as seen at freshmeat, improvements include "Added keybindings, page numbering, Etext title display and the shell of searching functionality. Sorry, searching will be in the next release. Also using make for building the tarball, installing and uninstalling." more available at Gutenbook site...



as seen at freshmeat: "Over 14,000 (65%) of serials cross-referenced now have Library of Congress subject headings, classifications, or Dewey classifications, and jake may be searched according to these, initial support for a complete data localization framework so libraries may experiment with customizing front-ends and results according to local holdings, and several bugfixes and UI tweaks, including easy-to-download database content lists." more at the jake site...

HT00 Tutorial & Greenstone-2.13


Great to see that there's going to be a tutorial on "How to build a digital library using open-source software" at the upcoming ACM Hypertext '00 conference. Reading through the speaker's bio I found Greenstone,'s collection backend. Looks like several implementations are running already, too. It would be great to post a conference report from a willing attendee... (hint hint :)

Electronic Document Delivery (EDD)


EDD is an ILL tool written in VB5 for managing the automated conversion of ARIEL files to web-accessible pdf files. See the EDD project page for source, binaries, and more.

catalog and roads -- search engines for you and me

Both the Ecila (French) search engine codebase, catalog-1.0, and the U.K. eLib endproduct ROADS v2+ are open source and increasingly used tools for building web-based catalogs a la Yahoo. Some eLib folks have explicitly turned to open source as a way to keep formerly well-funded projects going (see the press release describing this decision). Open source as "exit strategy" isn't terrifically sustainable, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.

Pybliographer 0.9.6

new features listed at Pybliographer site include speedups, French language support, Medline, and LyX support as well, along with documentation. any end note users should try this out and let him know if it works...



revised stylesheets for jake are available here. these account for provider names in database listings of search results, separate out links better, and are renamed/reorganized for better modularity.



from "Added GNU GPL copyleft statements to all files. Fixed a couple minor bugs (example: opening a file and not actually selecting a file no longer instantiates an empty Etext object). Implemented a GtkNotebook for the library window such that each tab represents an alphabetical range of sorted Etext titles. Added a label to the library to indicate number of titles in range and total titles in index. Selecting/downloading an Etext now leaves that selected row visible in the GtkCList."

Docster: does Lars Ulrich read The Lancet?


If you're a librarian and you haven't thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. "Docster: Instant Document Delivery" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.

Ovid Statistics Log Report Generator

Ovid Statistics Log Report Generator is a perl script that produces usage reports from Ovid log statistics. See the project page for more.