    You are able to request if the items have different…

    156 votes
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  19. Ability to run Analytics reports on Alma Configuration settings

    It would be exceptionally helpful to be able to run Analytics reports on all areas of Alma Configuration.

    It should be possible both for each individual library to run the reports on their own behalf, AND for libraries belong to a consortium, possible for consortial staff to run the reports across all institution zones simultaneously for comparison between member IZs.

    Use cases:
    1) Reviewing a spreadsheet containing all of the settings in a configuration area makes settings review easier, and reduces errors. Needing to click between screens and take screenshot to compare settings is cumbersome, and leads to mistakes or…

    155 votes
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  20. Consultation in Alma FF

    There is no easy solution in Alma FF to indicate that an item has been consulted in the library and that it can be reshelved.

    When items are placed on the hold shelf and are briefly consulted in the library, there is no easy way to directly reshelve them in Alma FF. The workarounds are far from ideal and are very labour-intensive when facing a large amount of physical requests: cancel the request (but this is not correct and influences our request statistics) and reshelve via the expired hold shelf, update the expiry date to yesterday (but this requires a…

    153 votes
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