from Derek over perl4lib: "Basically a bugfix and sanity checks after Elizabeth Shaw noticed that pack_008 left the 008 field empty. Also added a ship script to automate the creation of
the .tar.gz version. Please beat on this and let the list know of any problems...
" Go get it at [p.s. hey Liz, that you? how's that reference MOO doin'? ;)]

EPrints code coming


Thomas wrote in to oss4lib-list about and its promise of a free code release. At the site you'll see that this is a generic successor to the CogPrints codebase, and is intended to be fully Open Archives-savvy. This is a Good Thing(tm)...

Internet Station Manager

Doug writes in: The Internet Station Manager (ISM) is open source software developed by the Grand Rapids Public Library for managing public Internet stations.

ISM, written in Perl, is a completely server based system which uses custom Apache web server modules and the MySQL database to provide login, management, and timeout services for public use Internet PCs in libraries. FreeBSD is the recommended server OS, but any Unix/Linux variants could be used.

See the ISM home page for details.



Mark wrote to oss4lib-list: "jake2marc is a utility that can create simple USMARC records for the full-text journals in databases listed in the jake project.

jake2marc is incorporated into and distributed with the standard jake application, and currently appears as a "Download as MARC" option in the database list and in the record for each database. jake2marc can also be installed and used separately from the main jake application because it queries jake for data over the net. The Perl source code is available for people interested in installing jake2marc on their own web server and modifying it to suit their own library's needs. jake2marc is currently under development and is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

More information about jake2marc, including a detailed description of the records it creates, is available at"

Gathering at ALA


We are on: gather at 8pm Sunday 6/27 at the *end* of the Ariel Users Group meeting, located at Room 227 of the Ernest Morial Convention Center. We shall then proceed en masse to the RLG suite for the first ever live gathering of us types, replete with frosty beverages and a very special guest via teleconference. See you there!



as seen at freshmeat, and at SIXPACK site: "SIXPACK is a free BibTeX and Reference Manager designed to edit, convert and manage reference files, search and sort bibliographies, import and export many different bibliography types. Sixpack uses the excelent perl package bp by Dana Jacobson to covert between formats." and it reads/writes bibtex, refer, endnote, tip, procite, rfc1807, and plain text along with one-way for several others. written in perl/tk... looks real good.

Prospero 1.03: 150+ downloads and counting...


Word from Eric S. at OSU is that Prospero has been downloaded more than 150 times by folks from more than 10 countries... v1.03 includes several bugfixes and a significant performance improvement. What are you waiting for? :)

Public Access Terminal Control (PATC)

Kevin writes in: "PATC (pat see) Public Access Terminal Control is now available at PATC is open source [and consists of a] VB client and perl/cgi server."

Prospero 1.2 Released

to excerpt Eric: "Features of 1.2 include: moved staff module from a Perl codebase to C codebase... This will enable us to make a future release an Ariel "plug-in"; added ability to attach pdf documents to an email message rather than posting them to the Web; added Alphabetical sorting to user list database; fixed bugs in TIFF/PDF conversion and other interface problems; [many] changes in server scripts." check it out yourself at the Prospero page at the Prior Health Sciences Library. Very cool; now I can reimplement it here.


as seen at freshmeat: "This release includes a new class for interactions with PubMed, POD documentation for the BioMail::Mails module, and a range of bug fixes and cosmetic changes." for more see the BioMail site...