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How To: Staff workflows for Alma Requests- Local and AFN

This document covers workflows for both the local requests (your patrons requesting your items) and AFN requests (another I-Share library's patron requesting your items).

The Automated Fulfillment Network, or AFN in Alma, is the replacement for Voyager Resource Sharing, also known as Universal Borrowing or UB.

As we are new to Alma, and as Alma is continually being updated, this documentation will be continually under review.
Please send suggestions for enhancements/clarification to .

Additional documentation:

(updated 10/22/2020)
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I-Share institutions with AFN enabled as of 9/3/2020.

If you wish to link to this information from your own website, please use this URL instead:
https://www.carli.illinois.edu/products-services/i-share/alma/fulfillment/how-to_AFNEnabled

Code Institution Name AFN Enabled?
ADL Adler University OFF
ALP Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum OFF
ARU Aurora University ON
AUG Augustana College ON
BEN Benedictine University ON
BHC Black Hawk College OFF
BRA Bradley University ON
COD College of DuPage OFF
COL Columbia College Chicago ON
CON Concordia University Chicago ON
CSC Carl Sandburg College ON
CSU Chicago State University ON
CTU Catholic Theological Union ON
DAC Danville Area Community College ON
DOM Dominican University ON
DPU DePaul University OFF
EIU Eastern Illinois University ON
ELM Elmhurst College ON
ERK Eureka College ON
GRN Greenville University ON
GSU Governors State University ON
HRT Heartland Community College ON
ICC Illinois Central College ON
IEC Illinois Eastern Community Colleges ON
IIT Illinois Institute of Technology ON
ILC Illinois College ON
IMS Illinois Math and Science Academy OFF
ISL Illinois State Library ON
ISU Illinois State University ON
IVC Illinois Valley Community College ON
IWU Illinois Wesleyan University ON
JKM JKM Library OFF
JOL Joliet Junior College OFF
JUD Judson University ON
JWC John Wood Community College ON
KCC Kankakee Community College ON
KIS Kishwaukee College ON
KNX Knox College ON
LAC Lewis and Clark Community College ON
LCC Lincoln Christian University ON
LEW Lewis University ON
LFC Lake Forest College OFF
LLC Lincoln Land Community College OFF
LNC Lincoln College ON
MBI Moody Bible Institute ON
MCK McKendree University ON
MHC McHenry County College ON
MIL Millikin University ON
MLS Meadville Lombard Theological School ON
MON Monmouth College ON
MRT Morton College ON
NBT Northern Seminary ON
NBY Newberry Library ON
NCC North Central College ON
NEI Northeastern Illinois University ON
NIU Northern Illinois University ON
NLU National-Louis University OFF
NPU North Park University ON
OAK Oakton Community College ON
ONU Olivet Nazarene University ON
PRC Principia College ON
PRK Parkland College ON
QCY Quincy University ON
RCC Richland Community College ON
ROU Roosevelt University ON
RSH Rush University ON
RVC Rock Valley College ON
SAI School of the Art Institute of Chicago ON
SCJ Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership OFF
SEI Southeastern Illinois College ON
SFM St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing ON
SIC Southern Illinois University Carbondale ON
SIE Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ON
SIM Southern Illinois University School of Medicine OFF
SML University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary ON
SSC South Suburban College ON
SVC Sauk Valley Community College ON
SWI Southwestern Illinois College ON
SXU Saint Xavier University ON
TIU Trinity International University ON
TRN Trinity Christian College ON
TRT Triton College ON
UIC University of Illinois at Chicago ON
UIS University of Illinois at Springfield ON
UIU University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign ON
USF University of St. Francis ON
WHE Wheaton College ON
WIU Western Illinois University ON
WRH Harper College OFF

Known Issues in Alma

Review the Fulfillment/AFN section on the Alma/Primo VE Known Issues page.

Users need to be assigned the appropriate roles in Alma:

  • Library Staff:
    In order for library staff to process requests in Alma, their user account needs to have:
    • Overall:
      • an expiration date and purge date in the future,
      • the ability to log into Alma with their assigned username and password.
    • Role(s):
      Each institution’s Alma-certified User Manager should check that all staff working with requests have the appropriate roles needed to perform the transactions, and that those roles are set as "Active":
      • Role- Requests Operator: Staff who work with pick lists to process requested materials need Requests Operator role scoped to the librar(ies) and circulation desk(s) where they perform those transactions.
      • Role- Fulfillment Services Operator or Fulfillment Services Manager scoped to the Resource Sharing Library: Staff who supervise the Circ/ILL department, and/or staff who should be able to place I-Share requests for local patrons in Alma, or staff who are going to convert local requests into Automated Fulfillment Network I-Share requests, should have either Fulfillment Services Operator or Fulfillment Services Manager scoped to the Resource Sharing Library. This is the only role that should be scoped to the Resource Sharing Library at this time.
      • Role- Circulation Desk Manager, Circulation Desk Operator, and/or Circulation Desk Operator-Limited: Staff who will check materials in and check materials out to patrons should have a Circulation Desk Manager, Circulation Desk Operator, and/or Circulation Desk Operator- Limited role scoped to each library/circulation desk where they work.
      • Staff may have additional roles assigned as needed to complete their work in Alma.
  • Patrons placing requests:
    In order for a user to place requests, their user account needs to have:
    • Overall:
      • an expiration date and purge date in the future,
      • an I-Share eligible user group assigned,
      • and contain information in all of the mandatory user fields.
    • Role(s): 
      • Role- Patron: assigned (typically assigned by default), and set as active.

