Andornot Newsletter - October 2011

by Kathy Bryce Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:01 PM

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Latest Andornot Projects

  • Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Geological Survey Catalogues Now Online

  • Discover gospel, jazz, blues, and rock and roll gems in the newly amalgamated Center for Popular Music textbase

  • Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches

  • Vancouver Island Health Authority library launches new catalogue interface and joins HLABC OneSearch

Andornot News

  • New Search and Discovery Tools
  • Budget time?

New Training Schedule

Andornot on the Road

  • Access 2011 Conference

Tweets of Interest

Tips and Tricks

  • Gather User Feedback with a Simple Comment Link

Cool Tool:

  • Utilities to Simplify Common Tasks

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VIHA library launches new catalogue interface and joins HLABC OneSearch

by Denise Bonin Thursday, September 08, 2011 3:25 PM

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) Library recently switched from an in-house built library catalogue system to Inmagic’s DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO, becoming the fifth British Columbia health authority to do so.  The new system provides staff in all the VIHA hospitals and health-related offices (and from their homes and elsewhere, too) access to more features than were previously offered.  Because the catalogue is on the Internet, the public can use it too, although requesting items is limited to staff only.  Several of the VIHA library staff have used Inmagic software in other library settings and were delighted to be using it again.

VIHAThe VIHA library catalogue on the web: is based on the Andornot Starter Kit and features Quick and Advanced search screens, a few popular topic searches – using canned searches.  The search results include Google book covers, which add both colour to the site and links to more details about each book; icons for quick material type identification; Permalinks to provide a link that remains unchanged over time (for sharing and bookmarking); and functions for Ordering requests and Email, Save and Print for sharing or personal use. 

HLABCThey now join other BC Health Authorities, including Fraser Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Interior Health, and similar health organizations; all using the same backend Inmagic software.  As a result, this facilitated the inclusion of the VIHA catalogue into the popular Health Libraries Association of BC (HLABC) OneSearch where search terms can be entered into a single search box and all the  catalogues can be searched quickly at the same time.  Librarians from all the health authorities have commented how much they like to use the OneSearch system to locate items not in their collection, thus providing a time saving search mechanism and a wonderful resource sharing tool. 

Both the new features in the VIHA catalogue and the inclusion in the HLABC OneSearch system provide greater functionality to all the VIHA users, including both staff and public alike.   Cliff Cornish, Regional Manager, Library Services, comments:

“It is wonderful to finally have a modern OPAC, and it is great to be able to participate with the other Health Authority Libraries in the HLABC search.”

For further information, contact Andornot. 

Discover gospel, jazz, blues, and rock and roll gems in the newly amalgamated Center for Popular Music textbase

by Denise Bonin Monday, August 29, 2011 4:21 PM

Looking for the words to the popular late nineteenth century song and dance ditty All among the roses

Just what is the name of that song by George Pope Morris with the first line that goes like this: The young stars are glowing, their clear light bestowing

Are you looking for photographs of women musicians, such as group called the Bostonia Orchestra

Check out the textbase on the long-time Inmagic software user website at Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Center for Popular Music (CPM) to find all those answers and more. 

Andornot worked with fellow Inmagic Partner, Ann Stringfield from InfoCrofters in North Carolina to amalgamate 9 unique Inmagic textbases into one combined textbase of almost 90,000 records.  You can now search in one user friendly interface for manuscripts, periodicals, photographs, posters, playbills, programs, rare books and scores, sheet music, song broadsides and trade catalogues. Ann comments:

The MTSU Center for Popular Music staff's dedication to their craft is evident in their provision of full lyrics, first lines, and extensive notes.  Now we all know that Elvis Presley's "Blue Suede Shoes" was once choreographed for a ballet!"

As stated on the site’s About Us page: The music business of Tennessee has long been an important segment of Tennessee's economy. In addition to Nashville, the cities of Memphis, Knoxville, Bristol, Chattanooga, Cleveland and Lawrenceburg have played significant roles in music publishing, broadcasting and recording. The Center's collection documents these business activities as well as musical ones [all in one central location].

Using the Andornot Starter Kit, the textbase features a quick and advanced search screen, several brief record result formats, a full display format, plus excellent textbase navigation. Social media elements include an Email, Save and Print option, including a Select All ability, Permalinks and Bookmark and Share attributes.  Images are being added to the newly created textbase, with the Song Broadsides collection containing the most images at the moment.  Grover Baker, The Center for Popular Music (CPM) librarian states:

One reason we selected Andornot and their Starter Kit is that we felt it could meet all of our current needs while carrying us into the future.“

He comments further:

Working with the folks at Andornot has been a wonderful experience!  From the outset, it was obvious that they had taken time to become familiar with our database and the different types of items found within our collections.  Because they were able to recognize that our collections are somewhat akin to those found in museums, they combined features from their Museum Starter Kit with those in the ASK Starter Kit.  Andornot was able to tailor the search screens to work seamlessly within the template of our website. The results are fantastic, and our users are going to love searching with the new database!

