Christoffer writes: "Emilda 1.2 has for the last 6 months been under heavy development, and the result of the hard work of the entire development team is the yesterday released Beta version of Emilda 1.2. We would now like to urge all interested to take part in the testing and evaluation process of the forthcoming stable release of Emilda 1.2. This release of Emilda features amongst others, LDAP integration, completely redesigned configuration system, MARC configuration, Item types, Subject support, redesigned search backend and much, much more."



Christoffer writes: "By this release, the 1.1 branch of Emilda is decleared stable and thus we encourage users to upgrade to this version. Main changes involve straightening issues with library management, such as circulation and book-adding, HTML optimisations, small cosmetic & logical updates and other minor bugfixes. For more information on Emilda in general, the Emilda Demo or this release in particular, please visit the project page."



Christoffer writes: "Realnode Ltd has been working for the last year intesively on an OS-library management system which now has reached the stage to be introduced to the OS-community. The project goes under the name Emilda. It features amongst others a full featured OPAC, Circulation and administration tools, label creation tools, Z39.50 tools and 100% MARC compatibilty. MARC compatibility is achieved by storing all information about biblios in MARC and accessing them using the Zebra server from Indexdata. For more information on Emilda, please visit the project page."

LibData: web authoring tools for libraries


Paul writes: "The University of Minnesota Libraries Digital Library Development Lab has been working for three years on a library-centric authoring tool for building subject pathfinders, authoring course-related web pages, and general all-purpose pages. The project was written (simply and well-documented) around linux/apache/mySQL/PHP. It's about 34,000 lines of code and utilizes 40 underlying tables. It's being presented this week at the annual Digital Library Federation conference in New Mexico. See the site for (GPL) license details, documentation, and download."

Back-End CMS - New Bibliography Module


Mike writes: "We've just released the latest version of our CMS,, which contains a bibliography tool which we have been developing with one of our clients for a number of years. The bibliography to make it easier for administrators to keep track of online and offline references. It is also set up to easily allow your visitors to see listings by a single author and a profile of that author and their other work. Similarly you can group work by the publisher. This was developed for a Southern NGO and so an effort was made to see that this was as International as possible. Open Concept's code is free, but our services can be hired to install, customize & develop new modules for this application. If you have any questions about this resource, please let me know."



"Gregg Martinson submits, for your interest and/or approval the latest version of his Link-Checking URL Database for schools and Libraries that want to keep collections of preselected links but are concerned about link rot and the unstructured web. The program is written in Pure PHP. Runs on Mysql and is based on PHPLinks. New Additions in the 2.0 version include a new graphical style, googling within the program and the ability to link it to your OPAC. He offers technical support for installation and trouble-shooting for free(although you get what you pay for...) Check it out at The sourcefore page."



from fm, changes include: "The database tables have been restructured to conform more to the MARC21 object model. Bibliography holds, member late fee and account, member checkout history, reports, and labels have been added." Find it at the forge.

PhpMyBibli improved


Fran�ois writes: "Due to the incoming of new developpers, PhpMyBibli (a free library automation system) is now on the right track to become fully functionnal. Jesir Vargas from Puerto Rico has almost completely translate the whole thing in english and spanish and is at the point to finish the portuguese translation. Eric Robert from France did a great job on UNIMARC integration. UNIMARC import is now working fairly, even the 995 field that is crucial for french small libraries. Lots of bugs have been corrected and the code was cleaned in a drastic way by the time we were rearranging the database structure to improve its reliability and speed. We are coding the loan-module to reach version 1.0 during spring." A demo version is available at sourceforge.


Kelsey writes: "ResearchGuide is an open-source application, implemented using PHP/MySQL, that helps librarians make subject guides and specialist information pages using Web forms (no HTML necessary). A benefit of this approach is that guides in different subjects are integrated into one web environment. Each has a similar look and feel but guide contents are customizable. Change the appearance of all guides by making edits in just two files -- the php file that generates the guides and a CSS stylesheet."



Fran�ois writes: "This is an announcement for a free (GPL) library automated system based on PHP and MySQL. PhpMyBibli (still in french, sorry...), still in development phase, aims to provide a convenient and easy to use interface for the librarian and the library's public featuring: UNIMARC support (and maybe various flavour of MARC), authorities management, administration made easy for the librarian, advanced OPAC functions : collection browsing, etc...)."