The Pick From Shelf List, aka Pick List (and formerly in Voyager- call slip queue) queues the requests for a library's materials, for a specific library, help library staff retrieve material from the shelves.

The Pick From Shelf list collates requests for physical items for multiple workflows in Alma, including:

  • Patron physical item requests
  • Acquisitions or cataloging workflow requests
  • Materials past their shelving return date
  • Other workflows (some may be customized to your institution).

For processing both AFN requests and patron local requests, the category to focus on is "Patron physical item requests."

Logging in and Retrieving Requests

  1. Log into Alma with your staff username and password; select the Circulation desk for the library where you will be processing the requests.
  2. Under Fulfillment> Resource Requests> Pick from Shelf
    Screenshot shows the Alma Fulfillment menu, with Pick from Shelf highlighted.
  3. Limit the Request/Process Type facet to Patron Physical Item Requests
    Screenshot shows the facets on the Pick From Shelf List, with the Reqeust Process Type facet highlighted. The option "Patron physical item request" is also included in that highlighting.
  4. For the requests in your library's Pick from Shelf list, your library will have decided how you should work with the pick slips listed in the Pick from Shelf list. Those options include:
    • Print individual requests using Quick Print
    • Print multiple simultaneous requests using Quick Print
    • Sending requests directly to an email address-enabled printer (or email address)
    • Sending requests to a print queue, processing that print queue
    • Download the Print Slip Report
      • NOTE: Downloading the Print Slip Report is an efficient way to work with the requests for testing purposes; this Excel file view includes the item barcode and the requested volume number.
    • Email the Print Slip Report to a staff member.
    • Print the Print Slip Report to an email address-enabled printer (or email address) [email address for staff or printer will need to be white-listed in Alma to receive emails during test].
    • Use the Alma Mobile App.
    • Bring another internet-enabled device to the stacks for reference for retrieval; no pick list slips are physically printed.
  5. If printing a Pick list slip, the slip that will print is consortially formatted and managed by the CARLI Office in the Network Zone. The name of the letter that produces the slip is the "Ful Resource Request Slip Letter."
    • Note: If no item barcode prints on the request/is included in the request, the request is likely a title-level request; any copy/any barcode from the title can fill the request.
    • The fields in the letter were selected in consultation with the CARLI Resource Sharing Committee.
    • Sample Pick list slip, as of 7/15/2020:
      Screenshot shows an example of the Pick Slip letter, as it is formatted on 7/15/2020.
  6. Use the pick list/pick list slips to retrieve materials from the shelves for processing.
 

To fill a request from the pick list:

  1. Go to Fulfillment> Resource Requests> Scan in Items
    Screenshot showds the Fulfillment menu options, with Resouce Request's "Scan in Items" highlighted.
  2. The Scan in Items window will open.
    Screenshot shows the options available on the Scan it Items window. The place to enter the item barcode is highlighted.
  3. Scan/enter the barcode for the item. Please scan/enter the barcode from the item itself.
  4. Alma will display where to transit the material to, or, whether to place it on the hold shelf at your library.
    Screenshot showing the Scan in Items screen, with the "destination" column highlighted.
  5. If the item should be transited to another I-Share institution, your library should print a paper transit slip as part of this process (using whichever Alma printing method works best at your library).
  6. The Transit slip that will print is consortially formatted and managed by the CARLI Office.
    • The fields in the letter were selected in consultation with the CARLI Resource Sharing Committee.
    • Sample Transit Letter, as of 3/10/2020.
      Screenshot showing a sample Transit slip from Alma as of 7/15/2020.

Requests with submitted Volume details

If the request contains patron-added volume information, Alma will be unable to confirm (on its own) that a specific item owned by the library receiving the request will be able to fill it; the request will need staff intervention.

