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Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
The year 2011 was the PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) consortium's "rookie season" for the implementation of Primo, the 2010 Discovery Layer 500 race winner. In this article, the authors report on their transition to the cloud within Ex Libris Ltd.'s Primo TotalCare environment: their preparation, the steps involved to move to live production, and their reflections on their consortium's first season. They share the story of their multi-year effort to select and then roll out Ex Libris Primo to the libraries in their consortium. At the end of their rookie season, the majority of the institutions have at least posted a Primo search box or link on their library web pages. Currently, only five of the 23 institutions are using Primo as their primary default search tool. With the willingness to help each other, the authors found that in 2011, PALNI has been successful in finding solutions to their unique challenges at the consortium level as well as at the institutional level. So as their discovery layer project begins to move from implementation to production, they believe their efforts will have a major positive impact on their patrons.