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.
MARC.pm is a Perl 5 module for reading, manipulating and writing MARC records. Once installed in your Perl library you will be able to use MARC.pm's functionality to read in individual records or batches of MARC records, extract data from particular fields, and convert the records into a variety of formats including HTML and XML. You can also use MARC.pm to create records from scratch--which might prove useful if you have have some delimited data that you would like to convert into a MARC record. Since it is a Perl Module, MARC.pm might prove also prove to be useful as a component of a larger application that uses MARC in some form.
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 open.muscat.com for more.
as seen at freshmeat, and at SIXPACK site: "SIXPACK is a free BibTeX and Reference Manager designed to edit, convert and manage reference files, search and sort bibliographies, import and export many different bibliography types. Sixpack uses the excelent perl package bp by Dana Jacobson to covert between formats." and it reads/writes bibtex, refer, endnote, tip, procite, rfc1807, and plain text along with one-way for several others. written in perl/tk... looks real good.
spied on freshmeat was the Rhyming Dictionary, which was based in turn on the very cool CMU Pronouncing Dictionary. The CMU project appears to have a long history, and it covers over 100K words. Brian's Rhyming variant suggests rhymes for any input based on the CMU distribution. There must be lots of other fun things we can do with these...
the latest, greatest jake yet is ready and rarin' to go. improvements include more database coverage, direct links to issuelists for several fulltext resources, a faster database machine, and much improved display due to stylesheet tweaks. enjoy.
as seen at freshmeat: "This release includes a new class for interactions with PubMed, POD documentation for the BioMail::Mails module, and a range of bug fixes and cosmetic changes." for more see the BioMail site...
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?