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  1. PCI Collections Descriptions

    PCI Collections have very minimal descriptions. It's very time consuming to try and track down the appropriate page on the external resource's site to both see descriptive information about the collection and also try to get publication and title indexes. What if this was all made available through one of ExL's websites? At least knowing what is available in a collection before hitting "activate" (including number of titles, title lists, etc) would be fantastically more effective, rather than blindly switching on PCI collections because they sound cool.

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      3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →
    • A-Z eBook functionality (similar to eJournals A-Z + databases A-Z)

      We're in the process of implementing Alma/Primo (at present we're Summon clients). Per Inna Ilinskaya, there is no equivalent ejournals/databases A-Z functionality for ebooks in Primo. This is something that our users have become accustomed to in using Summon. Inna recommended that we post this as an enhancement.

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      • Secondary sorting of records in the results list

        Primo is designed to sort the results list by one parameter only (relevancy, title etc.).
        Currently, it is not possible to define a secondary sort. Thus records with the same ranking will appear in no particular order.
        It would be beneficial to be able to configure a secondary and third sort options. For example, first sorting by Relevancy, secondary by Publishing Year and third by Title.

        462 votes
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        • Please make the MARC bib. 245 subfield p from the bibliographic record available.

          The MARC 245 subfield p from the bibliographic record is not exposed to Primo. This means that the data in the b245p is not available to display to users in the My Account section of Primo, as part of the requesting process and on pull slips for items. This becomes important when the items have 245a data that is the same. For example, when a video game has the same name with more info in the 245p like the ones below.
          b245a b245p
          Angry birds. Star Wars
          Angry birds. Trilogy
          Assassin's creed. Brotherhood
          Assassin's creed. Revelations
          Batman. Arkham Asylum
          Batman.…

          83 votes
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          • Add the 'until' argument to OAI-PMH pipe configuration

            When creating a pipe to harvest using OAI, we can currently set the 'from' date but not an 'until' date. When harvesting from a large repository, this means we have to collect the whole set in one go - which may be a problem for Primo and/or the repository. We would prefer to process, say, three months data at a time.

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            • Holdingsfile should take into account the holdings of physical items

              In our Primo we have set up that only articles that you have access to is presented in the first result-list, but that you can remove this filter by checking the tick box on the left to include result that you do not have access to.

              Currently only the holdingf for electronic journals are taken into account. If the library has only the physical journal the article will not be part of the first search result. It will look like the library does not have this article, when the truth is that the user could get it in print.

              The…

              34 votes
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              • Improve Primo Alerts format

                Customers should have the abilty to modify and change the format of the alerts sent to the users, both the text and the visibililty of the email.

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                • Ex Libris should allow customers to call or have an online chat with their support team

                  We are disappointed with the technical support service provided by Ex Libris. We strongly believe that Ex Libris should provide customers with more effective, prompt and interactive service.

                  There should be an option to call or chat online in real time with a support person who has a sound understanding of the product in question. This would be in line with all system vendors we have previously dealt with.

                  We appreciate that there will be some issues that are designated as bugs or enhancements and will require more in depth investigation. However, a direct call/chat option with a properly trained…

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                    4 comments  ·  Primo VE  ·  Admin →
                  • Separate the Audiovisual facet for Primo Central Index (PCI) into video and audio

                    Users doing targeted searches incorporating facets to find specific types of resources on specific topics want to be able to do just that - target. Our users tell us that their searches are made more difficult by having to sift through a long list of irrelevant format results, including Video when they just want Audio, and Audio when they want only Video. This is even more frustrating for users when they can see by the display type that the list could so easily have been made shorter.

                    Remote PCI resources under the Resource Type of facets:rsrctype of media and Prefilter…

                    284 votes
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                    • Separate language menu

                      In August release 2018, there is finally a good improvement in the sign in area, but unfortunately the language selection is now inside a personal menu. If guests user enters Primo which by default is not in his native language, they wouldn't know what to do. There is a nice solution created by Manneheim University, and I hope Exlibris will take it as an example:

                      https://primo-49man.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=MAN_UB&sortby=rank&lang=de_DE

                      Naomi

                      161 votes
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                      • Make facets sticky by default for the session

                        I would like to suggest that Primo's facets should be sticky by default (or at least that this should be a configuration option). The "Reset filters" link right below the selected filters implies that filters will stick unless reset; users find this confusing. I agree with other posters' points about the lock icon being visible at all times, and that a selection of New Search should automatically clear sticky facets, but otherwise, I would like to propose that facets should stick unless the user either selects New Search, or clicks "Reset filters" (perhaps this could be renamed "Clear filters"). This…

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                        • Display 6XX fields with $v form subdivisions intact

