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What are Alma and Primo, anyway?

What are Alma and Primo, anyway?

Lightning talk presented at Boston College Library Staff Day, August, 2016. Quick overview of Alma and Primo, the library's two primary library systems. Demonstrates the architecture and relationship between these two systems.

Emily Singley

August 08, 2016

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  1. Primo local metadata article index • BIG index of article

    metadata – “Primo Central Index” – licensed from vendor • Locally loaded metadata – library catalog, also Hathi Trust records
  2. Primo Alma article index local metadata Primo and Alma talk

    to each other • Patron account data is updated in Primo in real time • Local metadata is loaded into Primo
  3. Primo Aleph article index local metadata Boston College used to

    use Primo with a different library management system
  4. Aleph Primo Built-In OPAC • Before Primo, we used Aleph

    for both library management and patron catalog search. • Aleph had a built-in user-facing catalog search called an “OPAC.” • Aleph search only included the library catalog (no article index).