Beginning in summer 2018, UCI Libraries users will be able to use a very modern library online search tool called a discovery service, which will replace ANTPAC and Encore at the Law Library. Our new discovery service will be a mobile friendly, one-stop search tool, saving users’ time by searching almost all of UCI Libraries’ collections through a single search box.
After rigorous testing of the data migrated by Ex Libris to the Alma production server, the Libraries decided to delay the go-live date to July 30th. Providing accurate information about the Libraries’ holdings and licenses to online resources is a basic tenet of the Libraries’ mission, and a July 30th date will help us ensure the migrated data is correct.
For more information, please contact John Renaud, AUL Research Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
Need to know
Library Search, the new UCI Libraries' discovery service, goes live on July 30, 2018. What does this mean for you?
While most information from patrons' MyANTPAC accounts will migrate seamlessly to the new system, a few account features will not migrate:
- PINs for use with our Express Check Out machines and Laptop Kiosk
- Holds placed prior to the migration, but not yet fulfilled
- Preferred Searches
- My Lists
For information about your MyANTPAC account migration, please visit lib.uci.edu/MyANTPACTransition
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
During this period of transition we will continue to provide ILL services to the UCI community. Your My ILL Requests account and your outstanding requests will be unaffected. You can continue to place new ILL requests as well as check out your ILL books.
You can continue to check out UCI materials however we ask that you do not place holds on UCI owned materials until we go live with our new system. If the hold is not fulfilled, it will be lost. See the MyANTPAC section above for more information.
Course Reserves information will be temporarily unavailable in Library Search for several days after our July 30th Go-Live date. Students are encouraged to visit the Check Out Desks during this time to find out information on courses reserves specific to their classes.
After a formal RFP process--UCI Libraries sign the contract with Ex Libris’ for their Library Services Platform (Alma), and their Discovery Service (Primo) to go-live in Summer 2018.
The Library Services Platform Implementation Team begins weekly phone calls with the Ex Libris Implementation Project Team to plan for, implement, and test the migration of data from Millennium to Alma.
Test data extracted from Millennium (the current Integrated Library System used by UCI Libraries) is loaded to Alma and Libraries begin testing to ensure the data migrated correctly.
Primo VE, the discovery service that will be used by patrons to explore the Libraries’ collections, is delivered to the Libraries and configuration begins.
The Libraries name the Primo VE discovery system “Library Search,” to clearly distinguish it from the functionality of the soon-to-be retired public catalog, ANTPAC.
A three-day in-person workshop with an Ex Libris Implementation Consultant for library staff to learn more about Alma and how new processes and workflows can be used to take advantage of the new system, and save time and effort.
Alma and Primo certifications completed by a number of library staff. Certified staff are responsible for customization of Alma and Primo VE to meet the needs of our library staff and, ultimately, our patrons.
In preparation for the final data migration from our current system, Millennium, to the new system, Alma, the final migration forms are submitted to Ex Libris.
The final data extraction from Millennium is performed by library staff. During this time, no acquisitions, cataloging, and circulation operations are performed in Millennium.
The cutover period, which encompasses the final data migration and testing, begins. Certain library functions, such as acquisitions and cataloging, are frozen until the new system goes live.
Resubmit updated migration forms to Ex Libris.
The new Library Search discovery system will be available for users to search the libraries’ collections, and library staff will use Alma to manage acquisitions, cataloging, and circulation of library materials.
|Current System||New System|
|Company||Innovative Interfaces Inc. provides Millennium (back-end) and ANTPAC (Catalog)||Ex Libris provides Alma (backend) and Primo (Discovery service)|
|Catalog/Discovery used by our patrons||ANTPAC, a traditional online public access catalog.||Library Search, the new name for UCI’s Primo, is a discovery service that expands the resources our patrons can identify and locate beyond the traditional online public access catalog.|
|Integrated Library System/Library Services Platform||Millennium is an Integrated Library System the Libraries use to manage acquisitions, cataloging, and circulation.||Alma is a Library Services Platform developed to work with the increasingly electronic databases, journals, and books Libraries license and acquire in addition to print and physical media.|