In 2016, two academic libraries migrated from Innovative Interface’s Millennium to Ex Libris’ Alma. Though both libraries came from a similar starting point in terms of library software, their migration environments were quite different: Colorado State University’s migration involved two campuses, CSU Fort Collins and CSU Pueblo, while Central Connecticut State University migrated with a newly-formed consortium comprised of 18 institutions. Even though both libraries share the same proprietary ILS, the environmental differences between the two libraries shape their experiences throughout the migration process. The presenters will share their libraries’ unique experiences while also addressing commonalities germane to the ILS migration process such as pre-migration data clean up, data migration, training, and designing workflows. Particular attention will be paid to the data migration process that details the extraction process along with coordinating these efforts. Because Alma is designed on a different concept than III’s Millennium, the redesign of workflows is critical prior to the final cutover to the new system. In light of this, the presenters will address the engagement of staff during these discussions along with their professional growth. In addition to explaining the technical aspects of this migration, they will also delve beneath the surface of the intellectual labor required for implementation and examine the psychological impact on all constituents who will use the new system for their daily work.
Central Connecticut State University
Kristin D’Amato is the Head of Acquisitions and Serials at Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library. She received her master’s in Library and Information Science from SUNY Albany and her bachelor’s in English Literature from SUNY Geneseo.
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Colorado State University
Rachel A. Erb is the Electronic Resources Management Librarian at Colorado State University’s Morgan Library. She received her master's in Library Science from Florida State University, a master's in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Ohio State University, and her bachelor’s in Russian from Dickinson College.