Program & Team Updates
Discovery & User Experience
Reference & Instruction Survey Update
Thank you to everyone who promoted and participated in the reference and instruction survey! We had 74 responses from 32 institutions. A wonderful turnout!
The DUX Team has began analyzing the rich responses to the open ended questions with the goal of designing and recommending Alliance activities to support the community. We'll also be sharing out some preliminary summary information from the survey with the community at the upcoming open call.
Primo February Release
The Primo February release will be installed to production on Sunday, March 11. Thanks to everyone who particpated in testing and to those who shared their results with the community!
DUX Open Call
The next DUX open call is on Thursday, March 15, 10am-11. The agenda will be available shortly.
Resource Sharing and Fulfillment (RSF)
The RSF Team officially launched the pilot RSF Mentorship Program on the March 1st RSF Open Call. Recruitment for mentors and mentees will begin in a few weeks. More preliminary information can be found here: https://www.orbiscascade.org/rsf-mentorship-program, including a link to the full Program Proposal. Stay tuned for more details on how to participate.
A reminder that Summit & Fulfillment Day 2016 will be held at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington on Friday, August 3rd, and planning is already under way. More information about the conference program will be out soon - for now, please save the date!
The Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference (NWILL) will be held at Portland State University on Thursday, September 13th, and Friday, September 14th this year, with keynote speaker Trevor A. Dawes. Time is running out to propose a session - proposal submissions are due March 8th.
Alma Analytics Project Group (AAPG)
The AAPG is currently building two dashboards - one focusing on fulfillment and one focusing on resource sharing, as well as reviewing ACRL/IPEDS reporting (as time allows). The group is developing clear and consistent documentation for modifying these dashboards at individual institutions to ensure full functionality. The AAPG is also reaching out to other Alma consortia to find out what they do both to support analytics training, and to make resources available to distributed audiences.
Fulfillment Project Group (FPG)
The FPG is actively surveying members of the Access Services/Circulation Services communities to understand where standardization efforts might be possible, including supporting institutional work in training and documentation.
Shared Resources Joint Project Group (SRJPG)
The SRJPG is in the process of developing their survey instrument for the community needs assessment focusing on the intersection of resource sharing and collection development. More information about the group's charge and their progress can be found on their group page - meeting notes are posted regularly.
Summit Standing Group (SSG)
The SSG continues to perform Alma release testing, looking for any functionality regressions, and to test new functions in resource sharing. As part of an ongoing documentation updating and review process, members are analyzing the Alliance's archived website, looking for any processes or procedures that may not have been moved in the transition to the current site.
Shared Content & Technical Services
EBook Standing Group
- A number of updates have been made to the ebook documentation on the Alliance Web site.
- Update on Evidence-Based Selection (EBS) plans: The ESG is continuing to work on improving the Taylor & Francis records. They are preparing to evaluate Wiley data for titles selections in the coming weeks at the conclusion of the second year of the program.
Network Zone update
- NZ Sandbox testing of the Merge Records and Combine Inventory tool wrapped up last week (Feb 26-Mar 2). Evaluation of the results will follow. More news on when we can expect to have this tool in use in the NZ production environment is coming soon!
- The NZ Manager and the SCTS PM are putting together a small project team to discuss and test options for the shared loading and management of MARCive records for all Alliance institutions.
Norm Rules Standing Group
Thank you to all individuals and institutions who provided feedback during the recent normalization rule change testing cycle! The new rules for hypertext linking have been added to Primo Production and a renorm/reindex of Primo is taking placeMarch 5-8. Please remember that for the duration of the renorm/reindex process, Alma updating of the Primo front end will bestopped. This means that bibliographic record additions, deletions, and changes made after 3:00 pm Friday, March 2 will not be reflected in your Primo instance until Thursday afternoon, March 8, at the earliest. Changes to item record information and real-time availability information for bibliographic records already existing in Primo should not be affected.
Systems Team changes
Maria Kessler McShane, who served as chair-elect and led many team efforts, including Analytics training, has left the Alliance for another library opportunity. Whitworth University’s Paul Ojennus has stepped into the chair-elect role and will take over as team chair at midyear.
Registration is now open for ELUNA 2018! See this page to register. The ELUNA 2018 meeting will be held in Spokane, Washington on May 1-4. The Ex Libris-led Technical Seminar will be held at the same site on April 30 and May 1.
Please register as soon as is possible - both hotel reservation and registrations have been very strong to date.
The schedule and other information has been published to this site.
Systems Open Call
The March Systems Open Call will be held on Wednesday, March 14, from 1 to 2 PM. Planned topics include: What’s known about Primo VE; some advanced Analytics information; and, a discussion on Alliance strategic planning.
Alma Enhancements Project Group 2018
The Alma Enhancements Project Group has formed for the 2018 cycle. We are happy to announce the following members
- Blake Galbreath, Project Group chair (WSU)
- Al Cornish (Alliance)
- Lori Hilterbrand (OSU)
- Mary Grenci (UO)
- Pamela Ivey (PSU)
- Morag Stewart (UW)
- Rachel Arkoosh (Pacific)
- Lorit Trimble (Evergreen)
Currently, the global Alma enhancements working group is reviewing the submitted requests, clarifying and deduplicating requests prior to the start of the first round of enhancement voting, projected for April 1.
ELUNA Steering Committee election
The member representative from each Alliance institution should have received an invitation to vote in this year’s Steering Committee election. There are three candidates standing for one Steering Committee seat. Please vote in this election - Steering Committee members work directly with Ex Libris leaders and product working groups to improve Ex Libris products.
Unique & Local Content
Digital Collections Training for March-May
Thanks in part to LSTA funding from the Oregon State Library, training opportunities are abundant this spring! Here is the workshop and related events schedule for the remainder of this fiscal year: