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Patient health education materials are an important resource for both caregivers and patients, allowing health care providers to provide important information to patients for their ongoing care in a written format. This may include printed pamphlets handed out at the conclusion of a hospital visit, emergency department discharge instructions, and electronic resources patients can access from home during their recovery.

Like many health authorities, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) manage databases of such materials, and each has recently upgraded the website used to provide access to these resources for staff and the public. Using our Andornot Discovery Interface, two modern, accessible and mobile-friendly search engine sites were built, one for VCH and one for PHC:

Vancouver Coastal Health Patient Health Education Materials

Staff and patients may search by keyword or select a health topic from the home page, then narrow their results by topic, format and critically, language, as many resources are available in multiple-language translations.

Spelling corrections, search suggestions and relevancy-ranked results also help connect a user with a resource quickly and accurately, and a synonym list helps connect different terms for a condition to the same resources. For example, a search for blood clots returns the same results as a search for coagulation, and vice versa, allowing different terms to be used to find all relevant resources.

When viewing a record, those available translations are shown so a user can quickly select the best version for their needs.

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Many records provide the PDF online for patients and staff to access, but staff may also use these systems to monitor resources which are under review, or to request that a review be initiated or obtain other information about the resource.

A table view of search results is available for rapid scanning of resources, primarily for health care staff already familiar with the resources who only need quick access to the relevant PDF.

Table View

Behind the scenes, a DB/TextWorks database shared by both VCH and PHC is used to catalogue and manage the resources.

The two sites are hosted by Andornot, along with the DB/TextWorks software and database, as part of our managed hosting service.

Andornot works with health authorities throughout British Columbia and across Canada to provide information management solutions for other patient health resources and health care libraries.

FPInnovations is a private, not-for-profit R&D organization that specializes in the creation of solutions that accelerate the growth of the Canadian forest sector and its affiliated industries to enhance their global competitiveness.

As part of its mandate, FPInnovations maintains a research library of in-house reports and other publications available to members and in some cases, the public and all industry.

This research library was recently made available through an instance of our Andornot Discovery Interface search engine, at

FPInnovations Research Library Search Results

This site provides searchable access to over 10,000 reports and publications covering more than 50 years of FPInnovations’ research. Subject areas include forest operations, wood products and pulp, paper and bio-sourced products, with full text PDF reports immediately available online.

Spelling corrections, search suggestions and relevancy-ranked results connect users to resources quickly, with the ability to further limit results by industry sector, research area, material, type, date of publication and other facets of the collection.

spelling correction

A DB/TextWorks database is used behind the scenes to catalogue and manage the reports.

This new resource complements two related Andonot projects:

  1. the ThinkWood Research Library; and
  2. the B.C. Wood Supplier Directory.

The Widener University Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to print and digital materials such as papers, photographs, publications, audiovisual items and memorabilia related to the history of Widener University, in Pennsylvania, and its predecessor institutions.

Widener University Archives

A separate, more specific archive, the Sexuality Archives, contains the pamphlets, papers, newsletters, books, journals and audiovisual materials related to the history of Sexuality, Sexology and Sexuality Education as well as Widener's Human Sexuality program.

Both of these collections are now searchable online using Andornot's Discovery Interface at

With a graphic design that matches the university's branding, and features such as spelling corrections, relevancy-ranked results, and facets such as Subject, Name, and Decade to narrow results, these sites help researchers quickly locate materials of interest.

Andornot worked with archives staff to upgrade their older DB/TextWorks databases to use our Archives Starter Kit, create new databases from Excel spreadsheets, and clean up some of the data, before developing the new web search interfaces and retiring previous ones. Both web search engines are hosted by Andornot.

The Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) is a collaborative effort initiated by a group of Catholic colleges and universities to share their resources electronically with librarians, archivists, researchers, scholars, and the general public, all who are interested in the Catholic experience.


A website at provides information about CRRA, while a union catalogue of member resources, powered by the open-source VuFind discovery interface provides global, freely available access to rare, unique and/or uncommon materials in libraries, seminaries, special collections and archives. By electronically bringing together resources in many formats from many collections, the VuFind site enables easy, effective and global discovery of Catholic research resources.

The collection includes records uploaded in MARC, MARC XML and PastPerfect format, as well as records harvested directly from member systems using the OAI-PMH protocol.

The VuFind system was previously hosted by one of the member universities, but is now hosted and co-managed by Andornot and CRRA.

The Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives, just outside Ottawa, has hosted their website and online archival collections and exhibits with Andornot for many years. Each year, their online presence has grown with newly digitized resources and new exhibits about their area.

Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives

In 2020, thanks to a Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program grant, they were able to:

  • upgrade their version of our Andornot Discovery Interface to the latest version, with features such as a rotating carousel of images on the home page, full text search of linked PDFs, and a "More Like This" option to find related resources;
  • digitize an extensive array of new materials, including 40-50 large format maps, and display those maps in search results using our image zooming feature;
  • create a new DB/TextWorks database of local historic landmarks and places abd add a mapping feature to the site to allow users to explore these;
  • upgrade the Umbraco content management system that powers the non-search portion of the site and add a blog feature to keep fresh content flowing more easily; and
  • refresh the graphic design of their website with a new, modern look.

These enhancements join content added in recent years such as:

The ongoing enhancements and new content added to the Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives website and search engine help researchers and residents of the area to better explore their local history.

"I want to thank Jonathan, Peter, and Kathy for all your hard work on this project. It is very, very much appreciated. The new website is what we have been hoping for since we first launched it a number of years ago. And the extra features give us much greater flexibility in the future. And we are very pleased you were able to add the ability to search across the pdfs within this project. Thanks for your patience as you explained things to us and guided us through the project."
-- Irene Robillard, President, Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives.

Earlier blog posts about Andornot's work with the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives:


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