                          Primo VE is configured to map 6XX $v form subdivisions to a separate display field, breaking the subject string. In some cases, the form subdivision is plucked out of the 6XX, leaving the surrounding string incomplete. For example:

                          600 10 $aO'Keeffe, Georgia, $d1887-1986 $vExhibitions
                          displays in Primo VE as:

                          Subject O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986

                          Genre Exhibitions

                          651 #0 $aRome (Italy) $vMaps $vEarly works to 1800
                          displays in Primo VE as:

                          Subject Rome (Italy)

                          Genre Maps
                          Early works to 1800

                          And so on, for all 6XX $v form subdivisions. This cannot be reconfigured. Additionally, each occurrence of the form subdivision is displayed…

                          39 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Primo VE  ·  Admin →
                          • Summary Holdings Display>Primo VE

                            Summary Holdings Display>Primo VE
                            We would like our summary holdings to display one "click/screen" earlier than they do now.

                            For example,

                            https://col-hope.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma991001380029704767&context=L&vid=01COL_HOPE:HOPE&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&tab=Everything&lang=en

                            Users first have to click on the little arrow on the right of a holdings location before viewing the summary holdings statement.

                            We would like the summary holdings to display as a third line under the initial location data.

                            How it displays now:
                            Van Wylen Library
                            Available, Bound Journals Section 3rd Floor ; HF5601 .N53

                            How we want it to display
                            Van Wylen Library
                            Available, Bound Journals Section 3rd Floor ; HF5601 .N53
                            Summary holdings: v.45:no.12(1975:Dec.)-v.55:no.12(1985:Dec.)

                            We have…

                            72 votes
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                            • [PRIMO] Allow normalization of Primo Central Index PC records

                              It would be great to have the ability to normalize the Primo Central records using NR set as we do for local records.
                              This would be very beneficial. For example:

                              - Customers could choose their own facet values and harmonize them with local records.
                              - Values only in PC records could be removed of modified (e.g. toplevel facet values for Open access and Peer Reviewed )
                              - FRBR and Dedup could be performed also against local records, thus greatly improving results in blended search.
                              etc.

                              12 votes
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                              • View Primo as someone else / different types of users

                                View Primo as "someone else". It would be useful to view our Primo-page as different types of users. Being able to view Primo as an internal user, or a student, or staff member, or an external user, would help us troubleshoot configuration and settings in Alma. Have we activated the right functionality for the different user groups? Have we hidden what we want to hide?

                                tl;dr: Facebook's "View as" functionality in Primo.

                                54 votes
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                                • [Primo] - add tag delivery/fulltext to local PNX , thus improving blended search and full text availability information

                                  The feature "Expand My Results / Results with no full-text" allows to include in the search results PCI records with no full text. It relies on a pnx value in tag "fulltext" delivery section:
                                  <delivery>
                                  ...
                                  <fulltext>no_fulltext</fulltext>
                                  </delivery>

                                  The problem is that <fulltext> tag / field is *not* available in the Normalization Rule for local records.

                                  The consequence is for example that when we harvest data from our dpace institutional repository we may have fulltext, but sometimes we may have just metadata records. But without the delivery/fulltext field in the PNX we can't manage records with just metadata so that…

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                                  • Allow reader to sort the values in a facet by A-Z or by number of records.

                                    Most databases such as Web of Science or Ebsco Discovery tool allow the user to determine how to sort the values in a facet (see screenshot)

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                                    • Include LDR and Fixed Fields in Local Resource Types Configuration in Primo VE

                                      In Advanced Search, Primo includes a default set of Resource Types and allows the definition and use of 20 additional local Resource Types. In Primo VE, the definition of these local Resource Types is limited to MARC fields and subfields, and excludes the MARC LDR and fixed fields (006/007/008). As is clear in the documentation about default resource types (Mapping Resource Types in Primo VE), the MARC LDR and fixed fields are a primary and crucial source for resource type identification, and their exclusion makes it very difficult to effectively map to desirable resource types. These fields are available for…

                                      75 votes
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                                      • Offer phone view to low-end devices

                                        On mid-tier devices, such as a low-end laptop or a Surface Pro, Primo is very slow to respond, and quickly pegs the CPU doing trivial tasks such as simply scrolling the page. After doing some benchmarking on an Android phone, we discovered that some of the performance issues can be mitigated by rendering the phone view. I request that the more efficient phone view be available to lower-end devices.

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                                        • Make Journal titles hyperlinks

                                          Hi there, users would be helped if search results didn't just bring back links to articles but also had the journal title hyperlinked to take them to the journal's home page or contents page. To help further there could be text box that instructs the user to search for the article they're looking for in the journal's site. Deep links to articles are the most common to fail so this improvement would help students find the articles within journal/publishers sites. Saving time and making them give up less easily.

                                          Thanks for your consideration.
                                          Cheers, James

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