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Colleagues:

Wade Guidry and I have some updates from this week:

Priority Support Issues

The Alliance-side representation in this monthly meeting is being increased to cover product functional areas. At the same time, the Alliance is pressing Ex Libris to improve its support for this important channel, with John Helmer directly communicating with Ex Libris North America leadership requesting additional support. There will be a call for systems-related cases in the next week for surfacing through this channel. More info is available at URL https://www.orbiscascade.org/priority-support-issues/.

Alma Enhancements Working Group Debrief and Recommendations Report


Following the conclusion of this year’s Alma Enhancements Working Group activity, the Working Group drafted a debriefing report on the year’s activities and work products, along with a couple of policy recommendations to govern future working group activities.
 
This report is currently in final draft form, and has been circulated to Alliance institutional ELUNA representatives. ELUNA representatives have until October 9th to coordinate and provide comments and feedback on behalf of their respective institutions. The Working Group and Systems Team will then evaluate the feedback and determine next actions.
 
PDS-free Primo Authentication in development at Ex Libris

Ex Libris has approached the Alliance about doing some early testing on a new, PDS-free authentication mechanism for Primo. The PDS, or Patron Directory Services, currently provides an Ex Libris-proprietary layer between Primo and SAML-based authentication mechanisms like CAS and Shibboleth. Ex Libris would like to simplify Primo authentication by doing away with the PDS, and allow Primo to interact directly with institutional authentication systems like CAS and Shibboleth. The program managers for Systems and Discovery and Delivery, along with the team chair for Systems, have had an initial conversation with Ex Libris about this effort. More information will be shared as this project develops.

Sincerely,
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)