Program & Team Updates
Technical Services Working Group
TSWG will be reviewing several policies through the month of June to recommend any changes. Stay tuned for revisions as they are sent out to the discussion list.
Alma May Release
The Alma June release will move to production on Sunday, June 5th. You can view potential areas of interest to technical services.
As a reminder the technical services open calls schedule is available on the TS Open Calls page. Mary Grenci will present discuss more topics on boundwiths covering some questions received from the community on June 29. the next open call is June 15.
Content Creation & Dissemination
George Fox Contributes First Set to Alliance Harvester!
Congratulations to George Fox University, which was the first Alliance member to contribute a set to the Alliance Harveste
With the need to have test collections for the Primo sandbox, and 50,000 objects remediated and harvested by June 30 to fulfill the terms of our LSTA grant, we're pleased to also see contributions from Oregon State University, Linfield College, and Lewis & Clark College.
Discovery & Delivery
Primo May Release
Testing is currently underway on the Primo May 2017 release, which was installed to the Premium Sandbox on Sunday, May 21. Documentation, including release notes edited for the Alliance, release notes categorized by type of user, Alliance-reported issues with May (and earlier) releases, and feedback form responses, is available on the Primo Release Testing web page. Each institution should submit feedback about the May release by 5:00pm on Friday, June 9. Thank you for your participation with this process!
Alma June Release
The Alma release testers are currently evaluating the Alma June Release in the premium sandbox. This release will be installed in our production environment on Sunday, June 4. A summary of the fulfillment and resource sharing highlights can be found in the Alliance RSF June Release Highlights.
Norm Rules Working Group
The NRWG is firming up plans for a summer norm rule rollout, to take place on production the week of August 7th. This will be preceded by an Alliance-wide testing opportunity during the last two weeks of July.
Summit & Fulfillment Day
Scheduled for Friday, August 4th at Clark College in Vancouver. For the final full schedule, lodging, transportation, and other details, please visit the Summit & Fulfillment Day webpage.
The Alliance has convened a transition group to support the upcoming change:
- Josh Wolfe, LINCC
- Beth Longwell, Sage Library System
- Kate Jones, University of Oregon
- Erin Bledsoe, Central Washington University
We also have many other folks at dropsites who have agreed to be points of contact to support this group's work.
We are working closely with Expak, the new courier vendor, to get new documentation for using their new shipping interface, as it is being customized for us. We've created a new courier transition page where we will be posting documentation, training videos, new dropsite delivery windows, a checklist for the transition, a feedback form for questions and concerns, and any other updates: https://www.orbiscascade.org/courier-transition-2017. Thank you to to the transition group, and to everyone who is working on this - more to come soon!
New Shared Ebook Offerings for FY2018
With the Council’s recent approval of the FY2018 ebook program budget, the Alliance will add some new elements to the ebook program, starting in July. Joining the Academic Complete subscription and the Wiley Evidence Based Ebook program will be a new, evidence-based program giving us access to 21,000 Taylor & Francis/CRC Press titles from 2013 onward. In addition we will be purchasing outright one year’s worth of Oxford University Press and University of California Press ebooks made available on the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform, about 1350 titles in all, as well as gaining free access to the entire OUP/UC backfile on the UPSO platform (excepting some encyclopedias), an additional 19,000 titles. The Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and Oxford programs will all be managed by GOBI Library Solutions (YBP).
The ProQuest DDA will end this summer, no later than August 15. Before ending the program, we anticipate using some unspent FY2017 money to purchase broadly used DDA titles, as has been done in previous years. More information about the phasing out of the DDA will be shared later.
Many thanks to the Shared Content Team representatives who gave valuable feedback to us via the April Ebook Program survey, and to the Ebook Working Group who most definitely lived up to its name as a working group!
Update on Academic Complete Dead Links
According to Alliance policy, member libraries enable discovery of Academic Complete by activating the collection in the Community Zone. Since the migration this spring to Ebook Central, a new CZ collection option is available: Ebook Central Academic Complete. This collection is updated weekly, and we recommend that it be activated in place of the old Ebrary Academic Complete Collection. The latter is no longer being regularly updated and has many dead links. Unfortunately, the Ebook Central Academic Complete CZ collection is not trouble-free; occasional dead links still appear (usually indicated by a message, "Sorry, this book is not available. Please contact your librarian about purchasing it, or search for another book.") Also, the Ebook Central Academic Complete CZ collection lacks portfolios for about 10,000 titles valid (out of approximately 144,000 subscribed titles.) The Alliance continues to work with Ex Libris/ProQuest to correct these problems. In the meantime, continue to report dead links to Ex Libris via a Salesforce case.
Alliance Primo Day
Primo Day 2017 (June 12) is fast approaching! Registration is full, the schedule is set, and it is shaping up to be an excellent day for all things Primo. You can view the full schedule of presentations for the day on the Alliance website, alongside logistics info for the day.
Alma UX (new Alma user interface)
The new Alma user interface will be available in Alliance Alma sandbox environments with the installation of the July release, on June 18. This is the start of the transition process from the current Alma user interface to the redesigned interface, which will be completed with the retirement of the current interface at the end of 2017.
You can review the timeline and Ex Libris’ information sessions on the Alma UX on this page (under Alma UX project). There will be more information on Alliance training opportunities posted in the coming weeks.
Clackamas Community College migration to Alliance Shared ILS
Clackamas CC is scheduled to go live on the Alliance’s Alma and Primo on Friday, June 16. Library staff submitted cutover extracts from its Millennium system this week.
Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) update
ELUNA 2018 will be held in the regional city of Spokane, Washington on May 1-4, 2018.
For May’s ELUNA 2017 meeting: This page has information on how to access the customer and Ex Libris presentations.
Ex Libris Root Cause Analysis for May 13-14 Primo/Alma outage
Ex Libris has published root cause analysis information for the lengthy May 13 and 14 Alma disruption. The Primo, Primo Central, and bX outages were caused by the same network problem described in this document.