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  1. Change physical items job -- adding notes

    The Change physical items job allows you to add Internal notes 1-3 or Statistical notes 1-3 by REPLACING any notes that already exist in that field, but not by adding the note IN ADDITION TO already existing text. This option needs to be added. Also, the current job allows you to skip records that already contain notes in your selected field but a "successful" run does not report out which records were SKIPPED as a result.

    389 votes
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  2. Improve Alma Job Reports for Failed Record

    It would be extremely helpful if more details were given when there are failed records or records with exceptions on the jobs we run in Alma. Many of the job reports only report the number of failed records. It would be great if the report would provide MMSID information so the we know what records failed.

    382 votes
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  3. Physical Item Editor Templates

    It would be great if we could use templates for adding new items.
    At the moment, whenever we add an item, for each single one of them we have to manually fill in the same values in "Material type" and "Item call number type". The "inventory date" has to be chosen manually as well.
    It would be extremely useful if we could load the physical item editor form with some values already filled in, and with the date fields automatically filled with the current day's date.

    If this idea has already been posted or it the option already exists, please…

    360 votes
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  4. 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…

    352 votes
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  5. Allow user to ‘Withdraw’ and ‘Open Predicted Items’ from the ‘Received Items Screen’.

    Currently, ‘Withdraw’ and ‘Open Predicted Items’ functions cannot be performed from the ‘Received Items List’, during normal receiving operations.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qdNSY1xkPr71R7XJzPp8QtQJEa_h-00i/view?usp=sharing

    Instead, a user must back out of the receiving windows, perform a title search, and access these features through the ‘List of Items’ window.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17yB9XwMI6MYAmnHq95mna6cOUMpXzlbq/view?usp=sharing

    This drastically decreases efficiency in performing routine tasks in Prediction, Receiving, and Weeding.

    What should be changed: As Serials Processors, we would like to see the ‘Withdraw’ and ‘Open Predicted Items’ functions added to the ‘Received Items List’ window, so that all serials management tasks can be done from one screen. This would eliminate the…

    322 votes
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  6. Better management of serial prediction when publication frequency changes

    Sometimes providers change a journal’s publication frequency throughout the year. So, the prediction’s pattern selected / elaborated at the beginning of the year doesn’t work anymore in Alma. One part of predictions (date of receipt) will be ok until the change but all other predicted items will be false. Now, we can revise the prediction during the year but we must erase the items already received. We can also leave the prediction defined at the beginning of the year and edit manually the false items from the time of the prediction change.

    It would save a lot of time if…

    294 votes
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  7. 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.

    289 votes
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  8. 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

    285 votes
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  9. Update URL in porfolio when attached bib record's 856 is updated

    When the URL in a bib record attached to a portfolio is updated (individually edited, or batch load/overlay of records), there should be a setting to the action so that the URL in an attached portfolio would also be updated and we don't have to remember to manually do this. We have had 2 recent instances, one where we used APIs to update bib records using our old PURL manager to use our new one, only to find that the portfolio URLs also needed to be changed separately, and one where we have a batch of vendor records with changed…

    276 votes
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  10. Add functionality to fund summary pages to view encumbered orders

    There is no functionality within the fund summary pages to see what orders have not yet been paid (order still encumbered). The value of the encumbered orders does show in the summary graph however it would be really useful to see the orders this relates to.

    270 votes
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  11. 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.

    265 votes
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  12. "Save and dismiss" button in "Manage EDI Tasks"

    In the "Manage EDI Tasks", when using the "Update Expected Receipt Date" action, updating the date and clicking on "Save", it would be great the concerned line would automatically be removed from the list without having additionally to click on "Dismiss". A new function button like "Save and dismiss" would be helpful.

    263 votes
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  13. In "Purchase Requests": Permit re-linking request to a Portfolio.

    Purchase requesters are permitted to both 'Use existing record' AND choose 'Requested format' = 'Electronic'.

    Please add the possibility of re-linking to an E-Portfolio--not just to a bibliographic record.

    Beginning an e-purchase with a bib rather than a portfolio requires a lot of fiddling around after the fact to correct the record so the bib is not suppressed, or mis-indexed. And who knows what's happening under the hood.

    254 votes
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  14. 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…

    249 votes
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  15. 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,…

    241 votes
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  16. In Process Items_Move items in batches to the next work order

    In the page of “Manage In Process Items”, we would propose
    1) Adjust the number of each page so that more items can display on the page. That would be the maximum the staff can tick “Done” at one time.

    2) Given above, ideally we'd want to move a pack of items by jobs to the next work order.

    3) Sort out “Barcode”

    240 votes
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  17. 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.

    234 votes
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  18. Metadata editor: Enable moving up and down within a field using arrow keys

    It would be nice to be able to move up and down within a field using arrow keys in MDE. For example, when a lengthy 505 or 520 MARC field has many lines, the cataloger must now move to the desired line using either mouse or left/right arrow keys, since pressing up/down arrow causes the pointer to move to the previous/next field.

    My suggestion is that the pointer should be able to move within the field using up/down arrows and move only to the previous/next field when the pointer is on the first/last line of the field.

    Using up/down arrow…

    233 votes
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  19. Analytics on Sandbox

    Having the flexibility to build analytics on our premium sandbox would be beneficial two fold. First, it would allow us to fully test processes on our test system using analytics reporting we intend to use in production. Second, it would allow us to work through data changes and the related reporting without having to disrupt live production data.

    232 votes
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  20. create out-of-box institutional standards reports (i.e., ACRL, IPEDS,ARL)

    Since many institutions have to complete these standardized reports annually, it would be helpful if a template existed for each one so we wouldn't have to re-create them each year. As the reports are revised by the sponsoring organization/agency then Ex Libris can update the out-of-the-box report as part of the monthly features.

    226 votes
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