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Alma May 2017 Release Notes

This Alma release provides numerous new features and enhancements. Some of these enhancements are a result of Idea Exchange or NERS initiatives.
PDF.png 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
Set Creation with New File Upload Options – If you are working with itemized sets, note that you can now use standard identifiers to look up items and add them to a set.
Separate Requestability/Availability Check on a Locate Profile – The resource sharing rota can now be made even more accurate than before. With this new feature, you can set the rota to include lenders that have requestable items even if the items are not currently available.
Email Attachment Retention/Purge – This new feature enhances patron privacy in the system by allowing you to set the retention period for patron notifications, after which stored notifications are automatically purged from the system.
New Patron Deposit Interface – In addition to Alma’s SWORD API support, Alma now includes built-in, easy-to-use end user deposit workflows. Your institution’s deposit needs can now be met with minimal configuration and you can link to the deposit from your library and faculty web sites.
Display Copyrights by Default – This new option for access rights enables you to view the copyright statement before viewing the resource, supporting improved copyright compliance.

What's New

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


Resource Management

Digital Resource Management


Resource Sharing


Administration and Infrastructure


  • There are new APIs for retrieving both electronic portfolios and electronic services. For details, see
  • The collection ID, portfolio ID, and portfolio availability fields were added to the AVE section of the Retrieve Bib API and SRU responses.
  • There are new APIs for creating, updating, and deleting collections (of bibliographic records). For details, see
  • idea_exchange.png Idea Exchange: The Retrieve Library API now returns the following additional three fields: campus, proxydefault location
  • Running the General publishing profile using the Jobs API is now supported.
  • The institution code was added to the Webhooks XSD.

Known Issues

There are no known issues for the May 2017 release.

Next Release Sneak Preview

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