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.


Thomas writes: "VB-ZOOM is an ActiveX COMponent, written in Visual Basic, which is an implementation of the ZOOM Abstract Z39.50 API. It uses the YAZ Toolkit from Index Data to provide the low-level functionality. VB-ZOOM makes it very easy to write simple Z39.50 clients on the Windows platform. It can be used from any language which support ActiveX COM, including Visual Basic, C++, VB Script, Javascript, Delphi, Perl, and probably others. In addition to the basic Z39.50 support, the component has some support for converting the MARC and OPAC record syntaxes into XML, and using XPath to extract data. Of course, the code is open source and freely available for download from SourceForge."

PhpMyLibrary-2.0.2-1 w/ISIS2MARC


Polerio writes: "The ISIS2MARC application has been added to speed up converiting CDS/ISIS records into MARC format. The ISIS2MARC can be used by other library software which is MARC compatible. polGenSQL has been modified. Its function allows the librarian to convert MARC data to sql commands compatible to PhpMyLibrary database structure."



Polerio writes: "PhpMyLibrary-2.0.1 has been Released. Its major enhancements: multi-admin support; library user picture upload; database structure changed; polGenSQL (MARC2PhpMyLibrarySQL) revised; content management added."



Polerio writes: "Changes to PhpMyLibrary include: an Online Reservation module has been created; this will allow borrowers to reserve the book they want to borrow online. The Python polGenSQL program was also included to speed up the importing of MARC records. A Nuke-like themes system has been adapted. Post/PHP Nuke themes can be used even if on a non-nuked site. This is now a full package library automation software which consists of three core modules and the WebOPAC, Cataloging, and Reservation modules."



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."


Phil writes: "I've started working on a web based MARC searching program written in PHP. It should work with any system which can export MARC files. Development hosted at sourceforge." And the homepage is here.



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:" Fixes include improved checkvalidisbn() routine and marc upload, several installer/upgrade improvements, and more.

MARC4J beta 6


Bas writes: "This is the first MARC4J release and it includes a lot of new features, including support for LC's MARC XML. Currently it's the only released tool that supports this new format. The MARC4J project is a continuation of James (Java Marc Events)." [note: the last James release was beta 5.]



Ed writes: "The MARC::Record Perl library now includes MARC::Doc::Tutorial which provides common recipes for using Perl to read, update and create USMARC data. New recipes and comments welcome!"