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How to install and use the Download BIB cloud app

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The cloud apps is “an open framework which allows developers to write apps which run inside Ex Libris higher education products such as Alma, Primo VE backoffice, Esploro, Leganto and Rapido.” (Announcing Ex Libris Cloud Apps)

The Download BIB cloud app (see also these directions on the github) allows the staff user to select a record in an Alma screen and download the whole record in MARC XML (or XML) format. This eliminates the need to create a set and then export the record with an Alma job.  The bibliographic record, holdings record and items can also be downloaded. The app was created by OBVSG – The Austrian Library Network and Service Ltd.

The screenshots and flow below is effective as of the February 2022 Alma release.

To install the “Download BIB” cloud app:

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On top right of the Alma landing page click the link to the Cloud App Center

 

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In the “Available Apps” column find the app “Download BIB” and click it.  You can find it by scrolling through the list or by using the search icon.

Install it by clicking “Activate”.

 

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The app will then appear in the installed apps tab and you can open it

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While some Cloud Apps require configuration, the “Download BIB” Cloud App does not.

You can simply begin using it.

From a list of records in the repository search open the download BIB cloud app:

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Click “More” for the record you want to download:

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Download the format of your choice.  Here we will download MARC XML:

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A MARC XML file is downloaded.  Here is a partial screenshot of the downloaded MARC XML file from the above example:

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Now we will click “List Holdings” in the Cloud App

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The holdings appear.  We will click “More” on the holdings.

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For the holdings record we will click Download Holding MARC XML:

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A MARC XML file of the holdings record is downloaded:

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