Electronic resources demand a significant financial commitment as well as staff time to manage and maintain access. For this reason, it’s important to properly evaluate and consider a new acquisition before signing a license or making a purchase. Alma supports this stage of the electronic resources life cycle in two ways: trials and overlap and collection analysis.
Before setting up a trial for the first time in Alma, the following steps are necessary:
1. Create a Purchase Order Line (POL) for the Trial Resource
2. Activate the Trial
3. Create Survey and Send to Patrons
4. Manage Trials
5. Trial is Complete
Alma supports resource evaluation with the Overlap and Collection Analysis feature. With this tool, one can compare the content between two or more resources.
1. Start a New Analysis
2. Select Resources to Compare
3. Start the Overlap Analysis Job
Additionally, one can analyze content overlap at bib record level. For example, one can compare print and electronic holdings to determine if a potential electronic purchase will enable the library to weed print volumes and create space in the stacks. The Duplicate Title Analysis job identifies duplicate bibliographic records using one of the following match points:
1. Run the Duplicate Title Analysis job
2. Download the Report