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Alma & Primo VE: Librarians & Library Staff

Welcome to FIU Libraries' Alma & Primo VE Implementation Guide: Find dates, notes, tips, resources, links, & tricks

Alma & Primo VE @FIULibraries

Two Updated Library Systems: Coming Soon to the FIU Libraries!  

Although our website will remain the same, our catalog (books & other materials) search will shift from Mango to Alma and the Discovery (Search Everything) search will shift from EDS to Primo VE. On July 13, 2021, all Florida public colleges and universities will be upgrading to Alma and Primo VE core library systems. This next-generation integrated library system (ILS) leverages cloud-based services and offers a responsive, scalable web and mobile design. This upgrade will expand access to materials and improve the user experience for students, faculty, and staff. 

Why Primo?

The new Primo VE discovery service will allow better access and management of FIU Libraries’ print, electronic, and digital collections as well as improved discovery of items across all Florida institutions.  Primo VE will change how our existing library catalog and EDS look and functions.  

Other enhanced features include: 

  • Enhanced User Experience: Better integration of the library’s collections along with improved and expanded search capabilities. 

  • Faster: Save time by searching (almost all) of the library’s collections in one simple search. 

  • More Discovery: Explore and learn through automatic recommendations, virtual title browsing, and citation trails. 

  • Personalized Search Experience: Log in to save your research preferences. Save your items in your eShelf and easily export records to citation management systems. 

  • On-the-Go: Improved mobile user interface allows researchers to search on their favorite mobile device. 

  • Seamless Integration: Alma and Primo VE work together to provide one user-friendly account for most library needs. 

Welcome to Alma & Primo VE

Primo VE is a new Primo deployment model simplifying Primo backend processes and further optimizing the management of Primo with Alma by utilizing the Alma platform. Primo VE offers an inherent discovery layer over Alma resources and – in addition - other resources managed by the library that need to be exposed to patrons. 

Primo VE, coupled with the new Primo UI, will enable users to benefit from:

  • Major operational improvements and the streamlining of publishing processes
  • Real-time discovery of records created in Alma
  • Significantly improved product implementation process, including easier configuration and setup
  • Unified back office management of Primo and Alma, and reduction of duplicate admin processes
  • Enhanced user experience

There is no need for publishing to Primo, as any changes to bibliographic records in Alma will show up immediately in Primo. New bib records will appear in Primo VE within 15 minutes.