- General System Administrator
Selection and Collection Development
By opting in, you are agreeing to include anonymized information (holdings, fulfillment statistics, and reading list) from your institution. This data will be used by the various solutions and services that are part of our Higher Education Platform (e.g. Alma, Esploro, Leganto, Rialto etc.) in order to offer your and other institutions rich analytical functionality.
As we develop features for a more advanced analysis of the community data, you will receive additional functionality in your Alma environment. For example, new widgets will be made available that will be generated based on functionality and information not normally available in Alma.
For decades libraries harnessed the power of community collaboration to create strong benefits for all. Choosing to include your library’s inventory information as part of the Data Sharing Profile will provide new collection development capabilities and selection reporting for all participating institutions. Libraries that include their inventory information will have access to new, aggregated analyses not possible with a single institution’s data.
Once you've opted in, a “system job” will be enabled in your Alma environment that identifies the data to be included in the new Collection Development and Selection analysis and ensures the data is anonymized prior to being included with similar data from other participating institutions. This anonymization removes all references to your institution, including all identifiers.
At any time, you may choose to opt out of this collaboration. If you do so, all of your data will be removed from the community data and from the Collection Development and Selection analysis and all the related analytical capabilities will be disabled on your Alma environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Title level holdings, non-identifiable fulfillment and reading list statistics will be included. The data will be anonymized. There will be no way to identify the source of the anonymized data (i.e. the institution or any individual).
No personal data of any kind or financial data (funds, orders, invoices etc.) are included in these new analytical capabilities.
Individual users' information--personally identifiable or otherwise--is not part of the data used. For example, usage information comes in the form of loan or electronic access count, wholly decoupled from user information.
Your institution's data will be anonymized prior to being included with similar data from other participating institutions. This includes obscuring all information linked to your institution, including institution codes and identifiers.
Community collaboration benefits all members of the community. You experience this concept already in many areas in Alma – e.g. sharing import and export profiles; normalization and other rules; shared community reports in analytics and much more. We are asking you to include your inventory data in order to provide collection development capabilities and selection reports for the benefit of all participating institutions.
If I choose to not opt-in, will I still be able to benefit from these and future new features?
You need to opt-in and include your anonymized data in order for the system to be able to provide you with these recommendations, widgets, trends and other analytical features that will be developed related to Selection and Collection Development.
Absolutely. Our aim in asking you to include your inventory data is to provide collection development capabilities, selection reports, trending titles by subject and so forth, for the benefit of all participating institutions.
No. The anonymization of the data ensures the participating institution could not be identified or approached in any way.
Absolutely not. Continuing Ex Libris’ proven and longstanding commitment to develop open, vendor-agnostic products and services (e.g., Summon and Primo), the new analytical features and reports will be both content and vendor-neutral.
Yes. You can opt-out at any time. Should you withdraw from including your data, all your data will be removed from the community data and from the Collection Development and Selection analysis. In addition, all the related analytical capabilities will be disabled on your Alma environment.
NO. When an institution opts in and agrees to share their data, only the specific institution data is shared, not the network's institution or any network member.
If you agree to allow your anonymized statistical data to be aggregated and at a future time you decide to no longer allow your anonymized statistical data to be aggregated, within one month your anonymized statistical data will be removed, and you will no longer see any statistical data in Alma Benchmark Analytics If you do not agree to allow your anonymized statistical data to be aggregated and at a future time you decide to allow your anonymized statistical data to be aggregated, within one month your anonymized statistical data will be added, and you will be able to take advantage of Alma Benchmark Analytics.
- The aggregated and anonymized statistical data will be used only within the same regional data center as the institution, and will not be transferred outside the data center.
- It is not possible to create Alma Benchmark Analytics reports across regional data centers.
- Institutions that have been live with Alma for less than a year and have agreed to share their anonymized statistical data will be able to use and take advantage of Alma Benchmark Analytics, but their own data will not be shared. Alma Benchmark Analytics will include only data that is at least one year old in order to maintain proper statistical formulas.
The layout of the page above is a preview of the November 2019 release.