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Alma March 2018 Release Notes

This Alma release provides numerous new features and enhancements. Some of these enhancements are a result of Idea Exchange or NERS initiatives.
Download a PDF of the Release Notes – Note that the PDF includes the online help pages that describe the core functionality of the new features.

Make the Most of This Release

Action Items
Create Holdings During Import – The MD import process was enhanced to allow you to embed holdings information in your import file.
Using Overlap and Collection Analysis for Community Zone Comparisons – You can now run an overlap check of your electronic collections with Community Zone-managed collections. This is an addition to the previously supported option to analyze overlap between your own collections.
Dublin Core Application Profiles – Alma Digital now provides two out-of-the-box Dublin Core application profiles, enabling cataloging and indexing of up to 50 local fields. The application profiles provide a richer and more flexible cataloging system.
Managing Patron Records in the Network Zone – Institutions working with a Network Zone can now manage their users in a single user file that is centrally synchronized with a Network Zone-managed list, and no longer need to load users to all of the participating member institutions.

What's New

The following sections present the new and changed features in this release of Alma.

New User Interface Survey

The Alma new UI was released several months ago. We would like to know your thoughts and opinions about it.
Starting with the March release, a floating tab appears in the UI. Click the tab to open the survey in a separate window.
We encourage every Alma user to complete the survey. Thank you.


Resource Management

Digital Resource Management


Resource Sharing

Course Reserves

Collaborative Networks


Administration and Infrastructure


  • Campus (Available for) information was added to the BIB API, SRU, and general publishing AVE and AVA fields.
  • The AVA fields of the BIB API and SRU were enriched to generate the calculated summary holdings.
  • License administrator information was added to the create, update, and retrieve license APIs. For details, see
  • The citation API now returns chapter_author and chapter_title for book chapters.

Content Operations

Known Issues

There are no known issues for the March release.

Next Release Sneak Preview

The April release sees a time when Alma development periodically needs to take a back seat. Maintenance, cloud infrastructure, and other important tasks need to be handled to ensure that Alma meets the highest standards of performance and high availability.
Stay tuned for a more detailed update next month.
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