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This update appeared in Alliance News, distributed on the Announce listserv on June 3, 2016:

No-PDS authentication

Wade Guidry (Puget Sound) and Nathan Mealey (PSU) have successfully implemented in production Primo authentication bypassing the Patron Directory Services (PDS) layer. This promises to reduce the number of Primo authentication-related problems for these institutions. There will be a breakout session on implementing no-PDS authentication during the upcoming Alliance Summer Meeting.

Whitworth University implementation
Whitworth University is on track for a June 27 implementation of Alma and Primo in production, becoming the 38th Alliance institution online on the Alliance Shared ILS.

Alma June release
The Alma June release has several interesting features, including:

  • (Acquisitions) It’s now possible to attach more than one POL to an Electronic Collection record
  • (Fulfillment) It's now possible to place a physical item request from Manage Patron Services, Request tab, as shown in this video.
The release notes are online. The June release will be installed on Alma production on Sunday, June 5.

Primo Consortial Configuration Working Group

The Systems Team has launched a new working group to investigate consortial functionality in the new Primo UI and make recommendations to the Alliance. The Primo Consortial Configuration Working Group will be working throughout June in order to have recommendations ready for discussion at the summer meeting. Working group members include:

  • Nathan Mealey, Portland State University, Chair
  • Holli Kubly, University of Oregon
  • Dan Moore, Oregon State University
  • Jeremy McWilliams, Lewis & Clark
More info on the group is available.

Primo Day at the Summer Meeting

The Systems Team will be organizing a full day of Primo sessions on the Tuesday of the summer meeting. The two sessions are built to complement one another, and provide something for everyone who’s interested in learning more about configuring and customizing Primo.

  • Primo Day (part 1), Getting started with Primo Customization and Configuration: This session will offer an overview of the Primo Back Office and how to use it to configure and customize your Primo instance, followed by demos of implementing some common customizations. The session will be perfect both for people new to the Primo Back Office, and those looking for a refresher. Ample time will be included for hands-on troubleshooting of specific customization questions and challenges brought by attendees.
  • Primo Day (part 2), Primo Hackfest: The Primo Hackfest will build on the morning session by looking at more in-depth topics for configuring or customizing the Primo interface. Demos and topics will cover everything from tweaking your search results ranking to implementing interface customizations using CSS and Javascript, and will be aimed at giving people the tools needed to customize their own Primo interfaces. In addition, an in-depth demo of the customization framework for the new Primo UI will be included.