seen on many lists recently is XMLMARC, a "Java client/server program [which] converts MARC to XML based on flexible maps and simplified, yet detailed DTDs for bibliographic and authorities formats." Its license is free for non-commercial use but requires consent for redistribution, and their broader experiment is described here. They seem to be aware of it would be great to see a side-by-side feature comparison of the two.

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.



can't says I understand the version numbersing scheme, but from the changelog it appears they've fixed a number of bugs and added many features. For more see the SIXPACK site.

TNRD Library System Catalogue


Adam Chandler writes in about the Thompson-Nicolo Regional District Library System Web Based Catalogue, a web catalog (sp!) front end with freeware indexing and z39.50 pieces on the back end. Has anyone else tried this?

Prospero 1.24 available

several more bug fixes taken care of in the latest release available from the Prior Health Science Library at OSU. of note also is that "Through October 11 , 1999, about 200 different organizations from 17 countries have downloaded



Stuart writes: "M[n]M is software that
supports processing of national standard MARC MeSH subject authority records for use in medical library online public access catalogs. While designed for use with Innopac M[n]M can also be used to manage MARC MeSH in other OPACs. M[n]M is freely available under the GNU Public License. To download M[n]M or to read more, go to".

There's also a very informative paper describing M[n]M available here.



as seen at the new site: "A whole heap of enhancements and features... Implemented page searching; Implemented user preferences and preference interface (note that cached index auto-update is currently disabled); Bound key "p" to preferences interface, "Ctrl-p" to page search; Implemented local index caching; Cached index represents local etext presence; Implemented etext auto-save feature; Implemented etext read-local feature." Most definitely appreciate the shouts, too. :)



as seen at freshmeat: "This release adds a column to the library browser indicating whether a work is still under copyright, fixes to compensate for the library index file not being up-to-date with available etexts (a tweaked regex pattern matching on etext filenames), and other feature additions and minor modifications." For more see


from the changelog several bugfixes went into the last version, available at

Avanti 0.1.1 available


Peter says "new classes in version 0.1.1 are and" and a tar file is available at the Avanti site.