Elgin County Archives Launches New Archival Search Interface

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:31 AM

The Elgin County Archives, in St. Thomas, Ontario, has been using Inmagic DB/TextWorks for many years to manage its collections.

Recently the DB/TextWorks databases and interface were upgraded with the Andornot Archives Starter Kit, to provide a RAD-compliant structure and easy-to-use search screens and forms.

This month the web interface was also upgraded. The new interface uses a similar layout and design as the main Elgin County website, for a seamless transition for users. Both sites use a responsive framework, so they are as accessible on mobile devices as in desktop browsers.

View the new interface at http://inmagic.elgin-county.on.ca/ask/

The searchable database contains over 120,000 records, with high resolution photos available for almost half the records.

Popular topics include:

(The above are canned queries created with the Andornot Search Cannery Wizard; click the links to view results).

Contact us to upgrade your archival collections to a modern interface.

Galt Museum and Archives Artifacts Collection Now Searchable Online

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, January 22, 2014 8:13 AM

The Galt Museum & Archives in Lethbridge, Alberta, uses Inmagic DB/TextWorks, WebPublisher PRO and the Andornot Starter Kit to manage its archival, museum and library collections. The archival and library collections have been searchable through the Galt website for sometime, and recently, the museum artifacts collection was added as well.

The latest addition, the artifacts collection, contains records for over 12,000 items collected over the past 50 years, reflecting the culture and history of Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta. Photographs are available online for about 10% of the collection right now, but more are being added all the time.

Collections Technician Kevin MacLean and his small team of assistants, interns and volunteers take care to go beyond the physical acquisition of an artifact: they also collect the stories of the people it belonged to and its significance to them. Now, these artifacts and related stories are accessible beyond the walls of the museum, a goal the Galt staff have finally realized with this project.

The three search sites share a common look and feel, with colour-coding to match sections of the website.

Canned queries guide users to popular topics, while quick and advanced search screens, with browsable indexes, allow them to find relevant results.

Search results are displayed in a functional, easy to view layout with simple navigation through records and back to search pages.

A selection list allows users to save records as they browse, then email, save or print the list, as well as request more information on the items from Galt staff.

On the server, each time an image is requested for display in search results, the Andornot Image Handler dynamically generates a thumbnail or enlargement, on-the-fly, from the master image. This saves time over manually creating each needed size.

Contact us for help making your artifact collection searchable using the Andornot Starter Kit for Inmagic software, or other search systems.

McGill Universities Health Centre Libraries Catalogue Now Using Responsive Layout

by Jonathan Jacobsen Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:22 PM

Earlier this year, the McGill Universities Health Centre Libraries launched a new website with a fresh, modern design. At the time, Andornot updated the library catalogue we host with a matching design.

As is often the case with a new website launch, after 6 months of real-world usage and feedback from users, a modest tune-up is often needed. With changes occurring to the main MUHC Libraries website often, rather than recreate them each time in the hosted catalogue, we took this opportunity to rebrand it with a simpler design, but to use a responsive web framework. With this, the site is as accessible on a smartphone or tablet as on a full-size desktop web browser. 

The library’s book catalogue is available directly at http://muhclibraries.andornot.com/Books/Default.aspx or though the MUCH Libraries website at http://www.muhclibraries.ca  As before, it’s available in both English and French, shows Google Book covers when available, and offers users a selection list to save or email records as they search. The site now also includes up-to-date loan information, pulled directly from the underlying Inmagic Genie system. The entire interface is built from the Andornot Starter Kit.

Contact us to update your search interface to a responsive one, accessible from any device.

A VuFind Index of Alaska North Slope Gas Resources

by Jonathan Jacobsen Monday, September 23, 2013 11:53 AM

Every day we learn about new and diverse users of the VuFind discovery interface. Just recently, the Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) contacted us for some help with "The Pipe Files", a VuFind-powered index of Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline work from the past 40 years. This specialized collection is an invaluable resource to researchers and workers in this field.

ARLIS had been using VuFind for some time, but had a list of changes and improvements they needed help with. 

The records available in The Pipe Files VuFind site are cataloged in ARLIS’s main library system and exported to MARC format for import to VuFind. Records include a link to a PDF report stored on the ARLIS document server.

Over a few months, Andornot helped with the following improvements to the site:

  • We adjusted the VuFind-MARC field mapping to suit the particular characteristics of these records and to bring MARC tags into the most appropriate VuFind fields.
  • We rearranged, added, and removed fields from the search results and full record display to best present the information in these records.
  • We configured Apache Tika to extract the full text of PDFs and make it searchable.
  • We configured ImageMagick to generate cover images of the cataloged PDFs, in various sizes, and display them when viewing records.

This sort of fune-tuning resulted in a more polished and usable search interface for this unique collection. Try it out at http://www.arlis.org/vufind/ 

Contact Andornot for help with your VuFind site, or to discuss a search interface to any collections you have.

DuPage County Law Library Upgrades Library System

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:04 AM

The Law Library of DuPage County, Illinois, has been using Inmagic DB/TextWorks for a number of years to manage a small, specialized collection of materials related to Illinois law. The Library contacted Andornot recently for assistance in making this catalog publicly-searchable. After reviewing the catalog and discussing their needs, Andornot recommended an upgrade to the DB/TextWorks databases as well as creating a web search interface.  

Desktop databases were upgraded to the Andornot Library Kit, a suite of DB/TextWorks databases designed for managing the collections and operations of a typical small specialized library such as this one. Library staff then updated records and added ISBN’s where possible to facilitate the automatic display of book covers when these are available in Google Books. Links were also added to take users straight to PDF documents and other websites.

A web interface was developed from the Andornot Starter Kit, and is hosted by Andornot in our data center.

The web interface blends together elements of their existing website and a new version of our Andornot Starter Kit search interface in a modern, responsive layout. The site and search options adapt and reformat themselves depending on the browser, so they are as usable in a full-size desktop browser as on a tablet or smartphone.

A list of popular topics on the home page (constructed with the help of the Andornot Search Cannery Wizard) provide quick access to areas of the collection. 

"The web version of the catalog has allowed us to give our users another way to explore our electronic resources and locate materials on the internet that they may have missed," says Elizabeth Cooper, Law Library Director.

The catalog is available at http://dupagelawlibrary.andornot.com 

Contact us for assistance with upgrading your catalog to more effective desktop and web interfaces.

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