from fm: "ParaTools is a set of Perl modules for the handling of document references. It includes two citation parsers, a document parser, OpenURL support, Web service examples, and detailed documentation. The toolkit is available as open source, and has been designed to be easily expandable. The parsing functionality in ParaTools is already in use in the ParaCite system."
pate writes: "Thanks to more hard work by Paul Poulain and his band of french hackers (and thanks to the support of the Nelsonville Public Library), Koha is continuing to improve. The big step this time is the release of Koha 1.3.3, a development release of the branch destined to become Koha 2.0. This release features many bug fixes, improvements to MARC handling, and French, Spanish, and Polish translations (not yet complete but hey, this *is* a development release.) This will be the last 1.3.X release. The next schedule release will be 1.9.0 marking feature completion for the 2.0.0 release."
Jon writes: "Loughborough University Library has released version 3 of our Reading List system. This can be picked up from our software distribution page. The Reading List system was developed at Loughborough to fill a perceived gap in the available commercial systems and also to allow us to customise the system to our needs. It is written in Perl, runs under Linux and makes use of a MySQL database and the Net::Z3950 and MARC Perl modules to provide Z39.50 links into existing library systems. It has been in production use at Loughborough for well over 2 years now and earlier versions have been taken by other local Universities for their own reading list systems. This is the first major public distribution of this system to a wider general audience."
Ed writes: "MARC::Charset 0.4 now supports MARC-8 character translations to Unicode (UTF-8) for the East Asian character sets. More information is available at MARC/Perl. Now that there is good support for MARC-8 character conversions to Unicode it is possible to update MARC::XML to do a good solid job of converting to LC's MARC schema."
Paul writes: "We've just released Koha 1.3.2, the next alpha version of the forthcoming 2.0 series. This release features many improvments in MARC management from 1.3.1; acquisition.simple now works; you can upload marc files in a breeding farm; for ISBN/ISSN search in the acquisition screen, with the "New biblio" option and the biblio is in the breeding farm, it's automatically retrieved and can be modified; installer now install marc21 in english or unimarc in french datas; marc parameters complete documentation.
If the 2.0 release sounds exciting to you and you've got some MARC, Perl, or HTML background, please consider jumping in and helping with 2.0 development. There are opportunities for people of all skill levels."
from the Eprints site: "This version adds support for subject editors (who many only approve and edit items which match a certain subject or type), support for the XML::GDOME module (which makes it faster). There is also a number of small configuration options people have asked for, and bugfixes."
Eric wrote to oss4lib-discuss: "This release of MyLibrary is incremental, but there still a number of noteworthy additions to the distribution: the software now encrypts users' cookies as they are sent from the server to the browser; Impersonate patron is fixed; there are statistical reports against the underlying database summarizing usage; the scripts distribution now includes a set of PHP scripts demonstrating how MyLibrary can participate in OAI (Open Archives Initiative) for sharing metadata. Similarly, the distribution also includes a Perl script for writing RDF files from the underlying database."
Pate writes: "Koha 1.3.0 has been released. This release marks the beginning of public development and testing of the MARC compliant Koha we've been Looking forward to. As the 1.3 releases stabilize and reach feature completion, they will become Koha 1.4. This is an alpha quality release only. If you are want to use Koha in a production setting, please stick with the stable 1.2 release until the 1.3 series stabilizes enough for us to create Koha 1.4.0. Significant new features in this release include: data is stored natively in a MARC based format; multiple flavors of MARC are supported; enhanced API supports both the new MARC format and the older Koha specific format. From a users perspective, this release should look just like a 1.2 series release. All of the work so far has been in redesigning the data format and extending the API. User visible changes will be included once the infrastructure has stabilized."
Pat writes: "The Nelsonville Public Library, which serves 36,000 active borrowers from seven branches, is migrating to Koha. Their one year migration plan includes an investment in Koha development. More information can be found at www.linuxpr.com/releases/5053.html.
Because of growing efforts with Koha in France, a french language koha mailing list has been started. You can subscribe at email@example.com.
A similar level of interest has developed in Germany, and a german language mailing list has also been created. Again, to subscribe send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Koha, please see the Koha homepage."
pate writes: "Koha 1.2.2 has been released. Special thanks (again) to Steve Tonnesen, who drove this release to completion. 1.2.2 is a significant bug squashing release. Many people have combined in testing this release, and we expect it to be the best Koha yet! you'll like what you see. We plan on continuing to improve Koha, and would love to have you come along on this exciting journey. As always, downloads and more information are available from: sf.net/projects/koha/." Fixes include improved checkvalidisbn() routine and marc upload, several installer/upgrade improvements, and more.