By Thomas Dowling

Inside ZSR

Alma/Primo Migration Update, Feb. 28

What’s Past Is Prologue A quick catch-up on the Alma/Primo migration, for those of you who aren’t hip-deep in it every day. February marked the end of our onboarding process and the start of our implementation process. In other words, we are done getting ready to get ready, and now we are getting ready. As... more

TPD @ CNI

TPD @ CNI: I Am Big Data and So Can You! Back on the train this year. I tried to fly to DC last year and the weather gods weren’t having it (yes, I caused the 2018 Snowtastrophe – sorry, WTL committee). The CNI fall meeting continues to be the best three-day library tech conference... more

Alma/Primo Dates

Our Alma Day kickoff event happened this week, and we’re working to post videos for the four great presentations. While that’s in the pipeline, I wanted to make everyone aware of some major dates related to the migration, and touch on what those dates will mean for everyone in the library. Our migration team has... more

Alma Update October 28

We’re making a push to finish up one of our first big tasks in the Alma migration. Our integrations spreadsheet is due in to Ex Libris this week, and I wanted to thank the many people who have contributed to filling it in. This is essentially a complicated menu of features involving Alma’s communication with... more

Alma/Primo Migration: The October Update

Onboarding Call 2: The Integrationing Alma migration is under way at ZSR, PCL, and the Carpenter Library. Our migration team held its second big onboarding call last Wednesday. This call covered the process for setting up what Ex Libris calls third-party integrations: basically, how Alma interacts with anything other than itself. It’s a long list.... more

Alma Migration Kickoff

Alma Migration: Kickoff, Dates, Communications The Kickoff Last Thursday (August 29), ZSR’s Alma Migration Team gathered in the Wilson 6 classroom for our kickoff teleconference with our Ex Libris onboarding manager, Donna Smith. more

Save the Date – 7/22/2020: Big Retirement Party (for Voyager!)

As you probably know, the three WFU libraries have begun the process of migrating to the Alma library management system (LMS) from Ex Libris. The contract was signed a few weeks ago, and the migration path is becoming more clear. This means saying goodbye to a familiar, consistent, and trustworthy part of life at ZSR... more

Thomas @ ALA Annual 2019

This is my first conference since WFU signed up to migrate to Alma, and I hit the Ex Libris events as much as possible. Two important features to highlight right away: they are working peer-to-peer real time support in Alma with a network of available, self-identified experts (this is library folks helping library folks –... more

Thomas @ LITA Forum 2018. Oh, It Was Plenty Warm Inside.

Minneapolis in November. There is a quiet monochromatic loveliness to a prairie city under one of the season’s first snowfalls. Photo taken from indoors because it was 14 freakin’ degrees. This is a difficult report to write in several ways. First, this may have been the last LITA Forum, or at least the last one... more

Thomas @ ALA

Important takeaways from ALA in New Orleans: The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is not a mile long. It is, however, almost exactly one kilometer long, or 5 furlongs, or about 1200 steps. Naturally, ALA’s meetings were divided between the two ends. You can spend three enjoyable days in New Orleans without setting foot on... more