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Armacost Library system migration: Step 2: Implement new systems

Community resources related to Armacost Library's integrated library system (ILS) migration, 2016-2018

Milestones

January 2017: Formed project teams

February 2017: Teams establish scope and working methods, begin working with Ex Libris

March 2017: Submit configuration settings and test data load

April 2017: Receive test access to Alma and Primo, administrator training

May 2017: Integrate Alma and Primo with other systems, data testing

June 2017: Training and documentation, prepare to go live, final data load

June 29, 2017: Go live with Alma and Primo

How we're implementing new systems

As we work to implement our new ILS, we are managing changes to technology, our workflows, and our department's culture. We are using the values that guide our work to make decisions about how to set up the system and how we'll use it to support students and faculty. We also have a lot to learn about the functionality of the new system and how it compares with the existing system, to which we've grown accustomed over many years.

We are working in project teams focused on the Primo user interface, the Acquisitions and Resource Management capabilities of Alma, and the information Fulfillment and User Management capabilities of Alma. The project teams are each led by librarian facilitators who guide us through the process of learning about the system, communicating with each other and making effective and inclusive decisions. Library staff with specialized technical experience are preparing to administer the system and collaborating with ITS on the technical aspects of the implementation.

We also communicate with Ex Libris through weekly project calls, where we discuss training material and learn what we will need to know to use Alma and Primo once we go live.