Alma Sandbox Information

Introduction

In the five Alma/Primo VE Sandboxes available to I-Share libraries, the data are generic and are in no way related to the data, staff, or users of the five Vanguard institutions whose names they bear. Ex Libris naming conventions simply required real institution names.

Sandbox Links

CARLI Sandbox 1 Alma - green color scheme named "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"

CARLI Sandbox 1 Primo VE - green color scheme named "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"

CARLI Sandbox 2 Alma - light blue color scheme named "Southern Illinois University Carbondale"

CARLI Sandbox 2 Primo VE - light blue color scheme named "Southern Illinois University Carbondale"

CARLI Sandbox 3 Alma - gray color scheme named "North Central College"

CARLI Sandbox 3 Primo VE - gray color scheme named "North Central College"

CARLI Sandbox 4 Alma - red color scheme named "Newberry Library"

CARLI Sandbox 4 Primo VE - red color scheme named "Newberry Library"

CARLI Sandbox 5 Alma - navy blue color scheme named "University of Illinois at Chicago"

CARLI Sandbox 5 Primo VE - navy blue color scheme named "University of Illinois at Chicago"

All I-Share libraries and CARLI office staff are simultaneously sharing these five sandboxes. Library staff from all libraries may perform testing in any of the sandboxes. Be aware that others may be testing at the same time and in the same areas as you are.

Best Practices

  1. You are free to create your own examples (with the exception of staff users, please see #3 below). Please do not delete anything you did not create. Preserve all existing training examples and configurations. CARLI does not expect the sandboxes to be refreshed during our implementation period.
  2. The sandboxes are not intended for load testing and have size limits and restrictions. You may perform data imports, but please limit the size of these files to a set of records that you can review for quality assurance. There is a maximum total number of records each sandbox can store--10,000 total patron records, and 100,000 bib records.
  3. Ex Libris has provided a set of generic staff users with various role configurations.  More than one person can be logged in to a sandbox via the same staff user name at the same time. Please do not change the roles for these logins in the sandbox. Generic Staff user login information was shared to the Alma Primo VE Contacts List as well as to your institution's Box folder (as of the week of November 18).

    It is important to use your test load environment (see What is the difference between the Sandbox and my Institution's Alma Environment? FAQ) to experiment with creating additional staff users and assigning role configurations. Avoid doing this work in the sandboxes because there is a restriction to the number of new users that we all can add.

  4. The Analytics module is not available for the generic sandboxes. You have access to Alma Analytics in your institution's test load environment if your user account has the Design Analytics or Analytics Administrator role.
  5. You won't be able to test authentication and other third-party integrations in the sandboxes. You will need to test these in your institution's Alma test load environment.
  6. If you encounter an error while using the sandboxes, contact with a description of your actions and the error message(s) you received.