Anders writes: "Indexdata is happy to announce that Net::Z3950::SimpleServer 0.08 is released. The most important improvement is the support for threads, which among other things enables the users to run SimpleServer on Windows. Hope you'll like it!"
Norman wrote in with a press release from CASPR Inc.: "CASPR Inc. today announced at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference an update to its library automation product called LibraryNet, which enables library administrators to easily deploy Web based library solutions on a wide range of platforms using industry standard open source components. LibraryNet 4.0 is an integrated library automation system designed around the industry standard MARC format, Apache Web Server, Perl Programming language, DBFILE indexing system and HTML Web user interface. The program runs on all standard operating systems including Windows, Macintosh, and Linux." Read the full press release here.
Kevin writes: "The Library Acquisitions Database manages the ordering and receiving of items, such as books and video cassettes, for a library system, featuring individual-branch buying and budgeting. It is developed in Perl (with DBI) with a MySQL database backend. It is developed by the TNRD Library System, which has already developed Public Access Terminal Control (PATC), for user access control PATC. Acquis is still under development, and no releases have been made yet. However, the source can be checked out of CVS with anonymous check-out and installed on a web server. See Information on accessing the CVS repository or Browse the CVS repository online. If you are interested in joining development on Acquis, please read the Developer's Guide. Also available is a graph of the Database Schema. Interested developers can e-mail Chad Wallace [firstname.lastname@example.org] to request to be added to the project."
paul writes: "A new version of Koha, the 1st Free software ILS has just been released, and is avaible here. This version of Koha is still in the "unstable" directory, because some bugs are still reported. But it's fully useable and used in (at least) 3 libraries in "real world". The next version should/might be the 2.0.0RC1. The only missing features are a migration tool for libraries already using Koha1.2.x, and an automated upgrading tool for future version. It's possible to upgrade manually. More than 40 bugfixes and improvements. See on sourceforge."
Ed writes: "Net::OAI::Harvester is a new Perl module available from CPAN for easily interacting with data providers that implement the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. It provides an object-oriented client interface to OAI-PMH in the same way that LWP::UserAgent does for HTTP. Net::OAI::Harvester is basically a toolkit which allows you to quickly write programs that retrieve data from OAI-PMH archives without having to get your hands dirty generating HTTP requests, parsing large amounts of XML, and representing lots of data in memory.
Net::OAI::Harvester uses XML::SAX internally, so potentially large documents are handled as streams (no large DOMs in memory). An OAI DublinCore module is included for representing Dublin Core metadata; and there is an extension mechanism so that you can plug in your own metadata handler to handle other flavors of metadata. For more information see: http://search.cpan.org/author/ESUMMERS/OAI-Harvester-0.2/lib/Net/OAI/Harvester.pm
If you are interested in contributing at all to the project please express your interest at on the perl4lib list."
mdewsnip writes: "Greenstone v2.40 is now available for download! A big change in this release is the inclusion in the Windows download of the "Greenstone Librarian Interface", a tool for collecting, expanding and building digital libraries. It gives you access to Greenstone's functionality from an easy-to-use 'point and click' interface, and is also available for Unix systems. Other important changes include a new plugin for importing data from perl's DBI interface, a new plugin for parsing records from OAI servers, improvements to MGPP configuration, new Czech, Galician, Japanese and Thai interfaces, and many bug fixes and other improvements."
Pat writes: "This release adds a lot of bugfixes (thanks to everyone who's helped!), a first cut at z3950 support, and a script for migration from other ILSs. This release also marks a feature freeze pending the 2.0.0 release. 1.9.3 requires a newer version of MARC::Record than previous versions of Koha. Please make sure you're running MARC::Record 1.26. We've also made a few more tweaks to the Database Schema. If you've already installed an earlier version of Koha, you will need to update your DB to reflect these. 1.9.3 is a beta level release; it is not intended for production use. If you are evaluating, testing, or playing with 1.9.3 for any reason, please help us make it better by reporting bugs on bugs.koha.org. Feel free to fix them too. As always, Koha is available at sourceforge."
Paul writes: "a new "unstable" version has been released. It fixes 20+ bugs and adds minor functionnalities. Go to sourceforge
for more information."
Paul writes: "This new version is really close from the stable 2.0 version. What's new: standard acquisition and MARC cataloguing now both useable at the same time; MANY bugfixes; almost everything now templated, a few admin scripts still to template; inclusion of some pictures to say "add", "modify", "delete" in many places; the koha-html cvs tree is now UNUSED, and no mode included in this release. The koha cvs project contains everything. TODO: z39.50 support - a port from the 1.2.x z39.50 support needs to be done; should be quick; fixing bugs - if you find a bug in this version, please take the plane and go for a trip to bugs.koha.org. Feature freeze is there... only z39.50 will be added until 2.0RC1, which should be the next release!
Known bugs *IMPORTANT*: koha does NOT work with MARC::Record 1.12. It works fine with MARC::Record 0.93, and maybe with other versions; repeated subfields in MARC/iso2709 works poorly; in the MARC search, the "not" flag does not work; en and fr are the only languages well supported in this version. Other translator teams are waiting for more stable templates."
Paul writes: "koha 1.9.0 was born a few minutes ago. His parents, the koha-team, are very proud of this almost-stable children. This version includes: dozens of bugfixes; the MARC acquisition part is now completly stable, and used in production in France since december; templating almost ended; translations now available : french (almost finished), chinese, spanish, and polish; circulation now works; non ISO-5589-1 support (for chinese and polish); improvements in marc import in breeding farm; first draft of search in MARC-DB; librarian interface demo (please note that by default this site should be in FRENCH. If you modify parameters, don't forget to put fr again in systemprefs!) Next version planned is 1.9.1."