Primo® represents a critical first step towards new library architecture. Primo is the bridge that enables libraries to revolutionize the user experience while continuing to evolve towards a new library infrastructure—one that unifies back-end management of resources and front-end user services across all resource types and at any location.
Leveraging existing system infrastructure, Primo sets the stage for the future. Based on open architecture, Primo is both interoperable with and independent of existing library systems. By decoupling the search and discovery functions from back-end systems, Primo enables libraries to provide the most up-to-date user experience, while retaining their existing back-end systems and adding and replacing applications as needed.
- Built-in pipes for harvesting all library resources: Primo is designed to work with standard integrated library systems (ILS) and other library applications, regardless of vendor. Built-in pipes enable harvesting of library collections—the library catalog, digital repositories, and knowledge bases (such as the SFX and MetaLib KnowledgeBases).
Embedded Primo discovery services meet users where they are: Primo functionality can be easily integrated into other commonly used applications such as course management systems and institutional portals. Integration can be in the form of incorporating the Primo search box into third party Web pages, deep linking to Primo, and utilization of Primo Web services.
Primo supports heterogeneous consortium environments. Primo offers a range of consortium implementation options that can be used in environments running a variety of integrated library systems, digital repository applications, and metasearch licensing arrangements.