The new layout increases the user working area, improves navigation, provides the ability to customize the menu and facilitates improved user dynamic workflows.
The main changes:
|Release Date/Environment||Usability Improvement||Notes|
|June 21, 2020 - Sandbox||New Layout||Administrators can turn the new functionality On for a specific user (Opt in)|
|July 19, 2020 - Sandbox||New Layout||Administrators can turn the New Layout On for a specific user (Opt in)|
|August 2, 2020 - Production||New Layout||Administrators can turn the new functionality On for a specific user (Opt in)|
|August 23, 2020 - Sandbox||New Layout||The New Layout is the default. Administrators can turn it off for a specific user (Opt out)|
|September 6, 2020 - Production||New Layout||The New Layout is the default. Administrators can turn it off for a specific user (Opt in)|
|November 2020 - Production||New Layout Go Live!||The New Layout is the default. Administrators can turn it off for a specific user (Opt Out)|
|January 2021 - Production||New Layout - Exclusive Use!||Turned on for everyone, not opt-out option|
To Enable New Layout:
NOTE: User does not need to logout to see the new layout, it is automatically applied.
With the November 2020 release users will have the ability to toggle between the new and old layout.
To toggle to the old layout:
To toggle to the new layout:
The Main Menu Navigation bar is now located on the left-hand side. It is no longer at the top (header) above the persistent search bar.
To collapse the Main Menu Navigation Bar:
To Expand the Main Menu Bar:
The Persistent search bar has been moved to the top (header) of the Alma screen. "Advanced" no longer appears to the right of the persistent search bar. An Advanced Search icon is located to the left of the persistent search bar. The Advanced Search icon will only display for searches that have the ability for advanced searches to be performed.
NOTE: Basic and advanced search functionality has not been impacted by the new layout.
To access the Advanced Search screen:
To close the Advanced Search screen:
Search and Manage Alma Links allows you to:
Main Menu links can be customized to:
Main Menu icons can be:
Configuration can now be accessed from the left-side Main Menu Navigation bar. The Configuration icon is located at the bottom of the Main Menu Navigation bar.
NOTE: The Configuration menus have not been impacted by the new layout.
To access Configuration you need to have roles related to configuration. To access the Configuration menu:
The configuration menu color changes from dark blue (Main Menu) to light blue (Configuration Menu):
The Configuring pull-down menu allows the user to select the Institution or the Library and it will impact the configuration menu links. The Configuring pull-down menu defaults to the Institution.
To change the Configuring Institution or Library:
To return to the Main Menu from the Configuration Menu:
The following functionality is not available once you are in the Configuration Menu:
The top-right icons change when you are in the Configuration menu. The only available icons in the configuration menu are User and Help
|Reported Issue||Case #||Date Reported||Resolution|
|The ability to push new layout configurations to users would be helpful. Scenario - student workers or people performing the same tasks, The ability to push a layout with pins, favorites, menus hidden for areas not used would be great. Can this be something that can be added to a profile or pushed to specific users?||00856657||6/30/2020|
|The new layout has slow response when navigating it. When is performance expected to be improved?||00856657||6/30/2020|
|The Advanced Search icon in on the left of the persistent search bar. Is it possible to move it to the right to keep consistency with the position in the previous layout?||00856657||6/30/2020|
|Advanced searches do not remain above the search results, you need to click on the Advance Search icon to see the advanced search and refine it. Can the Advanced Search remain above the results so the user can see their search and edit it as necessary without bouncing between results and advances search?||00856657||6/30/2020|
|The ability to use ESC (escape) to close the main menu navigation, search and manage Alma links, and advanced search would reduce clicks and be useful. ESC is used to closed form in the MD Editor (old and new)||00856657||6/30/2020|
|Color of the New Navigation Bar. Can the Main Menu Navigation bar be the same color at the Header? It would keep continuity. Changing the color for configuration is good because it tells the user they are using a different menu.||00856657||6/30/2020||August 2020 - change color for configuration|
|When I pin certain Main Menu links they wrap, others do not. I suggest they do not wrap or they all wrap to keep consistency. Example Design Analytics (BUF sandbox, user SLC)||00856657||6/30/2020||August 2020|
|The Main Menu icons disappears when you are in the Configuration menu - top right-hand icons||00861227||7/1/2020||Help & User icons now appear as of August 2020|
|The old MD Editor gets cut off when the new layout is used, the right hand box that is meant for content when available is eating up valuable real estate and makes the MD Editor less usable.||00856657||7/1/2020||August Release|
|The scroll bar on the side to move through the page is narrow and light making it hard to see/use.||00856657||7/1/2020|
|Unchecked enable new layout for my user in BUF's sandbox. The User is SUNY, SLC. I even logout out and back in a few times and cleared my cache, but the new layout remains and will not switch back to the old layout.||00856657||7/8/2020||Resolved July 2020|
|In a previous case it was reported not all configurations are showing even though I have all the correct roles to see everything. Discovery does not allow me to see all configuration menu options. I will attach the image. this issue is why I was trying to return to the old layout.||00861228||7/8/2020||Appears Resolved with July 19, 2020 update|
For sandboxes using the new layout. Can the Library logo have sandbox super-imposed on the logo. It is not as obvious with the new layout if you are in a sandbox unless you look at the Search and Manage Alma links and below that it says Alma Sandbox. In the old user layout it is more clear.
As of 7/19/2020 it no longer says Sandbox at all when using a sandbox.
|When Open Metadata editor is chosen as a favorite it does not stick. If it is pinned, it is unpinned when the favorite it no longer under Search and Manage Alma links. I haven't noticed other favorites disappearing and I am not sure if this is due to the New MD Editor and toggling between the two or not, or unrelated to this.||00861246/00856657||7/11/2020||August 2020|