How to detect these requests:

  • When staff visit Fulfillment> Scan in Items to scan the item's barcode, the item will prompt to be reshelved. A pop-up on the side of the pick-from shelf screen will notify staff that there is possibly a request the item could fulfill.
    • Pop-up note from Pick from Shelf screen:
      Screenshot showing the alert that staff will see on the Fulfillment> Pick from Shelf page after scanning in an item with added volume information.
  • If the request contains patron-added volume information, the pick from shelf slip (if printed) will contain two details that staff can review:
    • Please Note: The following manual description has been specified in this request [info here]
    • System Notes: The system could not find any items that can fulfill this request.
      Screenshot showing a sample pick from shelf list, with the "Please Note" and "System Notes" areas highlighted.

Steps to fill these request with the appropriate item:

  1. After staff scan in the item under Fulfillment> Scan in items> Scan item barcode, the pop-up note mentioned above should display on screen.
    Screenshot showing the Fulfillment> Scan in Items page, with the pop-up note showing on the right side of the screen.
    • Note that the "Destination" field in the table states that the item should be "reshelved" to its current shelving location as well.
  2. To fill the request with the item, select the Ellipse in the row for the item on the Scan in Items screen, and then select "Attach to request."
    Screenshot shows the menu that opens after the ellipse is selected. From the list, select the option "Attach to request"
  3. A new pop-up menu should open, listing the requests for that title, associated with that scanned item. Select the checkbox for the request, and then the "Attach" button.
    Screenshot shows the list of reqeusts that the item might fulfill. Select the checkbox for the requst, and then the "Attach" button.
  4. Selecting the "Attach" button will automatically scan in the item a second time; this time the destination should be the patron's pick-up location and a Transit Letter may be printed.

Since the volume field in the request form is a free-text field, a patron could potentially enter multiple volume numbers into a single request. However, Alma (as far as we know) can only send one item per request.

Below are steps to fill the initial request for one item, and steps for staff to place and fill additional requests for the additional requested volumes. This workflow should work for both your own local patrons placing such a request, or an I-Share patron placing such a request.

  1. When a patron requests multiple items on a single request, begin by making notes of details about the initial request to use for the subsequent request(s) for the additional volumes.
    Copy down:
    • Requesting patron's name
    • Title requested by the patron, including ISBN or MMSID to help identify.
    • Volume numbers requested by the patron
  2. Fill the request initially placed by the patron for one of the Volumes the patron requested, using the steps above for "Requests with submitted Volume details."
    As you fill the request, make additional note of:
    • Patron's pick up institution
    • Patron's pick-up library

If your library CAN fill an additional request for other volume(s) requested by the patron:

  1. Do a Physical Items search for the title, and locate the additional volume of the title you are able to supply.
    • A Physical Items search allows you to request a specific copy of the title from your catalog.
  2. Locate the volume you wish to request in the results.
  3. To the right of the display, locate the Request button (not Resource sharing request). You may need to click the ellipse if the Request button is not visible.
    Screenshot shows an record retrieved by the "Physical Item" search. The "Reqeust" button, and the "ellipse" are highlighted.
  4. The Create Request form will open and prompt you to select the request type. Select the Request Type of Patron physical item request.
  5. The full Create Request form for Patron physical item requests will open.
    • Fill out Requestor information, Pickup Institution, and Pickup At location.
  6. Submit the request in the upper right. The request for the volume should now display in the holding library's Fulfillment> Pick from Shelf list.

If your library CANNOT fill an additional request for other volume(s) requested by the patron:

  • Contact the patron's home library with the request details, and ask them to submit the request for the additional volume(s) in Alma on behalf of their patron.
    • Since the patron is not your library's home patron, and the item is not your library's item, the I-Share request you would have to place would NOT worl if your library tried to place one for the patron.
  • A library who is contacted with this information can use the directions on this page under "Staff Workflow for Placing Requests on Behalf of a Patron" then "In Alma: To place an I-Share request for another I-Share library's copy of a title not-owned by your library."

Requests by Local Patrons

The directions for local patrons vary depending on several factors including, 1) The patron's user group is I-Share eligible, 2) Your library is participating in AFN lending/borrowing, and 3) The material is of a type that can be requested through I-Share.

  • If the answer is NO to any of those three conditionals, then you will use the "Cancel" workflow below.
  • If the answer is YES to all of the three conditionals, you can use the "Convert" workflow below.

Cancel Workflow

When your library has a local request that you are unable to fulfill, and you are also unable to convert it into an I-Share Resource Sharing request, you can cancel the request from the Fulfillment> Pick from Shelf screen. Before canceling, double-check that the request is a "Patron physical item request."

You can also confirm that the request is a local request because the request on the Pick from Shelf screen will not mention the Network Identifiers (See the Request by I-Share Patrons section below for an example of network identifiers). The patron may have also selected your institution as the Pickup Institution.

