Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Migrates to VuFind Discovery Interface

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, August 26, 2015 4:40 PM

Andornot was pleased to help Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Library & Information Services migrate several of their web-based library search interfaces to the VuFind discovery interface this summer. 

The NSBS Library has used Inmagic DB/TextWorks for many years to manage a variety of databases, including a library catalogue. Inmagic WebPublisher was previously used to search some of those, and remains available for a few other databases, but now a new VuFind interface provides a single search across:

  • texts, case law reporters, legislation, forms & precedents collections, and other print material;
  • online resources licensed for in-library use; and
  • continuing professional development papers in full-text.

The new catalogue is available at https://catalogue.nsbs.org

Features such as spelling corrections and search suggestions, relevancy ranked results (with more recent items boosted higher in results), and facets to narrow searches provide the features users expect in a web search application.

The design of the new VuFind site was customized to match as closely as possible the main Society website, for a seamless transition between the two. The site adapts to the user's browser, so it's just as usable on a tablet or phone as in a desktop browser.

The initial response from library users has been very positive. 

"I've spoken to quite a few library users who've tried it and are really pleased. Find it really user-friendly. We have gotten emails from lawyers who have clearly discovered an interesting sounding resource via the catalogue and want to know more (is it in-library use only or can they borrow...). Some lawyers also got on board right away with signing up for a user account so that they could use the results management tools, like sending selected results as an email list to us, asking if resources are available." – Deborah Copeman, Librarian, NSBS

The NSBS Library joins a growing number of specialized libraries adopting discovery interfaces to search their collections. While public and academic libraries have offered this more modern style of search to their users for many years, smaller libraries are now able to join them with systems such as VuFind and our own Andornot Discovery Interface.

Contact us to discuss improvements to your library information and online search applications.

Law Society of New Brunswick Library Upgrades Web Catalogue

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:19 AM

Andornot recently helped the Law Society of New Brunswick Library upgrade its Inmagic DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO-based library catalogue.  

We started by upgrading the DB/TextWorks database to the latest version available from our Andornot Starter Kit, including attractive query screens, reports and forms, with script buttons for easy navigation.

We then developed a new web interface using a responsive template that works as well on tablet or phone as a desktop browser. This attractive interface incorporates design elements from the Law Society’s main website, while providing maximum usability for searching the catalogue. 

The catalogue search is available in English and French, and allows society members to request items from the library with a simple form.

The new catalogue is available at http://www.nblawlib-bib.ca

"It's been an exciting and informative time with the development and launch of the new catalogue website, led by the exceptional guidance and direction of Jonathan and the team at Andornot. The Provincial Libraries Committee and myself are pleased with the outcome and look forward to patrons accessing and benefitting from the ease of use of the new template and the resources available."  -- Tanya Davis, Provincial Law Librarian

The new catalogue is hosted by Andornot as part of our managed hosting service.

Contact us to discuss improvements that might be possible for your catalogue.

Updated search interface for the Interior Health Library Catalog

by Kathy Bryce Monday, August 10, 2015 9:35 AM

The Interior Health library catalog search interface has been given a revamp to modernize the experience and improve the functionality.  The old interface using WebPublisher PRO (figures 1&3) expected users to figure out how to construct their searches in advance.  The new interface (figures 2&4) using the Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI) allows users to put in their keywords and then narrow down the hits from the results screen. 

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Figure 2

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Figure 3

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Figure 4

This, plus the more forgiving search syntax with built in automatic typo and spelling correctionsNewCat3 with “Did you Mean?”  suggestions, will result in an improved search experience for IH staff. In addition the site is now responsive ensuring that it is just as readable on a cell phone or tablet as on a desktop PC.

As before, the new site includes canned search links for special topics and collections, and a more prominent listing of new titles through an embedded RSS feed.  Book covers from Open Library are included automatically  based on the ISBN field if they are available.

Contact Andornot to discuss similar upgrades to your search interfaces.

Upgrades to the Libraries of the BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency

by Jonathan Jacobsen Monday, July 13, 2015 7:37 AM

Two of Andornot's long-standing health care clients, the BC Children's and Women's Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency, recently came together to share a library management system and public search engine for their collections.

BC Children's and Women's had been using an early version of the Inmagic Genie integrated library system for many years, while the BC Cancer Agency used DB/TextWorks to manage its collections. Both used versions of Andornot's Starter Kit for Inmagic WebPublisher PRO to provide public search access to their collections.

The upgrade completed this year provides them with a shared, modern, current-version Genie system for cataloguing, serials, circulation and more. As each record "belongs" to one or the other of the two institutions, this cost-effective approach still allows them a measure of autonomy within the shared data.

The two organizations chose the Andornot Discovery Interface as the platform for developing a new search engine for patients and medical staff.

The  public search interface is available at https://libraries.phsa.ca 

With AnDI, users can search the collections of the BC Cancer Agency, and separate collections within the BC Children’s and Women's Hospital, including ones for patients, for medical staff, and a bookstore where items may be ordered online and shipped. All libraries also support borrowing by patients throughout British Columbia.

As with all search systems based on the Andornot Discovery Interface, this one features relevancy-ranked search results, spelling corrections and did-you-mean search suggestions, and facets for easy search refinement. Book covers from OpenLibrary.org as well as icons representing different types of items add visual interest to the bibliographic citations.

Contact Andornot to discuss similar upgrades to your collection, or review other recent blog posts about work we do with health care providers.

ARLIS Upgrades "The Pipe Files" VuFind Catalogue

by Jonathan Jacobsen Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:00 AM

The Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) has upgraded "The PipeFiles", its VuFind-powered catalogue of reports, maps, analysis and other materials related to Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline projects to a newer version of VuFind. 

The new catalogue is available at http://www.arlisresources.org/thepipefiles/

Previously, the catalogue was powered by the 1.x legacy VuFind line. Upgrading to the more modern 2.x takes advantage of the many features, fixes and support provided by the open-source VuFind development community.

Key features of both the original and new versions of The Pipe Files VuFind system include:

  • Nightly import of MARC records exported from the main University of Alaksa ILS.
  • Indexing of full text of all linked PDF reports, to increase search options and relevancy-ranked search results.
  • Automatic generation of cover images of the PDFs. Covers are displayed in search results in various sizes and add visual interest to the bibliographic citations.
  • Custom full record display – tabs removed and all fields arranged in a single, traditional arrangement.

The new web interface uses a VuFind theme built from the ever-popular Twitter Bootstrap responsive web framework. Almost all of Andornot's web projects use this or a similar responsive framework to provide the same level of access on devices of all sizes and shapes, from full-size desktop browsers down to tablets and phones.

Learn more about VuFind and Andornot's other VuFind projects here: http://www.andornot.com/products/search-and-discovery-tools/vufind.aspx

Contact us to discuss options for a discovery interface style of search for your catalogue or other collection, using VuFind or the Andornot Discovery Interface.

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