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Alma / Primo Call - September 21, 2021

Attendees

Amy Herman
angi anderson (she/her)
Cara Beth (she/her)
charly
Clare Bryant (Edmonds)
Elena Bianco
George Babcock (Seattle Central College)
Isaac Devereux (Shoreline)
Janelle
Jennifer Rohan
Kim.Mitchell
Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges)
Laura Staley_Library
Lesley Caldwell (Pierce College# she/her)
Lily Kun (SPSCC; she/her)
Melinda Martin
Tammy Siebenberg (YVC)
wadeg
Will Parnell

Discussions

Patron loads for fall quarter

For those institutions still on the older HP systems, remember to have the expiration dates updated in on your HP systems, and to update the current quarter for the student loads to Fall 2021, which is "C122."

Gale Titles

Kirsti Thomas, Seattle Colleges, has shared additional info on the WSL contract Gale collections, which has been added to our Gale WSL page on the consortium web site: Gale WSL Contract and Alma CZ Activations - Documentation - LibGuides at Big Bend Community College

Alma Oct 2021 Release

Alma Oct 2021 Release, coming to our environments on Oct 3, includes a couple of potentially useful features, including:

1. The ability to add cc: email addresses to patron records

2. The ability to adjust FRBR and Dedup calculations on bib records (caution is advised if you are interested in diving into this one)

Details on these and other additions of possible interest can be found in the release notes.

ctcLink DG5

I will have a busy fall, working with the DG5 institutions on their patron record integrations, in the largest of the ctcLink deployment groups.

October 11, 2021 (DG5-A)

Green River College

Skagit Valley College

October 25, 2021 (DG5-B)

Bellingham Technical College

Big Bend Community College

Whatcom Community College 

November 8, 2021 (DG5-C)

Bellevue College

Everett Community College

Grays Harbor College

Chat

From Lesley Caldwell (Pierce College, she/her) to Everyone:  10:03 AM
Great show!
Haven't seen the latest
From Melinda Martin to Everyone:  10:03 AM
No, but it's on my list!
From Will Parnell to Everyone:  10:04 AM
Not watching it...Is it pretty good?
From Jennifer Rohan to Everyone:  10:04 AM
Heard good things about it!
From Amy Herman to Everyone:  10:04 AM
Just joined, which show?
From Lesley Caldwell (Pierce College, she/her) to Everyone:  10:04 AM
Reservation Dogs
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone:  10:27 AM
Quicky FYI Wade-- We're have a small number of ctcLink patron records (just over 100) coming in with no expiration or purge dates.  I think these are students with incompletes (we're trying to automatically include students with incompletes so they're able to use library resources while completing their course work).  I'm working with my IT person to figure out how we need to tweak the ctcLink queries and scripts to make sure the user records always have expiration and purge dates.
From Jennifer Rohan to Everyone:  10:27 AM
Green River is October 11
From Lesley Caldwell (Pierce College, she/her) to Everyone:  10:33 AM
Jennifer, we've seen this too with our ABD/ESL students
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone:  10:38 AM
When we switched to ctcLink, we started loading students who had registered for any credit-bearing course. We now think we'll have to include some kind of criteria to filter for students who've registered *and* paid [something], because we're running into situations where students register and then drop their registration but their expiration date in Alma doesn't get updated when they drop their registration.
From Jennifer Rohan to Everyone:  10:39 AM
Interesting, Kirsti
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone:  10:40 AM
We had a case where someone registered for classes, checked out a Chromebook, dropped their registration, and then never brought the Chromebooks back.
From Melinda Martin to Everyone:  10:46 AM
That is exciting!
I wish the ISBN would show up
From Elena Bianco to Everyone:  11:00 AM
Agreed. We did the same, Amy. Only added major ones to A-ZList
From Lesley Caldwell (Pierce College, she/her) to Everyone:  11:01 AM
Heading to an 11AM. Have a great week!
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone:  11:01 AM
I'll email Hilary at Gale again and ask for clarification re: Gale OneFile
From Amy Herman to Everyone:  11:02 AM
I only activated ones that are college appropriate in our A-Z list. I figured we can put the lower level collections in our guides for programs that use lower lexiles, reading level, etc.  We did same for our bit EBSCO package.
From Elena Bianco to Everyone:  11:05 AM
Thanks, all!
From Jennifer Rohan to Everyone:  11:05 AM
thank you for the helpful info!
From Lily Kun (SPSCC; she/her) to Everyone:  11:05 AM
Thanks, everyone!
From Laura Staley_Library to Everyone:  11:05 AM
Thank you!