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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