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Ex Libris's Alma & Primo VE Administration Certification

Overview

Alma Administration Certification

Alma Certification is the process by which a library staff member is granted permission to make changes to the configuration settings in Alma. Alma Configuration is analogous to the Voyager System Administration settings.

Before a staff member at your library is given access to the Alma configuration settings, they will need to review the training video series and pass the certification exam. More information is available on the Ex Libris Alma Administration Certification Overview website.

  • If possible, Ex Libris recommends that each library have at least two staff members pass Alma Administration certification so that more than one person is able to make changes to the configuration settings in each library.
  • In our consortial environment, CARLI staff are certified and will also have access to all I-Share libraries' Alma configuration settings so that we can make adjustments on your library's behalf (with your input) as needed.
  • Certification is required before a staff member at your library is given access to make changes to the configuration settings; however, completing certification is NOT a requirement for your library staff to use Alma/Primo VE, nor to complete the migration to Alma/Primo VE.
  • The certification videos help explain and define the functional areas of Alma, and can be a useful tool for seeing how Alma is configured. However, the certification training videos are not task-based how-to training; that kind of training will come later.

Primo VE Administration Certification

Primo VE Certification is important training for any library staff member that will be making changes to the configuration settings for Primo VE.  More information is available on the Ex Libris Primo VE Administration Certification Overview website.

  • Ex Libris recommends that each library have at least one staff members pass Primo VE Administration certification.
  • In our consortial environment, CARLI staff are certified and will also have access to all I-Share libraries' configuration settings so that we can make adjustments on your library's behalf (with your input) as needed.

How to Obtain Certification

  1. Determine which staff at your library should become Alma Certified, and which should become Primo VE Certified.
    • Libraries are not limited by the Ex Libris recommended number of certified staff.
      • More staff can become certified at your library, if desired.
      • CARLI Office staff can assist with configuration setting adjustments, whether or not your library has any Alma and/or Primo VE certified staff.
  2. I-Share library staff watch the self-paced, online training videos for Alma and/or Primo VE.
    • You may watch the videos in your preferred topical order.
    • This Alma Training Tracker spreadsheet may help you schedule your video viewing sessions and track your progress. It contains tabs and links for Alma Essentials, Primo VE basics, Alma Certification, Primo VE Certification, and more!  Feel free to download and adjust for your library's needs.  Many thanks to Cathy Mayer and Cindy Bowen from Trinity Christian College for sharing!
  3. When ready to take the certification test, I-Share library staff must register for an individual Ex Libris Academy account.
    • When registering, click the pop-up icon next to the "Organization" label to open the "Search Organization" menu.
    • Search for your institution's name by "Title", and select the one where the ID begins with "01CARLI-" (Your institution may have more than one entry with other IDs; be certain to choose the one with the 01-CARLI prefix.)
  4. After logging in to the Ex Libris Academy, select the button to "Register For Certification" and select either "Alma Administration Certification" or "Primo VE Administration Certification."
  5. Take and complete the exam.
  6. After passing a Certification exam, library staff should email to let us know.
    • We do not need to know your score, only that you have passed!