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  1. Request letter

    We would like to be able to send a user a notification about a request immediately after placing the request. The notice would give basic information about the status of the request. Something along the lines of the "interested in" letter. Running a request report once a day is insufficient for our operations.

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  2. 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.

    109 votes
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  3. Add a way to tell if an item/holding has 3 or more open requests

    It would be nice to know if a given item or holding has 3 or more open request. It would signal the acquisition that another copy of the title would be helpful. This could be achived for example if the queue number is searchable, either in analytics or in the request search.

    108 votes
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  4. Add Storage Location ID to Export Physical Items job

    "Storage Location ID" will be added to Analytics in the January 2017 release but we also need to be able to get the Storage Location ID from the Export Physical Items job.

    107 votes
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  5. BATCH JOB TO CREATE ITEMS

    We need a batch job to add items to existing holdings records. During migration we did not realize the importance of having items for display in Primo. One of our locations shows (0 copies, 0 available) when we do have non-circulating copies.

    106 votes
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  6. Shelf Report - Figuring out items that are not in call number order

    When running a shelf report for a set or call number range we want to know if any items are misshelved in the sense that they are not in the right call number order. As far as we can tell this is not possible but is an essential part of our inventory checking. For example, if we are running a shelf report for all items in our early childhood education collection we want to be able to determine if items within the collection are shelved in the wrong place according to their call number so that we can go to…

    106 votes
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  7. temporarily unavailable

    For electronic collections - under the Activation tab for Service temporarily unavailable:

    Instead of selecting a date to turn the notice on, allow staff to select the date on which the notice will automatically expire, and then on that date, have Alma automatically set the temporarily unavailable button to off and blank out the reason/text box. Also, consider making that text appear in red.

    Logistically, it makes more sense for the notice to automatically disappear, since there is no mechanism in Alma to remind the staff member that such a notice has been added to an electronic collection. So setting…

    106 votes
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  8. Browsing Dewey in MD Editor

    We noticed that in Metadata editor the browsing in the 676 - Dewey field isn't available: we would like add the feature to scroll the lists from other records, as happens for the 6xx fields (subjects) and 7xx (authors).

    104 votes
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  9. Ability to store & track VPAT® documents

    As part of the procurement or licensing process, many libraries may request that a vendor provide a VPAT® (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) in order to indicate their compliance with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. It would be desirable if functionality could be developed somewhere in Alma that would allow libraries to track & report whether/when a VPAT was requested and received, which VPAT version was used, and local notes related to accessibility testing.

    103 votes
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  10. 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…

    103 votes
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  11. 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…

    103 votes
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  12. Title starts with search in Advanced Search

    Change "Title Starts With" search in Advanced Search

    There are situations when it's easier or more efficient to search by the beginning of the title. However, the “Title Starts With:” search in Advanced Search in Alma requires the user to know whether the title begins with an article (A, An, The) or not, and if so, which article it begins with. So users are expected to remember if a title begins with "A", "The", or no initial article in order to perform the search successfully. Why not just return both results, and let the user decide, instead of forcing them…

    103 votes
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  13. batch job de/activation of proxy enabled setting at service level

    You can de/activate the proxy setting in batch for portfolios, by using the "Change electronic portfolio information" job on a set. Unfortunately you cannot at this stage do the same on Services or Collections.

    I have approximately 30 services that I would like to change EZproxy enabled from YES to NO. I do not want to run a batch job on the portfolios - I want the proxy to be determined at service level and the portfolios to inherit the settings. It would be helpful if this could be done as a batch job rather than editing each service manually.

    103 votes
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  14. Ability to suppress licenses from discovery

    Sometimes, licenses have confidentiality clauses, so we can't show them in Primo, but right now, it is an all or nothing prospect. it would be great if a checkbox on the record could suppress a confidential license from showing up in Discovery.

    102 votes
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  15. Booking, transit and preview time

    We use the booking functionality in Alma for our Audio/Video-equipment. The equipment is administrated by our media production department, and is configured as a library in Alma.

    The AV-library is the only place on campus patrons can check out and return AV-items. Apart from that, the AV-library also supports delivery to a library at a different campus (Kjeller).

    • The transit time between the AV-library and Kjeller is set to 48 hours.
    • The preview time on the equipment booking is set to one hour.

    Use case:
    When scanning an item due for pick-up at Kjeller within the next 48…

    101 votes
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  16. Add ORCID ID to CZ Authorities vocabularies search

    Field 0247 $$a XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX $$2 orcid used in authority records and is currently not searchable in CZ authority vocabularies.
    Using a unique identifier when searching for name authority records will improve the precision of authority search results. It would also save the time and effort currently invested in establishing the correlation between a name and its authority record.

    101 votes
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  17. Searching for a title with "&" should also search "and" when searching for PO lines and invoices

    When searching for a title in any of the Acquisitions (i.e. Order Lines, Invoices, Vendors, Funds, etc.) filters, searching for a title containing "and" should also pull up any results with an ampersand (&) in the title.

    e.g. Searching the title "Law and Inequality" will not find the title's PO line unless it is spelled as "Law & Inequality."

    101 votes
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  18. Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

    Configurable Fines/Fees Behaviour

    We are a library that has two libraries in two different cities but we are one organization and we share the same economy. The Fines/Fees Behaviour is hardcoded to be owned by library which doesn't mirror our situation. We would like the Fines/Fees Behaviour table to be configurable.

    101 votes
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  19. Enable bulk updating of items from spreadsheet based on barcode

    It would be very useful to be able to bulk edit item records from an uploaded spreadsheet of physical items in much the same way that portfolios can be updated via uploading a spreadsheet.

    I'm particularly interested in being able to bulk change data in the Enum/Chron fields in serials. I imagine this might have to be coupled with a regenerate job.

    101 votes
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  20. Limit in house use entry through Scan in Items

    Alma records In House use via "Scan in Items" module and whenever item that is not on loan checked in. I would like to see a setting that will allow "In House use" to be registered only by Scan in Items. There are numerous occasions where staff may check in items but it is necessarily "in house use" by patrons.

    98 votes
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