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I have a short update this week.

Cases in Salesforce that are Primo login related:  If you submit a Primo login-related case, please cc me on the case, and contact me via email if you’re not getting a satisfactory response. Specifically, I’m interested in ensuring that the correct ExL support staff are working on any problems related to Patron Directory Services (PDS).

Consortia using Alma group:  John Helmer has led the formation of a group of consortia managers for groups that are using Alma. The consortia participating in this effort include: Orbis Cascade Alliance, University of Wisconsin System, University System of Georgia, and the California State University system. This group will operate in parallel to the existing user groups and could serve as a tool to influence Ex Libris to address Alma needs, including consortial needs.

The group held an introductory meeting in mid-November and will have its second meeting on January 25. At the introductory meeting, resource sharing was identified as one of the initial issues of interest (cited as a pain point by the University of Wisconsin system, as well as Orbis Cascade) and will be discussed in greater detail in next Monday’s meeting.

John will be including more details on this work in the February Alliance News.

Status of no-PDS authentication in Primo:  This work, being led by Wade and Nathan, is continuing. Building from Wade's update in last Friday's community update message, testing following the Primo premium sandbox code injection was successful. Ex Libris needs to install a code injection on production Primo - this is pending. Stand by for more updates from Wade on this topic. Both Wade and Nathan intend to implement this solution for their institutions (which both employ Shibboleth for Primo authentication) as soon as possible. It will also be possible for institutions using LDAP authentication for Primo to implement this no-PDS solution.

Al Cornish
Program Manager
Systems support for Alma, Primo and other services
Orbis Cascade Alliance
541-246-2470 Ext. 204  (voice)
acornish@orbiscascade.org (email)