What is the LSP?
The Library uses an enterprise software platform to manage a large number of activities and resources. This software allows us to maintain our catalog of books and other items, circulate items (check-outs, check-ins, renewals), track purchases, analyze use of the collection, and calculate and track fines.
In addition, the Library provide a front-end search engine that allows users to find local items and database content.
For our back-end, we currently use Sierra, from Innovative Interfaces, Inc., and for our search system, we use EBSCO Discovery Service, which we have branded as OneSearch.
Why is the system changing?
In 2017, legislation was passed to support the implementation of a single cloud-based LSP across the California Community College system. This was offered on an opt-in basis. A team of Los Rios librarians evaluated the proposal and recommended to Los Rios District administrators that we participate in the implementation. In all, 110 of the 114 California Community Colleges are participating.
What system are we implementing?
The products are: Alma (back-end) and Primo VE (front-end). Both are provided by Ex Libris, a subsidiary of ProQuest. Alma and Primo are currently in use at a large number of colleges and universities, including the entire CSU system.
What are the advantages?
Alma/Primo is the most advanced LSP currently on the market. We believe it will help us improve the delivery of library collections and services across the board. The system offers increased automation and greater flexibility in configuring and analyzing library processes.
In addition, adopting this LSP as a system allows community colleges to support each other as we optimize our systems. And adopting a system so widely used in academic libraries allows us to benefit from the work those libraries have already put in to improving their users’ experiences.
What are the challenges?
Adopting a new system can be rocky at first. While we are optimistic about the future, we will be learning quickly in the first few months. In addition, we have spend the last five years incrementally improving OneSearch. As we launch Primo, we fully expect to discover areas for improvement.