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Eagle Search: Alma and Primo VE


What is EagleSearch (Next Generation Integrated Library System)?

A Next Generation Integrated Library System is a unified resource management system that provides the capabilities to manage print, electronic, and digital resources in a single unified system.  It integrates with a discovery service and has built-in advanced analytics for collection analysis and assessment.


What is Alma and Primo VE?

Alma is an easy-to-use platform designed to handle all resource types (electronic, print and digital), and incorporates back end library operations (acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resource management, circulation, etc.) in a unified and comprehensive way. It will replace a variety of library products including the current Aleph system that is used to manage back end library operations. Major advantages of Alma include the streamlining of behind-the-scenes workflows, thus enabling library staff to keep pace with an ever-changing information environment, and the rich analytics which provide high-levels of insight and foster better decision-making in shaping collections around the FGCU's community’s research and teaching needs.

Primo VE is the discovery service for Alma that will provide improved and expanded search capabilities for the library's vast print, electronic, and digital collections. It will replace the current FGCU Library Catalog, A-Z Publications and Article search in the catalog in addition, later on pulling together results from other platforms such as our institutional repository and special collections. Primo’s sophisticated search and relevance ranking algorithm will ensure the FGCU community will be even more productive and innovative in their research.


What systems will change?

  • Users will see a new interface and enhanced functionality for:
    • Books & Article Searches
    • A-Z Publications
    • FGCU Library Catalog
    • Statewide Catalog
    • Your Library Account (Renew Books Online)