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  1. Add a search results permalink to the New UI results page

    When we do searches in Primo for patrons, we often want to be able to send them to a list of results, rather than a specific item.

    There is a jquery customization the classic UI created by Western Washington University at https://www.orbiscascade.org/blog/9/?bid=121

    However, that customization does not work on the new UI, and requires users to be able to create a SQL database to store redirects, and to store files on a local server.

    Ideally, search results permalink functionality could be built into Primo's New UI.

    The attached screenshot shows the WWU search results permalink in action.

    38 votes
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  2. Use of initial articles in title starts with searches in Primo Advanced Search

    Primo is currently unable to adequately accommodate initial articles (a, an, the etc.) when doing a title starts with search in Advanced Search.

    The first title field that appears in the sort section of the PNX is used as the title that is matched against when doing a title starts with search but this leads to different outcomes depending on whether the records are indexed from PCI or Alma:

    When the title field in the sort section of the PNX is created from Alma the default behaviour is to strip the initial article
    When the title field in the sort…

    37 votes
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  3. alerts based on a range of call numbers

    We would like our users to be able to define an alert in primo, based on a range of call numbers – for example:
    lc = "ds67->ds79.99" .

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  4. Can Ex_libris work with publishers to enable OA articles in hybrid journals to be discoverable ?

    Currently if we do not subscribe to a journal (normally a hybrid OA titles) which has open access articles the article access is not discoverable as available during a search of Primo - is there any way to identify these articles as being available ?

    35 votes
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  5. Allow users to personalize default scope for them

    Option to allow a Primo user to select which scope they prefer to work with when multiple scopes. Two possibilities - allow this to be set for as a saved option for signed-in users only, or allow this to be set as a cookie for guest users and be saved as a cookie on that computer. This could apppear as a "Personalize" selection.

    This will truly empower users - e.g. if they don't want to see Primo Central results most of the time, they will not be hampered by the library's choice of "All" as a default scope. Or if…

    32 votes
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  6. Add a multilingual keyboard to the User Interface

    Our patrons want to search in multiple languages in Primo, e.g. Chinese, Russian, Arabic, etc. When they come to the library they are often limited, because of the local keyboards. A virtual multilingual keyboard would be an ideal solution to support their needs.
    Portal Judaica (cf. screenshot attached) provides an example of how to implement this in the user interface. The website https://www.lexilogos.com/ supports a variety of languages to give you an idea of which languages should be supported by the virtual keyboard. Thank you for voting.

    [internal reference PRM-252]

    31 votes
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  7. Primo - Pay Fines Link - don't show when there are no fines

    The Pay Fines in Library Card/Account section of Primo displays even when a user has no fines.

    Clicking the link takes the user through to our payment provider allowing them to attempt to pay a fine/fee of zero.

    It would be a notable improvement to the user experience if this link only displayed when there was actually a fine/fee to be paid.

    26 votes
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  8. Add autocomplete to embedded search tile/box

    When setting up a Primo search tile or search box to embed in a library's website it would be great if it were possible to enable autocomplete in the embedded search box/tile so that it works the same way as it does in the Primo interface.

    This would help library users enormously.

    26 votes
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  9. Improve usability of exclude/include facet options

    Based on recent usability testing of the new UI we have found that our users appeared to be confused about how to include and exclude facet options from their results set. One of the main pain points seemed to be that they did not know that they were able to exclude a specific facet option (for example to exclude English items from the results set most of our users ticked all options under the language facet other then English rather then just excluding the English option).

    At the moment the option to exclude only appears when someone hovers over the…

    25 votes
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  10. Exclude online material

    Many library users want to search for print material and not the online material. We want to be able to exclude the online material. Right now you can choose to search print material that is available on the shelf, but doing that you miss out on the titles that are out on loan.

    24 votes
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  11. Reserve a Study Place

    We would like to give to the patrons the possibilty to reserve a study place, As a user could reserve a seat for the cinema we would like to give to the patron the possibility to reserve a seat in our library

    23 votes
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  12. When there is more than one copy of a printed book, display the copy number in the call number. For example: N5300.S923 2008 v.1 c.2

    We have two copies of vol. 1 of Stokstad's 3rd ed. of Art History. Thus, the call number for the second copy would display like this:

    N5300.S923 2008 v.1 c.2

    21 votes
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  13. Keyboard shortcuts for Primo

    I can find documentation on keyboard shortcuts available in Alma, but nothing for Primo. It would be great if this functionality could be made available and documented.

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  14. Sliding publication date range bar option

    At the moment in Primo the publication date filter gives you only the option to retype the year or to use the up and down arrows. We would like to see something similar to the option in Summon where you have a slider bar which you can drag across to reduce the date range ie: 2006-2017

    21 votes
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  15. Enable Full Text Searching

    Enable full text searching for all searches as opposed to only as an enhanced search when results are low. This is especially confusing for when the same search can return less results after a user logs in.

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  16. Optimize call number Advanced Search

    Currently you can conduct an advanced call number search, but there are a few issues with it:

    -It doesn't properly search the entry as a call number like the Browse function does. It treats it like a regular word which results in severely incomplete results. For example, if I do advanced search > call number > contains > MT, I receive 90 results, though we have 3,578 items with call numbers that begin with MT.

    -The only way to see a mostly accurate number of holdings is to search partial numbers + an asterisk. For example, MT* returns most of…

    19 votes
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  17. Campus Activated Subscriber Access for better off-campus and mobile access to full text

    Google Scholar is rolling out a programme with publishers for easier access to full-text subscription content. They call this Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA). The description from the latest press release says "CASA makes note of a user’s institutional affiliation when they access content from an authorized on-campus location, and then enables continued access to their library’s journal and book holdings from home or when using a device not connected to the institution’s network".

    The way this could work with Primo is by setting a cookie on the user's device when they are on campus and access Primo. If their…

    19 votes
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  18. Add SMS/text for Primo VE 'Send To' options

    Users would like to text themselves call numbers/ catalog records. Please consider adding this option to the Primo VE 'Send to' options

    18 votes
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  19. Inter-Library Loan (resource sharing) history from Alma to Primo

    Make Alma send a reader's Inter-Library Loan (resource sharing) history of requests to the library card in Primo.

    That way the reader can see her requests from the Inter-Library Loans as she may do with the library requests.

    Currently, neither Alma nor Aleph sends that information to Primo.

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  20. Ability to share favorites

    We'd like to see a more robust favorites area, with more options for configuration. One thing in particular we'd like would be the ability to organize lists of favorites, then to share those with other users. This has been brought up by librarians who'd like to work on lists collaboratively and then share those lists with students or instructors.

    16 votes
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