Upgrade discoverE: Sunday, September 27

We are upgrading discoverE this Sunday, September 27.  Expect intermittent connectivity during the early morning hours and minor adjustments to the interface and customizations during the day.   The upgrade is essential to keeping our current version of discoverE up to date, providing us a firm basis on which to build a new instance of…

Alma Project Update #6

All, Last Monday through Wednesday, John Larson and Chen Marckfeld from ExLibris were onsite for the Alma configuration workshops.  About 25-35 people attended each of the 12 sessions.  John and Chen answered many questions during the course of the workshops.  Of course, there are additional topics that require follow-up with ExLibris and Graydon Kirk, our project manager,…

Alma Project Update #5

This week the FAWG teams continued to verify Aleph data previously loaded into Alma and also began to test Alma configurations and functionality.  Issues are reported to ExLibris for resolution prior to go-live on December 16th. The ExLibris on-site workshops take place next week, located at the Pitts Theology Library.  The current list of attendees…

Alma Project Update #4

Earlier this week, I gave an update about the Alma project to library staff.  The slides from the presentation are here https://goo.gl/FkTX0K.  The second to last slide is a high-level gantt chart, showing all significant work completed and key work that’s coming up.  The Metadata FAWG has developed a policy decision document with recommendations on…

Recent Core Systems Activities, Quarterly Update

All, On behalf of the Library Core Systems team, I’d like to share some highlights of our activities over the last quarter.   Staff Notes Elizabeth Peele started June 8th as our new Systems Librarian.  You can read more about Elizabeth in the LITS Online News article from June 26, 2015.  Christopher Spalding resigned his…

Alma Migration Update #3

All, Here’s a brief recap of Alma project work completed in the past week. Most significantly, on August 26, ExLibris handed-off to Emory a new instance of Primo that uses Alma data.  Once we go live, this new instance of Primo will replace our current instance. The new Primo is functional and additional coding between…

Alma Migration Update #2

All, Here’s a brief recap of work that Emory and ExLibris have completed recently and highlights of upcoming work. Last Friday, ExLibris loaded our Aleph data into a production instance of Alma.  The Alma Core Team will verify data integrity through September 4th, looking specifically at records that might be likely to cause problems, such…

Alma Migration Update #1

All, I’m writing to give a status update on the Alma migration project, review the project structure, share ideas for training, and provide links to training videos. The Alma Migration project consists of staff from throughout the libraries working on Functional Area Working Groups (FAWGs). There are FAWGs for: Fulfillment, Acquisitions, Metadata Management, E-resources Management,…

Announcement

Christopher Spalding resigned the position of Director, Libraries Core Systems on June 30, 2015.  Kim Braxton is acting Interim Director of Libraries Core Systems and will provide leadership, management, and personnel oversight for the Core Systems team. In collaboration with the Core Systems team Emily Porter is acting Interim Coordinator of Libraries Core Systems for day-to-day operations.  For Alma implementation, Lars Meyer will…

Aleph Configuration Freeze, August 1st

On August 1, Library Core Systems will suspend Aleph configuration and enhancement requests.  We will continue to support and maintain all Aleph functionality.  But efforts to adjust and enhance the way Aleph functions will be put toward configurations and workflow adjustments in Alma. We appreciate your understanding and the hard work everyone is putting into the…