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    Contributing to the Community Zone – Portfolios

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    Contributions to the Alma Community Zone includes portfolios. With this capability, when you encounter wrong information on the portfolio level, you can correct the information and share the correction with the entire community. In addition, you can contribute new portfolios to existing selected electronic collections.
    Portfolio contributions can be made to the following electronic collections:
    • Free E- Journals
    • Miscellaneous Ejournals
    • Miscellaneous Free eBooks
    • U.S. Government Documents
    For more information about contributing electronic portfolios to the Community Zone, see the Contributing Portfolios to the Community Zone video (02:22 minutes).
    See Contributing to the Community Zone – Bibliographic Records for information about other Community Zone contribution functionality within Alma.
    In order to use the Community Zone contribution functionality, your institution must be in production. Refer to the Community Zone Contribution Guidelines for additional details.
    For more information about contribution workflows, see the Contributing Local Records to the Community Zone video (4:00 min.).

    Contributing Electronic Portfolios to the Community Zone

    Use the following procedure to contribute electronic portfolios to the Community Zone.

    To contribute electronic portfolios to the Community Zone:
    1. After completing a search for one of the following electronic collections that contains the portfolio to be contributed to the Community Zone, open the Portfolios tab on the Electronic Service Editor page:
      • Free E- Journals
      • Miscellaneous Ejournals
      • Miscellaneous Free eBooks
      • U.S. Government Documents
      You can also dynamically add a local portfolio using Add Local Portfolio on the Portfolios tab and, subsequently, contribute that portfolio to the Community Zone.
      New portfolios that are contributed must contain a URL.
    2. For the portfolio that you want to contribute to the Community Zone, select Contribute from the row actions list. The Contribute Portfolio to Community page opens. In the Portfolio Information section on the Contribute Portfolio to Community page, Alma lists the portfolio information to be contributed.
      If the contribution that you are making is an updated portfolio (not a new portfolio) that is already a part of the electronic collection, Before and After columns appear in the Portfolio Information section.
      For updated portfolios (when you select Contribute for a global portfolio), the portfolio must contain at least one change in information, such as URL or coverage fields. When determining the coverage/availability that is to be contributed to the Community Zone for a portfolio, Alma first looks at the Which coverage statement will be applied? setting. If a portfolio has both local and global coverage, but Only local is selected, only the local coverage is contributed and it will override the global coverage of the portfolio in the Community Zone. If a portfolio's setting is Only global, the local coverage is not contributed and the global coverage will override the local coverage of the portfolio in the Community Zone. If a portfolio's setting is Global or local or Global and local, all coverage is contributed to the Community Zone. (For more information about these settings, see Coverage Information tab:.)
    3. Select Next.
      When you contribute new portfolios, Alma attempts to match the bibliographic record that is associated with the portfolio to the bibliographic records in the Community Zone. In cases where multiple matches are found, Alma displays the potential matches and provides you the option to select the correct Community Zone bibliographic record that can be handled in the following manner:
      1. Select the preferred record and select Next.
      2. In the Bibliographic Record Handle Policy section, select one of the following:
        • Use descriptive metadata from the community – Select this option in order to associate the portfolio with the matched Community Zone bibliographic record.
        • Keep local descriptive metadata – When selecting this option, the bibliographic record associated with the portfolio in the Community Zone will be the matched Community Zone bibliographic record, but the bibliographic record associated with the portfolio in the contributor’s environment will remain local. This option is available for those institutions that want to contribute only the portfolio and not the bibliographic record.
        • Merge local descriptive metadata with descriptive metadata from the community – Select this option to merge the local bibliographic record and the matched bibliographic record in the Community Zone. The merge is handled by adding new fields (not overlaying or removing fields).
    4. Select Next.
      The Contribute Portfolio Summary section appears. The information provided in this section varies depending on what changes occur or are selected during the contribution process.
      The Local Fields will be removed summary comment means that local linking fields will turn into community fields and that propriety local fields such as PO line license and so forth will remain local and will not be contributed.
    5. Select Contribute. After the portfolio contribution is completed, the Availability icon for the portfolio will change from the local icon to the community icon in the Availability column.