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    Importing Records from OCLC Connexion

    To configure an OCLC Connexion import profile, you must have the following role:
    • General System Administrator
    Metadata records from OCLC Connexion are uploaded to the Alma server on the port designated and opened by Ex Libris for this purpose (using port 5500 - ensure that this port is open for your institution as well). As part of the upload process, Alma applies the import settings (normalization, validation, and merge routines) defined in the import profile that you configure for this purpose.
    To import records from OCLC Connexion to Alma, you must perform the following actions:
    1. Configure an OCLC Connexion import profile in Alma (see below). Note that only one profile should be configured.
    2. Configure OCLC Connexion (see below).
    3. Export the OCLC records to Alma and ensure that they are properly imported into Alma (see below).
    The OCLC Connexion import profile does not support unlinking records from the Alma Community Zone. As a result, records imported using the OCLC Connexion import profile will be skipped if there is a pre-existing link to the Community Zone.
    For information about publishing records to OCLC, see Publishing to OCLC.
    To configure the import profile for OCLC Connexion:
    1. On the Integration Profile List page (Administration > General Configuration > Configuration Menu > External Systems > Integration Profiles), click Add External System. The first page of the integration profile wizard opens.
    2. Perform the following actions on this page:
      1. Enter a code and name for the profile you are defining.
      2. In a member institution implementing a Network Zone, you can select Use network zone. For an explanation of this option, see Network-Managed Records in a Collaborative Network.
      3. From the Integration type drop-down list, select OCLC Connexion.
      The Default check box is not functional for this integration type.
      OCLC Connexion Integration Profile Definition – Page 1
    3. Click Next. The second page of the wizard opens.
      OCLC Connexion Integration Profile Actions Section
    4. Configure the parameters in the Actions section using the information provided in the table below.
      OCLC Connexion Profile Fields
      Section Field Description
      Format Target format
      From the drop-down list, select one of the following options to indicate the record format in which you want the records imported/stored in Alma:
      • MARC 21 Bibliographic
      • UNIMARC Bibliographic
      • KORMARC Bibliographic
      • CNMARC Bibliographic
      Normalization Correct the data using
      The normalization rules file. For more information, see Working with Normalization Processes.
      In addition to the normalization process selected for this parameter, the Alma import process automatically uses the MARC 21 Bib Initial Normalization rule.
      Validation Check the data using The method to handle invalid data as it is being imported. For more information, see Working with Validation Exception Profiles.
      For import profiles, Ex Libris recommends using the MarcXML Bib Import validation exception profile.
      Merge Serial match method The serial match method. For a detailed description and examples of some of these methods, see Match Methods – Explanations and Examples.
      Non-serial match method The non-serial match method. For a detailed description and examples of some of these methods, see Match Methods – Explanations and Examples .
      Merge method How to merge the external record into the one already existing in Alma.
      Select from one of the following merge methods predefined by Ex Libris:
      • Replace 245 and 035 OCLC if exist – Replaces all MARC fields in the Alma record with fields from the external records, except for fields 001, 245, and 035 (whose “a” subfields contain OCoLC or where the first indicator is 9 and the second indicator is #). Any 001, 245, or 035 fields in the Alma record are left in place, and any 245 or 035 fields in the external record are added to them.
      • Overlay all fields but local – Replaces 035 fields in the Alma record with those from the external record unless the first indicator is 9 and the second indicator is #. In addition, replaces all other MARC fields in the Alma record with fields from the external records, except for fields 001 and 9XX.
      • Keep only old value – Keeps all MARC field values in the Alma records.
      • Conditional subject headings – Replaces all MARC fields in the Alma record with fields from the external records, except for fields 001, 035, 9XX, 65X, and 7XX. Any 001, 035, 9XX, 65X, or 7XX fields in the Alma record are left in place, and any 6xX or 7XX fields in the external record are added to them.
      Alternatively, if you defined merge rules in the MD Editor, you can select these rules from the Merge method drop-down list. The descriptions that were entered for the rules are displayed as the method names.
      For the OCLC Connexion import, the merge works as with import profiles. See Working with Merge Rules for detailed information on merge rules.
      Do not override/merge a record with lower brief version
      Whether to override a more complete record (higher brief level) with a less complete record (lower brief level).
      In order to prevent a situation in which a good quality record is overlaid with a lower quality imported record, this parameter provides additional control when an imported record overlays or merges with an existing record. This option assumes that you do not want to overlay/merge a full or more descriptive record with a brief or less fully descriptive record. As a result, when this option is selected, the system checks/compares the brief level number (01-10) of the existing and imported records; and a record with a lower brief level number will not merge or overlay a record with a higher brief level number.
      For more information, see Working with Brief Record Levels.
      Do not override/merge record with an older version Whether to override an older record with a newer one. See the description in Creating/Editing an Import Profile: Match Profile.
      Management Tags Synchronize with External Catalog The publishing option for the imported records:
      • Publish holdings only
      • Publish bibliographic records
      • Don’t publish
      Authorization Password A password for the OCLC Connexion to communicate with Alma. This is the same password that you configure in OCLC Connexion (see below). (Note that it is not the password with which Alma connects to OCLC Connexion.)
    5. Click Save. The profile you configured appears in the Integration Profile List.
    To configure OCLC Connexion to communicate with Alma:
    1. Access OCLC Connexion and enter the user name and password that you received with your OCLC subscription.
      • In the OCLC Connexion client (any version), select Tools > Options > Authorizations and enter your authorization number and password.
      • In the OCLC Connexion Web application (, enter this information on the login page.
    2. Access the OCLC Connexion export options (under Tools > Options > Export > Create in the Client, or under General > Admin > Export Options in the Web application).
    3. In the Host Name box, enter your Alma host name, such as Note that using accelerated servers (that is, the use of -a in the host name) is not supported.
    4. In the Port or Port Number box, enter 5500.
    5. Select the Send Local System Logon ID and Password (Client) or Send Logon ID (Web application) check box.
    6. In the Logon ID box, enter your Alma institution code, such as 01OO_INST.
    7. In the Password box, enter the same password you entered for the OCLC Connexion profile in Alma.
      Ensure that the Send User ID and Permanent Connection check boxes are not selected.
      For example:
      OCLC Client Export Options
      OCLC Web Application Export Options
    8. In the Client, ensure that the bibliographic record characteristics are set to UTF-8 Unicode and not MARC-8 (under Tools > Options > Export > Record Characteristics).
      The character encoding options UTF-8 and MARC were removed from the Web application Export Options. To export records with non-Latin script, use the Connexion Client.
    9. Click OK (Client) or Save My Default (Web application).
    To export an OCLC record to Alma:
    1. Locate the record you want to export and open it. For example:
      Example of Record to Be Exported
    2. Click the ActionExport button (in the OCLC Connexion Client).
      Example of Record to Be Exported
      If the record is exported successfully, you receive a message similar to the following:
      Example of Export Message
      You can then use the Repository Search in Alma to search for and view the imported record.
      Imported Record in Alma
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