  1. After confirming the request is a local request, that is unable to be filled, in the Alma> Fulfillment> Pick from Shelf list, locate the request and select the "Cancel" button.
    Screenshot shows an Alma Pick from Shelf List, with the Cancel button for a request highlighted. Also highlighted are the applied "Patron physical item request" facet/limit, and the Pickup Institution facet (which is not applied).
  2. The cancel window will open.
    On this screen, you can:
    • Update the cancellation reason that will be recorded for record keeping, as well as included in the letter emailed to patrons.
    • Add an additional cancellation note, that would be included in the Cancellation letter emailed to patrons.
    • Check or uncheck the "Notify user" checkbox; this checkbox determines whether Alma will email a Cancellation letter to the patron.
    • After you've made your selections, select the "Confirm" button.
  3. After clicking confirm, you should receive a "Cancellation Successful" alert. The reqeust will disappear from the pick from shelf list. If you chose to notify the patron, they should receive the email.
    Screenshot shows the Pick from Shelf list screen, with a "Cancellation Successful" alert.

Convert Workflow

When your library has a local request that you are unable to fill, where the request was placed by an I-Share eligible patron, where the patron selected your institution as the Pickup Institution*, and your library is lending/borrowing through the AFN, your library can convert it into an I-Share Resource Sharing request.

*If the patron selected another I-Share library as their pick-up location, staff will want to place a new I-Share request for the patron using the steps on this page under "Staff Workflow for Placing Requests on Behalf of a Patron" and then cancel the original request using the Cancellation step above. Alma cannot directly convert a local request into an AFN resource sharing request, if the patron's pick-up institution is another I-Share library.

Library staff must have either the Fulfillment Services Manager or Fulfillment Services Operator role scoped to the Resource Sharing Library to convert requests.

  • Preparation for converting a local request for Resource Sharing:
    • Double-check that the request is a "Patron physical item request."
    • Confirm that the request is a local request by noting the Pick from Shelf screen does not display the Network Identifiers (See the Request by I-Share Patrons section below for an example of network identifiers) for the request.
    • Confirm that the patron selected your institution as their pick-up institution by using the
  1. After confirming the request is a local request, in the Alma> Fulfillment> Pick from Shelf list, locate the request and select the ellipse for the request.
    From the menu that opens, select "Convert to Resource Sharing."
    Screenshot shows a pick from shelf list where the "Patron physical item request" limit has been applied. The facets for Pickup Institution and Pickup Destination are higlighted. The request's ellipse is selected, with the "Convert to Resource Sharing" option highlighted.
  2. A confirmation message will display asking you to confirm the conversion. Select Confirm.
    Screenshot shows a confirmation message, "You are about to convert this hold request to a resource sharing borrowing request. Would you like to continue?"
  3. You should receive a confirmation message that the request was successfully converted to a resource sharing request, and the request will disappear from the pick from shelf list. Behind the scenes, Alma will build the lender string, and forward the request to an I-Share library.
    Screenshot shows an alert that "The request was successfully converted to a resource sharing request."

Requests by I-Share Patrons

When you are unable to fill a request for an I-Share patron, "canceling" the request is the process used by Alma to promote the request to the next I-Share library in the lender string.

You can tell a request is an I-Share request when it is a patron physical item request AND it contains Fulfillment Network Borrowing identifiers. See secreenshot below for the location of those identifiers.

  1. When you are unable to fill a requets for an I-Share patron, select the "Cancel Request" button.
    Screenshot shows a pick from shelf list, with the Fulfillment Network information highlighted so staff can know it is an I-Share request. The Cancel button is also highlighted.
  2. The Confirm Request Cancellation box should open.
    Screenshot shows the "Confirm Request Cancellation" window, with the Notify User button unchecked, and the cancellation reason drop-down highlighted.
    On this screen, you should:
    • Update the cancellation reason that will be recorded for record keeping.
    • Optional: Add an additional cancellation note, that would be recorded in Alma.
    • Uncheck the "Notify user" checkbox- since the request may promote to another I-Share library after your library cancels the request, we don't want to over-notify the patron with cancellation messages.
    • After you've made your selections, select the "Confirm" button.
  3. You should receive a confirmation message that the request was successfully cancelled, and the request will disappear from the pick from shelf list. Behind the scenes, Alma will promote the request to the next I-Share library in the lender string.
    Screenshot shows the pick from shelf list with a "Cancellation Successful" alert.

If the item should be transited to another I-Share institution:

  1. As requests are filled, Transit letters are printed. Staff should pair the Transit slip with the appropriate items. These items can then be prepared for ILDS shipping.
  2. Identify the ILDS code on the letter and package the items in the ILDS bags, being careful to not overfill the bags.
  3. For more information on preparing materials for shipping, visit the FAQ on the ILDS website.

If the item should be transited to another library at your institution:

  • If the should be transited to another library at your institution, the workflow will vary depending on how your institution manages internal routing.
  • When the item arrives at the patron's pick-up location, staff should follow the directions for "Receiving Library: Route Items in for the Hold Shelf."

