On July 3 2018, Harvard Library moved from Aleph to Alma as its unified resource management system/ILS. This section contains training and support materials for staff during and after the hands-on training period.
For updates on the switch to Alma, read the Harvard Library CC articles tagged "Alma" and watch HLComms emails for Alma-related information.
July 27, 2018 update:
ALMA IS LIVE! To access the live/production version of Alma, visit: https://hvd.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/CAS for Harvard Key logins and https://hvd.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/mng/login for shared circulation desk logins.
Alma Login Issues: If you have already attended "Introduction to Alma" and do not have access to Alma (training sandbox or production), please speak with your manager and/or submit a ticket via the LTS Alma Support Form at: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ois:almasupport
LTS Support Form: As you use Alma, if you have any questions about it - no matter how big or small - please also submit them via the LTS Alma Support Form at http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ois:almasupport. By asking your questions, you're helping the LTS Support Staff learn how to help you use Alma, and they can forward questions on to the Alma technical teams as needed.
Form a Learning Circle! Many departments and local units are meeting in small Learning Circles to talk about Alma and its impact on their work. We encourage all staff to do this, and benefit from each other’s learning. Please see the Learning Circles page on the LTS wiki for more about running a successful peer discussion group: https://wiki.harvard.edu/confluence/x/_ZpTDQ
Training: Hands-on "Day 1" (Phase 1) training will continue through August, and will taper down over the month. We anticipate having 1 class per course each week in August, with a second class if there’s high demand.
Note: Staff are still taking Phase 1 classes for the first time. If you have already taken a class and want to audit another session, please do not register in the portal - we need to reserve those spaces for first-time learners. You may sit in on a class if space is available, and first-time learners have priority for computers.
Remember, all of the scripts, handouts, and examples from classes are available to review in the Alma training documents section of the LTS wiki: https://wiki.harvard.edu/confluence/x/wiOVDQ
Harvard Training Portal: Please continue to sign up for Alma training at the Harvard Training Portal: https://trainingportal.harvard.edu :
- We are listing classes as we confirm locations and trainers for each session. If no classes are listed, please click on Show Interest to receive an email as more classes are added.
- The best way to manage your Alma training is by logging in to the Training Portal. Everything is there - the classes you're signed up for, any pre-work you need to complete before your class, and the prerequisites for each class.
- For more on using the portal, please visit the Managing Your Alma Learning page on this wiki.
Documents on this wiki: Pages may still change significantly during this initial period, and updates will be made as new features and processes are introduced. Do not print out materials - pages will continue to change.
Alma Documentation Pages