from freshmeat: "HTTP proxy support, fixed/improved index caching, library column sorting, library position retention for selected Etexts, and a local cache auto-update implementation have been added. The Gutenberg index format (pgwhole.zip) is now used. Please remove your .gutenbook/preferences file when you upgrade Gutenbook; your preferences will not be read/set correctly unless you remove this file." Go Lefty go... for more see the Gutenbook site.
There are now thousands of auto-correlated records in the union list. Try it out at www.med.yale.edu/library/gnujake/. Note that the authority editing piece is under revision for a few days...
From Eric: Prospero 1.26 is out. New features include "conversion of a single page number, or a range of page numbers, from an Ariel document into individual PDFs, for removing the invoice that sometimes comes with an Ariel document or when several documents come in a single Ariel transmission. [Prospero also] now allows import from a monochrome PDF/TIFFs uncompressed or compressed using a CCITT Group3/4 Fax compression scheme."
updates listed at freshmeat include: "No longer hard-coded to "semesters", configurable department list, default language, and user disk quotas, nearly-complete Italian and Danish translations, numerous e-mail client bugfixes, fixes for a few compilation problems related to gettext, and other bugfixes." To be had at auc.sourceforge.net...
For those of you who've not seen recent developments in Electronic Thesis or Dissertations (ETD) systems, check out www.thesis.org and www.ndltd.org for an overview. There's also a new version of ETD-db, vt.edu's package for managing ETD archives (thanks to Charlie G. for the pointer). Anyone know if these folks are in tune with the Open Archives Initiative?
The folks at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at University of Utah are freely giving away (thought not supporting) the Personalize Eccles functionality of their Library home page. Give it a try--it really is quite slick. Those interested in obtaining the source should email Wayne Peay directly.
Gene Wilburn at the Royal Ontario Museum has written a HOW-TO for setting up public kiosks. While its current version doesn't cover several important issues for those wishing to lock down public workstations in libraries, he calls for contributions in those areas. The complete text of the Kiosk HOW-TO is online and waiting for your review.