Horizon Health Network – 4 catalogues – search individually or all at once

by Denise Bonin Monday, October 25, 2010 2:26 PM

New Brunswick isn’t just about lobsters, Acadian culture and amazing tidal heights, it is also about living a healthy lifestyle and the Horizon Health Network hopes to play a part in accomplishing that. 

The Horizon Health Network consists of four Zones, each with their own hospitals and libraries within those zones.  The hospital libraries have all used Inmagic software for many years but the recent amalgamation into one health region now allows them to share their resources across the region. The Fredericton/Upper River Valley Zone and the Moncton Zone have both had their catalogues on the web for sometime – under different names prior to the union.  The Miramichi and the Saint John Zones have now joined them and the library collections from all the Horizon Health Network Zones are searchable on the web both individually or all at once.  Each site uses Inmagic DB/TextWorks locally to manage their collections and Inmagic WebPublisher PRO on the web. 

  OneSearch Using Andornot’s OneSearch application, all the catalogues can be searched simultaneously at:  http://hhn.andornot.com/.  The total number of hits for each Zone are displayed, with an ability to view each of the search results separately.   This is a huge time saver for both library staff and their end users.

A single template was used to coordinate the appearance of all the catalogues visually, while still allowing for individual identification on each Zone’s page.  The Andornot Starter Kit was used as a basis for all the sites, with all its features, including links to Google Books to show the book covers and to link to further information about the book’s content.  Ordering carts within each Zone’s catalogue permit users to request items from that Zone’s library providing a valuable extension of library services, especially for offsite employees. 

Lori Leger, the Regional Manager of Library Services for the Horizon Health Network, commented about the project,

“What a great team Andornot has been in pulling this together.  You were able to respond in such a timely manner when we requested quotes, and followed up with your commitment to provide the OneSearch interface within the stated timeline. Input on our end was minimal; you took on the project and ran with it.”

Anatomy of a Genie Add-In

by Peter Tyrrell Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1:18 PM

I was recently asked to add a feature to Inmagic Genie that would detect overdues and calculate fines on the Loans Checkin page, allow a staffperson to override fine values, and save the fine totals to the Loans database in order to generate overdue reports by borrower.

Here it is in action over the Loans Checkin page:

checkin_modal

Fig. 1 (above) - Overdues dialog appears when barcode input loses focus.

 

checkin_growl

Fig. 2 (above) - Growl-type message shows feedback.

 

Workflow

  1. Enter barcodes.
  2. Tab out.
  3. Overdues, if any, appear. Set and submit fines.
  4. Click Check In button.

One extra step isn't too bad, right?

Pros

  • Minimal impact on Genie: just one extra line in loans_checkin.aspx.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Supports IE7, IE8, IE9 beta, Firefox 3+, Chrome 5+, Opera 10+, Safari 5+
  • Supports 212 international currency formats.
  • AJAX-to-web-service-enabled
  • Blessed with good looks

Cons

  • It's not already part of Genie?

Anatomy

The key components are:

  • An ASP.NET user control: AndornotCheckinControl.ascx.
  • A jQuery plugin: jquery.genieCheckin-1.0.js.
  • A JSON-enabled .NET web service: checkin.asmx.
  • A .NET wrapper to the Webpublisher XML API: Andornot.Web.WebPublisherXml.dll
  • A supporting Genie AddIn assembly: Andornot.GenieAddIns.Web.dll

genie_checkin

Fig. 3 (above) - Diagram showing key components and workflow of the add-in.

 

Contact Us

Call or email or parachute in for a quote on adding this functionality to your Inmagic Genie installation.

1-866-2626-2525 toll free
info@andornot.com
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Andornot Newsletter – October 2010

by Kathy Bryce Monday, October 18, 2010 8:53 AM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

Contents:

Latest Andornot News

  • Andornot On the Road
  • See us at a Conference
  • Andornot Archives Starter Kit update released
  • Grey Literature for the Third Sector
  • Health care expertise at your fingertips 24/7 - MUHC site goes public
  • Burnaby's Charting Change Atlas wins ArchivesNext award
  • Ottawa Hospital Library Launches Inmagic Genie
  • The challenge: creating a travelling virtual exhibit for locations with no internet access.
  • Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired Launches New Website
  • Funding opportunities for BC clients

Inmagic Updates

Tips and Tricks

  • Know thy users, or at least their searching behaviours
  • Do your DB/TextWorks databases need some TLC?

Cool Tools

  • web based diagramming and flowcharts

Latest Posts from Our Developers' Blog

Please contact us for further information or to be added to our newsletter list.

Andornot Archives Starter Kit update released

by Kathy Bryce Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:20 PM

We have just released an upgrade to the desktop version of our Andornot Archives Starter Kit. This was formerly known as Archives Online and is an add-on to Inmagic DB/TextWorks for managing archival accessions and descriptions.

The Archives Starter Kit is designed to allow quick and easy creation of databases for archival accessions and descriptions and is especially suited to small- and medium-sized archives with limited IT resources. It is designed to comply with the following archival standards:archives starter kit menu screen

  • Canadian Rules for Archival Description (RAD)  
  • International Standard for Archival Description (ISAD)

The Archives Starter Kit includes ready to use databases for:

  • Accessions
  • Descriptions
  • Contacts (i.e. donors, researchers suppliers, volunteers etc.)
  • Research Requests
  • Subject thesaurus populated with nearly 5,000 English terms from the Government of Canada Core Subject Thesaurus as of May 2010. These terms can be deleted or modified and are included to provide a starting point for building a local thesaurus.
  • Name Access thesaurus
  • Geographic Thesaurus which can be populated with local provincial entries from the Geobase Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB).
  • Profiles (to fill various forms with the institution address and contact names).
The databases can be adopted as-is, or customized for specific needs. They can also be augmented with other databases available through Andornot's mix and match options. For example,you can add on databases managing artifacts, a library catalogue, donations, provenance, records management and more. Reports include forms for printing deeds of gift or loan; hierarchical finding aids and an EAD XML report.

