Alma Project Update #7

The Emory Alma project teams have been working with ExLibris on numerous Alma and Primo configuration tasks in anticipation of going live on December 16. Tasks include, but are not limited to, ensuring that

  • records will load into Alma properly from OCLC and vendors;
  • policies for loans, lost items, collecting payments at service desks, etc. are configured in Alma;
  • we can circulate items from two remote storage locations (the Library Service Center and Clifton Storage);
  • fund structures in Alma reflect operational needs;
  • Primo normalization rules are working as expected.

In addition, FAWG teams and others are continuing to verify the integrity of the data transferred from Aleph to Alma, notifying ExLibris of any concerns.

Alex Cooper, Bernardo Gomez, and Elizabeth Peele Mumpower of the Library Technologies Team (Core Systems) will receive training and certification as Alma enterprise administrators.

The FAWGs and the Core Team are continuing to work on the training plan for Alma users. I’ll share more information about training once the Core Team reviews the plan on 10/12.

ExLibris has provided us with a draft of a detailed cutover plan. Once the Core Team and the Library Technologies team review and accept the plan, I’ll share details and dates about the cataloging freeze and using the offline circulation module.

If you have questions about the project or Alma, please direct them to a FAWG, Core, or Steering Team member from your library or department. See a list of teams and members, here: You can also send questions to me or to our project manager, Graydon Kirk (gkirk [at] emory [dot] edu).

On behalf of everyone working on the Alma project,