Patrons can submit digital content to Alma to be added to Alma's repository. The submission of the digital content is called a deposit. The submitted contents are added to the inventory, but they are suppressed until the deposit is approved. The deposit's contents include a suppressed digital bibliographic record in Dublin Core format, a digital representation, and one or more digital files. Once a deposit is approved, the deposit is archived, and the record may become unsuppressed and/or enriched, depending on the deposit profile selected when it is created.
Examples of items that patrons may want to deposit include dissertations, podcast episodes, or any locally created content that the patron would like to store in, or make available through, the Alma repository.
Patrons can create deposits using a special standalone interface provided by Alma (see Patron Deposits), or library staff can create the deposit on behalf of the patrons (see Staff-Mediated Deposit).
Before creating a deposit, administration must configure at least one deposit profile (see Configuring Deposits). Deposits go through an approval process (automated or manual) before becoming inventory in the repository (see Approving Deposits). The deposit approval process is determined by the deposit profile. These profiles, created and maintained by a Deposit Manager, determine how Alma handles the deposit. Deposit Operators are responsible for reviewing deposits and can approve, reject, or communicate with patrons to correct their submitted content.
For an overview of working with digital resources, see Working with Digital Resources - Overview.
For a video explaining the Deposit feature, see New Deposit Functionality for Digital Resources.