In This Issue
Meet with Andornot at Upcoming Conferences and Events
Conference season is now in full swing and Andornot will be touring the country to visit you at the the following conferences. Be sure to stop by our booth, or get in touch to arrange a time for us to visit you outside of the event.
May 11 - 13, 2016 - Thunder Bay, ON. Joint conference with the Association of Manitoba Archives
May 13 - 18, 2016 - Toronto, BC. Joint conference with the Medical Library Association. A free pass to the exhibits is available.
May 15 - 18, 2016 - Vancouver, BC
June 2 - 3, 2016 - Montreal, PQ
Andornot's Latest Projects
The past few months have seen us help several archives and museums upgrade their systems and provide researchers with modern tools for searching their collections. The stories below are a few of the interesting projects we worked on, with more to come in our next newsletter.
Société Historique de Saint-Boniface Upgrades Archives Search Interface
In 2010-2011, Andornot helped the Heritage Centre to upgrade their DB/TextWorks-based collection management system, and publish the data online using our Andornot Starter Kit. This also included a collection of 35,000 records of contracts between fur traders (Voyageurs) and companies engaged in the fur trade in Canada between 1700 and ca. 1822.
This year, thanks to a grant from the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program, the Heritage Centre was able to upgrade this web search interface to one powered by the Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI). The site is hosted by Andornot at http://archivesshsb.mb.ca and features our new Andornot Image Zoomer add-on.
Bulkley Valley Museum Collection Now Online
Since 1967, the Bulkley Valley Museum has built up a permanent collection of artifacts and documentary heritage materials that represent the human and natural history of the Town of Smithers, British Columbia, and the surrounding Bulkley Valley. This collection is now available online for the first time at http://search.bvmuseum.com
Andornot initially helped the museum to upgrade their DB/TextWorks-based collection management system, using our Andornot Starter Kits for archives and museum artifacts. We then used the Andornot Discovery Interface to build and host the site.
Ottawa Jewish Archives Collections Now Searchable Through CJHN.ca
The Ottawa Jewish Archives joins a growing list of Jewish archives across the country whose collections are searchable online through the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network website: http://www.cjhn.ca
With an archival collection that tells the story of community life in Ottawa from the 1890's to the current day, the Archives contains a wide range of records relating to individuals and families, community organizations and events, congregations, and businesses.
This is the first time that the holdings of the Ottawa Jewish Archives have been accessible online in the Archive's 47 year history.
VuFind 3.0 Released
The VuFind development community released version 3.0 of this well-used, open-source discovery interface in April. This version brings VuFind up to date with important PHP and Solr developments while also adding several new features.
Although VuFind was largely developed by and for academic libraries, we've found applications for it in other organizations, including smaller specialized libraries. You can learn more:
Contact us to see if VuFind is a good option for you and your users.
Succession planning and your databases
We've heard recently from several long time clients that they are retiring soon or considering a move to another job. Most are concerned about their "legacy" when they leave, and so we have been talking about succession planning with regard to their databases. Many have been using Inmagic software for many years and know it well. However for their replacement coming in fresh, it'd be helpful to provide some documentation and background information, especially if there is no overlap and the new person will be faced with learning the software on their own.
This blog post provides some tips for planning for a smooth transition, and Andornot can help with auditing, documenting and cleaning up your system too.
Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News
As 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 selection of recent tweets in this newsletter, but encourage you to follow us on Twitter.
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