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Alma November 2017 Release Notes

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This Alma release provides numerous new features and enhancements. Some of these enhancements are a result of Idea Exchange initiatives.
Download a PDF of the Release Notes – Note that the PDF includes the online help pages that describe the core functionality of the new features.

Make the Most of This Release

Action Items
Updating Community Zone Contributed Electronic Collections – This new functionality enables both contributors and users of contributed collections to benefit from ongoing updates and more accurate information in these collections.
Move PO Lines and/or Licenses from an Existing Electronic Collection to a New Electronic Collection – This new functionality enables you to move PO lines and/or licenses from an existing electronic collection to a new electronic collection facilitates publisher and content provider changes, while providing you with tools to keep your existing acquisitions records in place.
Alma Viewer Metadata Now Configurable – You can now configure the metadata fields that patrons will view alongside the digital content in the Alma Viewer, as well as the order in which these fields appear.
Customize Order of Representation Delivery Service –  Using new configuration options, you can control whether digital content is displayed to patrons before electronic content, and determine the order in which digital services are displayed.
Direct Transit for Remote Storage Items – You can now further streamline the workflow for managing requested items that are shelved at a remote storage location. If you use this new option, checking in items that are shelved at the remove storage location immediately puts these items in transit to their shelving desk, rather than requiring them to first be put in transit to the owning library.
Distribute Fulfillment Units from the Network Zone – If you want to manage a single set of fulfillment configurations among institutions working with a Network Zone, you'll be interested in this new option of centrally managing fulfillment units (which comes in addition to the previously existing options to centrally manage fulfillment terms of use and policies).
Date Filters Added – Have you ever wanted to retrieve records by the last 7 days? Or perhaps by the previous fiscal year? Until now, you've needed to either hard code the date each time or write an SQL query. Now you can quickly and easily choose the new date filter in the Analytics date folders. You can automatically retrieve by predefined periods such as Current Fiscal Year, Last 30 Days, or Two Years Ago.
View Only Catalog, Repository, and Acquisitions Administrator Roles – New read-only roles for Acquisitions, Catalog and Repository Administrators allow you to expand access to configuration and setup, providing staff users with information they require.

What's New

The following sections present the new and changed features in this release of Alma.

New Alma User Interface

More than 12,000 staff users and 500 institutions worldwide are now using Alma’s new interface. If you haven't yet started using the new interface, now is the time to try it out. You can turn it on gradually for specific staff users, or decide to turn it on for your entire institution (Click here for more information about enabling the new UI).

Note that the new interface will be turned on automatically for all Alma customers in January 2018, so take advantage of the next few months to start using the new UI at your institution and share your feedback with us.

Acquisitions

Resource Management

Digital Resource Management

Fulfillment

  • Direct Transit for Remote Storage Items – A scanned remote storage item can now be sent directly to the remote storage desk for re-shelving (that is, the desk that has a re-shelving relation with the item's location), even if the scan-in desk is not the owning library.
  • Control Patron Renewal – A new privilege can be used if you want to limit the existing ability of users to renew a patron record when the patron record has expired, there is no patron role, or the patron role has expired. In addition, the block User does not have a patron role or the role has expired can now be controlled in Block Preferences.
  • Additional Fulfillment Enhancements

Resource Sharing

Collaborative Networks

Analytics

Mobile

  • Alma Mobile Logout and Language Enhancements – The Alma Mobile app now provides a logout action. In addition, the Getting Started pages are presented in the language identified as the default language on your mobile device.

Administration and Infrastructure

APIs

  • You can now update a borrowing resource sharing request's shipping cost and fund using a POST API.
  • New APIs are available to create, update, or delete licenses. For detailed information, see https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/alma/apis/acq.
  • If webhook attempts fail, emails are sent to all the email addresses stipulated in the Webhooks profile's Contact Information tab. 

Alma-Summon Integration

The following improvements were made to Alma-Summon patron-facing pages:
  • As part of the Alma Configuration menu realignment, the Discovery menu was moved between the Resources and Fulfillment menus in both the classic and new Alma UIs.
  • Added support for authentication via email link.

Known Issues

No known issues were identified for the November release.

Next Release Sneak Preview

View a list of the features that are planned for the December release.
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