Norman wrote in with a press release from CASPR Inc.: "CASPR Inc. today announced at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference an update to its library automation product called LibraryNet, which enables library administrators to easily deploy Web based library solutions on a wide range of platforms using industry standard open source components. LibraryNet 4.0 is an integrated library automation system designed around the industry standard MARC format, Apache Web Server, Perl Programming language, DBFILE indexing system and HTML Web user interface. The program runs on all standard operating systems including Windows, Macintosh, and Linux." Read the full press release here.
Christoffer writes: "Realnode Ltd has been working for the last year intesively on an OS-library management system which now has reached the stage to be introduced to the OS-community. The project goes under the name Emilda. It features amongst others a full featured OPAC, Circulation and administration tools, label creation tools, Z39.50 tools and 100% MARC compatibilty. MARC compatibility is achieved by storing all information about biblios in MARC and accessing them using the Zebra server from Indexdata. For more information on Emilda, please visit the project page."
Paul writes: "The University of Minnesota Libraries Digital Library Development Lab has been working for three years on a library-centric authoring tool for building subject pathfinders, authoring course-related web pages, and general all-purpose pages. The project was written (simply and well-documented) around linux/apache/mySQL/PHP. It's about 34,000 lines of code and utilizes 40 underlying tables. It's being presented this week at the annual Digital Library Federation conference in New Mexico. See the site for (GPL) license details, documentation, and download."
Polerio writes: "pyCatalog is a Python, MySQL, wxPython, Reportlab application specifically usable in library and information centers. It simply produces book catalog and card catalog in pdf format rendered using reportlab. The program takes MARC file as its source data. Catalog output is one of the core output needed in library software today. Because open source system for libraries as of this date didn't have this kind of feature as most other proprietary library software have today. This includes Koha, Obiblio, and PhpMyLibrary. By making this generalized solution, those open source system for libraries mentioned will be able to take advantage from this application because the software is not centered on one library system. The application simply needs a MARC file in order to output the desired book and card catalog. The application was written in Python to make it platform independent. Thus it will run in Linux, Mac, and Windows environment. The application require MySQL database to manipulate the order of the catalog. Card catalog is a 3x5 page size output that comprises one book bibliographic entry. Book catalog is a full page output that comprise 1 or more bibliograrphic entry. It was named pycatalog, simply because it is written entirely in python, and catalog wholly describes the purpose of this application. I wanted to make this application open source because I believe open source developers will put this application above all expensive proprietary software for libraries. And will make this application fully-functional, I may not have that complete resource to create a world-accepted catalog generator but I think ideas and contributions from the developers around the world would help improve this application. I brought this idea to the public because of the necessity I felt during my project. I have searched all day long at Google to find a catalog generator but I find nothing. Hope this application would be able to help small to large scale libraries around the world."
Mike writes: "We've just released the latest version of our CMS, Back-End.org, which contains a bibliography tool which we have been developing with one of our clients for a number of years. The bibliography to make it easier for administrators to keep track of online and offline references. It is also set up to easily allow your visitors to see listings by a single author and a profile of that author and their other work. Similarly you can group work by the publisher. This was developed for a Southern NGO and so an effort was made to see that this was as International as possible. Open Concept's code is free, but our services can be hired to install, customize & develop new modules for this application. If you have any questions about this resource, please let me know."
Kevin writes: "The Library Acquisitions Database manages the ordering and receiving of items, such as books and video cassettes, for a library system, featuring individual-branch buying and budgeting. It is developed in Perl (with DBI) with a MySQL database backend. It is developed by the TNRD Library System, which has already developed Public Access Terminal Control (PATC), for user access control PATC. Acquis is still under development, and no releases have been made yet. However, the source can be checked out of CVS with anonymous check-out and installed on a web server. See Information on accessing the CVS repository or Browse the CVS repository online. If you are interested in joining development on Acquis, please read the Developer's Guide. Also available is a graph of the Database Schema. Interested developers can e-mail Chad Wallace [firstname.lastname@example.org] to request to be added to the project."
paul writes: "A new version of Koha, the 1st Free software ILS has just been released, and is avaible here. This version of Koha is still in the "unstable" directory, because some bugs are still reported. But it's fully useable and used in (at least) 3 libraries in "real world". The next version should/might be the 2.0.0RC1. The only missing features are a migration tool for libraries already using Koha1.2.x, and an automated upgrading tool for future version. It's possible to upgrade manually. More than 40 bugfixes and improvements. See on sourceforge."
Ronda wrote in with a press release, most of which is available at the Fedora site. From the version 1.1 release notes, this is mostly a bugfix release, and is compatible with 1.0 repositories (after config file updates). New features include a new API for querying repository info, better self-referential URL handling, and Oracle 9i support. Several significant-sounding bugs were squashed also.
"Gregg Martinson submits, for your interest and/or approval the latest version of his Link-Checking URL Database for schools and Libraries that want to keep collections of preselected links but are concerned about link rot and the unstructured web. The program is written in Pure PHP. Runs on Mysql and is based on PHPLinks. New Additions in the 2.0 version include a new graphical style, googling within the program and the ability to link it to your OPAC. He offers technical support for installation and trouble-shooting for free(although you get what you pay for...) Check it out at The sourcefore page."
Ed writes: "Net::OAI::Harvester is a new Perl module available from CPAN for easily interacting with data providers that implement the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. It provides an object-oriented client interface to OAI-PMH in the same way that LWP::UserAgent does for HTTP. Net::OAI::Harvester is basically a toolkit which allows you to quickly write programs that retrieve data from OAI-PMH archives without having to get your hands dirty generating HTTP requests, parsing large amounts of XML, and representing lots of data in memory.
Net::OAI::Harvester uses XML::SAX internally, so potentially large documents are handled as streams (no large DOMs in memory). An OAI DublinCore module is included for representing Dublin Core metadata; and there is an extension mechanism so that you can plug in your own metadata handler to handle other flavors of metadata. For more information see: http://search.cpan.org/author/ESUMMERS/OAI-Harvester-0.2/lib/Net/OAI/Harvester.pm
If you are interested in contributing at all to the project please express your interest at on the perl4lib list."