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.

DB/TextWorks version 13 Service Pack 1 released

by Kathy Bryce Monday, March 19, 2012 3:25 PM

Inmagic has announced the release of a service pack for DB/TextWorks version 13.  This has improved support for extracting text from PDF files created by newer versions of Adobe Acrobat.  If you have the Importer set up to automatically load PDF files, then you will also need the update to PowerPack Lite which includes the Importer utility.

Clients who don't import PDF files and extract the text can ignore this service pack.

All clients with a current Inmagic maintenance subscription for DB/TextWorks should have received an email from Inmagic with the download information for this service pack.  If you have a current 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 need assistance with this or would like a quote on renewing an expired maintenance subscription.

Have you checked out Pinterest yet?

by Kathy Bryce Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:45 PM

There has been a flurry of articles recently discussing the rapidly increasing popularity of Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/ ) and trying to figure out how this could be utilized by businesses or other organizations.  Apart from this angle, it’s worth checking out for the design of the interface itself.  PinterestScreenShot1Users create “boards” for their topics of interest and “pin” images that they find on the web or upload from their digital photos.    The site is still by invite only, but once registered you can browse boards created by others and follow them and your friends.  (From a librarian’s perspective the search is so far a letdown, and is very rudimentary.)

Anyone with special collection databases with images may expect that their images could be pinned and repinned. For example there are many boards under the History category on fashion, i.e. Hoop Era Dresses – “a stash of Victorian dresses from the 1850s and 1860s”, or The Way We Wore: The 1940's. 

Pinterest Screen ShotEach of the pinned images has a link back to the originating website, so you may start to see links from Pinterest showing up in your website stats. This makes it all the more important to provide easy to find permanent URL’s for the record describing your image if these are only accessible through a database. ( The images from the board pictured here are from the New Westminster Archives.) 

Check out our blog post on How to replace those long canned query URLs with short, memorable ones which describes how to create these Permalinks, or contact us for help.

The Pinterest Mission statement reads "Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests."

Are you using Pinterest yet? If you have set up a board for your organization, let us know the details and we’ll add a note about it to this post.

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