Alma real time holdings availability for vufind

We run a VuFind based service called Sabre. You can read the background to it here, but essentially it is a catalogue for searching the bibliographic holdings of the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton and the local NHS libraries providing a key service to our joint BSMS Medical School students and staff who …

Primo and Aspire

For a while I’ve been meaning to write a quick post around our move to Alma as our Library Management System. This isn’t that post, and I still plan to write it, but this is around some functionality in Primo which we wanted to create as a result. Our processing of Reading lists tend to …

Apache mod-rewrite for old CalmView to The Keep

Just over a year ago our Special Collections moved from the Library building to a new purpose built archive just down the road, shared with a couple of local councils. Stand in the proximity of our Special Collections’ staff long enough and they’re mention it was opened by the Queen. On moving to The Keep …

Mobile usage of library services

This week is Mobile Technologies Week run jointly by the Library and Teaching Enhanced Learning. I can’t take any credit for what looks like a great week of activities, though did have chance to go along to a workshop on building 3D/AR for the web (unrelated: which led to me spending five minutes making this …

Tender for new Library System

Yesterday the Official Journal of the EU (supplement) published the Tender of contract notice for a new Library system (LMS / ILS) for the University of Sussex Library. The University of Sussex is seeking tenders for a new web-based Library Management System. We are looking for a system that will provide a unified resource management …

Discovery at Sussex

I’ve just come back from three days at the annual IGeLU conference in Oxford, the user group for Ex Libris products. Much of the discussion was around Primo and discovery, and I’ve created a quick v1 attempt at a diagram to show discovery at Sussex. It shows how the different data sources feed in to …

HEFCE NSS proposed changes

I spotted via a tweet from Damyanti Patel this morning that HEFCE have released a report on the NSS (National Student Survey). Anyone in Higher Education will know the importance of the NSS, which feeds in to nearly all league tables and reviews of Universities in the UK. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/hefce/content/pubs/indirreports/2014/reviewofthenss/2014_nssreview.pdf The report makes a number of …

Primo and sro

Shortly after going live with Primo (Library Search) we disabled records from Eprints (Sussex Research Online) as they were of a poor standard and confusing users. There were a number of issues, the the key one was this; there was no way to go from the Primo record to the SRO record, or the full …