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    Upload Electronic Holdings from Ovid

    December 2016

    A new Upload Electronic Holdings integration profile is provided for updating Ovid electronic collection institutional holdings automatically.


    Enhancing Message to Email Partners

    December 2016

    Alma is now able to generate notifications to email resource sharing partners for each request status change.


    Generate Alternative and Temporary Item-Level Call Numbers

    December 2016

    When editing items on the Physical Item Editor page, the new Generate button can be used to create alternative and/or temporary item-level call numbers from sequences defined in the Accession Number configuration.


    Digitization Request Fees

    December 2016

    Digitization fees can now be charged per digitization and/or per page.


    Call Number Added to Fulfillment Pages and Letters

    December 2016

    Call Number, Accession Number, and Alternative Call Number now display on Fulfillment pages and letters.


    Reminders for Bibliographic Records

    November 2016

    Catalogers can now add reminders to bibliographic records.


    Overlap Analysis Expanded to Include Community Zone Analysis

    November 2016

    The previously available Overlap Analysis (now Overlap and Collection Analysis) reporting capability has been expanded to include analysis of a titles list that is compared with resources available in the Community Zone.


    Shipping Lending Requests with Multiple Items

    November 2016

    Lending requests may now ship multiple items attached to a single request. If multiple move requests have already been created for the lending request or if the request has already been shipped, Alma automatically marks the lending request as a multiple item request. Otherwise, adding multiple items is handled during the process of shipping items to the borrower.


    Add Network Zone Partners to a Rota

    September 2016

    Alma Institutions working with a Network Zone can now add resource sharing partners to the rota of a borrowing request based on a search for holders of the requested resource within the NZ.


    Linked Data Services

    September 2016

    Linked data elements are now available while using the Alma MD Editor and in repository search results for titles (All titles, Physical titles, Electronic titles and Digital titles) in the Institution Zone and in the Network Zone. Linked library data are external resources pertaining to the title, such as a search for the title in an online repository, or authority records related to the title.


    Customizing Primo Resource Sharing Forms

    August 2016

    For resource sharing request forms in Primo, fields may now be moved, made mandatory, or hidden from the patron's view.


    Enhanced Network Search Results

    August 2016

    For easy navigation between institutions from within the Held by search results list in the Network tab, the Held By Details page now has a new left pane that lists all the institutions in hyperlink format.


    Enhancements to Fulfillment Network

    July 2016

    Institutions working in a fulfillment network can now enable patrons to pick up requested items at any institution within the network.


    New Options for Add From External Search

    July 2016

    External search parameters have been expanded to include ISBN and ISSN, and searching can be done by "starts with," "keyword," and "phrase."


    Brief Record Levels

    June 2016

    With the June release, Alma provides the ability to customize the definition of a brief record. Varying levels of brief records can be defined using brief rules that utilize a syntax similar to normalization rules. This new capability is being implemented in phases over multiple releases.


    Multiple Items for a Single Borrowing Request

    June 2016

    A single borrowing request can now include multiple items, for example when borrowing a two-volume publication. This video demonstrates how the borrowing side can receive multiple items.


    Place a Request from Manage Patron Services

    June 2016

    A request may now be placed for a patron in the Manage Patron Services' Requests tab.


    Contribute Vendors to the Network Zone

    June 2016

    Members of a collaborative network can now share or edit global information about vendors managed in the consortium’s Network Zone.


    Create a Resource Sharing Request from Search

    May 2016

    You can create a resource sharing request directly from the search results.


    Duplicate Title Analysis

    May 2016

    The Duplicate Title Analysis tool under Resource Management can create reports of duplicate titles in your repository, according to selected parameters.


    Tracking ID Generator

    May 2016

    If an error occurs in Alma, you can generate a tracking ID for the error, which you can share with Ex Libris for investigating the error.


    Additional Invoice Charges

    April 2016

    You can add lines with additional charges to your invoices.


    Authority Control Task List

    April 2016

    Manage your use of authority records, with the aid of the Authority Control Task List.


    Booking Request Workflow

    April 2016

    The booking request workflow has been enriched, and works in a similar fashion to other workflows.


    Contributing Normalization Rules to the Community Zone

    April 2016

    Share your normalization rules with other Alma-using institutions by contributing them to the Alma Community Zone.


    E-Resource Editing Improvements

    April 2016

    Several changes have been made to improve editing of Electronic Resources.


    Multilingual Authority Record Support

    April 2016

    Authority records now support several languages.


    Patron Purchase Requests

    April 2016

    Patrons can place purchase requests via Primo.


    RFID Support

    April 2016

    RFID readers can be used for scanning items.


    View Hidden Columns via Action Button

    April 2016

    For each row in a table in Alma, you can reveal the row information from hidden columns via Actions > View Hidden.


    Lender Workflow Optimization

    March 2016

    The manual lender workflow has been optimized, allowing staff to create the lending request when shipping the already retrieved item. This enables libraries that manage lender requests manually to perform two steps in one action.


    Derive an Authority Record from a Heading in the Bibliographic Record

    February 2016

    Additional productivity enhancements are being provided in the MD Editor related to creating local authority records when there is no headings match. There are cases in which a cataloger catalogs a bibliographic record with a headings field that cannot be linked to an existing authority record. For these cases Alma now provides a quick creation option for creating a local authority record with the relevant content. This capability is provided for institutions that have the appropriate parameters set for managing local authority records.


    Efficient Creation of Multiple Portfolios for a Bibliographic Record

    February 2016

    To ensure more efficient inventory creation, time-saving features have been incorporated into Alma for adding multiple portfolios. For example: the creation of multi volume e-books that have different portfolios for the same bibliographic record.


    Local Authority Enhancements in the Network Zone

    February 2016

    Collaborative network members can now share cataloging activity in relation to authority records that are managed centrally in the Network Zone by creating and editing authority records that are managed centrally in the Network Zone.


    Sharing Import Profiles Between Institutions

    February 2016

    Institutions spend a great deal of time creating import profiles to import records from external systems. Many institutions integrate with the same external systems. In order for these institutions to save time and effort, librarians can now use import profiles that other institutions contribute to the Community Zone.


    Enhanced Session Timeout Handling

    January 2016

    One minute before an Alma session times out, a warning message now appears on the screen. You can cancel the timeout or log out. If you do not select either option, the session times out after one minute.


    Patron Opt-Out for Selected Library Notices

    January 2016

    Patrons who do not want to receive library notices are now able to opt out of this service. The library can disable specific patrons from receiving specific notifications at the individual patron level, or groups of patrons via SIS feeds or bulk user updates, as per library policies. Future Primo enhancements will enable the library to allow patrons to opt out of specific notices through the Primo interface, without requiring library intervention.


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