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? :)
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 sourceforge.net as well.
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...
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, nzdl.org'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 :)
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.
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.
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 gutenbook.org: "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."