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This update appeared in Alliance News, distributed on the Announce listserv on November 6, 2015:

Survey request from Primo Toolkit Working Group

From Nathan Mealey, Primo Toolkit Working Group chair:

The Primo Toolkit Working Group needs your input! We're working to figure out which Primo customizations, tips, and tricks, to document and make available to the Alliance, and we'd like to hear what items you'd most like to see included. The survey linked below includes an initial list of customizations that we're considering including, and asks for your input on which would be of most interest to you.

Filling this out will help us prioritize what to include, as well as give you the chance to tell us about other items we may not have considered yet. The survey is open to everyone in the Alliance, and I encourage you to share it with any of your colleagues who would be interested. 

The deadline for the survey will be Friday, November 13th.

Priority Support Issues update

Alliance teams are currently compiling issues for the November Priority Support Issues meeting with Ex Libris staff, which is scheduled for November 17.

Ex Libris site visit to the region, October 23

Ex Libris executives Yair Amsterdam (Chief Operating Officer), Melissa Hilbert (VP, Professional Services) and Matt Baker (Director of North America Support) participated in a meeting with Alliance representatives on October 23 at Portland’s UO White Stag building. The meeting focused on Primo performance improvements (including reducing renormalization/reindexing times and streamlining user authentication) and working with Ex Libris Support. A complete report on the visit is available online.

Systems Open Call, November 11

There will be a Systems Open Call on Wednesday, November 11, from 1 PM to 2 PM. Expected topics of discussion include: Updates from a November 2 Ex Libris Primo performance briefing; review of recent Primo service disruptions; status of removal of PDS from Primo authentication; and, a check-in on the transition to the version 2 Alma user schema. 

Center of Excellence Digital formats initiative

A COE initiative has been launched that’s focused on support for consortial digital format management in Alma. Al Cornish is leading this initiative, working closely with Jodi Allison-Bunnell (Alliance) and Kyle Banerjee (OHSU). The Digital Content Joint Working Group is providing active assistance for this initiative.

In the kickoff meeting for this initiative on October 26, Ex Libris’ Asaf Kline demonstrated special collections workflow functionality that will be supported in Alma with the January 2016 release, including digital uploader and viewer capabilities.