VuFind 1.4 Released with Features for Archives

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:36 PM

Version 1.4 of VuFind, a leading open-source discovery interface, has just been released. Andornot recommends VuFind as a great tool for integrating content from library catalogues and other databases and making it searchable with features and tools users expect from a web interface, such as:

  • spelling corrections and "did you mean?" suggestions of alternate terms and records;
  • facets, such as subject and author, to quickly refine a search;
  • options to save, email, bookmark and share searches and results; and
  • integrated content from external sources, such as book covers, reviews, and author biographies.

With version 1.4, a new "collections" feature makes VuFind an excellent choice for a discovery interface for archival and similar collections where information is arranged hierarchically (e.g. fonds, series, item, etc.).

These are two excellent examples of hierarchical collections within a VuFind system:

A more general VuFind demo is available at http://vufind.org/demo

More information about VuFind is available from this page and the VuFind website.

Contact Andornot to discuss how a discovery interface can provide the best search experience and features for your users, no matter what type of information it includes.

 

Inmagic and Andornot Joint Event–Toronto, January 30th

by Kathy Bryce Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:36 PM

Please join us for a special user group event featuring Phil Green, COO, Inmagic; and Kathy Bryce and Jonathan Jacobsen from Andornot.

Are you:

  • Interested in a peek at the Inmagic product development roadmap?
  • Looking for the latest information to maximize your investment in Inmagic products?
  • Curious to learn more about Inmagic's most recent product offering, Presto for DB/Text?
  • Eager to connect with your Inmagic peers to discuss best practices, tips and tricks?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please join Phil Green and Inmagic Authorized Partner, Andornot, on Wednesday, January 30th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for an Inmagic user group meeting in Toronto.

This educational, interactive session – open to all Inmagic users – will cover all these topics and more. Plus, beverages will be served.

See below for full event details. To register, please email Gina Napolitano. But sign up today – seating is limited!

Event Details: Toronto User Group Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 30th
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Location:
Intercontinental Hotel
Niagara Room (lower level)
225 Front Street West
Toronto, ON Canada
(800) 422-7969

Registration: Please send an e-mail to Gina Napolitano at gnapolitano@inmagic.com.

Special Note: Andornot will be exhibiting at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference at the Toronto Convention Centre, Booth 717, on January 31st and February 1st. Contact Andornot at info@andornot.com to request a login for a free pass to the exhibit area.

We look forward to seeing you on January 30th!

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Andornot Newsletter–January 2013

by Kathy Bryce Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:34 AM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

Andornot News

  • Ontario Library Association Conference – visit us at booth 717
  • Inmagic Product Roadmap session in Toronto

Inmagic News

  • Webinars on January 15th.

Recent Projects

  • Designing the Fraser Health Patient Education Resources System
  • Capital Health Library in Halifax updates search interface

Tweets of Interest

Tips and Tricks

  • Retirement Planning for Servers
  • Hosting with Andornot and SaaS

Cool Tool

  • Privnote

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

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Articles published in FreePint

by Kathy Bryce Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:23 AM

Two articles written by Jonathan Jacobsen have now been published in the UK online publication FreePint.

The abstract of the subscription only, full-length article is available here:

http://web.freepint.com/go/sub/article/69688

And a shorter free access version “Power Through Disparate Datasets with Discovery Interfaces” at:

http://web.freepint.com/go/features/69689

Please contact us if you would like to discuss the topics covered and how we can help you implement these ideas in your organization!

Generating Additional Statistics from Inmagic Genie

by Jonathan Jacobsen Friday, January 04, 2013 1:49 PM

Inmagic Genie includes a statistics page (usually found under Other in the left-side navigation menu) that provides a brief summary of important information about Genie. Out of the box, these statistics include:

  • Overdue Loans (total and by age: 1-7 days overdue, 8-14 days overdue, and more than 14 days overdue)
  • Overdue Serials 
  • Serials with Routing Lists
  • Catalog Records with Reserves

This is a good starting point, but we've found our clients want to know more about their collection and its usage. Some of the additional statistics we add to this page include:

  • Total Number of Catalog Records
  • Total Number of Item Records
  • Total Active Journal Subscriptions
  • Total Journal Issues (and other totals of specific types of materials)
  • Total Number of Borrowers
  • Total Loans per Calendar Year
  • Serials Not Received (differentiating between those marked Missing and those expected but not yet arrived)

It takes very little time to set these up, but they can then be accessed any time, by any authorized staff person.

These statistics are created by edited the MyStatistics.config Genie configuration file. Previously this required access to the server to edit this file. However, as of Genie version 3.5, you can enable access to all the configuration files through the Genie web interface. With this enabled, you would download the configuration file to your PC, edit it, and upload it again. 

Other statistical information can be obtained from Genie by searching the individual databases and selecting a pre-created statistical report. For example, while you can configure the Statistics page to give you a count of total loans for a calendar year, to get a breakdown by type of record (book, DVD, report, etc.) or by department, or by how long the item was kept out, you would search in Loans and select one of the statistical reports provided, such as Loan Statistics by Department. If the existing reports don't provide the statistic you need, it's easy to create a new report by editing the MyReports.config file. You can then include links to these reports in the Statistics page.

Andornot keeps a set of configuration files with many additional reports, search screens, pre-created statistics and similar "best practice" changes to the default configuration that ships with Genie. A list of many of this is available here. We can combine our set of configuration files with your existing ones to keep what you most like about yours, while adding new features and functionality from our experience with many Genie systems.

Contact us to review changes that might help you take better advantage of all the features in Genie.

 

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