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.

Free Library System (FLS)


The Free Library System (FLS) is a pure java implementation of a library system providing cataloging and circulation written by Dave Dunkin. FLS 0.1.1-2 presents as a java applet and is licensed with GPL and LGPL. The demo, specs, and goals are at the FLS homepage.

everybody's trying to be MyLibrary


I don't know what my library is anymore. Personalizing library sites is here to stay, and the July Library Journal points out several efforts whose authors are "willing to share their code": My Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, MyLibrary at NCSU, and My Gateway at University of Washington. More than just a perfect marketing pitch to the American consumer, no? :)



jake is now much faster, includes many more databases, and also enables article searching. if you add volume/issue/page/date information when looking for an article, jake will create urls to that article within various databases which enable such url linking. jake is also now under cvs control.



as seen at freshmeat: "Etext string searches are now working. Added CREDITS, MANUAL files. Cleaned up the Makefile. Refined the keybindings. Init method looks for .gutenbook and Gutenberg_Library directories; makes them if they don't exist. This in preparation for implementing user preferences UI and saving etexts locally." all this and more available at the Gutenbook site.

muscat-0.1.0: Dialog Corp IR library

as seen at freshmeat: "Open Muscat is a high performance open source search engine library. It implements the probabalistic model of information retrieval, and is designed for use in applications ranging from full scale Web search engines to searching through email archives." what this doesn't say: muscat comes from the Dialog Corp. and what it also doesn't say: the muscat 'version' of the GPL is missing a significant section of the Real GPL, including the final paragraph which states "This General Public License does not permit incorporating your program into proprietary programs." which, apparently, Dialog doesn't understand, because they explicitly solicit requests for commercial licenses as well. somebody please tell them about the LGPL...

[Update, years later: IIRC, the post author was an idiot. This was a legit use of the GPL.]


as seen at freshmeat: "This release adds backwards-incompatible API modifications, the ability to write to databases, an API for writing to databases, a QuickStart tutorial, Doxygen use for automatic documentation, prototype distributed searching, and multiple bug fixes. There are now no test suite failures." Visit for more.

Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS)


The Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS, a.k.a. Powerful Yet TactfullyHelpful Electronic Arranger of Sources (PYTHEAS)) is a project to develop an open source next-generation library system. Current development includes a data model based on MARC and RDF expressed in XML. Links to the design draft and listserv details are at the OSDLS homepage.

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.