|What is Alma?||An all-in-one system offered by Ex Libris that covers all library operations: selection, acquisition, metadata management, and fulfillment (a.k.a. circulation and e-resource access). Basically, all the back end operations.|
Cloud environment: the implementation of Alma means the vendor maintains the system and provides support, minimizing downtime and maximizing staff user experience & efficiency.
Consortia capabilities: shared metadata management and centralized e-resource management.
|What are Primo and PCI/CDI?||
Primo is the user interface. It is known as "OneSearch" at CUNY and has been in use at the CUNY Libraries since Fall 2015. It replaces the OPAC ("CUNY Catalog" or "CUNY+") since Alma does not come with a public-facing user interface.
The Primo Central index (soon to be replaced by the Central Discovery Index or "CDI") is a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources.
|When is Alma happening?||Now! We will go live with the new system in August 2020.|
|Who is affected by Alma?||
|Where can I find info. and learn about Alma?||
Ex Libris Knowledge Center (no login required)
CUNY Libraries' Implementation LibGuide
|Desktop-based software||Web-based application|
|Location-based knowledge of information (what's in which module?)||Search-based discovery of information|
|Separate modules||Unified system|
|Updated irregularly via software version upgrades||Updated monthly|
|Built for print collections||Designed for print and electronic collections|
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