CHLA Conference a Success for Andornot Grant Recipient Mark Goodwin

by Mark Goodwin Tuesday, May 30, 2017 6:32 PM

I had the privilege of being selected as the recipient of Andornot's 2017 Professional Development Grant in order to fund my attendance at the Canadian Health Library Association (CHLA) conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Having recently started a position as a Reference Librarian at the BC Cancer Agency, the conference offered an opportunity to grow as a new health information professional - and mine exhibitors for free swag (thanks Andornot!).

As a first time attendee, I made it a priority to take advantage of every networking opportunity available. I acted as a CHLA Social Media Ambassador and attended social events like the First Timer's Reception. All of this provided excellent avenues for forging connections with colleagues in BC and across Canada. Free cocktails are always a plus, too.

One of my conference highlights was University of Alberta Professor Tim Caulfield's keynote on celebrity culture and its (spoiler: mostly negative) influence on public health, which left me feeling inspired to be more involved socially as a champion for evidence-based information. The discussion continued during an interactive session around the prevalence of fake news and pseudoscience. One of my main takeaways from all this? The power of personal stories. Health professionals often combat bad information with a 'just the facts' approach. A more effective technique is to focus on personal narratives, and then use facts and evidence to reinforce the message.

I also discovered a number of health information resources that will be extremely useful to my work in a practical sense. Sessions and courses covered everything from research data management tools to health app reviews. You know you're in the right continuing education course when your instructor has the Twitter handle @Grampa_Data!

I love being a health librarian because it allows me to help others - and my experience at this conference will help me succeed in doing that. Mission accomplished in the swag department as well - I have enough tote bags and water bottles to last me at least a year.

My deepest thanks go out to Andornot. I wouldn't have been able to attend this event without their generous support!

Twitter: @MarkJWGoodwin

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markjwgoodwin

Our Awards Banquet table featured librarians from coast to coast.

Our Awards Banquet table featured librarians from coast to coast. Photo by @katmil2020

BC Health Librarians busy 'networking.'

BC Health Librarians busy 'networking.' Photo by @Librownian

Me with Tim Caulfield

Me with Tim Caulfield, author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash

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Stanford's King Institute Launches New Documents Search Engine

by Jonathan Jacobsen Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:03 PM

Last year, Andornot had the pleasure of working with the King Institute at Stanford University on their archival database of tens of thousands of speeches, sermons, letters, and other documents by and about Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Known as OKRA (Online King Records Access), the database includes descriptive information as well as holdings details for these resources held at repositories all over the United States. 

In that first project, we conducted a major rebuild of their DB/TextWorks-based databases to make it more usable by staff and students at the Institute.

This year, we were able to upgrade the web-based search interface for this resource with one built from our Andornot Discovery Interface

The new search interface is available at http://okra.stanford.edu and offers researchers features that will greatly help their work, such as:

  • type-ahead suggestions of names, places and topics as a user starts a search;
  • spelling corrections and search suggestions;
  • a sophisticated search engine that presents the most relevant results first (with an option to re-sort by title or date);
  • facets to easily refine a search by name, place, topic, date and other aspects of the data;
  • handy tools for saving and bookmarking records, emailing them, or sharing them on social media; and
  • an advanced search form for constructing highly specific searches, or for simply browsing all available names, topics, places and other key indexes of the data.

The new search engine adopts the same layout and design as the main King Institute website, for a seamless transition between the two.

Contact Andornot for data management and search solutions similar to this one.

Introducing Digital History Hub: Web Hosting for Cultural Collections

by Jonathan Jacobsen Friday, May 05, 2017 11:03 AM

Visit Digital History Hub

Need a quick and easy way to showcase a collection of photos, or a portal for an in-depth online exhibit? 

Digital History Hub lets you do both!

You can quickly build a searchable repository of archival records, artifacts, photos, oral history recordings, videos, historic documents, and more.

  • Ideal for archives, museums, historical societies and libraries.
  • Powered by the popular Omeka system.
  • Easy to use on your own, or with help from Andornot.
  • Hosted in Canada.

 

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. Digital History Hub is fully hosted and supported, so there's nothing for you to install or configure. We'll create an Omeka site just for you, and you can get started creating collections and exhibits!

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

Cloud Computing in Canada: Peril or Pleasure?

by Jonathan Jacobsen Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:42 PM

Thinking about signing up for an online service, or moving your existing data or software to "the cloud"?

Check out Andornot's article on cloud computing in the latest issue of Wired West, the newsletter of the Western Canada Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, where we outline the most important things you should think about, and questions you should ask, before taking the leap.

And don't forget that Andornot offers managed hosting of all sorts of applications. Unlike "the cloud", our servers are located in Canada and managed by people you know: us! Contact us with any questions about cloud computing, hosting and web applications.

Andornot's April 2017 Newsletter Available: News, Tips and Tricks for Libraries, Archives and Museums

by Jonathan Jacobsen Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:09 AM

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