Our Archives Starter Kit - web version has also recently been updated. The web version allows you to create a web interface to your descriptive data quickly and easily. While the web interface is based on the fields in the Archives Starter Kit fields it can be easily modified to use fields from any DB/TextWorks archival database instead.  An alternate web interface is also available for schools or for organizations with just digitized resources, and features gallery style search results. We can also create a customized interface to suit your needs, and blend it with your website template or content management system.

Existing users of Archives Online version 2 and 3 may be able to upgrade for free. You will need a recent copy of DB/TextWorks – preferably the current version which is v12, however version 10 and up should also work. If you have an older version please contact us for upgrade pricing.   If your databases or forms have been customized since your original purchase, these changes may need to be replicated or merged into the new version. Upgrade assistance is of course available on a consulting basis.  Contact us to receive a copy of the upgrade instructions to see whether you would be able to handle this yourself or would need our help.

Brad Morrison, Archives Manager for Sidney Museum & Archives recently upgraded from Archives Online version 2 purchased in 2003 and writes that “One of the marked improvements over the previous version is the Digital Asset data entry screen, wherein the ability now to satisfactorily catalogue, describe and view our photographic collection is becoming a significant asset in assisting our cliental.  I just want to thank you again for developing and providing us with this useful archival tool which makes my day to day job so much easier to accomplish.”

Read more details on our website; let us know if you would like to set up a time for a demo; or contact us for more information and pricing.

Grey literature for the Third Sector

by Denise Bonin Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:52 AM

Grey literature, fugitive publications, the hidden web; it sounds all very mysterious doesn’t it? threeSOURCE-logoWhere are these resources? How can they be found? Well for the folks in Alberta – and because it is on the Internet, for the rest of the world – this previously concealed material in the non-profit and social services “third” sector now has a home at threeSOURCE: http://www.threesource.ca. See the press release here.

Database

The database that forms the basis of the site contains a vast quantity of grey literature from groups such as the Alberta Federation of Labour, Alberta Status of Women Action Committee, Family Service Association of Edmonton, Calgary Status of Women Action Committee, and Families First Edmonton. It also contains the ESPC catalogue collection, which during the course of the project was converted from another system, L4U, using the MARC Transformer, into Inmagic DB/TextWorks.

Jennifer Hoyer from the Edmonton Social Planning Councilspearheaded this new website with funding assistance from Alberta Culture and Community Spirit and the Edmonton Community Foundation.

“There is currently no central location, either physically or virtually, for accessing publications created within or about this field of work.  People working within the third sector – in social services and nonprofits – are notoriously short on time when it comes to finding information and staying current within their field.  ThreeSOURCE hopes to make this process easier by presenting a one-stop-shop,” writes Jennifer.

Website

Andornot assisted with almost every aspect of this site, from the recommendation of Artisteer as the basis for the website graphic design, which Jennifer took to enthusiastically, to the deployment of the site on the ESPC server. Our team integrated the website design into the ASP.NET based Umbraco Content Management System. We set Jennifer up with the desktop interface of the Andornot Starter Kit so she could catalogue grey literature while we developed the web interface. This included the database component, which consisted of the quick and advanced search screens, brief displays, a full display, Google book covers, a RSS feed for the latest database additions, and the Email, Save, and Print components. The web catalogue uses Inmagic WebPublisher PRO as the underlying search engine.

Content Management System

Once the website was up and running on our development server with Umbraco, Jennifer could login through a web browser and start adding website content to the site. Andornot put the final touches to the site, such as a link to their newsletter sign in and an RSS feed from the database and then moved the whole site over to the ESPC server.

“One of the key features of this audience is that they generally access and share information in a very social way: they discuss the latest developments in their field over coffee with colleagues, and they share new publications with their email contacts,” writes Jennifer. “We wanted to replicate this social aspect in some manner, and the RSS feed of New Acquisitions is a starting point for engaging our audience beyond the library catalogue interface.”

Topic Searches

Using Umbraco, Jennifer is able to quickly add new canned or topic searches to the home page, which can be based on recent requests for information or hot topics. To illustrate, Jennifer writes:

“We were recently approached for information regarding affordable housing solutions for seniors, to support a proposal for a related project.  A quick search of subjects such as “Seniors” and “Housing – affordable housing solutions” brought up the Wellesley Institute’s recent report on Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) and the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Analysis of housing for seniors living with disabilities using a livable and inclusive community lens (2009).  The former provides federal government funding allocations towards housing for low-income seniors.  The latter identifies affordability as a top major housing issue faced by seniors and seniors with disabilities, and pointed towards other publications confirming the urgent nature of this issue.”

She promptly added a link to all the items in the database on the topic Housing for Seniors after receiving that request for information. We are sure that the page will soon fill up with links to other relevant topics as they are determined, making the finding of relevant information in the third sector so much easier.

Congratulations to the Edmonton Social Planning Councilon the launch of this valuable resource.  Contact us for more information on project specifics. 

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