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.

Burnaby Art Gallery Online Collections Now Include Public Art

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, April 01, 2015 2:26 PM

The Burnaby Art Gallery is a long-time Inmagic user and was one of the first of Inmagic’s clients to adopt our Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI). This innovative tool was used as the basis of a new public search of the BAG’s collections, including artworks and books and printed materials in a reading room at the gallery. Features such as spelling corrections and facets, combined with a gallery style layout of art, help researchers, curators at other galleries and the public appreciate the BAG’s collections from afar.

Recently the BAG was tasked with cataloguing the many works of art in public settings, such as parks, city streets and local institutions. Over 100 of these works, many of them unique sculptures, have been catalogued, photographed and located by means of a latitude and longitude. This information is all stored in the gallery’s Inmagic DB/TextWorks system.

Records for these public art works are now available in the search engine. Click here to view the public art specifically. While viewing a work, a “View in Google Maps” link is available to geolocate the art and help you plan a trip to see it in person.

Ironically, and delightfully, the work of public art shown in the screenshot above is called ‘The Search Engine’ and is described as:

This large hybrid sculpture of metal and plants … is a public artwork which recognizes the legend of the train engine which sank into Still Creek 100 years ago. This sculpture connects the adjacent Skytrain with the hidden history of the area. The 45 degree angle of the sculpture evokes a train either sinking or emerging from the soils.

Contact us to learn more about AnDI and how it can enhance discovery of your unique resources.

Northern Health Library Services Launches VuFind Discovery Interface

by Jonathan Jacobsen Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:08 PM

In January, we wrote in this blog post about the increasing numbers of Andornot's special library clients who are choosing discovery interfaces for their library catalogues. The latest to adopt this popular style of search engine is the Northern Health Authority Library in Prince George, B.C. 

Northern Health Library Services is a long-time Inmagic DB/TextWorks user, and continues to manage their library collection with this software. The search interface used by patients, the public and health authority staff has been upgraded to the open-source VuFind discovery interface, one of Andornot’s recommended systems.

VuFind provides users with an intuitive and productive experience using features such as:

  • fast, relevancy-based keyword search results;
  • spelling corrections and did-you-mean suggestions of alternate terms;
  • links to related resources;
  • faceted browsing to easily narrow down results; and
  • tools for saving and sharing searches and records.

The VuFind system is hosted by Andornot at https://nhalibrary.andornot.com

It provides users with a choice of themes, through a drop-down in the top right corner. The default theme is a modern one built with the Twitter Bootstrap responsive web framework, designed for desktop browsers as well as tablets and phones. An older theme is also available for older browsers, such as Internet Explorer 7 and 8, still in use in some agencies.

Contact us for more information about DB/TextWorks and VuFind.

More Special Libraries Choose Discovery Interfaces

by Jonathan Jacobsen Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:01 PM

More and more of Andornot's special library clients are choosing discovery interfaces for their library catalogues. With features such as:

  • fast, relevancy-based keyword search results;
  • spelling corrections and did-you-mean suggestions of alternate terms;
  • faceted browsing to easily narrow down results; 
  • tools for saving and sharing searches and records; and
  • integrated access from tablets, phones and other mobile devices;

discovery interfaces provide the search experience that users expect from all web applications these days, and especially library catalogues.

Some of Andornot's recent special library discovery interface projects include:

 

The Horizon Health Network libraries in New Brunswick recently merged four separate Inmagic DB/TextWorks-based library catalogues into a single, web-based Inmagic Genie integrated library system, with Andornot's assistance. Search access for health care staff is available through the Andornot Discovery Interface at http://horizonlibrary.andornot.com 

 

The Alberta Energy Regulator has just upgraded from an early version of the open-source VuFind discovery interface to the very latest version. This new site, at https://aer.andornot.com, features a modern, responsive web interface optimized for both full-size desktop browsers as well as tablets and phones. 

A second interface offers compatibility for older browsers, and the site is available in many languages, offering access to the widest range of users possible. AER manages library operations with Inmagic DB/TextWorks databases.

 

The Thunder Bay and Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit Libraries manage a multi-location library collection with Inmagic Genie, and provide search access with the VuFind discovery interface at https://ophc.andornot.com 

 

The Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Florida has made over 80,000 records from its Inmagic Genie library system available in a discovery interface powered by VuFind and hosted by Andornot at https://revscat.andornot.com

 

The Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired in British Columbia is about to launch an upgraded library catalogue using the Andornot Discovery Interface with custom features for online loan review by vision teachers and their visually-impaired students. PRCVI continues to manage library operations, including circulation and ordering, with a suite of Inmagic DB/TextWorks databases.

 

A large Ontario government ministry managing its library with the Inmagic Genie integrated library system added the Andornot Discovery Interface OPAC, in particular to comply with provincial legislation requiring software to meet accessibility standards and be usable by those with visual and other challenges.

Other Collections

Discovery interfaces are also ideal for other collections, such as archives, digitized historic documents, art galleries, museum artifacts, and more.  Some examples from Andornot's work include:

The United Farmers Historical Society collection of historic publications.

The Ontario Jewish Archives historic records, including a map interface.

The art and book collections of the Burnaby Art Gallery.

It's Your Turn!

We hope these examples will inspire you to review your library catalogue and other information sources, and consider an upgrade to a system with the features users expect in 2015. With several systems to choose from, and ever more features available, this is the year to make the switch. Contact us to discuss the best option for you and your users.

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