OSCR - open source course reserve


Wally Grotophorst from GMU says: "OSCR uses Perl & MySQL to provide electronic reserves services at an academic library...." and that they are "entering their second year on the product." Download it yourself at, it is under the GPL.

BioMail needs a host

BioMail (new link) was apparently shut down by its author's department, according to the message posted at its former site. Dmitry also stated, in a message to all users, "I have yet to find a host where I can continue the BioMail alert service temporarily or permanently. If someone can help, I would be very glad. BioMail requires a Unix system with Perl, a webserver installed, and a stable internet connection (Linux computer with Apache is preferable)." Can anyone lend a few server processes to get this up and running asap? [update (3/3)]: Dmitry just let me know via email that not only has the sourceforge crew ok'd running the server there, but he also already received two messages from some of you friendly folks who saw this or got the message from oss4lib-list. Way to go, folks... :)

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...

Tagged: is a Perl 5 module for reading, manipulating and writing MARC records. Once installed in your Perl library you will be able to use's functionality to read in individual records or batches of MARC records, extract data from particular fields, and convert the records into a variety of formats including HTML and XML. You can also use to create records from scratch--which might prove useful if you have have some delimited data that you would like to convert into a MARC record. Since it is a Perl Module, might prove also prove to be useful as a component of a larger application that uses MARC in some form.

Prospero-1.34: ALERT

Eric S. writes in: "Important: Versions prior to 1.33 contained in the file "" a potentially serious security threat. Malicious Web users could submit a modified document request to "" that could provide the Web user with the contents of important files or even provide them will local shell access if the script is running on a system that provides such access. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND updating to version 1.34 [available at:] Thanks also go to John C. for finding the hole and supplying the patch.