Introducing a brand new service – video tutorials!

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, October 21, 2015 12:57 PM

We've been thinking about end users a lot lately, and how we can help improve their experiences with the web interfaces that we develop. We've always offered support to our clients, but wanted to also help our clients help theirs.

We are pleased to now offer the production of high quality end user training videos for our products and solutions. Videos can be made to provide help on any of the products that we offer, such as the Andornot Discovery Interface, VuFind, Andornot Starter Kits, Inmagic Genie, DB/TextWorks and Presto.

Our short, focussed videos give your end users a walk through of the major features of your search interface using your data. These allow users to learn much more quickly than reading through help files as they can actually see what the steps are to conduct an effective search.

The videos can also target different levels of searching. If your end users tend to be casual users, we can create a video that introduces them to the basics of searching—navigating the search interface, entering search terms, and using facets, for example – with other videos available for more advanced users conducting in-depth research.

Examples

The examples above are just a few of the videos we have produced for some of our own search interfaces. Our video training solutions are not limited to just our own applications. We can develop video tutorials for pretty much anything. We've seen the many ways that different end users try and accomplish tasks, and can help you help them navigate through the information resources they use daily.

Finished videos can be distributed via a YouTube channel, as we've done with the above, embedded in a search application, as we've done with http://archives.ufa.com/help, added to your intranet, or almost any other means you choose.

Recording a video can be challenging! Choosing the software to use, writing a script, recording and editing the final result, and then publishing it online all takes time. We have the tools, expertise and time to do this. We would always work with you to determine the aspects of your site or the records that you wish to showcase.

Why not let us help you make sure your end users can get the most from your online search interfaces! Contact us to discuss the possibilities today.

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Andornot Newsletter for September 2015 Now Available

by Jonathan Jacobsen Tuesday, September 08, 2015 3:41 PM

Our September 2015 newsletter has been emailed to subscribers and is available to read here.

In this issue:

  • A Round-up of Andornot's Summer Projects to Inspire You
  • Meet with Andornot at Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • Tips and Tricks: Upgrading to DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO version 15
  • Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News

Contact us to subscribe to the emailed version.

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How to open local files from DBTextWorks search results

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, September 02, 2015 2:26 PM

Suppose you have a field called FileLink in a database, and you have a collection of PDFs or similar documents on your network. And suppose you want to catalogue these, enter the name of the PDF in the FileLink field, and then in DB/TextWorks search results, have the file name appear as a link that you can click to open the file.

Here's how to do this:

1. Open your Display Form (the one used to show all records) or a Report Form (usually used for brief results) in the Form Designer.

2. Right click on the FileLink field (or add it first if it's not there) and select Box Properties.

3. Select the Format tab, then the Added Text subtab.

4. In the 'Beginning Text' field, enter '<file://' (without quotes) and just a closing angle bracket > in Ending Text, like this:

5. Apply your changes, save the form, and return to your database.

6. Create a new record and in the FileLink field, right click and choose Browse Files. Browse to the location of the file. For example, if the file is on a network server called DOCUMENTS, in a folder called Reports, browse to \\DOCUMENTS\Reports and select the document (e.g. \\DOCUMENTS\Reports\Report123.pdf).

7. When you now search the database and view the full record, the above data will appear with <file:// in front and a closing >, like this:

<file://\\DOCUMENTS\Reports\Report123.pdf>

as shown in the image below.

8. You should be able to click this and open the file (assuming you have a PDF reader app in this case).

As always, contact us for help doing this or making other changes to your DB/TextWorks databases.

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Migrates to VuFind Discovery Interface

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, August 26, 2015 4:40 PM

Andornot was pleased to help Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Library & Information Services migrate several of their web-based library search interfaces to the VuFind discovery interface this summer. 

The NSBS Library has used Inmagic DB/TextWorks for many years to manage a variety of databases, including a library catalogue. Inmagic WebPublisher was previously used to search some of those, and remains available for a few other databases, but now a new VuFind interface provides a single search across:

  • texts, case law reporters, legislation, forms & precedents collections, and other print material;
  • online resources licensed for in-library use; and
  • continuing professional development papers in full-text.

The new catalogue is available at https://catalogue.nsbs.org

Features such as spelling corrections and search suggestions, relevancy ranked results (with more recent items boosted higher in results), and facets to narrow searches provide the features users expect in a web search application.

The design of the new VuFind site was customized to match as closely as possible the main Society website, for a seamless transition between the two. The site adapts to the user's browser, so it's just as usable on a tablet or phone as in a desktop browser.

The initial response from library users has been very positive. 

"I've spoken to quite a few library users who've tried it and are really pleased. Find it really user-friendly. We have gotten emails from lawyers who have clearly discovered an interesting sounding resource via the catalogue and want to know more (is it in-library use only or can they borrow...). Some lawyers also got on board right away with signing up for a user account so that they could use the results management tools, like sending selected results as an email list to us, asking if resources are available." – Deborah Copeman, Librarian, NSBS

The NSBS Library joins a growing number of specialized libraries adopting discovery interfaces to search their collections. While public and academic libraries have offered this more modern style of search to their users for many years, smaller libraries are now able to join them with systems such as VuFind and our own Andornot Discovery Interface.

Contact us to discuss improvements to your library information and online search applications.

Law Society of New Brunswick Library Upgrades Web Catalogue

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:19 AM

Andornot recently helped the Law Society of New Brunswick Library upgrade its Inmagic DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO-based library catalogue.  

We started by upgrading the DB/TextWorks database to the latest version available from our Andornot Starter Kit, including attractive query screens, reports and forms, with script buttons for easy navigation.

We then developed a new web interface using a responsive template that works as well on tablet or phone as a desktop browser. This attractive interface incorporates design elements from the Law Society’s main website, while providing maximum usability for searching the catalogue. 

The catalogue search is available in English and French, and allows society members to request items from the library with a simple form.

The new catalogue is available at http://www.nblawlib-bib.ca

"It's been an exciting and informative time with the development and launch of the new catalogue website, led by the exceptional guidance and direction of Jonathan and the team at Andornot. The Provincial Libraries Committee and myself are pleased with the outcome and look forward to patrons accessing and benefitting from the ease of use of the new template and the resources available."  -- Tanya Davis, Provincial Law Librarian

The new catalogue is hosted by Andornot as part of our managed hosting service.

Contact us to discuss improvements that might be possible for your catalogue.

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