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Systems Team chair Nathan Mealey and I have these updates for this week:

Call for presenters for Primo Day at the Summer Meeting

Both sessions of the Summer Meeting's Primo Day are looking for presenters. The morning session (Getting Started with Primo Configuration and Customization) has several topics that we're looking for presenters for:

  • Customizing the Primo main menu and related tiles
  • Adding/editing scopes, search scopes, and search tabs
  • Understanding and working with PNX records
  • Customizing the look and feel of the viewit/getit window in Primo
  • Using mapping and code tables to modify the Primo interface
Meanwhile, the afternoon's Primo Hackfest is looking for proposals for lightning talks. These 10-15m presentations are a great opportunity to demo the work that you've done with your Primo interface, and to generate discussion with your Alliance colleagues.

New team members

The Alliance’s Board of Directors completed Team appointments at their meeting last week.

Blake Galbreath (Eastern Oregon University, moving to Washington State University), current team member, was selected as Chair-elect of the Systems Team.  

Please join me in welcoming our new members on the Systems Team for two year terms, beginning on July 1, 2016:
  • Stewart Baker (Western Oregon University)
  • Maria Kessler McShane (Pacific University)
  • Kun Lin (Whitman College)
  • Tamara Marnell (Central Oregon Community College)
  • Paul Ojennus (Whitworth University)

Current Team members who will continue until June 30, 2017:
  • Scot Harrison, Council liaison (Saint Martin's University)
  • Nathan Mealey, Chair (Portland State University)
[Nathan will serve as chair through June 2017]

Current Team members whose terms end June 30, 2016:
  • Rose Carlson (Reed College)
  • Alex Merrill (Washington State University)
  • Bonnie Parks (University of Portland)
A heartfelt thank you to Rose, Alex, Bonnie, and Wade (past chair) for their work in launching the Systems Team and for all of their work since spring of last year.

University of Oregon support for Alliance IT

Given the Alliance’s six month gap without an Information Technology Manager, a number of systems needs built up in the spring. The University of Oregon Libraries (Library Systems Department) has provided critical support to the Alliance during this period. This included:  Resolution of local networking problems (a faulty modem was identified by the UO team and replaced by Comcast Business); getting the QuickBooks software package and Windows Updates functioning on some Alliance staff workstations; and, enabling more efficient use of the Alliance’s shared storage array. Thank you to the UO Libraries and to the Systems Department (specifically, Andy Kurzhal and Duncan Barth, who visited the Alliance offices) for providing bridge support during this period.

Alma UX presentation

Ex Libris presented its first update on its Alma user interface redesign project earlier this week. The session recording and presentation slides are available in the Ex Libris Knowledge Center.

The Ex Libris user groups' Alma Product Working Group will continue to monitor this work closely and to engage with the vendor on it. This is essential in obtaining a good outcome for Alma customers.

Alma enhancements process

As Ann Miller (University of Oregon and Alma Product Working Group) described in an ALMA-L message earlier today, the Alma enhancements schedule has been delayed. The Alliance’s Alma Enhancements Working Group (chaired by Bonnie Parks) can expect to meet in late June, after the release of the final ballot for this cycle, and for institutional voting to occur in early July.

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)