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Alma & Primo Staff Training Guide

Resources for LoMC staff training in Alma and Primo.



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!

Alma/Primo VE Overview


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/Primo Terminology
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! 

Alma & Primo VE Training


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.

  • Our formal onsite training workshop is scheduled for April 9-10, 2019, from 0900-1600.
  • An ExLibris trainer will be teaching. Schedules for individual staff members will be available from their supervisor about one week prior.
  • Workshop attendance is mandatory for all Research and Base Library Library staff members.


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.

  • Library Staff will be given access to the Alma Sandbox once a certain level of training is completed. Contact Virtual Branch for more info.


Where do I go if I need help or have a question?

  • The Virtual Branch can help - come see us or send an email to our group inbox at
  • You can also explore the Primo - ExLibris Knowledge Base on your own.

Useful Links


Primo Sandbox
Public access. Here it is - our online catalog. Please remember that it does not contain bibliographic records added after February 2018

Alma Sandbox
Library Staff only. Contact the Virtual branch for more information. Please remember that it does not contain bibliographic records added after February 2018

ExLibris Knowledge Center

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.


Project Timeline


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

This timeline was last updated on 21 March 2019 @ 12:35pm.


Date Event Affects/Applies to
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


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