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In Vancouver, Join Andornot at the SLA Western Canada Chapter's Year End Event on November 18

Andornot is delighted to be sponsoring the SLA Western Canada Chapter's Year End Event, on November 18.

This year's event features a special encore presentation of "Finding Those Who Don't Want to Be Found Using Social Media and Other Cyber Tools, one of the most talked about sessions from the SLA 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver.

Julie Clegg, principal of a leading investigative agency, will discuss how to use social media and other resources to track and locate people who do not want to be readily found. Emphasis will be placed on resources, tips and techniques that you can add to your research toolkit.

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Where: Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver BC (room C509)

For details and to register, please visit

Andornot is sponsoring this event, and will be there in person, as in past years. We hope to see all of you there.

In Toronto, Join Andornot at the SLA Toronto Chapter's Holiday Social on December 11

Party Andornot will be in Toronto to attend and sponsor the SLA Toronto Chapter's Holiday Social on December 11, at the Arts & Letters Club. Stay tuned to the SLA Toronto Chapter's website for final details. We look forward to catching up with all you Torontonians then!



Inmagic Webinar: The Magic Continues!

Inmagic PartnerJoin Inmagic on November 5th at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET for a demonstration of Presto for DB/TextWorks, a preview of the upcoming DB/Text version 15, Presto 4.4 and more! You will also learn about an exciting year-end Presto for DB/Textworks promotion.

You and your colleagues can register here or by calling 604-278-6717.

Contact Andornotfor more information and Presto for DB/TextWorks and to take advantage of the year-end special offer.

Revs Institute Launches VuFind Catalog of Automotive History

The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc. in Naples, Florida is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the understanding and appreciation of automotive history.

Within the Revs Institute, a research library contains over one million discrete items including over 700,000 photographs, 24,000 books, over 200,000 magazines and journals, papers, other written documents, films, and ephemera.

Over 80,000 records from the library are now available in a discovery interface powered by VuFind and hosted by Andornot at


Features such as spelling corrections, relevancy-ranked search results, and facets for quick refinement of a search, help users discover information of interest to them from the fascinating collection available in the catalog.

The library uses the Inmagic Genie integrated library system to manage the collection of records. Data is exported from this system nightly, using the Andornot Data Extraction Utility, and uploaded to VuFind.

"Our experience has been that the new VuFind interface adds both visual and intellectual clarity to our OPAC. Our bib records are cleaner, more organized and more easily searchable by our users. This, of course, means that our research collections are more accessible to library patrons," says Trina Purcell, Special Collections Manager at the Revs Institute.

Contact us to discuss a discovery interface such as VuFind for your collection.

Tips and Tricks

Checking for Broken Links in Catalog Records in Inmagic Genie

Inmagic DB/TextWorks has had a very useful feature to check all the URLs in records for many years (since version 8). This handy tool (under the Tools menu) will crawl all the URLs in a field you designate, and write the results into another field (e.g. URLStatus) in your database, for review and correction of the URLs.

For libraries using the Inmagic Genie integrated library system, such a feature doesn't yet exist. As more and more libraries catalogue more and more electronic resources, the need to periodically check URLs and correct invalid ones becomes ever more important.

Fortunately, there's a fairly easy way to do this in Genie, using a link checker plug-in into your web browser.

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Full details are available in this blog post, or contact us for assistance.

Adding Dot Leaders Between Columns in a DB/TextWorks Report

Have you ever tried to create a report in DB/TextWorks that looks like a Table of Contents or Index, and wanted to have a dots to line up the entries in the two columns? The entries are invariably different lengths so the number of dots required needs to vary.

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The trick to creating a report like this is to add fixed text into the box for the first column - in this case after the title. In the Box Properties set the Paragraphs tab to No added paragraph breaks. The fixed text dots have to have a space between them as in . . . . rather than ... This allows any excess dots for long entries to be bumped to the next line. Under the Position tab then set the Maximum height to 1 line.

See this blog post for more images, and contact us for assistance.

Let Us Know of New or Changed Staff

People Have you had any staffing changes? Would you take a moment to help us keep our contact information up to date? Let us know of anyone who is new, and anyone who has left. We'd like to be sure our newsletters and Inmagic maintenance reminders and special offers get to the right person..

Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News

Follow Andornot on TwitterAs we come across news, projects, resources and other items we think might be of interest to our clients, we tend to post a quick tweet on our Twitter page, rather than a longer blog post. We've included a selection of recent tweets in this newsletter, but encourage you to follow us on Twitter.

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