Thursday, May 11, 2006 11:19 AM
I was in Regina last week for the Saskatchewan Library Association Conference
. One of the best things about it was the presentation by David Suzuki
as he was on a book tour for his new book, DAVID SUZUKI: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY. I have always liked his story-telling style from way back to my undergraduate days when I sat in on many of his undergraduate Genetics classes.
Although I did not meet up with the folks from the Saskatoon Public Library
when I was at this conference, I did show off their site a few times, specifically their Inmagic databases
. I like what this site illustrates; that you can use Inmagic software for a huge variety of databases AND in a public library setting.
One thing that they have done is to have a multi-textbase search on all their databases. I did a search on RANKIN and got references to obituaries, newspaper articles, novels in sequence, sheet music, local history, government publications, talking books, and art exhibit catalogues. Obviously if I was looking for Ian Rankin
novels in a sequence, I should have gone to that database first, but it was fun to see what the multi-textbase search brought up. I encourage more folks to use their Inmagic software for more than just their library catalogue and to use the multi-textbase search option of Web Publisher Pro.