In This Issue
Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Now Offering a Single Search Across Multiple Data Sources
The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network (www.cjhn.ca) contains over one hundred thousand archival and genealogical records about Jewish history in Canada. The website is now powered by the latest version of the Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI), providing an updated search with facets, spell checking and a host of new features.
Records are available from six different repositories and include many digitized photographs and historic documents, and an increasing number of videos. Search options allow users to easily narrow their results to just these types of records if they wish. An advanced search page also allows users to limit their searches by repository, material type, and other parameters, or to Browse A-Z indexes of Names, Places, Subjects and Collections. The Image Galleries and fonds inventories have all been upgraded to use the new search system.
The updated selection feature allows users to save records and then create a PDF, email them to a colleague, or request more information from the archives. A hierarchical display shows the archival records in context and there is a link to view related records based on indexing terms. Permalinks facilitate the indexing of individual records by Google and other search engines, thus providing additional access points to the collection.
We are delighted to have been able to continue to work with CJHN on improvements to their site and to see the network continue to flourish. As AnDI is a search layer, minimal changes were required to staff workflow in each of the repositories.
Read more about this exciting upgrade in this blog post.
How a Hospital Library and the Local Public Library Partnered to Share Patient Education Materials
If you search the Halifax, Nova Scotia public library catalogue for "physiotherapy", the first record to appear is for an educational pamphlet on "Physiotherapy services in Nova Scotia" with a link to view it online as a PDF. Subsequent records in the search results are also patient education pamphlets covering such topics as a guide to going home after surgery, ankle injuries and shoulder-strengthening exercises.
The Health Sciences Library of Capital Health has recently partnered with Halifax Public Libraries to add hundreds of these hospital-produced patient education pamphlet records to the public library's catalogue. The goal is to make locally produced current information about health promotion, medical conditions, diagnostic tests, and surgical procedures more accessible to the public. These materials are also freely available and searchable from the website of the Health Sciences Library of Capital Health.
The hospital uses Inmagic DB/TextWorks to maintain the pamphlet database in a non-MARC format. Lara Killian from the Health Sciences Library spoke on the project at the recent CHLA conference in Montreal and described the project. Records are exported into MARC format from DB/TextWorks using a map created with the MARC Transformer available from Inmagic. These records are then massaged using the free MARCEdit software to create a file suitable for loading into the MARC-based AquaBrowser discovery software used by the Public Library. There were some challenges with the MARC formatting, such as the display of French diacritical marks. At the Public Libraries, Dave MacNeil worked with AquaBrowser to tweak the formatting of the search result display to ensure that when these pamphlets show up, the direct link to the free PDF i s easily identifiable.
This new initiative launched in June 2014, with the goal of increasing visibility and usage of the pamphlets by adding this new public access point.
If you need help with a similar project, please contact us for assistance.
Meet with Andornot in 2014
Andornot attends numerous conferences across the country each year. They're a great opportunity for us to meet with you in person, so we hope to see you at one of the last few of this year:
We also hope to be attending some local library events in Vancouver and Toronto. Watch for a special email announcement soon.
Tips and Tricks
Add a Checkout Receipt or Loan Reminder to Inmagic Genie
When you loan a resource through Inmagic Genie's checkout or self-checkout features, the due date is calculated and displayed on the screen. However, there is no printed or emailed confirmation for the user. If the MyGenie feature is configured, the user may log in later to see a complete list of all the items they have borrowed and their due dates, but many users won't want to do so.
For some libraries using Genie, the concept of a due date is only a suggestion of when to return the item, but for others, it's important that items be returned so they're available for others.
Fortunately, it's easy to use the batch email feature added to Genie in version 3.3 to create an emailable checkout receipt.
A similar report can also be created and emailed a few days before a due date, with just a slightly different message, such as "A reminder from the library. The items listed below are due on the dates shown. Please let us know if you wish to keep them longer."
Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News
As 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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