Due to some scheduling difficulties, the Alma Onsite Workshop has been rescheduled:
Wed – Fri, May 29 – 31, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm
M.D. Anderson Library, Training Room 10-G (Basement)
To help you better plan who should attend from your institution, please review the sample agenda.
Additional details forthcoming in early May.
Ex Libris trainers will be onsite May 7-9 (Tue – Thu) for the UH System Libraries Alma training.
Details to follow but please mark your calendars now!
Now that the implementation process has begun, we now have access to another suite of live online webinars to assist us in learning more about Alma
Alma Implementation Training is a series of ongoing webinars to go deeper into Alma infrastructure and more advanced topics.
A password is required for registration. Staff serving on existing Alma implementation teams may contact their team leader for the password, or send an email to Lee Hilyer requesting the password to register.
There are some differences in terminology and concepts between Ex Libris Alma and III Sierra. To help you better understand new terms, the following glossary links may prove helpful:
Alma Glossary – Full glossary of Alma terms and definitions
Alma to III Glossary – Alma terms and their corresponding terms in III/Sierra
Thank you to California State University Libraries for creating the Alma to III glossary and to Frederick Young (UH) for locating!
If you locate additional helpful resources as we transition to Alma, please send email to Lee Hilyer or Richard Guajardo and we will post for all.
Recordings are available from the Alma Demo Day held on January 10th, 2019.
These recordings are considered confidential and should not be shared outside of the UH System. Please contact Lee Hilyer for the password to access the videos.
SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference 2019
Moving to Alma/Primo VE: Hindsight is 20/20
Friday, February 1, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST)
Cost of Attendance: Free to all!
Registration is open! Register at:
As SUNY Libraries enter the homestretch of our Alma/Primo VE implementation, we have a need to hear from those brave pioneers who have blazed the trail for us. The 2019 SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference will focus on the ways in which library staff at non-SUNY colleges have implemented Alma and Primo, the problems they ran into during migration, and things that they wished they’d known ahead of time. This conference’s presenters, who hail from both public and private institutions, will provide attendees with information about ways in which they managed their consortial environments, how they organized data and analytics, and best practices for tech services and for OA collections.
Technology requirements for attendance: Computer, internet connection, microphone/speakers (headset recommended) or telephone. Zoom will be used for this conference and is free for use by attendees.
To read more about the conference sessions, please check the session description page here: http://sunyla.org/sunyla-midwinter-2019/
Happy New Year!
There are several upcoming training opportunities for you to learn more about Alma and its functions and capabilities:
Alma Demo Day
Wednesday, January 10th, Room 10-G, MDA Library, starting at 9:30am.
Sessions will be held all day covering the different functional areas within Alma (Fulfillment, Resource Management, Acquisitions, etc.) See our previous post for more information.
Getting to Know Alma Webinar Series
Ex Libris offers an ongoing series of live and recorded webinars that cover Alma’s functional areas in detail. Upcoming live webinars include:
Resource Management | 9 January, 9:00am (CST)
Fulfillment | 16 January, 9:00am (CST)
We now have access to the Alma sandbox server so staff can explore a live version of the system! Login information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Ex Libris will be holding a virtual demo for us on January 10, 2019. We ask that users of Sierra or Serials Solutions attend the sessions related to their functional areas.
Each library is encouraged to provide a setting for group viewing.
UH Main will be hosting the demo in classroom 10-G.
Connection information will be provided soon. If you have any questions, please let myself or Richard know.
9:30 – 10:00am – Alma Overview
10:00am – 12:00pm – Acquisitions, Electronic Resources and Resource Management
1:00 – 2:00pm – Fulfillment
2:00 – 2:45pm – Alma Analytics
3:00 – 3:30pm – Alma Systems & Integrations
3:30 – 4:00pm – Q&A
Sent on behalf of Dean German:
I’m pleased to provide an update on Alma from Ex Libris, the new library service platform for University of Houston Libraries, the UH Law Library, UH Clear Lake, and UH Downtown.
On Thursday, November 29th, members of the Alma Steering Committee held a conference call with Tony Gibbons, our Ex Libris customer onboarding representative, to kick off our Alma implementation! Tony provided a high-level overview of the next 6-7 months of the implementation project. The first phase is onboarding, starting now through January 2019, where we will review the project schedule and high-level milestones, and begin preparing our Sierra ILS (and other systems’) data for migration to the Alma test environment. We will also gain access to the Alma sandbox server so that library staff may begin exploring the Alma environment.
Weekly conference calls between Ex Libris representatives and the Libraries’ project managers (Richard Guajardo and Lee Hilyer) will begin the first week of December to continue the conversation and prepare for the second phase (project implementation) which begins in January and concludes in July 2019. Other project team members and key stakeholders will be included as needed. The final phase is known as “Switch to Support,” when the Ex Libris project team concludes its work, the system is live, and support needs are handled through regular channels.
Our current go-live date is scheduled for July 23, 2019. More information, a detailed schedule, and links to further training opportunities will be provided soon at sites.lib.uh.edu/alma.
Dean of University Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair
University of Houston Libraries
4333 University Dr.
Houston TX 77204-2000