Next Generation Integrated Library System: Alma and Primo VE


What is a Next Generation Integrated Library System?

A Next Generation Integrated Library System is a unified resource management system that provides the capabilities to manage print, electronic, and digital resources in a single unified system.  It integrates with a discovery service and has built-in advanced analytics for collection analysis and assessment.


What is Alma and Primo VE?

Alma is an easy-to-use platform designed to handle all resource types (electronic, print and digital), and incorporates back end library operations (acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resource management, circulation, etc.) in a unified and comprehensive way. It will replace a variety of library products including the current Aleph system that is used to manage back end library operations. Major advantages of Alma include the streamlining of behind-the-scenes workflows, thus enabling library staff to keep pace with an ever-changing information environment, and the rich analytics which provide high-levels of insight and foster better decision-making in shaping collections around the UNF community’s research and teaching needs.

Primo VE is the discovery service for Alma that will provide improved and expanded search capabilities for the library's vast print, electronic, and digital collections. It will replace the current UNF Library Catalog, A-Z Publications and OneSearch (EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)) in addition to pulling together results from other platforms such as Digital Commons, our institutional repository. Primo’s sophisticated search and relevance ranking algorithm will ensure the UNF community will be even more productive and innovative in their research.


What systems will change?

  • Users will see a new interface and enhanced functionality for:
    • OneSearch
    • A-Z Publications
    • UNF Library Catalog
    • Statewide Catalog
    • Your Library Account (Renew Books Online)


How do I search the new OneSearch? 
    As you enter your search into the search bar, you can choose your search scope from the dropdown options:

  • Everything - A blended search of the Library Catalog and Articles
  • Library Catalog - Searches all print, electronic, and digital records for items available through the UNF Library
  • Statewide Catalog - Searches the library catalogs of all 40 libraries in our state-wide consortium so you can borrow print items from other institutions in Florida
  • Articles - Searches multidisciplinary resources for journal and news articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, and more
  • Course Reserves – Searches items available on reserve at the UNF Library


 Why should I sign in to the new OneSearch?
    You can sign-in using SSO and your UNF credentials.  Signing in allows you to:

  • View the full text of articles and ebooks available at UNF
  • Place holds on physical books or requests books and articles UNF does not own
  • Renew materials 
  • Create favorite lists for article and books and searches
  • View search histories
  • Export citations to RefWorks