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Duke University Libraries has migrated our Library Services Platform (LSP) from a product called Aleph, which we began using in 2004, to Alma, which we launched on July 10, 2024.

  • The LSP is the staff-facing application we use to manage the 7.5 million physical and electronic resources that comprise our collections, such as books, eBooks, Online Journals, DVDs, streaming media, music scores, microforms, archival manuscripts, and more.
  • We use the LSP to track items in our collections from initial acquisition through storage to circulation.
  • Data from the LSP is synced with our public-facing Books & Media Catalog, Articles search, Online Journal Titles search, Course Reserves, and many other patron-facing discovery systems.
  • Alma will enhance core functions for the Libraries' operations including selection, licensing, acquisition, metadata management, and circulation.

Changes and known issues

Library Account

  • A Duke NetID or OneLink account are required to access a Library Account.
  • Patrons without a NetID or OneLink account can use the Guest Request for Materials form to request items from the Library Service Center for use within the library.

Books & Media Catalog

  • We are still syncing data between our new LSP and our Books & Media Catalog. While we continue to sync this data, some records displayed in the catalog may contain information that is out-of-date.
  • It is necessary to click "Show all items" to view call numbers for items associated with a title even when there is only one item; work will be ongoing to prioritize and remediate this.
  • Some items that are bound with other items may be incorrectly listed; work is ongoing to correct this data.
  • Barcodes are no longer displayed within the Books & Media Catalog.

Online Journal Titles

  • We have transitioned to new interfaces for displaying search results and coverage information about Online Journals. Additional clicks are required to get from search results to more info about Online Journals.
  • Duplicate records may be displayed for some Online Journals in search results, but work will be ongoing to prioritize and remediate this.
  • A subset of Online Journal links will not work until a few days after launch. If you encounter this, you may use the Find Research Databases page to access a specific journal provider.

eBooks

  • Duplicate records may be displayed for some eBooks in search results, but work will be ongoing to prioritize and remediate this.
  • A subset of eBook links will not work until a few days after launch. If you encounter this, you may use the Find Research Databases page to access a specific eBook provider.

Course Reserves

  • Course reserves will be displayed within a course's site in Canvas beginning with the fall 2024 semester.

Search results platform for Articles, Online Journal Titles, and eBooks

  • Articles, Online Journal Titles, and eBooks search results are primarily displayed using our Summon-based platform.
  • When scoped to display physical items from library collections, this Summon-based platform does not currently link to the Books & Media Catalog; if you need to request physical items from library collections, begin your search from within the Books & Media Catalog.

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