Metro Vancouver Selects Andornot and Inmagic Library Suite

by Kathy Bryce Wednesday, November 25, 2009 9:23 PM

Andornot is pleased to announce completion of a contract with Metro Vancouver to replace the integrated library system used by its Harry Lash Library.

Metro Vancouver provides water, sewerage, parks, housing, and planning services to member municipalities in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia. The Harry Lash Library, located in Metro Vancouver's headquarters, was established in 1971 and provides services for staff, member municipal staff, elected officials, students, consultants and the general public.

Metro Vancouver selected the Inmagic Library Suite, comprising TextWorks, WebPublisher PRO and Genie, to replace a Horizon system as its primary ILS, with implementation and consulting services from Andornot.

Andornot conducted an extensive configuration of Genie to reflect the particular needs and workflow of library staff and Metro Vancouver's complex infrastructure. This major project required rigorous testing before transitioning to production, with separate environments and databases for internal and external users. Knowledge transfer to Metro Vancouver's IT department was an important component to allow them to handle ongoing maintenance and modifications to the system.Metro_Vancouver's_Harry_Lash_Library_Catalog_screenshot

Metro Vancouver uses MS SharePoint for both its internet and Intranet sites. For the intranet, the Genie OPAC was adjusted to fit within a SharePoint page  viewer web part. Single sign on to MyGenie has been enabled for staff to easily view any active loans or order requests. For the public internet site, Andornot built a web interface based on our Andornot Starter Kit, which is also embedded in a SharePoint page viewer web part. Previously unavailable except to Metro Vancouver staff, the public catalogue is now available for searching by staff at member municipalities and other core library users.

An automatic data extraction utility, coupled with the Inmagic PowerPack Importer, automates the process of keeping Genie's Borrowers and login databases synchronized with Metro Vancouver's Active Directory system. More information on this process is available in this blog post. This utility is also used to extract selected records for the external OPAC.

"Throughout our project I was consistently impressed by Andornot's expertise, patience, and perseverance as they worked their way through a complex data migration and implementation process. They were painstaking in their information-gathering process and achieved a near-flawless data conversion despite having to convert data from both a MARC and Access environment. They provided thoughtful solutions to our localized requirements and were always ready to answer our many questions. We are very happy with the new features such as enhanced searching, canned searches, "My Genie" features, and our brand new external Web catalogue."   [Thora Gislason, Librarian, Harry Lash Library]

Please contact Andornot for more information on the Inmagic Library Suite or our consulting services.


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