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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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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Transportation Association of Canada Library Upgrades Web Search Options

by Jonathan Jacobsen Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:49 PM

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) uses Inmagic DB/TextWorks to manage a library catalogue and databases of reports, manuals, and other literature related to transportation. The collection includes materials from governments, universities, associations and the private sector, both in Canada and abroad.

TAC approached Andornot to discuss upgrading the web search interfaces to their library databases to a more modern design with some new features. The existing interfaces, as well as the new ones, use Inmagic WebPublisher PRO for search and display, but were looking dated and didn't match the TAC website.

Andornot used our Andornot Starter Kit web interface for WebPublisher PRO to design new interfaces for three of TAC's DB/TextWorks databases. Each interface is available in both English and French, and the overall design matches the TAC website for a more integrated look. 

"The search interface for the library catalogue was functional but limited.  With few internal resources to dedicate to the project, we approached Andornot about using the Starter Kit to improve the appearance and features of the interface. The result was quickly achieved and a vast improvement over the previous forms.  I'm looking forward to seeing how members respond to these new search features." -- Glenn Cole, TAC Library

Key features of the sites include automatic stemming and ANDing of search words, browsable indexes, RSS feeds, book covers from Google when available, a selection list for saving items, and an interface that adapts to the user's screen size, so it's just as usable on a phone or tablet as on the desktop.

The three databases available online for public searching include:

  1. The TAC Library Catalogue database contains over 25,000 documents from major Canadian transportation agencies as well as many international organizations. Items may be borrowed by those with a one-time need for them.
  2. The Current Practices and Innovations database contains information on maintenance, construction, road safety and climate change.
  3. The Canadian Surface Transportation Research database offers information on research about a wide range of transportation themes, such as economics, the environment, soils and materials, highway and bridge design, construction and maintenance, traffic engineering, vehicle studies and rail transportation.

Many resources in these databases are available for immediate access as PDFs.

Contact Andornot to discuss options for bringing your search interfaces up to modern standards.

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