Routing items in for hold

  1. Log into Alma with your staff username and password; select the appropriate Circulation desk.
  2. To route either local or AFN materials in for your hold shelf, go to Fulfillment> Resource Requests> Scan in Items
  3. Scan/enter the barcode for the item.
  4. Alma will display where to transit the material to (such as another branch library for patron pick-up), or, whether to place it on the hold shelf at your library. An item to be placed on the hold shelf is shown in the following screenshot.
    Screenshot shows the Scan in Items page, with the status of the scanned in items highlighted. The status of "On Hold Shelf" is highlighted in the Destination column, as well as the Requestor name.
    • NOTES:
      • At this time, for AFN items on the Hold Shelf, Alma is printing the "Resource Request Slip" aka, Pick from Shelf Slip, instead of the Hold Slip for staff use; CARLI has a support ticket open with Ex Libris about this, #00825657.
        • If the slip does not print automatically, you can click the ellipse, and then "Print Slip"
      • The value in the Requestor ID will not be helpful to you; this is the patron's linked user ID at the Item's Institution's library.
  5. After scanning in the item for hold, place the item on your library's hold shelf.
    • NOTES:
      • The patron will be emailed the "On Hold Shelf Letter" letting them know the item is available for them to pick up; the letter is sent by the item's home library.
        • For local requested materials, you can set a "delay for hold notification" period which will pause the sending of the On Hold Shelf Letter until after the delay has passed.
        • For AFN requested materials, the "delay for hold notification" period is not currently being considered; CARLI has a support ticket open with Ex Libris about this, #00834284.
      • Since the "On Hold Shelf Letter" is sent by the item's home library, rather than the patron's pick-up library, the letter is consortially formatted.
        Screenshot shows an example of the "On Hold Shelf Letter"

Charge materials to patron from Hold Shelf

See How To: Fulfillment in Alma for more step-by-step directions.

  1. Log into Alma, and select your appropriate Circulation location.
  2. At the top of the main Alma screen, select "Fulfillment".
    An image of a portion of the top navigation bar on the the main Alma screen with Fulfillment highlighted
  3. From the resulting drop-down menu, under Checkout/Checkin, select "Manage Patron Services".
    An image of the top menu bar of the main Alma screen with a partial  view of the Fulfillment menu and Manage Patron Services highlighted
  4. The Patron Identification screen will open.
    An image of a section of the Patron Identification screen
  5. At this point patron records can be brought up three different ways:
    • scanning the patron's identification card barcode;
    • looking up the patron by name; or
    • looking up the patron by identification number.
  6. If the patron is a local patron, proceed to step 7.
    If the patron is from another I-Share institution, check the "Find user in other institution" box and proceed with the steps outlined below.
    An image of the Patron Identification screen with the "Find user in other institution" box checked and highlighted
    1. Click on the drop-down arrow on the right of the "Institution" box to display the list of options.
      An image of the Patron Identification screen with the "Find user in other institution" box checked and the drop-down arrow in the Institution bar highlighted
      An image of the Patron Identification screen with the "Find user in other institution" box checked and the Institution drop-down menu deployed
    2. Select the appropriate institution from the list.
      An image of the Patron Identification screen with "Find user in other institution" checked and an institution selected
    3. Enter the patron's name or identification number and select "Find User".
      Please note:
      • When searching for patrons from another institution, the name or ID number must match exactly and cannot apply to more than one account at that institution.
      • If the patron has a common name, you will need to enter an ID number instead (Primary ID, Institution ID, or Barcode).
        An image of the Patron Identification screen with the "Find user in other institution" box checked, an institution selected, a patron's name entered, and the "Find User" button highlighted
    4. If the I-Share patron already has a user record saved to your Institution Zone, their record open automatically to the Loans tab and you can proceed to step 7.
      If the I-Share patron does not have a user record saved, the Quick User Management screen will open.
      An image of the Quick User Management screen
      1. Many fields may auto-populate, but make sure that all fields marked with a red star An image of the red star indicating that a field is required have been filled out correctly.
        These required fields include:
        • First name
        • Last name
        • Primary identifier
        • User group
        • Expiration date
        • Purge date
        • Email types
        • Address types
        • Address line 1
        • City
        • State/Province
        • Postal code
      2. Click on the "Update User" button.
        An image of the Update User button, highlighted
  7. The patron record will automatically open to the Loans tab.
    An image of a fictitious patron's loan screen
  8. At this point items can be checked out to the patron by:
    • scanning the item's barcode;
    • manually entering the item's barcode; or
    • looking up the item in the catalog.
  9. After selecting the item and entering/pressing OK, item is now checked out to the patron.
    Screenshot shows a sample patron record on the Loan tab, with the checked out I-Share item displayed. The Due Date, Loan Type of Normal, and the item's institution detailsa are highlighted.
  10. When you are finished checking items out to the patron, click the "Done" button.
    An image of a section of the Loans screen with the "Done" button highlighted

