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    Centrally Managing Users in a Network Zone

    You can manage users in the Network Zone and distribute them to member institutions. A distributed user becomes registered at every institution in the Network Zone.
    A user's account type remains the same after it is distributed (an external account remain external, and an internal account remains internal). A user's roles remain the same, except for roles associated with a specific library or another parameter (such as circulation deck).
    To distribute a user from the Network Zone to the member institutions:
    On the Find and Manage Users page (Administration > User Management > Find and Manage Users), select Actions > Distribute for a user and click Confirm in the confirmation dialog box. The Find and Manage Users page reappears, and the user is distributed to the member institutions in the network.

    Sharing User IDs within a Fulfillment Network in a Network Zone

    In a fulfillment network in a Network Zone, if a patron is not distributed, when the patron from institution A walks into institution B, the patron’s information is retrieved from institution A as the first step of managing the patron’s activities. Alma's default behavior is that each user's identifier fields (such as student ID, barcode, etc) remain non-unique between institutions. These identifiers are not copied from the other institution. (Alma maintains an internal field to track the user's identity among institutions.)
    Alternately, in a fulfillment network in a Network Zone, Ex Libris can configure that user identifiers remain identical for that patron at all institutions in the fulfillment network. For example, the fulfillment network can be configured such that a specified user name configured at one fulfillment network institution is automatically configured in the linked record at the other institutions.
    If you use the same IDs to identify students at multiple institutions, ensure that these IDs are unique at all member institutions.
    To activate or to modify these settings after they have been configured, contact Ex Libris Support. Also see Linking Users in Fulfillment Networks.
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