Andornot coordinated with our campus IT staff to install the system on our server.  When they ran into a glitch, they were able to determine the problem and get everything working properly in an amazingly short period of time.”

Contact Andornot for more information on how to integrate your textbase into your website template, improve textbase navigation and add a multitude of social elements. 

Dynamic Expansion Script

by Denise Bonin Thursday, August 04, 2011 11:04 AM

We recently revamped the Law Society of Newfound and Labrador Library (LSNLL) catalogue interface.  One of the features we added was a method to open and close the Table of Contents on the search results page.

The LSNLL catalogue interface, which uses Inmagic WebPublisher PRO, has always just had one form – a brief one - which pretty much consists of just a bibliographic citation, a call number and “see also” subject links. The previous brief form also had the Table of Contents displayed if that information was in the record. If there were Tables of Contents in several results records, this greatly added to the length of the brief list.

Rather than having a full display just to show the additional Table of Contents information and to also minimize the length of the brief display, we came up with a scripted solution that opens and closes the Table of Contents as needed.  This could also be used to expand and contract full text in a textbase record or just text on a static page. 

Here’s a short video illustrating how it works: 

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The details of the method are as follows:

Download a copy of jquery.js from and insert it in a scripts folder under the layout folder (referenced from head tag in the form – see below).

In the DB/Text web form:

<div class="ShowHide"><a href="#">Table of Contents</a></div>

<div class="expandDiv"><div>TableofContents</div></div>

[TableofContents is the field, the rest is added beginning and ending text]

In the website CSS:

.expandDiv {display: none;
           border:1px solid #BEDCE7;
           border-radius:3px 3px 3px 3px;}

.ShowHide {margin-top:10px;

.ShowHide a {display:block;
           margin:0 0 4px 0;
           padding: 3px 6px 5px 26px;
           font-weight:normal !important;
           background: #eaf2f5 url(images/folder_16.png) no-repeat 4px 50%;
           border:1px solid #BEDCE7;
           border-radius:3px 3px 3px 3px;}

In the search results head tag:

<script type='text/javascript' src="/layout/scripts/jquery-1.4.4.js">

<script type='text/javascript'>
		$(document).ready(function () {

			//Toggle for Table of Contents
			//Switch the "Open" and "Close" state per click 
then slide
up/down (depending on open/close state) $(".ShowHide").click(function () { $(this).toggleClass("active").next()
.slideToggle("slow"); return false;
//Prevent the browser jump to the link anchor }); }); </script>

If you need help setting up this nice neat solution to open and close a Table of Contents field or any other full text field, please contact one of us.

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches

by Jonathan Jacobsen Monday, June 13, 2011 3:46 PM

The Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives (CJCCCNA) and the Jewish Public Library Archives (JPL-A) are proud to announce the launch of a new website, The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network, at

3 The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Search Results As two of the major organizations involved in Canadian Jewish historical research, both located in Montreal, CJCCCNA and JPL-A preserve the memory of Quebec and Montreal’s poets and politicians, its artists and activists, its builders and teachers, its families and philanthropists. Their users can now visit the collections from the comfort of their own desks, searching the online catalogue for archival collections dating from the 18th century onwards. Using the site's selection cart, users can select, e-mail, print or order archival material directly from the web.

More than 25,000 database records from these archival collections are currently online, as well as over 1,500 digitized historic photographs and archival documents. Many complete multi-page documents are available in PDF format. The digitized documents currently online include minutes, annual reports, anniversary publications, sermons, and ephemeral material.

Users of the site can also delve into the CJHN's genealogical research database, which already contains close to 50,000 genealogical records and over 5,000 associated images.

“What you see now on this website is a seamless blend of two repositories' holdings; actually a virtual ‘mind-meld’ of two institutions into a single functional entity helping researchers. Through designing the web site together it has now become natural for us to consult each other in areas of archival acquisition and even software and equipment purchases, sometimes acquiring a digitization tool in one location and trading services with each other.”

Janice Rosen, Archives Director, Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives

Andornot assisted with this project in many ways, including:

  • creating the website using the Umbraco Content Management System;
  • developing an archival database based on the Andornot Archives Starter Kit, as well as a separate genealogical database, to hold data from multiple different sources submitted by participating institutions;
  • developing data import procedures to allow staff at each organization to keep the live databases up-to-date with their local collections; and
  • hosting the website and databases and providing ongoing support and updates.


“Archives are not really about the past, rather we must constantly plan for the future: how will we preserve this for another five hundred years; who is going to use this archive fifty years from now; what will they need and why and so on. With this in mind we know that we will continue to push the limits of the CJHN site. With the help of Andornot's services we are assured that CJHN will grow not just in digital content but also in partners, in use, relevance and profile.”


Shannon Hodge, Archivist, Jewish Public Library Archives

“The CJHN is a model for honouring and preserving our history and traditions – not by locking it away in a dusty archive – but by celebrating, cultivating and sustaining our history for a stronger Canadian Jewish future. The core message of building directly on our communal memory to shape and improve our communal future is a truism that we all should keep in mind.”

Benjamin Shinewald, National Executive Director, General Counsel and Acting CEO of CJCCC

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