Resource Sharing in Alma: SUNY is using Alma Peer to Peer Network Zone resource sharing to facilitate the sharing of returnables (books, media, etc.) between SUNY campuses.
SUNY is also using Alma Alma Peer to Peer Network Zone resource sharing to facilitate the sharing of articles and book chapters at some campuses.
Resource Sharing Libraries: Most SUNY libraries have been configured to use their main library as their resource sharing library. This was done to prevent libraries from needing to transfer items back and forth between their main library and their resource sharing library. If your library wishes to switch its resource sharing library, please contact SLS staff. Do not attempt to switch your resource sharing library on your own.
ILLiad Integration: Alma/Primo can be integrated with ILLiad in the following manners.
Please see the Alma/ILLiad Integration and ILLiad GESs & Display Logic sections of this training guide for further details.
Your Alma account will need the following user roles to process resource sharing requests.
For lending and borrowing workflow details, please see the Lending Request Processing and Borrowing Request Processions sections of this training guide. If you are unable to perform any of the actions described in those sections, please consult the staff member at your institution responsible for assigning Alma roles.
Alma uses the following letters in the resource sharing process.
For details on how to edit letters, please see the following FAQs and webinar recordings:
All general collection materials should have the same loan periods across the SUNY Libraries Consortium (SLC).
General Policies on Network Zone Circulation and Resource Sharing:
Regular loan for Fulfillment and Resource Sharing in the SLC Network Zone:
External to SLC Resource Sharing:
All borrowing should be done at the Network Zone where possible. When all options through SUNY have been exhausted, campuses will need to seek out materials from libraries outside of SUNY through resource sharing networks such as OCLC. As a Borrower, we cannot set the Loan Periods of Lending institutions, but we can set the amount of time we allow institutions to borrow from SUNY campuses. We recommend that general circulating materials be lent through resource sharing to institutions external to SUNY for 16 weeks, with the exception of media with a loan period of 30 days. Having a longer loan period for resource sharing will help facilitate greater reciprocity between the SUNY Libraries Consortium and other resource sharing groups and consortia, vastly expanding the collections available to SUNY.
Policy Approved at SLC LSP Task Force Meeting 2/8/2018