LIT Services

Alma (the Library Management System)


Alma is developed and hosted by Ex Libris, a Proquest Company.  Alma is used by Libraries staff to manage selection and procurement of materials; provide inventory control;  manage circulation services; and license management, subscription management, and access to electronic resources.

If there is an Alma outage, Libraries staff will perform circulation services (check out an item, return an item, etc.) manually until the service is restored. All other public services will remain available.



ArchivesSpace is an open source, web-based archives information management system.  UI Libraries has installed and manage the application locally.  The application supports core functions in archives administration.  The application functions as a metadata authoring tool, enabling the generation of EAD, MARCXML, MODS, Dublin Core and METS formatted data.  The UI Libraries Special Collections, University Archives, and the Iowa Women’s Archives use ArchivesSpace to create finding aids/collection guides for the UI’s rare and primary source materials covering a broad range of topics, formats, and periods.  Collection guides provide detailed descriptions of the items in a collection, as well as background on the person or organization who created the collection.  Digitized versions of selected materials are available for online viewing.

If there is a service disruption to ArchivesSpace, searching of collection guides through ArchivesSpace will be unavailable. However, metadata for Collection guides is indexed in InfoHawk+ so you can find information about Special Collections and Archives materials there.

InfoHawk+ (aka Primo)


Primo is software developed and hosted by Ex Libris, a Proquest Company.  Primo is a public discovery interface that allows users to find resources in the Libraries and beyond. UI Libraries have locally branded our Primo installation as InfoHawk+ .

When searching Library Catalogs in InfoHawk+, you are searching a repository that contains records for items curated and managed by the UI Libraries, the Law Library, and the State Historical Society of Iowa.  This includes records for books, journals, e-resources, digital objects and collections, web pages, Iowa Research Online, and finding aids.

When searching Library Catalogs + Articles, you are searching all items in Library Catalogs, plus journal articles, book reviews and other citations from and about millions of scholarly online journals.  The Libraries may not have licensed all of these resources; however, most articles from journals not licensed by the Libraries are available through our Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Service.

If Primo experiences a service disruption, online searching will be interrupted.   You can still search databases and other repositories by going to the Find Resources page on the Libraries website.

Iowa Digital Library (aka CONTENTdm)


CONTENTdm is a software solution for Digital Asset Management.  It is developed by OCLC, Inc.  (Online Computer Library Center).  UI Libraries have installed and manage CONTENTdm locally.  CONTENTdm is used to manage and make discoverable scanned documents, images, video and audio file.

If there is a service disruption to CONTENTdm, the Iowa Digital Library will be unavailable for searching. However, metadata for items in the Iowa Digital Library is indexed and searchable through InfoHawk+.



LibGuides, locally branded as “Guides”, is a hosted service from a company called SpringShare. Many of the UI Libraries’ instructional and subject guides are mediated through this service. Guides may be subject, topic or course specific.  There is also a series of “How-To-Guides” that contain tutorials for using many of the Libraries resources.

If Guides are unavailable, LIT will contact the vendor as quickly as possible to remedy the situation.



The Libraries website is built on and managed using the hosted software, WordPress.  WordPress is an open source website creation tool based on PHP and MySQL.  The Libraries use WordPress for website content managment and to manage blogs.  Because WordPress is open source, thousands of users contribute plugins, widgets and themes.

If our hosted WordPress server experiences interruptions, the Libraries website would be unavailable.  Users could still search for Libraries resources using InfoHawk+