Metro Vancouver Selects Andornot and Inmagic Library Suite

by Kathy Bryce Wednesday, November 25, 2009 9:23 PM

Andornot is pleased to announce completion of a contract with Metro Vancouver to replace the integrated library system used by its Harry Lash Library.

Metro Vancouver provides water, sewerage, parks, housing, and planning services to member municipalities in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia. The Harry Lash Library, located in Metro Vancouver's headquarters, was established in 1971 and provides services for staff, member municipal staff, elected officials, students, consultants and the general public.

Metro Vancouver selected the Inmagic Library Suite, comprising TextWorks, WebPublisher PRO and Genie, to replace a Horizon system as its primary ILS, with implementation and consulting services from Andornot.

Andornot conducted an extensive configuration of Genie to reflect the particular needs and workflow of library staff and Metro Vancouver's complex infrastructure. This major project required rigorous testing before transitioning to production, with separate environments and databases for internal and external users. Knowledge transfer to Metro Vancouver's IT department was an important component to allow them to handle ongoing maintenance and modifications to the system.Metro_Vancouver's_Harry_Lash_Library_Catalog_screenshot

Metro Vancouver uses MS SharePoint for both its internet and Intranet sites. For the intranet, the Genie OPAC was adjusted to fit within a SharePoint page  viewer web part. Single sign on to MyGenie has been enabled for staff to easily view any active loans or order requests. For the public internet site, Andornot built a web interface based on our Andornot Starter Kit, which is also embedded in a SharePoint page viewer web part. Previously unavailable except to Metro Vancouver staff, the public catalogue is now available for searching by staff at member municipalities and other core library users.

An automatic data extraction utility, coupled with the Inmagic PowerPack Importer, automates the process of keeping Genie's Borrowers and login databases synchronized with Metro Vancouver's Active Directory system. More information on this process is available in this blog post. This utility is also used to extract selected records for the external OPAC.

"Throughout our project I was consistently impressed by Andornot's expertise, patience, and perseverance as they worked their way through a complex data migration and implementation process. They were painstaking in their information-gathering process and achieved a near-flawless data conversion despite having to convert data from both a MARC and Access environment. They provided thoughtful solutions to our localized requirements and were always ready to answer our many questions. We are very happy with the new features such as enhanced searching, canned searches, "My Genie" features, and our brand new external Web catalogue."   [Thora Gislason, Librarian, Harry Lash Library]

Please contact Andornot for more information on the Inmagic Library Suite or our consulting services.

 

Vancouver Inmagic Users Group Meeting: December 3rd, 2009

by Kathy Bryce Tuesday, November 24, 2009 4:13 PM

Metro Vancouver library staff and Andornot will discuss their Inmagic Genie implementation, and their new publicly searchable catalog created with Andornot's Starter Kit and Inmagic WebPublisher PRO.

Andornot will demonstrate how Google Book Covers can be added to search results and how to add a Share button to individual records to facilitate social bookmarking and emailing links.

Have a question about an Inmagic product that's been on your mind? Bring it to the meeting and ask us and your fellow users. If there are any particular topics you would like us to cover, please email us in advance.

Date

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Time

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Place

Metro Vancouver
4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C.
Location Map

The Metro Vancouver offices are a 5-10 minute walk from either Metrotown or Patterson Skytrain stations. There is parking underneath the building with access from Kemp Street.
There will be a sign in the lobby directing you to the meeting room.

RSVP

RSVP by December 1st to Thora Gislason

Contact us for more information.

Andornot Newsletter - October 2009

by Kathy Bryce Friday, October 23, 2009 2:42 PM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

Contents:

Latest Andornot News

  • Vancouver Users Group meeting / Calgary & Edmonton trips
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Google Book Covers and Previews

Inmagic Updates

  • DB/Text WebPublisher PRO v12 released
  • Genie 3.3 SP 1 released
  • Inmagic newsletter – September 2009

Tips and Tricks

  • Removing carriage returns

Cool Tools

  • Bing tricks

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

Inmagic releases DB/Text WebPublisher PRO v12

by Kathy Bryce Friday, October 16, 2009 10:28 AM

Inmagic has announced the release of DB/Text WebPublisher PRO version 12.

This features enhancements to several areas, including:

  • Improved support for newer browser versions and operating systems
  • Support for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems
  • Better searching through a new advanced synonym searching feature
  • Enhanced CSS support
  • Enhanced Alternative Search Syntax ("Google" like query syntax)
  • Improvements to XHTML support

Check out our blog for instructions on how to install WebPublisher PRO v12 on Windows 7 which will be launched by Microsoft next week.  

All clients with a current Inmagic maintenance subscription for DB/Text WebPublisher PRO or the DB/Text version of the Library Suite should receive an email from Inmagic with the download information for this new version. (No date has yet been announced for the release of CS/TextWorks v12. )  If you have a current maintenance subscription but have not received a notification email in the next week or so, please email advantage@inmagic.com with your serial number and email address so it can be resent.  Please also remember to let us know if your contact information has changed so we can update our records and pass this on to Inmagic. 

Please contact us if you would like assistance upgrading or would like to renew an expired maintenance subscription. We can also help you update your current web interface to include the latest features available in the software itself, or with our add-on products.

LMN Launches Inmagic Genie

by Kathy Bryce Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:38 PM

LMN provides design services in architecture, urban design and interiors from their Seattle, WA headquarters and is the latest Andornot client to launch Genie (part of the Inmagic DB/Text® Library Suite).

LMN was previously managing its library collection with an in-house developed intranet and SQL database. This system allowed searching and browsing of the collection, but not the other features of an integrated library system, such as serials check-in and orders.

We converted records for their books, journals and building codes, and have also added extra fields and data for other materials that were previously not searchable such as archived materials stored off-site, marketing materials, architectural drawings and models, and materials samples. Genie has become the single source of information for a wide variety of company materials. As shown in the screenshot, icons in the search results help users see at a glance what type of material each record represents.

The Genie OPAC allows LMN staff to quickly see if an item is available before heading to the library to pick it up, where a self-checkout station allows them to sign it out. If the item is already on loan, the request function allows them to ask library staff to reserve it for them. The InfoCart function is also used to request library staff retrieve items from off-site storage at Iron Mountain. Having Genie track loans of these archived boxes or project files has been an added bonus, and as single sign on has been enabled, staff can use the My Genie link to easily see all the items out on loan to them.

"Andornot went above and beyond my expectations in terms of customer service and product knowledge. They worked closely with me to customize Genie to suit our particular user needs and material types. Andornot staff were flexible and resourceful as we worked through data migration and configuration processes. The expanded features Genie offers our staff are much appreciated, and they are well supported by Andornot. The transition to using this new tool has been much smoother than expected," says Kate Blair, LMN's Information Resources Manager.

Please contact us for more information.

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