There are three zones in Alma:
The Institution Zone (IZ) is where all library-owned resources and associated inventory exists. This is your library's collection. Bib records in the IZ can be IZ only records or they can be linked to the NZ.
The following resources should not be linked to the NZ (MSP-3):
The IZ is the only place where inventory can reside. Inventory consists of:
IZ only records will not have an icon to the left of the title:
Alma's Network Zone (NZ) is SUNY's shared bibliographic environment. All bibliographic records should reside in the NZ, with noted exceptions, in order to enable collaboration and sharing of information.
IZ records linked to the NZ will have a network icon next to them when searched in the IZ:
NZ records that are linked to the IZ will have a house icon next to them when searched in the NZ:
The Community Zone (CZ) is a shared repository available for all Alma users. It incorporates the Central Knowledgebase, the Community catalog, and Global Authority Files.
The CZ is a catalog of electronic resources. CZ records are updated by Ex Libris or by the Alma community of users. Activating a electronic resource in the CZ creates a bibliographic record and inventory record in the Institution Zone (IZ). It also creates a bibliographic record in the Network Zone (NZ), and the bib records created in both the IZ and NZ are linked to the CZ. Changes made to a bib record or in the CKB will be reflected in linked IZ/NZ bib records. Primo indexing for campuses comes from the NZ bib record.
CZ records that are linked to the IZ will have the people icon next to them when searched in the IZ. (Note: If the icon is not blue, it means the e-resource is not activated and needs to be activated or deleted):
IZ Records that are linked to the CZ will display a house icon next to them when searched in the CZ: