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How does the Library catalog work? De-mystifying Primo

How does the Library catalog work? De-mystifying Primo

Presentation given at Boston College Library on January 8, 2018. Provides Library staff with an overview of the Primo/Alma systems.

Emily Singley

January 04, 2018
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  1. How does the Library
    catalog work?
    de-mystifying Primo
    Emily Singley
    with Luke Gaudreau and Theresa Lyman
    January 2018

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  2. §  What is Primo?
    §  How does Primo work?
    §  What is in the Books search?
    §  What is in the Articles search?
    §  How do Alma records become Primo records?
    §  Q&A

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  3. What is Primo?

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  4. Primo
    discovery service
    =

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  5. Primo
    Alma
    Discovery services load records from multiple
    sources
    Digitool
    eScholarship and more…

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  6. Primo
    Data export, transformation, and
    normalization
    Source System
    Discovery services transform the data loaded from
    source systems

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  7. How is Primo different from the old
    Quest?

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  8. Aleph
    Quest OPAC
    Quest was part of Aleph, our old ILS

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  9. Aleph
    Quest OPAC
    Patrons searched Aleph directly using the OPAC
    Data was not exported or transformed

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  10. Alma
    Alma replaced the Aleph ILS

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  11. Alma
    Alma doesn’t have a patron-facing search interface (no OPAC)

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  12. Primo Alma
    Primo and Alma are separate systems
    Primo does not search Alma directly

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  13. ??? Alma
    Alma can work with other discovery services

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  14. TAKEAWAYS:
    Alma and Primo are separate systems
    Primo does not search Alma directly (not an OPAC)
    Primo loads records from multiple sources

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  15. How does Primo work?

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  16. Search
    Books
    Articles
    Primo searches two separate buckets of stuff

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  17. 5 million books 1 billion articles

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  18. Primo searches
    93,565
    ARTICLES
    199, 791
    BOOKS

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  19. What is in the Books
    bucket?

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  20. Books
    Books bucket
    and more..
    eScholarship
    Digitool
    Alma

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  21. Books
    Books bucket = Local Catalog
    We load the records
    We control the metadata

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  22. What is in the Articles
    bucket?

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  23. Article metadata
    from lots and lots
    of publishers
    Articles bucket

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  24. Articles bucket
    And Lots
    more…

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  25. Articles
    =
    Primo Central
    Index
    Articles bucket = Primo Central Index (PCI)
    We do NOT control the metadata
    Ex Libris (vendor) loads the records

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  26. Articles
    Articles is NOT the same as Library databases

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  27. Articles
    Not all BC subscribed content is available - including EBSCO databases
    But Articles does include journals also covered by EBSCO databases –
    provided through different sources

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  28. Example of article in both EBSCO and Articles

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  29. Articles
    List of everything in Articles is on Library Wiki
    (or ask us)

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  30. TAKEAWAYS:
    Primo searches two separate buckets – Books and Articles
    We load and manage books
    Articles are loaded by the vendor
    Articles bucket is not the same content as Library databases

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  31. How do Book records get
    into Primo?

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  32. Let’s take a look…

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  33. TAKEAWAYS:
    How records get into Primo:
    1) Exported from source system (Alma, Digitool, etc)
    2) Normalization rules applied
    3) Transformed to PNX
    4) Indexed
    Process happens nightly for Alma records
    Other source systems on varying schedules

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  34. We use Normalization Rules to configure:
    Display
    Search
    Facets
    Links
    and more…

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