Duplicate bib records may exist in Alma due to the following:
Merging Bib Records:
Matching bib records can be found:
Merge rules are used to merge bib records with existing records in the Institution Zone (IZ) or the Network Zone (NZ) based on the merge rule that has been selected.
Merge Rules Best Practices:
Importing bib records from OCLC:
Importing bib records using import profiles:
Merging records and combining inventory:
NOTE: DO NOT EDIT SUNY created merge rules! They can be duplicated to be used at the institution zone. Once a merge rule has been duplicated, it can be edited to meet the needs of the institution.
Library staff will be alerted to title record matches when saving changes on a bib record in the MD Editor. A "Confirmation required" pop-up message will appear asking "Matched record/s exist in the catalog, do you want to view them before saving?"
To review the records and determine if a merge is warranted: