This page contains best practices and FAQs about local fields in Alma.
This policy specifies the process for loading bibliographic records from vendors that do not supply OCLC control numbers (OCNs).
These instructions show one method of creating a set of boudwith records so they can be excluded from other sets.
Policy on the language of cataloging used by a cataloging agency. (Not the language of a resource.)
This policy will enable the Alliance to limit issues from cataloging of titles on electronic readers.
Alliance libraries must use the standard method of creating bound-withs in Alma to ensure linking information is stored in the IZ and immune from overlay.
Following the national standard in using provider-neutral records reduces user confusion over multiple instances of a title in the catalog and leads to better discoverability, while saving time and money.
Traditional national practice has been to catalog every manifestation of a title on its own bibliographic record (“separate records”). At the current time, separate records are the dominant approach, but single records are accepted as a variant practice.
The purpose of a floor standard for bibliographic records is to specify minimum standards for completeness and content designation. Catalogers must ensure that every record adheres to this floor standard and are encouraged to use their judgement to determine whether additional data elements are beneficial.
Due to the technical architecture of the Alma NZ, changes must be entered into the WorldCat bibliographic record or they will be lost when the Alma record is overlaid. By cataloging at the WorldCat level, Alliance members improve discoverability for all Alliance Primo users, not just their own users.