The purpose of this site is to provide an introduction to our new library management system, Alma (the staff side), and Primo (online catalog). Alma and Primo will replace our current system in May of 2019.
This site will be updated weekly with new training links, timeline updates and other info.
Please start by downloading our handy Alma/Primo Learning List, which will guide you on your training journey.
Most of all -- have fun!
What is Alma?
Alma is the "back end" of our new library management system. Research and Base Library staff will work in Alma to perform their jobs.
What is Primo VE?
Primo VE is the "front end" of the system visible to user - the online catalog, search, patron account login, etc. We'll just call it Primo for short.
Alma uses specific terms to describe processes and actions within the system.
When will Alma and Primo go live?
Our scheduled go-live date is May 22, 2019.
Are you excited?
We are super excited and hope you are too!
When will we get training?
This guide contains links to introductory training - please see the Alma and Primo tabs to get started. use the Alma/Primo Learning List as a guide for your training adventure.
Is there more online training?
Of course! Explore the Primo - ExLibris Knowledge Center training pages.
What other kind of training will we get besides the onsite training?
Much of ExLibris' training is online and self-paced. Although the Library Staff will offer in-person group sessions, learning Alma and Primo is much like learning anything else - it's on you. We encourage you to explore, watch as many training videos as you want, download step-by-step tutorials, and practice in the Sandboxes.
The Library Staff will also host Alma/Primo training parties each week until go-live!
What is a Sandbox and how do I get access?
The Library's Alma and Primo Sandboxes are a copies of the current library management system (as of a specific date). It contains our bibliographic data, records, patron records, etc. It's a place to go and explore, practice and play with the system before it goes live.
Where do I go if I need help or have a question?
Public access. Here it is - our online catalog. Please remember that it does not contain bibliographic records added after February 2018.
Library Staff only. Contact the Virtual branch for more information. Please remember that it does not contain bibliographic records added after February 2018.
The Knowledge Center connects you to:
Where you'll find (more than) everything you want to know about Alma and Primo.
Download the Alma/Primo Learning List to help keep track of which training you've taken, and to make sure you've covered everything in basic training.
There are key dates that all Research and Base Library staff need to be aware of. This timeline will be adjusted as necessary. Please forward any questions about the timeline to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This timeline was last updated on 21 March 2019 @ 12:35pm.
|Now - ongoing||Alma & Primo learning & training||Mandatory for all Research & Base Library staff|
|9-10 April 2019||Alma Workshop Onsite Training - 9am-4pm||Mandatory for all Research & Base Library staff. Staff will be required to attend each training module applicable to their job duties. Staff are not required to attend modules not applicable.|
|24 April 2019||WMS cataloging functions & technical services stop||All Research & Base Library staff|
|18 May 2019 (at COB)(appx)||All WMS functions stop. Online catalog still available.||All Research & Base Library staff|
|19-21 May 2019||Alma Offline Circ module used for Fulfillment/Circ||All Research & Base Library staff|
|22 May 2019||Alma & Primo Go-Live||All Research & Base Library staff & patrons|
|22-23 May 2019 (appx)||Staff may resume normal work in Alma||All Research & Base Library staff|
|31 May 2019||WMS decommissioned||All Research & Base Library staff & patrons|
|Research Tools||Library Services||General Information||Quick Links|
|Databases||Reference & Research Assistance||Contact Us||Gray Research Center|
|eJournal Portal||Borrow/Renew/Return||Directions/Hours/Location||Marine Corps Archives|
|Library Catalog||Copyright Assistance||Library Staff Training||Marine Corps University|
|Marine Corps Reading List||Interlibrary Loan||Library News & Announcements||National Museum of the Marine Corps|
|RefWorks||Manage My Account||Library Services & Policies||Quantico Base Library|