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Alma / Primo Migration & Training Guide

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.