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This update appeared in Alliance News, distributed on the Announce listserv on June 5, 2015:

Systems Team chair Wade Guidry is leading a cross-functional working group that created a voting recommendation for Alma enhancement voting. Following this recommendation is essential in maximizing the Alliance's voice in this enhancement cycle. The first round of voting in the user groups' online system, NERS, ends at the close of business on Friday, June 5. The user groups will then forward the top 20 enhancements voted on by the Alma user community to Ex Libris in order to determine difficulty. The Alliance working group will communicate with institutions on the final voting for this cycle that will be conducted in August and September.  

Along with Wade, Al Cornish is serving on a cross-functional Alliance working group, led by Kathi Fountain, that's testing existing Alma consortial Analytics functionality and developing use cases and prioritization for consortial reporting needs. This group had its first meeting on June 1.

There will be four sessions created by Systems Team members that will be conducted during this year's Summer Meeting:

  • Implementing the updated user schema :  Information on the updated Alma user schema that must be implemented at institutions by the end of the year
  • Introduction to UStat:  Information on the retrieval of journal and database usage data from Alma Analytics
  • Ex Libris Developer Network update: Information on using Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to extend Alma's and Primo's functionality
  • Integrating Alma for invoices, payments, and fines: Information on three Alma integrations that many institutions have not yet performed
Systems Team member Rose Carlson will serve on the Discovery & Delivery Team's Primo Release Testing Working Group, enabling the Systems Team to be closely involved in the ongoing (and now more frequent) Primo release review work.

Al continues to communicate with Ex Libris (and the Alliance teams in turn) on Alma and Primo performance issues, including two May 26 Primo service outages. At the same time, the Systems Team is formalizing its monitoring of the Alliance's Service Level Agreement with Ex Libris (which is focused on Alma and Primo uptime/downtime).

Finally, with the move of all institutions to Ex Libris Support, Al will have regularly-scheduled one-on-one web meetings with ExL's support managers. If you have a Systems-related question that you need to have addressed by a Support manager, please contact Al via phone or email. This is more efficient and should get a more rapid response compared with sending your questions to an Alliance listserv.