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Alma / Primo Migration & Training Guide: Home

This guide provides migration and training information regarding the NOAA Library's network migration from SirsiDynix's Symphony Integrated Library System (ILS) to Ex Libris' Alma/Primo VE Library Service Platform (LSP), which is scheduled to go live on the first week of June 2022.

While the migration will impact everyone, the guide's primary intended audience is for NOAA Library staff, with specific pages dedicated to providing information for each of Alma/Primo VE's functional areas. 

The further the migration progresses the more information will be added. Additional, any feedback is welcome and will contribute to the the LibGuide's growth overtime both as a tool during and after the migration.

For those with any questions, comments, or recommendations please email

Alma FAQs

Alma / Primo Migration FAQs

What is Alma? An all-in-one system offered by Ex Libris that covers all library operations: selection, acquisition, metadata management, and fulfillment (a.k.a. circulation and e-resource access). Basically, all the back end operations.
Why Alma? 

Highlights include: 

  • integrated and streamlined electronic resource management.
What is Primo VE? Primo VE is Alma's integrated user interface, the Discovery layer.
What is the Central Discovery Index (CDI)?  The Central Discovery Index (CDI) is a unified index of hundreds of millions of electronic resources
When will Alma / Primo VE 'Go Live'?  The Go Live date is scheduled for June 07, 2022.
Where can I find information and learn about Alma? 

Ex Libris Knowledge

  • Documentation
  • Training

Alma Glossary

  • Library staff new to Alma may find the Alma Glossary when navigating through the Ex Libris Knowledge Center.
What is the migration timeline? 

Major milestone dates include:

  • Beginning of Implementation Kick off in first week of January 
  • Go-Live date on June 7, 2022.

A more detailed time line can be found here. 

Alma / Primo VE listservs

Intended for NOAA library staff, the Alma / Primo listservs are unmoderated discussion lists about Ex Libris' Library Service Platform. Both listservs are active and informative.

Subscription is open to Ex Libris customers (NOAA library staff). Guidelines for subscribing to and participating in the Alma and Primo lists can be found here (Alma) and here (Primo). 

  • To subscribe to the Alma-L visit the following link.
  • To subscribe to the Primo-L visit the following link.