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    Configuring Physical Item Sort Routines

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    Users with the following roles can configure physical item sort routines:
    • General System Administrator
    • Repository Manager
    • Purchasing Manager
    • Purchasing Operator
    • Physical Inventory Operator

    If the use does not have the role General System Administrator or Repository Administrator, the user must also have one of the following roles:

    • API Label Printing Read
    • Catalog Administrator
    • Depositing Administrator

    Introduction

    The Physical Item Sort Routines configuration options provide greater flexibility for determining the sort order display of physical items in the Received Items List (Acquisitions > Receiving and Invoicing > Receive > Continuous tab, select Manage Items from the row actions list), the staff search physical items list, and/or the items list in Primo Get It. These configuration options enable you to create your own custom sort routines in addition to the default sort routines provided with Alma.
    On the Received Items List page, you can switch from one sorted view to another by selecting a sort routine from the drop-down list. See below for an example.
    Received Items List - Sort Routines Drop-Down List
    To the right of the drop-down list, up/down arrows allow you to switch between ascending and descending order for the sort routine that you selected.
    For more information on item sort routines, see the Item Sort Routines video (7:34 min.).
    For more information regarding a chronological sort configuration, see the Sort Physical Items Chronologically video (3:11 min.).

    Creating a Physical Item Sort Routine

    To create new item sort routines:
    1. On the Sort Routine List page (Configuration Menu > Resources > General > Physical Item Sort Routines), select Add sort routine. The first step of the sort routine wizard opens.

    2. Enter the name and description for the sort routine and select Next. Step 2 of the sort routine wizard opens.

    3. Select the sort order (ascending or descending) for this routine.

    4. Select one or more of the following fields that you want to use to sort physical items:

      • Chronology I (year)

      • Chronology J (month)   

      • Chronology K (day)   

      • Description

      • Enumeration A (volume)

      • Enumeration B (issue)

      • Enumeration C (part)

      • Library

      • Location

      • Material type – This field is applicable only to the list of items that appear in the staff search physical items list.

      • Receiving date   

      • Temporary location

    5. Select Add to Selection. The fields that you selected display in the Sorts selected section.

      Sort Fields Selected
    6. Use the up/down arrows to the left of the selected fields to identify the order in which you want these fields sorted and select Next. Step 3 of the sort routine wizard opens.

    7. Select the item list in which you want this sort routine to be available and select whether it should be the default sort routine to be used.

      Sort Routine Available For Selection
      This configuration does not affect the order of the libraries/locations for the Primo Get It service.
    8. Select Save. The new sort routine is added to the list of routines on the Sort Routine List page.

    Editing a Physical Item Sort Routine

    To edit item sort routines:
    1. On the Sort Routine List page (Configuration Menu > Resources > General > Physical Item Sort Routines), select Edit from the row actions list in the row of the sort routine that you want to edit. The General Information tab on the Sort Routine List page appears.
    2. Select the Conditions Selection tab and/or the Display Options tab and make the changes needed to match your requirements. Refer to the procedure To create new item sort routines: for details regarding the sort routine options.
    3. When you have finished making your changes, select Save.

    Deleting a Physical Item Sort Routine

    To delete item sort routines:
    On the Sort Routine List page (Configuration Menu > Resources > General > Physical Item Sort Routines), select Delete from the row actions list in the row of the sort routine that you want to delete.