Free Library System (FLS)


The Free Library System (FLS) is a pure java implementation of a library system providing cataloging and circulation written by Dave Dunkin. FLS 0.1.1-2 presents as a java applet and is licensed with GPL and LGPL. The demo, specs, and goals are at the FLS homepage.

everybody's trying to be MyLibrary


I don't know what my library is anymore. Personalizing library sites is here to stay, and the July Library Journal points out several efforts whose authors are "willing to share their code": My Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, MyLibrary at NCSU, and My Gateway at University of Washington. More than just a perfect marketing pitch to the American consumer, no? :)



new features include addition of non-xref'd links in search results (now you can see _everything_ jake knows about), links for per-database title lists, better layout of search results including links and providre names, and a number of bugfixes. try it out at



as seen at the new site: "A whole heap of enhancements and features... Implemented page searching; Implemented user preferences and preference interface (note that cached index auto-update is currently disabled); Bound key "p" to preferences interface, "Ctrl-p" to page search; Implemented local index caching; Cached index represents local etext presence; Implemented etext auto-save feature; Implemented etext read-local feature." Most definitely appreciate the shouts, too. :)



Robert writes in: "There is rather good support for basic ISIS software (unfortunately they seem to be moving towards MS Windows) but it is very difficult to get free software (also free of charge) for constructing CGI. So I wrote my free iAPI (in C) to help others deal with problems I had before with ISIS." it's licensed under the GNU GPL...


as seen at freshmeat: "An installation script, bugfixes, urls for each reference for the text-formatted e-mails, and an option to stop getting empty e-mails." See for more.

Authenticated User Community (AUC) 0.6.1

updates listed at freshmeat include: "No longer hard-coded to "semesters", configurable department list, default language, and user disk quotas, nearly-complete Italian and Danish translations, numerous e-mail client bugfixes, fixes for a few compilation problems related to gettext, and other bugfixes." To be had at

Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS)


The Open Source Digital Library System (OSDLS, a.k.a. Powerful Yet TactfullyHelpful Electronic Arranger of Sources (PYTHEAS)) is a project to develop an open source next-generation library system. Current development includes a data model based on MARC and RDF expressed in XML. Links to the design draft and listserv details are at the OSDLS homepage.

Reader's Robot


Kevin wrote in about Reader's Robot, an online, submit-it-yourself readers' advisory service. Free replacement to amazon comments, anyone? :) According to Kevin, "It's quite clunky, as I learned perl (starting with version 4!) writing it." Glad to see this is already happening...



seen on many lists recently is XMLMARC, a "Java client/server program [which] converts MARC to XML based on flexible maps and simplified, yet detailed DTDs for bibliographic and authorities formats." Its license is free for non-commercial use but requires consent for redistribution, and their broader experiment is described here. They seem to be aware of it would be great to see a side-by-side feature comparison of the two.