Alma Cataloging User Group - May 11, 2020

May 11 2020 | 5 - 6pm

May 11, 2020 – Academic Cataloging Group Notes

ATTENDING: Amy (NDSCS), Aubrey (NMY), Ben (NDV), Drew (UND), Ginny (ODIN), Jasmine (NDJ), Jason (ODIN), Jenny (NDSU), Julia (NMI), Kelly (NMY), Laurie (UNE), Linda (ODIN), Liz (NBJ), Phyllis (TBI), Phyllis Bratton, Shari (UNW), Shelby (UND) Staci (NDI), Lynn (ODIN)

Data Cleanup:

  • Questions? Problems? Updates? –
    • ALMA data checking progress
      NMI - Primo one item said ONLINE when they had online, print and microform, UND - browsing call numbers, UND - cutters used in 099 tags, NMI -- cutters with 092 for children’s collections, virtual browse uses 050 instead of 090 (based on bib record rather than holding) – problem listed in Basecamp.
      *** Data review due date moved to April 30
      UPDATE: Was everyone able to complete and submit the review?
  • NZ model and electronic resources –
  • ALMA workshop – Followup questions/discussions
  • NZ Manager: Ongoing discussion as to how to handle NZ – who needs access, what type of access, etc
    • Who will be able to update records in the NZ?
    • Who will be able to update AUTHORITY records? Shelby is NACO trainer. Update comes through ExL loads
    • Comments are welcome on the listserv.
    • ** 856 clean-up in the NZ needed after go-live
  • NDW – Deletion process in OCLC – if item is in NZ, delete holding and item in your IZ then go to OCLC and delete like you did before. Another question was if the record should be unlinked prior to deleting. Shelby already asked one of her staff members to try and report back. UPDATE: need cataloger extended role for the user and the extended role to delete invoices (could not get rid of item that was connected to PO line).

New Topics:

  • Shelby reported Children’s fiction call numbers are often not in order (TD12709890/SF00821559). Response from ExL Support: “We can try to change the current sorting parameter (not visible to the customer) and Full redindexing will be required. If you agree, I will request reindexing permission on your environment. However, it may affect other sorting, not only Other Scheme. Please let me know what you think.” Discuss. NBJ also sees this for regular OC call numbers. Jenny said they use local for theses and that seems to be working fine. Children’s fiction, gov docs, AGREED – go ahead with reindex.
  • Email to list 5/7 re: NZ Indication Confusion and the 035|a and 035|z. Will this benefit or harm your library?…
    AGREED – can go ahead. Will need to recheck “bibs not linked to NZ & CZ” for cleanup after go-live. Link to BC instructions:…
  • NMI acq manager
  • NMY how does ALMA track statistic of deleted? What action triggers the statistics? Jenny answered you can find that info in analytics for the withdrawn items – lifecycle is the parameter that indicates active or not.

Before the meeting on 5/12

  • If you haven't already, please fill out the Alma Workshop survey sent on 5/4

Agenda for 5/12 call

  • Introduce the Go Live Readiness Checklist
  • Review Fulfillment Units and Terms of Use

For the week of 5/19

  • Continue working through the Go Live Readiness Checklist
  • Review migrated test load data - submit questions
  • Test Primo VE - submit questions

Ongoing Tasks

  • Post questions to Basecamp
  • Complete assigned trainings
  • Future meeting topic suggestions
  • Archive completed threads in the Message Board

According to Basecamp To-Dos 00 - Key Alma-Primo VE Implementation Phase Milestones:
** SIS load testing ongoing **
** Authentication Configuration Completed / Tested? **
June – prepare final migration forms
Early July – submit final P2E forms
July 10, 2020 – Technical Freeze
July 3, 2020 – Critical 3rd party integrations completed
July 6, 2020 – Alma & Primo Certification Completed
July 24, 2020 - Fulfillment Freeze
July 12-26, 2020 – Cutover Load
July 29, 2020 – Go Live
​​​​​​​** Keep track of any concerns/conflicts with the dates so they can be addressed by the PM team.