as seen at freshmeat: "Fixes for the broken column sorting, a minor fix in the Etext grabbing code to account for inaccuracies in the Index, sorting code optimizations for the Library Browser, and a separate column in the Index indicating if the work is under copyright." all this and more at

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? :)

Avanti 0.1.3


Peter says: "Avanti version 0.1.3 has been released. This version allows the creation and management of multiple independent circulation systems, fixes a few bugs and includes improvements in the help command and code comments. Work is continuing on version 0.2 that will include an ARMS package. For more info. or to download the code go to

iManager (i is for image)


as seen at freshmeat: "iManager is an easy-to-navigate image manager with some extended features. It allows you to manage your family album or a big collection of images." it's kde/qt-based, so i can't try it myself. what do y'all think?

SLRI: web to Z39.50

the Simon Fraser University Library Research Instrument (SLRI) is "a web to Z39.50 client interface" brought to you by the good folks at SFU. it's an adaptation of the web to Z39.50 gateway developed by Harold Finkbeiner at Stanford, licensed under GPL and recently spied at as well.

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...



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

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 the iManager site: "Version 2.0 for ImLib is out. Many different changes were done. Its a brand new version. See screenshots to see changes."

CDS/ISIS: tell us more

I've now seen CDS/ISIS and its variants mentioned in several places and am still confused about what it is but here's a brief description nonetheless. from the UNESCO ISIS page: Micro CDS/ISIS is an advanced non-numerical information storage and retrieval software developed by UNESCO since 1985 to satisfy the need expressed by many institutions, especially in developing countries, to be able to streamline their information processing activities by using modern (and relatively inexpensive) technologies. The software was originally based on the Mainframe version of CDS/ISIS, started in the late '60s, thus taking advantage of several years of experience acquired in database management software development." take 2, from the CDS-ISIS user forum site: "Mini/Micro CDS/ISIS is a text retrieval program, designed and distributed free of charge by UNESCO. It is widely used for bibliographic (and other) databases throughout the world, and especially in developing countries." If I understand all this properly, it is basically a non-relational database environment commonly used by libraries and other largely nonprofits (20,000+ of 'em) throughout the world. I pulled down the unix version but can't quite make heads or tails of it. Somebody please explain more... update: collected comments from all who offered are available here.