SUNY has three zone in Alma:
The Institution Zone (IZ) is where all resources held by a library and its associated inventory exists. This is your library's collection. Bib records in the IZ can be IZ only records or they can be linked to the NZ.
The following resources are exceptions and should not be linked to the NZ (MSP-3):
The IZ is the only place where inventory can reside. Inventory consists of:
IZ only records will not have an icon next to the record:
Performing a "Physical Title" or "Physical Item" repository search will only retrieve physical titles and items in the campus' IZ. This will exclude e-resources that are in the IZ repository. As of the February 2020 release, the Institution tab will be the only tab displayed when performing a Physical Titles or a Physical Items repository search. The rationale behind this enhancement is that inventory does not exist in the NZ or the CZ. Performing a "Physical Title" or "Physical Item" search will produce zero results in those zones.
Alma's Network Zone (NZ) is SUNY's shared bibliographic environment, whose goal is to have bibliographic records, brief or full, residing there with direct and related inventory (MSP-3). All bibliographic records should reside in the NZ, with noted exceptions, in order to enable collaboration and sharing of information.
IZ records linked to the NZ will have a network iconnext to them:
NZ records that are linked to the IZ will have a house icon next to them:
The Community Zone (CZ) is a shared repository available to be used by all Alma users. It incorporates the Central Knowledge Base, the Community catalog, and Global Authority Files.
The CZ is a catalog of electronic resources. CZ records are updated by Ex Libris or from Alma community of users. Activating a electronic resource in the CZ creates an inventory record in the Institution Zone (IZ) and the records created in the IZ are linked to the CZ. Changes made to a bib record or in the CKB will be reflected in linked IZ bib records.
When CZ records are activated at the IZ, a link is created to the NZ so that the holdings of all libraries in consortia for e-resources.
CZ records that are linked to the IZ will have the people iconnext to them (Note: If the icon is not blue, it means the e-resource is not activated and needs to be activated or deleted):
IZ Records that are linked to the CZ will display a house icon next to them: