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Alma/Primo VE Implementation

Weekly Updates

May 12, 2024 - May 18, 2024
The core team continues preparing for data migration.  Ann, your project lead, attended the Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) Knowledge Days and Annual Conference, where she learned more about Alma Primo VE and tips on migration.  She also expanded her network with helpful colleagues.

May 5, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Additional library faculty who serve on Alma Primo VE working groups were invited into the sandbox to ensure they had a chance to take a peek before leaving for the summer.  A first pass on selecting our third-party integrations was completed and shared with Ex Libris.

April 28, 2024 - May 4, 2024
The E-Resources Working Group, which includes ERC, and the Collection Development Group gained access to the sandbox.  

April 21, 2024 - April 27, 2024
Access to the sandbox was expanded to include members of the Discovery Working Group.  On April 24, Maria (Ex Libris PM) introduced Alma integrations, such as integrating with SIS for our student users.  We're being tasked with identifying which integrations are required for go-live.  

April 14, 2024 - April 20, 224
On April 17, the working group leads met with Maria (Ex Libris PM) to review how the sandbox environment was going and answer questions Maria had from the implementation form.  A systems group also met with Maria later that day to begin planning for data migration from Symphony.

April 7, 2024 - April 13, 2024
On April 10, 2024, your working group leads met Maria (Ex Libris PM) to view the sandbox environment and our project management tool, Basecamp. This small group will test the sandbox for a couple of weeks and create a sandbox user access plan to ensure everyone gets to practice learning in the sandbox.

Mar. 31, 2024 - Apr. 6. 2024
On April 3, we officially started with our first onboarding meeting with Maria, our Ex Libris onboarding PM.  Maria has suggested that we move up our timeline with a "kick-off" around June 26th to give us more time for testing and training.  Yay!  This does not change our Dec. 18, 2024 go-live date. 

Mar. 24, 2024 - Mar. 30, 2024
Weekly meetings with the Ex Libris team will be every week on Wednesday at 9 am.  Leaders of working groups may be asked to join meetings related to their area of expertise.  Ann Roselle sent out a message encouraging everyone to complete the "Getting to Know Alma" series. We've already had two folks complete the series with a quiz score of 80% or higher.  A prize is headed their way!

Mar. 17, 2024 - Mar. 23, 2024
Robynn Turley, Ann Roselle, and Lucas Rooney met with Maria Bunevski, our Ex Libris onboarding PM.  We discussed 1) setting up a weekly meeting schedule, 2) plans for data mapping from Symphony, and 3) the importance of bringing in DO IT and data management employees early in the process.

Mar. 10, 2024 - Mar. 16, 2024
Spring break.

Mar. 3, 2024 - Mar. 9, 2024
District Committees, such as LDG and ERC, have welcomed Alma Primo VE working groups to their meetings to help get to know each other.  Other District Committees, such as Serials and Collection Development, are beginning to have early conversations about the implementation process.

Feb. 25, 2024 - March 2, 2024
Ex Libris shared a skeleton plan for onboarding and initial Implementation activities.  The official onboarding start date is April 8, 2024. Robynn Turley, on behalf of MCCCD Libraries, submitted our Implementation Form to Ex Libris.

Feb. 18, 2024 - Feb. 24, 2024
LTS reached out to ASU contacts, including the University Librarian and systems analysts, to learn more from their first-hand experiences.  On Feb. 21st, Clifton Pee, Ann Roselle, Robynn Turley, and Lucas Rooney met virtually with the Ex Libris onboarding team.

Feb. 11, 2024 - Feb. 17, 2024
Reminders were sent out to implementation working groups to complete their answers to select questions on the Alma Primo VE Implementation Form.  LTS and colleges continue their efforts in data clean-up for a smooth migration. 

Feb. 4, 2024 - Feb. 10, 2024
Lucas Rooney (DO) has joined the team as an ITS project manager.  Lucas will be attending the tri-chair meetings every Wednesday. Clifton Pee is working with SirsiDynix to negotiate a 6-month contract for our current system to better align with the go-live data of Alma Primo VE.  LDG is investigating different options for managing local digital collections in our new system.

Jan. 28, 2024 - Feb. 3, 2024
Email invitations were sent out to all members of the working groups.  Leads were asked to guide the work on answering select questions on the Alma Primo VE Implementation Form.  The Implementation Form will help Ex Libris have a clearer picture of our libraries.  The Tri-Chairs agreed to hold weekly virtual meetings every Wednesday at 9 am.     

Jan. 21, 2024 - Jan. 27, 2024
Oversight Team and Working Groups were finalized for the implementation process. 

Jan. 14, 2024 - Jan. 20, 2024
On Jan. 18th, Clifton Pee and Ann Roselle met virtually with the Ex Libris onboarding team, where they agreed to a December 18, 2024 go-live date.

Jan. 7, 2024 - Jan. 13, 2024
On Jan. 10th, a joint meeting with DLC, LDG, Core, LTS, and other members from the libraries was held online.  The group agreed to communicate a December 2024 go-live date to the Ex Libris team.  [Fall semester ends Dec 13, 2024]

Dec. 24, 2023 - Jan. 6, 2024
Holiday break.

Dec. 17, 2023 - Dec. 23, 2023
District legal signed the contract with Ex Libris on Dec. 18th. Purchase order with agreements sent to Ex Libris on Dec. 21st.

Dec. 10, 2023 - Dec. 16, 2023
The Governing Board approved on Dec. 12th the award and expenditure of budgets for a new ILS/Discovery platform to Ex Libris.  An informal virtual meeting called by LDG was held on Dec. 15th with library staff and faculty representing a variety of colleges and district committees to discuss the different go-live options.  No decisions were made.