Implementing Primo for the Michiana Academic Library Consortium (MALC)

Implementing Primo for the Michiana Academic Library Consortium (MALC)

Aaron B. Bales (University of Notre Dame, USA) and Mark Dehmlow (University of Notre Dame, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1821-3.ch033
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Abstract

The University of Notre Dame and the Michiana Academic Library Consortium (MALC) have implemented Ex Libris’™1 Primo®2 as its next generation discovery system. The consortium initially implemented the system in public beta and transitioned Primo® to the default discovery system for the Libraries in the Spring of 2011. This chapter discusses the rationale for acquiring Primo®, the implementation and customization, user response, and long term hopes for the system. It also touches on the early evaluation and implementation steps for the Primo Centralized Index.
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Background

The University of Notre Dame is a member of a the Michiana Academic Library Consortium (MALC), a small local consortium comprising the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College and Holy Cross College. This consortium was originally formed in 1990 to support the Northwestern Online Total Integrated System (NOTIS) as a shared library resource. Notre Dame had already implemented NOTIS in 1986 and provided hosting and technical support services for the consortium.

MALC libraries migrated from NOTIS to Aleph 500 in 1998/99. The Kresge Law Library at Notre Dame was not part of this migration; they had previously switched to Innovative Interfaces Incorporated’s Integrated Library System (III). From 1992-1996 the law library used NOTIS for cataloging, and INNOVAC (Innovative Interfaces) for acquisitions and serials. In 1996, they migrated to III’s INNOPAC for all modules and upgraded to Millennium in 2001.

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