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    Configuring Collection Discovery for Primo VE

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    The Collection Discovery interface allows users to browse collections that are defined in Alma. For more information about Alma collections, see Managing Collections.

    The Collection Lobby

    The Collections Lobby page, which opens after clicking the Collection Discovery button in the Main Menu Bar, displays all top-level collections. For each collection, up to four images from the collection are displayed. The Collections Lobby appears as follows in Primo VE:


    Collections Lobby in Primo VE

    The Collection Page

    Selecting a collection or sub-collection opens the Collection page, which displays all its sub-collections and items.


    Collection with Sub-Collections


    Collections with Items

    If a collection or sub-collection has both sub-collections and items, the list of items will appear in a section below the list of sub-collections.

    On a Collection page, users can perform the following operations:

    • Select a sub-collection to open its Collection page.

    • Select an item to open its full display, which allows users to view the item's details, services, and collection path and to open the item's digital representation in the browser.


      Item's Full Display Page
    • Select an item's Pin icon to save it to My Favorites.

    • Display the list of items in either Grid (displays resource type, title, and image) or Gallery (displays resource type and image) view. Hovering over the item in Gallery view will display the title.

    • Search within collections. For more information, see Searching within Collections.

    • Sort the list of items and sub-collections. For more information, see Sorting Sub-Collections and Items.

    Searching within Collections

    The Collection page allows users to search for and filter relevant items and sub-collections that are one level below the collection. This very helpful for collections that contain many items and sub-collections.

    Searches within a collection will not return any sub-collection's items and sub-collections.


    Search on Collection Page

    Search queries are matched against any search field (such as title, author, and subject) and may include any of the following search operators to provide a more complex search query: AND, OR, and NOT. In the following example, the search for the phrase tradition OR style returns the following results:


    Matching Search Phrase Found in Search Fields

    Sorting Sub-Collections and Items 

    A collection may contain both items and sub-collections that are managed at various levels of sub-collections. At each level, you can sort the items and sub-collections independently using the following Sort by drop-down lists:

    • Sort sub-collections by – Select one of the following types to sort all sub-collections on the page: Relevance or Title.

    • Sort items by – Select one of the following types to sort all items on the page: Relevance, Title, Date-newest, Date-oldest, or Author.


    Sorting Items by Title on Collection Page

    The default sort type is configurable with the top-level collections in Alma. For more information, see Managing Collections.

    Searching for Collections

    Users can also search for collections directly using Primo VE's search box.

    Collection Discovery - Search_For_Collection.png

    Collection Search Using Primo VE's Search Box

    Deep Links

    Users can link directly to the Collections Lobby or Collections page using the following link format:

    <Primo VE base URL>/discovery/collectionDiscovery?vid=<inst_ID>:<view_ID>&collectionId=<collection_ID>&lang=<lang>


    • Collections Lobby:
    • Collection's page:

    Configuration Options

    The following table describes the configuration options that support this functionality.

    Collection Discovery Configuration
    Element Description

    Top Level Collections (Resources > Manage Inventory > Manage Collections)

    The Top Level Collections page in Alma defines the collections that appear in Collections Lobby. For more details, see Managing Collections in Alma.

    Alma does not support dynamic collections/sub-collections, which means that it does not add titles automatically when logical sets are updated.

    View Configuration - General Tab
    The Enable Collection Discovery Features check box enables collection discovery at the view level. For more details, see Configuring Discovery Views for Primo VE.

    View Configuration - Links Menu Tab

    The CollectionDiscovery code defines and enables the Collection Discovery link that displays in the Main menu. This code contains the following settings:

    • Label – The label that displays for the link in the Main menu.

    • URL – The link to the Collection Lobby, which displays all collections for your institution: /discovery/collectionDiscovery?vid=<View_Code>

    • Description – Optional text that describes this link for internal use.

    For more details, see Configuring Discovery Views for Primo VE.

    Collection Discovery Labels code table

    This table defines the labels that are associated with the Collection Lobby and Collections pages. For more details, see Configuring Display Labels for Primo VE.

    • nui.colldiscovery.sortItemsBy: Sort items by

    • nui.colldiscovery.sortSubcollectionsBy: Sort sub-collections by

    • nui.colldiscovery.collections.title: Collections ({1})

    • nui.colldiscovery.subcollections.title: Sub-collections ({0})

    • nui.colldiscovery.items.title: Items

    • Showing items for

    • Search

    • nui.colldiscovery.searchButton: Search

    • nui.colldiscovery.view.grid.tooltip: View as grid

    • View as gallery

    The following codes are no longer in use:

    • ({1}) collections

    • ({1}) sub-collections

    • ({1}) items

    • nui.colldiscovery.sortby: Sort by

    The options for the Sort by filters are customized with the Sort Values Labels code table.

    View Labels code table

    The following code supports the translation of the Collection Discovery link in the Main menu:

    mainmenu.label.CollectionDiscovery - Collection Discovery

    For more details, see Configuring Display Labels for Primo VE.

    Collection Resource Editor in Alma

    The Discovery tab on the Collection Resource Editor page allows you to define up to 20 images that can display in each collection's and sub-collection's tile on the Collection Discovery page and in the banner on each collection's page. For more information, see Managing Images for the Collections Lobby.

    In addition, you can set the default sort option in Collection Discovery by selecting one of the following options from the Sort titles by drop-down list under the Display section on the Discovery tab: Relevance, Title, Author, Date - oldest, or Date - newest. If no option is selected or the selection is not relevant to sub-collections, the default sort is Relevance for Collection Discovery in Primo VE.

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