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Alma/Symphony Terminology Differences
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Glossary of Terms
- Alma: The library system created by Ex Libris, which has replaced Symphony at CMU.
- Primo VE: The library catalog (public interface) which replaced both VuFind and Summon. CMU is using the latest version of Primo, called "Primo VE."
- Go-live: The date that Primo was made available to the public and Alma was used internally for work instead of Symphony. The CMU go-live date was in March 2018.
- Institution: All of the Carnegie Mellon libraries make up the institution. Policy changes at the institution level affect every library.
- Fulfillment: Circulation activities such as checkouts, returns, requests, etc.
- Location: Physical location of materials.
- Item policies: Categories of physical materials. Item types from Symphony were migrated to Alma as item policies. Examples are Book, Score, Journal, etc.
- Material type: Categories of materials which are maintained by Ex Libris to be consistent between all Alma institutions.
- Library: A physical library building or area. The list of libraries migrated from Symphony to Alma.
- Sandbox: The test environment for Alma and Primo. CMU has a premium sandbox, meaning that the sandbox is an exact copy of the production instance.
- MMS: Metadata Management System. Alma uses the MMS ID number to identify records.
- New UI: The latest Alma user interface, which is in use at CMU.
- Holding record: Alma requires the use of holding records for physical items. The holding record contains information about the item's library, location and call number. If a title record contains multiple items, they can share a holding record unless there are differences in library, location or call number.
- Portfolio: Link information for an electronic title, which may also include details about coverage and services.
For more information: The Ex Libris Alma Glossary