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LibraryFind-0.8.2

The LibraryFind crew has released version 0.8.2, which promises:

  • Improved out-of-the-box user interface
  • re-worked html/css architecture to support easier design customization
  • new generic graphic design for out-of-the-box UI
  • many, many bugfixes

Try this latest version out live at OSU.

A copy is attached.

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libraryfind-0.8.2.tar.gz4.27 MB

g3data-1.5.1

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It's been a really long time since I've written about g3data, the excellent tool for extracting data from graphs. It has seen many updates, and the latest version is 1.5.1.

A copy is attached.

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g3data-1.5.1.tar.gz46.23 KB

Tellico-1.2.14

It's been a long while since I've written about Tellico, the excellent personal bibliographic collection manager. But since the last post here, it's undergone a steady series of improvements and remains a terrific desktop app with super all-purpose biblio-fu. The latest version is 1.2.14.

Somehow I couldn't download 1.2.14, so a copy of 1.2.13 is attached.

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tellico-1.2.13.tar.gz4.57 MB

VuFind-0.6.1

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Earlier this summer, Andrew Nagy from Villanova University announced VuFind, a php-based OPAC written around Apache Solr:

"VuFind is a library resource portal designed and developed for libraries by libraries. The goal of VuFind is to enable your users to search and browse through all of your library's resources by replacing the traditional OPAC to include:

  • Catalog Records
  • Locally Cached Journals
  • Digital Library Items
  • Institutional Repository
  • Institutional Bibliography
  • Other Library Collections and Resources

VuFind is completely modular so you can implement just the basic system, or all of the components. And since it's open source, you can modify the modules to best fit your need or you can add new modules to extend your resource offerings."

The most recent release is 0.6.1, a copy of which is attached.

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VuFind-0.6.1.tar.gz7.58 MB

Simple2ZOOM-1.01

Hammer writes: "We're delighted to announce the release of another new product: Simple2ZOOM, a sort of universal Swiss Army gateway that proxies between Z39.50, SRU, SRU/POST and SRW. Although nearly all testing so far has been with Z39.50-to-SRU configurations, it ought to work with pretty much any combination of these protocols on the front- and back-ends. The software essentially combines the qualities of two existing packages, ZOOM and SimpleServer into one universal protocol gateway.

Simple2ZOOM is free-as-in-freedom, open source, software. It is distributed under the same terms as Perl, that is, either under the GNU GPL (General Public Licence) or the Artistic Licence -- your choice.

Simple2ZOOM is implemented in Perl, as a tiny script that calls the Net::Z3950::Simple2ZOOM Perl module. It is this module that is distributed, and it's freely available on CPAN here.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the National Library of Australia for providing funding that enabled us to add lots of the functionality and bring this product up to a releasable standard."

A copy is attached.

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Net-Z3950-Simple2ZOOM-1.01.tar.gz25.65 KB

Central Kansas Consortium Chooses Koha

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Another largish consortium has selected an open source ILS solution. From LibLime's press release: the Central Kansas Library System--one of seven regional library systems in Kansas, and serving 17 counties in the state--has selected Koha ZOOM for 'Pathfinder Central', a new region-wide ILS consortium. A particularly quotable quote from James Swan, Administrator of CKLS: We believe the Open Source model, embodied by Koha ZOOM, reflects the spirit of public libraries. Funding projects that benefit everyone means more libraries will switch to open-source library automation and sponsor new developments that other libraries will benefit from too.

INCOLSA Selects Koha for Indiana Shared Library Catalog

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From the press release, LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, and the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) have announced that the Indiana Shared Library Catalog (ISLC) is migrating to Koha ZOOM for their next integrated library system (ILS) and union catalog.

Update on the Evergreen ILS

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Previously on OSS4LIB, it was mentioned that "A new and promising ILS is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 249 public libraries.". Then there was an entry about the project being ahead of schedule, and another concerning a demo. What was never posted here is that Evergreen has been running live in production at PINES (which is now over 260 libraries) since September of 2006. There is a vibrant community growing around the software consisting of the PINES crew, volunteers, interested individuals, and even a handful of vendors. Evergreen has started to spread beyond Georgia, and most recently, Equinox Software and the King County Library System have teamed up to build a Proof-of-Concept Evergreen installation. Check out the press release.

Stow-Munroe Falls for Koha ZOOM

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From the press release: LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Stow Ohio, USA has just gone live with Koha ZOOM.

Their OPAC is available online at: http://opac.smfpl.org/

LibraryFind-0.7

As seen on oss4lib-discuss, Jeremy wrote: "We are pleased to announce the first public release of the LibraryFind metasearch software, developed by Oregon State University Libraries. LibraryFind is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). This first public release, version 0.7, has a number of advanced features, such as (but not limited to): 2-click user workflow (one click to find, one click to get), an integrated OpenURL resolver, a 2-tiered caching system to improve search response time, and a customizable user interface. As this is a pre-1.0 release, there are still a number of features, functions, and efficiencies we plan to add to the software. We encourage involvement from others in the library community who are interested in working on an open source metasearch product. More information on LibraryFind, including information on how to download and run the software, can be found at libraryfind.org."

I've been working on this project, and am excited to see it out there finally. There's a lot of good stuff in there already, and I'm sure that we'll be able to improve on it rapidly with many more eyeballs on it.