Spring Greetings!

"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine..."

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

In This Issue

Andornot's Latest Projects:

Tips, Tricks and Ideas:

Other News:

Andornot's Latest Projects

We continue to help libraries, archives and museums upgrade their collection management systems and processes, and to showcase their collections in modern search engines. We present these as examples to inspire you, and resources you may find useful.

Elgin County Museum Joins Archives in Launching Upgraded Search Interface

The Elgin County Museum, as well as the Elgin County Archives, in St. Thomas, Ontario, both use Inmagic DB/TextWorks to manage their collections. A few years ago, Andornot helped the archives upgrade their public search interface to a more modern design, using our Andornot Starter Kit web application.

This year we were pleased to help the museum upgrade their public search interface too. The museum's new look is available at http://inmagic.elgin-county.on.ca/museum/ 

Elgin County Museum Search Interface

Both interfaces continue to use Inmagic WebPublisher PRO as the underlying search engine, but with our modern Andornot Starter Kit web application in front. This app provides features such as automatic stemming and combining of search words, browsable indexes, a selection list for saving items, and a photo commenting feature. 

The overall design matches the Elgin County website for a more integrated look and adapts to the user's screen size, so it's just as usable on a phone or tablet as on the desktop.

Several other museums in Elgin County and St. Thomas also use this system to manage their collections. The public is now able to access these collections as well, many of which have been photographed. Users can limit their search to only records that have images available online.

"This is a much more user friendly way for our Museum Partners to manage their collections," says Mike Baker, Elgin County Museum Curator.

Contact Andornot to discuss options for bringing your search interfaces up to modern standards.

Transportation Association of Canada Library Upgrades Web Search Options

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) uses Inmagic DB/TextWorks to manage a library catalogue and databases of reports, manuals, and other literature related to transportation. The collection includes materials from governments, universities, associations and the private sector, both in Canada and abroad.

TAC approached Andornot to discuss upgrading the web search interfaces to their library databases to a more modern design with some new features. The existing interfaces, as well as the new ones, use Inmagic WebPublisher PRO for search and display, but were looking dated and didn't match the TAC website.

Transportation Association of Canada Library

Andornot used our Andornot Starter Kit web interface for WebPublisher PRO to design new interfaces for three of TAC's DB/TextWorks databases. Each interface is available in both English and French, and the overall design matches the TAC website for a more integrated look. 

"The search interface for the library catalogue was functional but limited.  With few internal resources to dedicate to the project, we approached Andornot about using the Starter Kit to improve the appearance and features of the interface. The result was quickly achieved and a vast improvement over the previous forms.  I'm looking forward to seeing how members respond to these new search features." -- Glenn Cole, TAC Library

Key features of the sites include automatic stemming and ANDing of search words, browsable indexes, RSS feeds, book covers from Google when available, a selection list for saving items, and an interface that adapts to the user's screen size, so it's just as usable on a phone or tablet as on the desktop.

The three databases available online for public searching include:

  1. The TAC Library Catalogue database contains over 25,000 documents from major Canadian transportation agencies as well as many international organizations. Items may be borrowed by those with a one-time need for them.
  2. The Current Practices and Innovations database contains information on maintenance, construction, road safety and climate change.
  3. The Canadian Surface Transportation Research database offers information on research about a wide range of transportation themes, such as economics, the environment, soils and materials, highway and bridge design, construction and maintenance, traffic engineering, vehicle studies and rail transportation.

Many resources in these databases are available for immediate access as PDFs.

Contact Andornot to discuss options for bringing your search interfaces up to modern standards.

Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Spring Cleaning for Your Databases

spring cleaningHurray, it's spring again! But with spring comes spring cleaning, and that applies to your databases as well. We have a series of 4 blog posts that will walk you through the steps needed to clean the cobwebs and must out of your data, leaving it in good shape for the next year. Start with the first blog post here.

Andornot Professional Development Grant for 2017 Awarded to Mark Goodwin

We are very pleased to announce a recipient for the Andornot Professional Development Grant for 2017: Mark Goodwin of the BC Cancer Agency. 

Jonathan Jacobsen and Mark Goodwin

Jonathan Jacobsen (L) and Mark Goodwin (R)

Mark is a recent graduate of the iSchool at the University of British Columbia and a new professional in the health information field. Mark knows how important attending conferences is to making connections in our field, and will use the grant to attend the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) Conference in Edmonton this May. 

Mark notes that "the conference includes a continuing education workshop on health research data management, which directly relates to a project our library team will be initiating with BC cancer researchers. At the conference, I plan on taking advantage of the association's mentorship opportunities for new professionals and first-time conference attendees."

Andornot strongly believes in the value of attending conferences to foster professional development. We attend events across Canada and the United States all year long to learn about new trends and technologies, meet with clients, and share our expertise with like-minded folks.

We were delighted to be able to offer this grant for the first time this year, and only wish we could send everyone who applied to the conference of their choice. We plan to offer the grant again next year, so watch our Twitter feed, emailed newsletters and blog for details towards the end of the year.

We hope that everyone who applied, and all of you, will also be able to attend a conference this year. Check out the list of ones we'll be at below and drop by to say hi if you can.

Inmagic Unveils Product Roadmap, including DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO version 16

Andornot is an Inmagic PartnerIn a webinar earlier this month, Inmagic discussed their product roadmap and we were happy to see that version 16 of DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO is in development. We'll let you know as soon as we hear of the exact release date, and as always, we'll list all the new features of both products on our website (DBTW here and WPP here).

Meet with Andornot at Upcoming Conferences and Events

It's the height of conference season now and we're excited to visit with you in person at these upcoming events. If you can't attend the conference, but we're in your city, please do let us know if we can meet you outside the conference while we're there.

Archives Association of Ontario Annual Conference

April 26 - 28, 2017 - Toronto, ON

Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) Conference

May 16 - 19, 2017 - Edmonton, AB

Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) Conference

May 7 - 10, 2017 - Ottawa, ON

First Nations Records & Information Management Symposium

June 6, 2017 - Vancouver, BC

Association of Canadian Archivists Conference

June 8 - 10, 2017 - Ottawa, ON

Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News

Follow Andornot on TwitterAs we come across news, projects, resources and other items we think might be of interest to our clients, we tend to post a quick tweet on our Twitter page, rather than a longer blog post. We've included a small selection of recent tweets in this newsletter, but encourage you to follow us on Twitter.


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