Following on from our previous blogpost regarding the first phase of the Explore upgrade, and the launch of our staff SharePoint, we would like to remind staff that the upgrade to Explore will be happening next week on Tuesday 8th March. We have recently been updating our customers with social media, OneLan messaging and other communications, and will continue to advertise the upgrade in the run up to launch.
In today’s blogpost, we would also like to provide some clarification on how exam papers and will be accessed post go-live, as we know that our customers (and colleagues!) will be particularly interested in ensuring that access to this feature is uninterrupted by the changes.
8th March go-live
As a reminder, we will be going live with the upgrade to the new version of Primo on Tuesday 8th March. This will encompass the upgrade to the way we view digital collections, as well as the Explore interface update. You can find out more about these elements on their respective pages on the staff SharePoint.
Please note that online payments will be released at a later date, with more information on the timeline for implementing this feature to be provided soon.
Once the upgrade is live, Explore will become the default method for accessing exam papers. To search for exam papers in the new version of Explore, users can type in the relevant search term, using the exam papers search scope to filter results as shown below:
Alternatively, customers can browse through the UCL Exam Papers collection, and its associated sub collections, via Digital Collections:
Although the upgrade will mean that exam papers are more easily discoverable, we appreciate that it may take some time for our customers to get used to this new way of finding information. We have therefore made the decision to retain a link from our web pages to exam papers in DigiTool for a time, though we will retire this feature after the current exam period.
Differences between classic Primo and Primo VE
As a reminder, for colleagues who support Explore users as part of their role, there is a dedicated page on the SharePoint which lists the differences between the classic and updated version of Primo, as well as ongoing technical fixes. This page will be updated regularly over the next few days and weeks.
If you have any questions about the upgrade project, or are unable to access the SharePoint site, please contact Bethan Smith.
For more general queries regarding Explore, please contact the appropriate Explore functional lead.