Romano writes: "JOpac2 is a open source project we started in 2002. The idea came out because we need a OPAC able to integrate different data sources without data transformation. For this, JOpac2 is written in Java and is build on a class structure that make easy to load data in any ISO2709 format (ISIS, UNIMARC and text-only if you map it on a ISO2709 structure). JOpac2 is currently used by the University of Trieste for two small catalogs: non SBN data from a old ISIS based system and a journal catalog. Now at v.1.0, we are working for a new release and a loan module."

Avanti MicroLCS-1.0 beta 3


Peter writes: "Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 3 has been released. This is the first public release of MicroLCS in over a year. Much of the development work during that time has been devoted to refining and improving basic features. New features in Beta 3 include a powerful and flexible boolean search capability, a redesigned user interface that is clean simple and easy to learn and use, a context sensitive help system, and standalone Java clients. Beta 3 is coming close in terms of features to the basic OPAC and cataloging system that the production 1.0 release is expected to be."



Christoffer writes: "By this release, the 1.1 branch of Emilda is decleared stable and thus we encourage users to upgrade to this version. Main changes involve straightening issues with library management, such as circulation and book-adding, HTML optimisations, small cosmetic & logical updates and other minor bugfixes. For more information on Emilda in general, the Emilda Demo or this release in particular, please visit the project page."



Polerio writes: "From the word itself, pycatalog is a python based catalog generator. It can output book and card catalog in Portable Document Format (PDF). It is created using Python programming language, SQLite embeded-database, Reportlab python reportab generator and wxPython, a loadable GUI module for Python. It is platform independent, it will run on Windows, Linux and Mac operating system. Its primary puspose is to convert the MARC data into a printable card and book catalog format. To download visit the pycatalog sourceforge page."

CASPR Embraces Open Source with LibraryNet


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."



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."



Pat writes: "This release adds a lot of bugfixes (thanks to everyone who's helped!), a first cut at z3950 support, and a script for migration from other ILSs. This release also marks a feature freeze pending the 2.0.0 release. 1.9.3 requires a newer version of MARC::Record than previous versions of Koha. Please make sure you're running MARC::Record 1.26. We've also made a few more tweaks to the Database Schema. If you've already installed an earlier version of Koha, you will need to update your DB to reflect these. 1.9.3 is a beta level release; it is not intended for production use. If you are evaluating, testing, or playing with 1.9.3 for any reason, please help us make it better by reporting bugs on Feel free to fix them too. As always, Koha is available at sourceforge."



from fm, changes include: "The database tables have been restructured to conform more to the MARC21 object model. Bibliography holds, member late fee and account, member checkout history, reports, and labels have been added." Find it at the forge.


Thomas writes: "Changes in 1.2c1.1.1
from the previous version include: correct MARC-8 character encoding conversions to Unicode when MARC records are rendered as XML, and all MARC 880 fields are now preserved when the MARC is converted to XML. This is accomplished by using the MARCCharSet.dll, included with this package; MARC XML output has been improved to more exactly conform to the Library of Congress MARC XML standard; the MARC parser has been made more tolerant of badly formed MARC; support for additional YAZ ZOOM Options has been added; the ZOOM_TEST program has been simplified, the code cleaned up, and targeted to a Z39.50 server that should actually work.