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Alma February 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.
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Make the Most of This Release

Action Items
Library Scopes for Ledger Manager and Fund Manager – This new capability will allow institutions to distribute the management of ledgers and funds to the library level. This extends and complements the already existing library-level use of funds for ordering and invoicing.
Unlink Records from the Network Zone – To better support the maintenance and cleanup process in your institutional catalog, you can now unlink records from the Network Zone.
77X/78X Fields Available as Local Fields – If you work with a Network Zone, you often need to record relations between records that are local to your institution. As of this release, you will be able to use the 77x/78x fields as local extensions.
ProQuest KnowledgeBase Electronic Collections Added to the Community Zone – Before locally creating an electronic collection for databases, search the Community Zone for it.  The Alma Community Zone is now enriched with electronic collections representing databases, including descriptive information and access to native interfaces.

What's New

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


Resource Management

Digital Resource Management

Resource Sharing

Collaborative Networks


Administration and Infrastructure


  • Alma is now able to send a webhook (for general information on webhooks in Alma, see when the following letters are sent: FulCancelRequestLetter, FulUserBorrowingActivityLetter, FulItemChangeDueDateLetter, FulPlaceOnHoldShelfLetter. Webhooks can be activated in the Letter Activity code table (Administration > General Configuration > Configuration Menu > General Configuration > Letter Activity). For detailed information on these webhooks, see
  • An API was added to retrieve electronic collections. For more information, see
  • A new filter, set_type, was added to the Retrieve Sets API for both itemized and logical sets, enabling you to retrieve the subset of set data that you want.
  • The Retrieve Course API now includes the following new fields:
    • created_by
    • created_date
    • last_modified_by
    • last_modified_date

Content Operations (formerly Data Services)

Known Issues

The following known issues were identified for the February release:
  • The counts for the Number of Electronic Collections (All, Active, and Deleted) Title measures in the new Titles subject area are currently not accurate. This issue will be fixed for the March release.

Next Release Sneak Preview

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