Return items to items home library

  1. When you are ready to return an I-Share item, go to Fulfillment> Return Items.
    Screenshot shows the Fulfillment menu, with the Return Items option highlighted.
  2. The Return Items window will open. Scan/enter the item barcode that you are discharging (returning) from the patron.
    Screenshot shows the Return Items screen, with a sample barcode entered in the Scan item barcode option.
  3. If the item needs routed back home to its library, or to another library, Alma should display a pop-up, as well as display the destination in the "Next Step" column on the Manage Item Returns screen.
    Screenshot showing a pop-up with the items destination.
  4. If the item should be transited home to another I-Share institution, your library should print a paper transit slip as part of this process (using whichever Alma printing method works best at your library).
    • The Transit slip that will print is consortially formatted and managed by the CARLI Office.
      • The fields in the letter were selected in consultation with the CARLI Resource Sharing Committee.
      • Sample return Transit Letter, as of 7/15/2020.
        Screenshot shows a sample transit letter, as generated on 7/15/2020.

Routing items in to "return home"

  1. Log into Alma with your staff username and password; select the appropriate Circulation desk.
  2. To route materials in to return home, go to Fulfillment> Resource Requests> Scan in Items
  3. Scan/enter the barcode for the item.
  4. Alma will display where to transit the material to (such as another library for final reshelving), or, whether to "reshelve" it at your current library where you are logged in.
    • Screenshot showing an item with the Destination of "Reshelve to x" where x is the item's shelving location.
      Screenshot showing the Scan in Items page with the results below. The Reshelve to Stacks destination is highlighted.
    • Screenshot showing an item with the Destination of another library at the institution, and a Request/Process type of "Transit for reshelving".
      This item will need to be routed to, and then scanned in, at its home library before it can be reshelved.
      Screenshot showing an item scanned in, where the destination is another of the institution's libraries. The destination column is highlighted, as well as the Request/Process Type column.
  5. Once the item is ready to reshelve at its home library, the transaction is complete in Alma!
  • As I-Share libraries work with Alma for both local and AFN requesting, we will add to this section with troubleshooting tips and best practices, as we know what they are.
  • As you place requests and process transactions, you are to evaluate your individual institution/library settings, and the structure of the AFN overall, are working as expected.
    • You can email the when you encounter something unexpected. Please include the expected behavior, the unexpected behavior that occurred, and examples that can help us to replicate the situation.

Use the Request button to place local requests, where your patron is requesting your library's item, for pick-up at either your library, or at another I-Share library.

  1. Log into Alma with your staff username and password; select the appropriate Circulation desk from your available locations.
  2. Do a Physical Items or Physical Titles search.
    • A Physical Items search allows you to request a specific copy of the title from your catalog.
    • A Physical Titles search allows you to place the request for any copy of the title from your catalog.
  3. Locate the title you wish to request in the results.
  4. To the right of the display, locate the Request button (not Resource sharing request). You may need to click the ellipse if the Request button is not visible.
    Screenshot shows an record retrieved by the "Physical Item" search. The "Reqeust" button, and the "ellipse" are highlighted.
  5. The Create Request form will open and prompt you to select the request type. Select the Request Type of Patron physical item request.
  6. The full Create Request form for Patron physical item requests will open.
    • Fill out Requestor information, Pickup Institution, and Pickup At location.
  7. Submit the request in the upper right. The request should now display in the holding library's Fulfillment> Pick from Shelf list.

Use the Resource Sharing Request button to place an I-Share request for another I-Share library's copy of a title owned by your library.
The request can be picked-up at either your library, or at another I-Share library.

  1. Log into Alma with your staff username and password; select your appropriate Circulation desk from your available locations.
  2. Do a Physical Items or Physical Titles search. The results will display in your Institution zone.
  3. Locate the title you wish to request in the results.
  4. To the right of the display, locate the Resource sharing request (not Request button). You may need to click the ellipse if the Resource sharing request button is not visible.
    • If you still do not see the Resource sharing request button, your user account may not have the roles needed to permit the action in Alma. Staff who should be able to place I-Share requests for local patrons in Alma, should have either Fulfillment Services Operator or Fulfillment Services Manager scoped to the Resource Sharing Library.
  5. The Resource Sharing Borrowing Request form will open.
    Screenshot shows the Resoure Sharing Borrowing Request screen, with the Requester, Date Needed By, Preferred Pickup Institution and Location, Delivery Location, Add Rota button, and Save button highlighted.
    • Fill in the following information:
      • Requestor information,
      • Date Needed By,
      • Delivery Location should be set to "Deliver to Library,"
      • Preferred Pickup Institution,
      • Preferred Local Pickup Location,
      • then select the Add Rotas button, and select the checkbox next to "Fulfillment NZ Rota" then Select.
        Screenshot shows the "Rota Templates" screen, with the Fulfillment NZ Rota highlighted.
        • Note: "Add Rotas" is the preferred option in this process, as it does not usually matter which library fills the request. However, it is also possible to select "Add Partner" to select a specific I-Share library's copy of a title. If that library is unable to fill the request, or unable to receive the initial request, Alma will be able to promote it to another I-Share library (if available).
  6. Save the request in the upper right.

