Andornot Newsletter–October 2012

by Kathy Bryce Tuesday, October 30, 2012 2:19 PM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

Andornot News

  • Open Data: a Learning Summit and More
  • 5 Ways to Use DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO with SharePoint

Inmagic News

Recent Projects

  • Canadian Medical Association Develops New PolicyBase
  • West Vancouver Archives Gives Search Website a "Tune-Up"
  • Canadian Conservation Institute Launches Andornot Discovery Interface

Tweets of Interest

Tips and Tricks

  • Installing Inmagic DB/Textworks v13 on Windows 8 x64

Cool Tool:

  • HootSuite

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Heritage BC Award for Burnaby oral history project

by Kathy Bryce Monday, October 29, 2012 10:44 AM

We are delighted to share that at the Heritage BC Annual Awards ceremony on October 19th, 2012 Heritage Burnaby was presented with an Award of Honour for the 2011 Burnaby Oral History Project.

“These awards, presented annually, acknowledge important contributions and exceptional efforts to increase awareness of and support for heritage resources.  This honour was given to the City of Burnaby in recognition of the work that had been done at the City Archives to digitize the Burnaby Oral History Collection.  Approximately 40 interviews of long-time Burnaby residents were digitized and can now be heard online, thanks in large part to the new oral history databases developed by Andornot.  The new databases allow the interviews to be indexed, uploaded, searched and streamed online for the first time.  In addition, with the infrastructure now in place, new interviews are being collected with more and more Burnaby stories being captured and preserved for the benefit of all our citizens – current and future. 

The ongoing relationship we enjoy with Andornot continues to promote innovative and inspiring projects such as the oral history program, and we look forward to building on this success in the years to come.”  [Arilea Sill, City Archivist.]

More information on the oral history project can be found in our blog post or take a look at the web interface to the the database.

Capitalize on the latest trends: Topic Pages and Content Curation

by Kathy Bryce Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:56 PM

Two recent articles “Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing”, and “5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)” explore the rise in popularity of topic based (Pinterest, Medium) versus chronologically based web publishing (blogs, Facebook, and Twitter).

Thankfully Topic Pages are a trend that librarians and archivists should be able to embrace with ease!  We have catalogued our collections, so we can create topic lists or pages based on our subject headings without too much extra work. 

A quick and simple way to implement these is to build canned queries so that users can click on a hyperlink and view results from your catalogs without having to type into a search box.  We have been a long time advocate of these, and provide an Inmagic Search Cannery Wizard to help you build them.  When used within a Content Management System such as Umbraco, the canned query search results can be embedded into a page with custom headings and text. Check out the image galleries at the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network site to see how seamlessly this works. Even better, the page will be automatically updated to include any new records that match the query criteria. Take a look at another great example of topic pages that we helped Fraser Health set up. Their very popular Subject Guides incorporate the latest books along with other recommended resources and embedded RSS feeds of articles.

Curation, as in curated content or digital curation, is another recent buzzword.  The National Library of New Zealand describes it nicely as “the ongoing finding and sharing of relevant digital and non-digital content about a specific topic for a specific audience. Typically, this content will come from a variety of properly credited sources and will be collated in such a way that the collection will be more useful than its individual elements.”  As this post points out, this is what Librarians have always done!  A recent article in the Library Journal discusses career possibilities for librarians in this ever expanding field.   Check out a thought provoking list in Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons and see how Google is planning to steal TV audiences with “the YouTube Election Hub, a multi-sourced video channel designed to aggregate coverage and commentary from across media outlets old and new. Alongside clips from the likes of ABC News, Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal and BuzzFeed is a curated feed of videos from other sources.”  

These developing trends translate into new opportunities for librarians to do what they have always done best, i.e. organize information. Let us know if you are implementing these ideas in your organization, or of course contact us if you need help.

Andornot Newsletter - July 2012

by Kathy Bryce Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:30 AM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

Andornot News

  • Andornot at SLA
  • Andornot expanding in Eastern Canada
  • More than just technology expertise
  • Andornot Discovery Interface available

Inmagic News

  • Inmagic Genie 3.5 released
  • Presto for DB/Text announced
  • Inmagic July 2012 newsletter

Recent Projects

  • St Andrew’s College Photographs, Yearbooks and Alumni Magazines Online
  • Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches Enhanced Search and Mobile Interface

Tweets of Interest

Tips and Tricks

  • User files

Cool Tool:

  • Evernote

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Inmagic Genie 3.5 released

by Kathy Bryce Monday, June 11, 2012 2:25 PM

All clients with a current Inmagic maintenance subscription for Genie (part of the Inmagic Library Suite) should soon be receiving an email from Inmagic with the download information for version 3.5.

If you have a current maintenance subscription but have not received a notification email in the next week, 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.

Here are a few highlights of the Inmagic Genie v3.5 release.  Please see the Genie v3.5 Readme and documentation for more detail;

  • Remember Search Criteria
  • Multiple Library Email Addresses Supported for Requests Sent from the Cart
  • View Book Covers on Summary or Detail Catalog Reports
  • Update Genie Configuration Files from a Remote Location

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 interface to include the latest features available in the software itself, or with our add-on products.

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