It should be noted that the Patron Directory Services server (PDS) is configured on the Primo side and that this section describes only the interaction Alma has with Primo’s PDS. This interaction serves the following purposes:
- Identifies patrons accessing Alma from Primo in order to provide the relevant services in the View It and Get It tabs.
- If Alma serves as the patron directory for authentication (such as LDAP, for example), Primo's PDS can use Alma’s bor_auth and bor_info APIs to authenticate users.
The preferred method is to configure Primo to use external authentication systems instead of Alma’s system to manage patron authentication.