OCLC must be used as the primary bibliographic utility (MSP-1), and due to the technical architecture of the Alma Network Zone, any new records or changes to bibliographical records must be entered into the WorldCat bibliographic record or they will be lost when the Alma record is overlaid (MSP-2).
Specific fields have been designated for local notes in the Network Zone and the Institution Zone. The complete list.
To record item specific or institution specific information in a bibliographical record, one can employ the use of local notes in Alma.
The following are examples of the type of information which may be recorded in a local note.
Local notes will persist in the bibliographic record even if it is overlaid with an updated master record.
You can search local notes by selecting [Physical Titles] (local notes) in the Alma dropdown menu. Note that the NZ does not have physical inventory, results will be in the IZ.
When local notes display in Alma they have the little ”house” symbol next to them, indicating that they’re part of our local institution’s extensions to the master record.
Example of a 590 descriptive note: