Alma has recently added in-browser printing of slips we were previously unable to print directly.
The easiest way to use this feature is to select "Enable quick printing" at your location. This will cause all printable slips to print to the browser print feature immediately.
To enable the new feature:
This feature has already been enabled at the circulation desk.
Note: Since it is the browser print feature being used, it will be a little different between Firefox and Chrome. In Firefox, pop-ups may need to be enabled for the Alma website (usmc.alma.exlibrisgroup.com). In Chrome, the pop-up blocker does not need to be and cannot be changed.
When this option is selected, if a patron returns a book which has a hold or work order on it, a printable version of the slip should open the browser's print function in addition to the overlay message that alerts you that the item is requested.
Also, if you are in other areas of Alma where "Print Slip" is an option, the browser print functionality will automatically open for that slip when you select it.
Coming Up: What happens if you accidentally close the print window before printing? or the "Enable quick printing" was off and you checked in a hold? Are those slips gone? No, you can still use the "Printouts Queue" to retrieve the desired slip. More on the "Printouts Queue" next time.
A new feature allows for chapters and book reviews to be seen from the Full Display of an ebook record, and for full ebooks to be seen from chapter and book review records. As this feature is new, not all ebooks, chapters, and book reviews are fully connected.
The number at the end of the link indicates the number of that type of record available. For example, the above image indicates that there are 10 chapters and 1 book review available for this title.
Here is what the page listing the chapters of the book looks like for the above title:
Note: This feature seems to work best with Ebook Central books at the moment, but this feature should expand as more data and connections between records are added to the back-end database.
There are two ways to add notes to patron records in Alma:
The facets in the right column of the results of a repository search (All Titles, Physical Titles, or Physical Items searches) are the quickest way to break down results by format. There are two facets for formats, Material Type and Resource Type.
Material Type is a broad category and Resource Type is more specific.
Audiobooks are listed under the Music Material Type. At our library, audiobooks will be the majority of what is under Music. Our learning languages collection and some service-related notated music also fall under this category.
There are two Resource Types generally associated with audiobooks:
To catch both CDs and Playaways, it will be easiest to do a search for the title the patron is interested in and then limit the Material Type to Music.
Follow up on a previous tip: The * acts as a wildcard only at the end of a character string. As previously mentioned, Ed* will bring up Ed, Eddie, Edith, Edwin, Eddard, etc. However, *win will not bring back any results.
If you see the below symbol while searching in Alma, something is suppressed in Primo.
Suppression can happen at the bibliographic level, so the whole title is hidden.
Holdings records can also be suppressed.
Things may be suppressed if they are not generally available to patrons (for example, an ILL title is only available to the patron who placed the ILL request, so there is no reason for it to be in the public catalog, where other patrons may see it and think we own it) or if we are doing some form of cleanup or project with the records (as is the case for most of our currently suppressed holdings records).
Bonus Tip: To default to seeing all of the holdings for all bibliographic records, so you do not need to click open every title for which you want to see location and item availability information, use the Expand All option on the results page.
There are two ways to find patrons on the "Manage Patron Services" screen:
Bonus Tip: When using spaces or the Find and Manage Users screen, make sure to use the entire name rather than a shortened nickname. If you are not sure if the patron is listed under a whole name or partial name, use the * wildcard.
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