Autumn Greetings!

Autumn Leaves

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

In This Issue

Inmagic News

Andornot's Latest Projects

Digital History Hub News

Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Other News

Inmagic News

Inmagic Releases Version 16 of DB/TextWorks, WebPublisher PRO and DB/Text for SQL

Inmagic Partner Inmagic has released version 16 of the very popular and long-standing DB/TextWorks database management system, and the companion WebPublisher PRO web search interface. Several new features, as well as issues fixed from previous releases, continue to make this software great value for our clients.

Some of the new features we're particularly keen on are:

  • When specifying sort fields in a report (in DB/TextWorks or WebPublisher), you now have the option to sort empties last. This is great for reports sorted by date.
  • When editing a Link field, a new type of box permits you to browse the values in a field other than the Link field, making it easier to select the record you want to link to.
  • When editing a textbase structure, you can sort fields by name or type and hide deleted fields.

For details of other issues fixed in this release and information on how to get your copy, view our blog post.

See also our series of tips to help you use these new features, listed below and in our blog.

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.

The Anglican Church of Canada Archives launches a new search portal to provide better access to a wider selection of records of national significance

The Archives of the Anglican Church of Canada has provided web search access to some of their collections for many years, but it was time for a refresh to keep up with current expectations. Situations like theirs are all too common, with issues such as:

  • there was no way to search their multiple databases at the same time;
  • the separate search interfaces were dated, with a restrictive searching syntax;
  • the graphic design no longer matched the main website;
  • the layout was not responsive for viewing on tablets or phones;
  • there was a desire to put up additional content; and
  • the server that was home to all the software and data was due for replacement as both the hardware and operating system were aged. 

Undertaking these updates was a somewhat daunting prospect for the archives staff, with little time or experience to work on the necessary changes. However, Andornot has worked with the Anglican Church for many years, and over several months developed a plan for the updates that fit with both Archives and IT staff requirements. The result is a modern, functional new single search portal that will be of benefit to anyone interested in the records of the church.  

The new site is now available at http://archives.anglican.ca

Anglican Church of Canada Archives

"The General Synod Archives has already seen many researchers using the new search engine and requesting information and photographs. We have received compliments on the layout and information included, as well as the benefits of having each entry tagged so that we know exactly what the researcher is requesting without having to redo the search. The new search engine has made it a lot easier for us to make our photographs available for research and selection. Searching by rough dates and being able to break them down using the decade facet produces faster results. Indeed the various facets for refining the search have been a bonus."

-- the archivists of the General Synod Archives, Anglican Church of Canada

Read more about the tools we used to build this site in this blog post.

Digital History Hub News

Digital History Hub is Andornot's new hosting platform specially created for historical collections.

Digital History Hub uses Omeka, a popular, open-source web application used around the world to manage and search cultural collections. It's easy to use, with a wide range of features built-in and available as add-ons. Here are two recent blog posts outlining our favourite plug-ins, as well as detailed instructions for using Omeka with DB/TextWorks.

Visit www.digitalhistoryhub.com to learn more about the features available, pricing, and how you can get started putting your local history online.

Tips, Tricks and Ideas

This month we have several tips for using the newly-released version 16 of DB/TextWorks, plus a new trick for Genie users. Full details of each are in our blog, so just click the links below to read more.

Meet with Andornot at Upcoming Conferences and Events

We're gearing up for a flurry of conferences in September and October in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton and Kingston. We hope to see many of you at one of these 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.

Alberta Museums Association Conference

September 21 - 22, 2017 - Edmonton, AB
Joint with Western Museums Association

Union of BC Municipalities Conference

September 27 - 28, 2017 - Vancouver, BC

BC Museums Association Conference

October 4 - 5, 2017 - Victoria, BC

Ontario Museum Association Conference

October 11 - 13, 2017 - Kingston, ON

Special Libraries Association Western Canada Chapter Annual Meeting

November 2017 - Vancouver, BC

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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