Elgin County Museum Joins Archives in Launching Upgraded Search Interface

by Jonathan Jacobsen Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:38 PM

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/ 

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.

Andornot Professional Development Grant for 2017 Awarded to Mark Goodwin

by Jonathan Jacobsen Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:59 PM

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 (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 here and drop by to say hi if you can.

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