"When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In This Issue

Meet with Andornot at Upcoming Conferences and Events

This Fall, we'll be attending museum conferences in three provinces, and hope to meet many of you at them. Be sure to stop by our booth in Calgary, Whistler and Mississauga to learn more about our search engine and virtual exhibit solutions for museums.

If you're not attending the conferences, do still contact us if you'd like to arrange to meet as we usually have time available while attendees are at sessions.

Alberta Museums Association Conference. September 15 - 17, 2016 - Calgary, AB

BC Museums Association Conference. October 12 - 14, 2016 - Whistler, BC

Ontario Museum Association Conference. November 2 - 4, 2016 - Mississauga, ON

The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages: A LITA Guide

We are excited to announce that the newly published "Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages: A LITA Guide" includes a chapter written by our Peter Tyrrell on programming in C#.

The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages: A LITA GuidePeter was approached last year by the editor, Beth Thomsett-Scott, who has gathered together chapters by experts on nine different programming languages that librarians might need to know more about.

"There are many books on programming languages but no recent items directly written for librarians that span a variety of programs. Many practicing librarians see programming as something for IT people or beyond their capabilities. This book will help these librarians to feel comfortable discussing programming with others by providing an understanding of when the language might be useful, what is needed to make it work, and relevant tools to extend its application. Additionally, the inclusion of practical examples lets readers try a small "app" for the language. This also will assist readers who want to learn a language but are unsure of which language would be the best fit for them in terms of learning curve and application.

This book is designed to provide a basic working knowledge of each language presented, case studies which show the programming language used in real ways and resources for exploring each language in more detail."

Peter is of course both a librarian and a programmer himself, so was delighted to contribute a chapter to the book.

Grant Funding Opportunities

Many of the projects we work on are grant funded, so we are always on the lookout for programs that clients could apply for. We can work with you to define a project and write up proposals for submission with your application. There are several opportunities for federal government grants that we are aware of right now for 2017-2018 (click the links below for details of each).

Virtual Museum of Canada Virtual Exhibits Investment Program. Deadline September 28, 2016.

Virtual Museum of Canada Community Memories Investment Program. Next call for proposals will open in November.

Department of Canadian Heritage's Museums Assistance Program (MAP). Deadline is November 1, 2016 The Collections Management component includes projects related to upgrading collections management systems. Contact us for a copy of the 2017-2018 guidelines.

Library and Archives Canada: Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). Announcement of the next application cycle is due shortly.

Andornot's Latest Projects

We continue to help libraries, archives and museums upgrade their collection management systems and processes, and to showcase their collections in modern search engines. Here is one recent project from each type of cultural institution that we had the pleasure of working on recently.

Discover the fascinating artifacts in the Museum of Health Care collection

Museum of Health Care The Museum of Health Care in Kingston, Ontario is home to more than 35,000 artifacts, from surgical tools to laboratory instruments, which bring to life the story of medical care from the 18th century to the present day. The Museum has used Inmagic DB/TextWorks software for many years to catalogue and manage the collection, but was using a very old version and the web search interface was rudimentary and did nothing to showcase the artifacts.

The Museum received grant funding and Andornot was hired to provide updates that both met their administrative needs, and improved accessibility to the collection for the public. We completely revamped the internal artifacts DB/TextWorks database to current standards by implementing our best practices in database design, adding validation lists and cleaning out unused fields and reports.

However, the fun part was designing the new search of the collections using our Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI). It was hard not to get sidetracked looking at some of the bizarre and scary implements! For example, check out the tools for tooth extraction such as the tooth key from circa 1750. Virtually all the items in the collection have images attached, which can be viewed in either a list view alongside details of the item, or in a gallery view for quick browsing.

Read more about this project in this blog post.

New Catalogue Search for Vancouver Island Health Authority Library

VIHA LibraryThe Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has used Inmagic DB/TextWorks for many years to manage their library collections. This year, VIHA joined other health authority libraries around British Columbia in upgrading their web-based library catalogue search interface to a modern, feature-rich system: the Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI).

The new catalogue is available at

The updated system is comparable to the search interfaces found in most university and public libraries, with a quick search box and then the ability to drill down through the results.

Read more about this project in this blog post.

Automating Municipal Records Transfers to an Archives

Andornot recently helped a municipal archives save hours of manual work when civic records are transferred to them, by automating part of the data transfer process.

This municipal archives uses Inmagic DB/TextWorks to manage their collections. The many departments in the municipality complete a form when they are transferring records to the archives. The form is a fillable PDF form, but when the archives receives it with the records, they still needed to re-key, or copy and paste, data into their DB/TextWorks system. To speed up this process, XML data is exported from the PDF, and Andornot developed an XSLT that can be used by DB/TextWorks' data import feature to import data directly into the database.

Approaches like this are great for all sorts of institutions. Another common example is libraries sourcing catalogue records from other catalogues, such as by using BookWhere software, and importing those records into their catalogue, through DB/TextWorks or Genie.

Read more about this project in this blog post.

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 small selection of recent tweets in this newsletter, but encourage you to follow us on Twitter.

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