from freshmeat: "HTTP proxy support, fixed/improved index caching, library column sorting, library position retention for selected Etexts, and a local cache auto-update implementation have been added. The Gutenberg index format (pgwhole.zip) is now used. Please remove your .gutenbook/preferences file when you upgrade Gutenbook; your preferences will not be read/set correctly unless you remove this file." Go Lefty go... for more see the Gutenbook site.
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.
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...
from the DBA Sciences page: "Database Advisor (DBA) was created to aid database users in selecting the best database for their query. DBA spawns a search process for each database vendor, and returns the hits on the query to the user. It sorts these results so the user can see where each database stands relative to the others." DBA is GPL'd, and its components are all free according to one license or another. You can even take it for a test drive...
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.