From Eric: Prospero 1.26 is out. New features include "conversion of a single page number, or a range of page numbers, from an Ariel document into individual PDFs, for removing the invoice that sometimes comes with an Ariel document or when several documents come in a single Ariel transmission. [Prospero also] now allows import from a monochrome PDF/TIFFs uncompressed or compressed using a CCITT Group3/4 Fax compression scheme."
For those of you who've not seen recent developments in Electronic Thesis or Dissertations (ETD) systems, check out www.thesis.org and www.ndltd.org for an overview. There's also a new version of ETD-db, vt.edu's package for managing ETD archives (thanks to Charlie G. for the pointer). Anyone know if these folks are in tune with the Open Archives Initiative?
The folks at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at University of Utah are freely giving away (thought not supporting) the Personalize Eccles functionality of their Library home page. Give it a try--it really is quite slick. Those interested in obtaining the source should email Wayne Peay directly.
Gene Wilburn at the Royal Ontario Museum has written a HOW-TO for setting up public kiosks. While its current version doesn't cover several important issues for those wishing to lock down public workstations in libraries, he calls for contributions in those areas. The complete text of the Kiosk HOW-TO is online and waiting for your review.
according to Peter: "Version 0.3 is a complete rewrite of the Avanti code base after a rethinking of the basic architecture and design. The result is the beginnings of a simple, highly modular and scalable client/server architecture using its own native messaging protocol for client/server communication." For more, see the Avanti site or you can telnet to the live demo to try it out.
BioMail (new link) was apparently shut down by its author's department, according to the message posted at its former site. Dmitry also stated, in a message to all users, "I have yet to find a host where I can continue the BioMail alert service temporarily or permanently. If someone can help, I would be very glad. BioMail requires a Unix system with Perl, a webserver installed, and a stable internet connection (Linux computer with Apache is preferable)." Can anyone lend a few server processes to get this up and running asap? [update (3/3)]: Dmitry just let me know via email that not only has the sourceforge crew ok'd running the server there, but he also already received two messages from some of you friendly folks who saw this or got the message from oss4lib-list. Way to go, folks... :)
As seen at freshmeat, gnome-list, and noted by Matt W.: "Many annoying bugfixes, a graphical configuration mechanism, and an XML-based style format for bibliographic outputs." Go to www.gnome.org/pybliographer (note new url) for more.
Shane Nackerud writes: "FreeReserves makes your e-reserves site database driven, and some of its best features include a simple copyright management feature, password protection, security at the document level, and the ability to handle multiple filetypes. FreeReserves is a free program; you can redistribute it and/ormodify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License." Looks like several different institutions are already using it, too...