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ALMA/Primo Training: Getting Started

Getting Started


What is Alma?

An all-in-one system offered by Ex Libris that covers all library operations: selection, acquisition, metadata management, digitization, and fulfillment. Basically, all the back end operations.

Why Alma?

Cost saving: the implementation of Alma will save the CSU system close to $1 million dollars per year.

Consortia capabilities: shared metadata management and centralized e-resource management.

Watch David Walker (Director of CSU's System wide Digital Library Services) explain the benefits of ALMA here 

What are Primo and Primo Central?
  • Primo is the user interface
  • The Primo Central index is a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources
When is Alma happening? Master Timeline
Who is effected by Alma? Everyone!
Where can I find info. and learn about Alma?

Ex Libris Knowledge Center  (no login required).

  • Documentation
  • Training (including Discover Alma, Alma Essentials, Implementation Tutorials, Extended Training, and more)

CSU ULMS Project Main Page 


ALMA Test Environment: See each tab for login info. 

ALMA Information Structure


Dashboard and Basic Searching

Watch the video to view Alma's Dashboard (homepage) and how to navigate it. Learn how to conduct a basic search

Perform a Repository search from the Alma dashboard:

Or from the Dashbaord: Click the Alma drop down menu--Resourse Management--Search and Sets--Repository Search

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300