Use the Resource Sharing Request button to place an I-Share request for another I-Share library's copy of a title owned by your library.
The request can be picked-up at either your library, or at another I-Share library.

  1. Log into Alma with your staff username and password; select your appropriate Circulation desk from your available locations.
  2. Do an All Titles search. Review the results on the Network Zone tab.
  3. Locate the title you wish to request in the results.
    Screenshot shows an All Titles search, with the Network zone selected.
  4. To the right of the display, locate the Resource sharing request (not Request button). You may need to click the ellipse if the Resource sharing request button is not visible.
    • If you still do not see the Resource sharing request button, your user account may not have the roles needed to permit the action in Alma. Staff who should be able to place I-Share requests for local patrons in Alma, should have either Fulfillment Services Operator or Fulfillment Services Manager scoped to the Resource Sharing Library.
  5. The Resource Sharing Borrowing Request form will open.
    Screenshot shows the Resoure Sharing Borrowing Request screen for the NZ title, with the Requester, Date Needed By, Specific Edition only checkbox, Preferred Pickup Institution and Location, Delivery Location, Add Rota button, and Save button highlighted.
    • Fill in the following information:
      • Requestor information,
      • Specific Edition Only
      • Date Needed By,
      • Delivery Location should be set to "Deliver to Library,"
      • Preferred Pickup Institution,
      • Preferred Local Pickup Location,
      • then select the Add Rotas button, and select the checkbox next to "Fulfillment NZ Rota" then Select.
        Screenshot shows the "Rota Templates" screen, with the Fulfillment NZ Rota highlighted.
        • Note: "Add Rotas" is the preferred option in this process, as it does not usually matter which library fills the request. However, it is also possible to select "Add Partner" to select a specific I-Share library's copy of a title. If that library is unable to fill the request, or unable to receive the initial request, Alma will be able to promote it to another I-Share library (if available).
  6. Save the request in the upper right.

Alma has an internal hold shelf list, where library staff can review the materials that are On Hold for pick-up at their library. Voyager did not have this functionality.
With the inclusion of these internal hold shelf lists, there are extra steps and extra options when working with materials on hold.

The directions below are for the hold shelf at library circulation desks, where the desk is NOT a Reading Room; Reading Room desks have alternate options and workflows.

Ex Libris Hold Shelf Management Documentation

Hold Shelf Overview

The hold shelf includes both local and I-Share material on hold at the circulation desk for patrons.

To view the hold shelf lists:

  1. Log into Alma and select the appropriate library circulation desk for where materials are on hold.
  2. Under Fulfillment> Resource Requests> locate the Active Hold Shelf and the Expired Hold Shelf options.
    • The "Active Hold Shelf" is a bit of a misnomer; it should be called the "Entire Hold Shelf". The Active Hold Shelf includes material with a hold expiration date in the future, as well as material with a hold expiration date in the past.
      Screenshot shows an excerpted view of two items on an Active Hold Shelf list. Nothing in particular is highlighted on the image.
    • The "Expired Hold Shelf" list is subdivided into tabs based on the next action for staff to take with the item. Not all tabs will contain items to work with each day. The tab name is followed by a number to denote if items are listed on the tab.
      Screenshot shows a portion of the Expired Hold Shelf Items screen. No particular setting or example is highlighted.

To tell the difference between a local item and an I-Share item on hold:

  • When reviewing the Active Hold Shelf Items:
    • An I-Share item on hold will have two options: "Update Expiry" and "View Audit Trail."
    • A local item will have additional options. In addition to "Update Expiry" and "View Audit Trail," you may see "Cancel Request" and "Mark as Missing."
  • Screenshot shows two items on an Active Hold Shelf list. THe first item is an I-Share item so there are two options for the transaction. The second item is a local item, so there are four options for the transactio.

