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Alma / Primo Call - June 22, 2021



Elena Bianco
Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges)
Laura Staley_Library
Lesley Caldwell (Pierce College# she/her)
Lily Kun (SPSCC; she/her)
Naoko Yasuda
Ryer Banta
Wade Guidry
Traci Taylor


Fiscal Year Close

Any discussion or questions related to fiscal year close activity


DG5 User Records Load Contacts / Meetings


SUSHI / COUNTER ( 4 and 5)

Traci demo'ed her COUNTER5 dashboard in Analytics:

/shared/Community/Reports/Consortia/WACTCLC/Bellingham Technical College/COUNTER Release 5 Data Usage Reports



0:21:25    Wade Guidry:
00:22:00    Nicole Longpre:    This is fantastic Traci!
00:24:20    Nicole Longpre:    I'd have to look- I did COUNTER 4 for a couple of resources but those aren't relevant now. I thought I had monthly reports
00:25:05    Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges):    Chris Muzzin is looking into how to do a global prompt too, so I have high hopes.
00:25:19    Nicole Longpre:    Some databases make it super easy...
00:25:22    Nicole Longpre:    Some dont
00:25:48    Traci Taylor (BTC):    It took a long time to get SUSHI info for Films on Demand.
00:26:11    Nicole Longpre:    Yes, not everything is consistent
00:26:12    Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges):    You can either manually download files and them upload them to Alma, or you can set up a scheduled automatic load (SUSHI)
00:26:27    Jennifer Rohan:    Thanks, Kirsti
00:26:30    Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges):    "then"-- so may typos today!
00:26:37    Nicole Longpre:    Some vendors do "COUNTER-like" reports and I don't know what to think about that
00:29:54    Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges):    When I first experimented with manually loading COUNTER reports last year, I had problems loading reports from GALE due to incorrectly formatted data on their end...
00:31:40    Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges):    One of the Ex Libris Support people clued me in to a COUNTER Validation Tool you can use for identifying errors in COUNTER files:
00:31:41    Nicole Longpre:    What data is available depends on the vendor
00:46:59    Nicole Longpre:    I keep stats in a spreadsheet and am moving to this- but I keep a note about which report I use for the stats. It's helpful.
00:49:27    Traci Taylor (BTC):    I have another meeting to go to. Have a great day!
00:56:07    Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges):    There are ways you can edit a non-COUNTER file of stats from a vendor to get it into a COUNTER-like format that can be uploaded into Alma:
00:57:04    Jennifer Rohan:    I need to head out.  This was helpful - thanks!
00:57:40    Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges):    Me too.  Off to my 3rd meeting of the day!  Thanks everyone!
00:58:15    Laura Staley_Library:    Thanks, all!