To add and/or manage physical resources, you must have the following roles:
- Physical Inventory Operator
- Physical Inventory Operator Extended (required for delete operations)
Alma supports prediction patterns to enable you to more easily manage serials. With prediction pattern support, it is possible to create serial items in advance of their receive date based on a prediction template.
This capability uses the 853-855 holdings record fields for the predicted item information such as enumeration, chronology, date, and so forth. With this feature, Alma provides many predictive pattern templates from which you can select to enter the 853-855 field information.
For holdings that have a prediction pattern, the c.uresolver.getit2.item_list..ACQ.with_expected_date label is invoked in the Primo Get It tab and appears as On order until <date>.
Once you have created the predicted items, they can be viewed using the Acquisitions Received Items List to manage their receipt. See the procedure To receive new physical material for more information regarding receiving continuous physical materials and processing claims.
Any PO lines that are associated with predicted items must include the Claiming grace period.
For more information about prediction pattern support for managing serials, see Presentations and Documents - Serials.
To create a holdings record with predictive pattern content:
- Locate the holdings record (connected to a physical subscription order type) to which you want to add the predictive pattern information and open it in the MD Editor.
(The order provides the vendor Subscription interval information that is used in combination with the Next Predicted’s Item Information to calculate the expected arrival date information.)
- Select Edit > Expand from Template, select a relevant predictive pattern template that fits your requirements from the ones provided in Alma, and select OK.
Since the journal used in this procedure is a quarterly publication, the Serial prediction quarterly months template is selected.Quarterly PublicationExpand from Template Predictive Pattern OptionsThe system adds an 853 field row (or 854/855 field depending on which template you selected) to the holdings record and a 590 field row that contains a description of the template.853/590 Rows Added to the Holdings RecordOptionally, you can manually enter the 853/854/855 field. See http://www.loc.gov/marc/holdings/hd853855.html for more information.You can also duplicate and edit a prediction pattern template to create your own prediction pattern template. See To create/customize prediction pattern holdings templates for more information.
- Select the icon in the 853 (or 854/855) row to open the form with the next predicted item’s information. You can also select F3 to open the form when the 853 (or 854/855) is the active row or you can select Tools > MARC 21 Holdings > Next predicted item’s information. (You can also use F3 to open the form when you have manually entered the 853/854/855 field and no icon is displayed.)
Next Predicted Item's Information
- Make any changes you require for the next predicted item and select Close. Your entries on this form (enumeration, chronology, and issue date) determine the beginning of the prediction pattern starting with the next predicted item. The issue date is the date of the first serial in the prediction patttern. Selecting Remove clears the form.
- Select Tools > MARC 21 Holdings > Open predicted item to view the pattern that Alma created for this holdings record. The predicted pattern that is created includes the expected arrival date (see the figure below).
Each prediction cycle is for one year. If you want to create predicted items for more than one year, you can repeat the Open predicted item step.The Subscription interval field in the linked order is be populated with the value, in days, of the continuous order (such as 30 for monthly, 90 for quarterly, and so forth).Predicted Items Created
- Select Save to save the predicted items that have been created, or select Discard if you do not want to save the predicted items. This closes the Predicted Items form.
- Select the Save Record icon when you have completed making your changes.
To create/customize prediction pattern holdings templates:
- Open the MD Editor.
- Select the Templates bar in the left pane, expand the MARC 21 Holdings folder, and expand the Shared folder.
- Select one of the prediction pattern templates provided by Ex Libris similar to the one you want to create and select Duplicate. The Template Properties dialog box appears.
- Optionally, make changes to the template properties such as Name and Description, and select Save. The system creates a duplicate of the template that you can customize.
- Select the copied template and select Edit. The template details appear in the right pane of the MD Editor.
- Customize the template to match your requirements and save your changes.
To view the holdings changes that you have made after creating predicted items:
- In the MD Editor, open the bibliographic record that has the holdings for which you created the predicted items.
- Select View Inventory (Tools > MARC 21 Bibliographic > View Inventory).
The predicted items that you created increment the No. of Items total that appears on the Holdings tab in the MD Editor (Tools > MARC Bibliographic > View Inventory) for the bibliographic record of this continuous holdings record.Number of Items Increments for Bibliographic Record Holdings
- Select View Items. The predicted items of the cycle were created with no receiving date (because they have not yet been received).
While viewing the details of the List of Items page, Open Predicted Items can be used to create another cycle of predicted items. See the next procedure, below, to create another cycle. For more information about the List of Items page, see Working with the List of Items.
- For one of the predicted items, select Actions > Edit to open the Physical Item Editor page. Note that the Expected receiving date was set by the prediction pattern.
To create additional predicted items using Open Predicted Items from the List of Items page using Repository Search:
- Using search, enter the search criteria for the record to which you want to create an additional cycle of predicted items, and select the Items link. Depending on your workflow and the number of holdings records, you can also select Holdings to open the List of Holdings page (see Working with the List of Holdings), and then select View items. from the row actions. The List of Items Page appears with the Open Predicted Items option. For more information about the List of Items page, see Working with the List of Items.
- Select Open Predicted Items. The list of new Predicted Items appears. Note that the Tools option enables you to view/save the list in Excel format.
- Select Save Items to save the predicted items and close the list.
- Select Back to return to your search results page.
To process/manage receiving predicted items:
- As with receiving materials, you must be at your library’s acquisitions desk; see Receiving Physical Material.
- An item that was created from a prediction pattern, but not yet received by the institution, it is not reflected in the 86X field. The 866 field is created automatically in the Holdings record only upon receiving of the item. For details, see Presentations and Documents - Serials.
- Open the Receive New Material page (Acquisitions > Receiving and Invoicing > Receive), and select the Continuous tab. See Receiving Physical Material for additional information regarding receiving continuous orders for physical materials and processing claims.
- Filter the Receive New Material page to locate the PO line that contains the predicted item(s) you want to receive.
- For the specific PO line containing the predicted item(s) that you want to receive, select the Manage Items row action. The Received Items List page appears. When receiving and managing items, you can tell which items have already arrived and which are still waiting to arrive by reviewing the Date Received column.
- Use the Sort routine, Receiving status, and Location options in the PO Line Items section to organize and locate the predicted item(s) to be received.
- Select Receiving date from the drop-down list for Sort routine.
- Select Not Received for the Receiving Status.
- Select the specific location/library for Location.
- Select the Receive row action for a specific predicted item, or select the check boxes for multiple rows and select Save and Receive to save and receive multiple items. When receiving items with a barcode, select the check box and scan the barcode. See the section Scanning Items for more information about scanning barcodes.
- Repeat the receiving steps above until you have completed receiving all the predicted items.