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The Primo Enhancements Working Group is tasked with supporting Alliance participation in the 2017 Primo enhancements cycle. The enhancements timeline announced by the Primo Product Working groups:

March 15 NERS closes for submissions
March 15 - April 15 The IGeLU and ELUNA PWGs organize the requests, de-duplicates them, checks them against Ex Libris Primo roadmap, and clarifies/enhances them with details where required.
May 15 Voting begins for the 2017 enhancements
June 1 Voting closes for the 2017 enhancements
June 15 Final ballot is sent to Ex Libris, who assigns complexity points to top 15-20 items
August 1-August 15
If necessary, a second round of voting is performed in NERS
IGeLU, Sept. 9-14
Presentation of final list of results accepted for development by Ex Libris

  • Rob Bohall, Chair (George Fox University) 
  • Al Cornish (Orbis Cascade Alliance)
  • Bill Kelm (Willamette University)
  • Rose Krause, Eastern Washington University
  • Kun Lin, Whitman College
  • Jennifer Ward, University of Washington

The charge of the working group is defined in the ELUNA Membership Proposal adopted by the Alliance Board early in 2015. In brief, the process outlined by that document includes the following steps:

  1. During the first two weeks of the review period (when the enhancement list has gone out but voting has not yet begun), the Alliance forms a team that will review the full list of enhancement requests to determine which ones are important for the Alliance to move forward. These will be enhancements that impact all or most Alliance libraries, so they reflect our shared needs.
  2. A survey will be sent out to all member institutions. Institutions will be asked to prioritize Alliance-identified enhancement requests.
  3. The survey will provide a text-entry opportunity for institutions to identify any enhancement requests that didn”t make the Alliance list but are a high priority for that institution. This will allow the Alliance team to identify any areas where votes might cancel each other out and handle those on a case-by-case basis.
  4. The Alliance will analyze the resulting data and provide Alliance libraries with a list of enhancements to vote on, and a recommendation on how to distribute the 70 points allotted to the Alliance vote.
  5. Institutions will be free to use the remaining 30 vote points for either institutional needs or to further support the Alliance-identified shared interests.