If a patron notifies you that they do not want an item that is on the hold shelf, but the hold shelf period has not yet expired:

  1. In Alma, go to Fulfillment> Active Hold Shelf
  2. Find the item the patron did not want in the list, and select the Update Expiry button.
  3. Change the expiration date to be today's date.
  4. The next day, you should then find the item on the Fulfillment> Expired Hold Shelf list> "Send to Institution" tab.
    • Refer to the steps below for "How to Return an item to another I-Share library after the hold has expired" for more details.
  5. For that item, select "Transit" to prompt Alma to create a transit slip for you to return it.
    • You do NOT need to additionally Fulfillment> Return the item in Alma, selecting the "Transit" link for the item is enough.

If a patron notifies you that they do not want an item that is on the hold shelf, but the hold shelf period has not yet expired, you have multiple options:

Option 1: Expire the hold

  1. In Alma, go to Fulfillment> Active Hold Shelf
  2. Find the item the patron did not want in the list, and select the Update Expiry button.
  3. Change the expiration date to be today's date.
  4. The next day, you should then find the item on the Fulfillment> Expired Hold Shelf list and then "Reshelve," "Send to Circulation Desk," "Sent to Library," or "Activate Next" depending.
    • Refer to the steps below for these topics for more details.

Option 2: Cancel the request

  1. In Alma, go to Fulfillment> Active Hold Shelf
  2. Find the item the patron did not want in the list, and select the Cancel button.

When an item's hold period expires, it will still be listed on the Active Hold Shelf List, but it will ALSO be listed on one of the tabs on the Expired Hold Shelf Items page. Each business day when delivery is available, library staff should check the Expired Hold Shelf for material to return to the item's home institution.

If the hold has expired for an item that belongs to another I-Share library, that item will be listed on the "Sent to Institution" tab.

  1. On the Expired Hold Shelf Items page, open the "Send to Institution" tab.
  2. Locate the item(s) on your physical hold shelf to make sure they are still available/unclaimed.
  3. Use the "Transit" option to direct Alma to return the item to its home institution.
    • To transit a single item, select the "Transit" link under the item record.
    • To transit multiple items simultaneously, check the check box for the item, and then use the Transit button.
    • You do NOT need to additionally Fulfillment> Return the item in Alma, selecting the "Transit" link for the item is enough.

Screenshot shows two example items on the Expired Hold Shelf "Send to Institution" tab. The Transit link for individual items is highlighted, as well as the Transit button in the upper right corner of the screen.

When an item's hold period expires, it will still be listed on the Active Hold Shelf List, but it will ALSO be listed on one of the tabs on the Expired Hold Shelf Items page. Each business day, library staff should check the Expired Hold Shelf for material to return to the item's home library.

If the hold has expired for a local item that belongs to another branch library, that item will be listed on the "Sent to Library" tab.

  1. On the Expired Hold Shelf Items page, open the "Send to Library" tab.
  2. Locate the item(s) on your physical hold shelf to make sure they are still available/unclaimed.
  3. Use the "Transit" option to direct Alma to return the item to its home institution.
    • To transit a single item, select the "Transit" button listed for the individual the item record.
    • To transit multiple items simultaneously, check the check box for the item, and then use the Transit button at the top of the list of all items.
    • You do NOT need to additionally Fulfillment> Return the item in Alma, selecting the "Transit" link for the item is enough.

Screenshot shows the Alma Fulfillment Expired Hold Shelf Send to Library Tab. One example is shown. The Transit button for the individual item is highlighted, as well as the transit button used to select multiple simultaneously.

When an item's hold period expires, it will still be listed on the Active Hold Shelf List, but it will ALSO be listed on one of the tabs on the Expired Hold Shelf Items page. Each business day, library staff should check the Expired Hold Shelf for material to reshelve.

If the hold has expired for an item that belongs to the library where the item was on hold, that item will be listed on the "Reshelve" tab.

  1. On the Expired Hold Shelf Items page, open the "Reshelve" tab.
  2. Locate the item(s) on your physical hold shelf to make sure they are still available/unclaimed.
  3. Use the "Reshelve" option to prepare the item to put back in its typical place.
    • To reshelve a single item, select the "Reshelve" button for the item record.
    • To reshelve multiple items simultaneously, check the check box for the item, and then use the Reshelve button at the top of the list of items.
    • You do NOT need to additionally Fulfillment> Return the item in Alma, selecting the "Reshelve" link for the item is enough.

Screenshot shows the Expired Hold Shelf Reshelve tab, with two examples. The Reselve option for each item is highlighted, as well as the Reshelve button used to adjust multiple items simultaneously.

Library staff can extend the hold expiration date for both local and I-Share materials, as needed.

  1. Locate the item on either the Fulfillment> Active Hold Shelf, or for certain statuses, the Fulfillment> Expired Hold Shelf.
  2. For the item, locate either an "Update Expiry" button, or "Update Expiry" link. Select that option.
  3. Input the new expiration date into the pop-up window, and Save.

The CARLI Office will have the steps documented before the holiday season.
If your library will be closed before then, please email and we can assist with the configuration.