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.



as seen on zope-announce: "The zNote XML-based Bibliography Management Tool is now in v0.6, which makes it a proper Python-classed product. Also new is full XML import and export, and the ability to choose from multiple bibliographic styles. zNote requires ParsedXML 1.2.1b or better."

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!"

Koha 1.2.0


Pat writes: "The Koha project has released version 1.2.0 of Koha, its library system. This release features many bugfixes and a great deal of new functionality. Due to the new installer script and changes in the file layout, this should be the easiest Koha to install or upgrade."



Mac writes: "The University Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha, makes available a GPL version of its Ask A Librarian (Askal). Utilizing PHP4 and mySQL, the application is suitable for low to medium volume services. Features include service management functions, standard replies (canned responses), extensive reports and a quality feedback system for service customers."

MARC Template Library 0.6


Mark writes: "The MARC Template Library is a C++ API for reading MARC records using C++ templates and the Standard Template Library. It features an event parser inspired by Bas Peters' James (Java MARC Events), althought I have taken a very different approach by using templates and other features not found in Java. The parser is very fast - able to read over 30,000 records a second on my 450 mhz AMD k3, that is if you don't include the time to load the records from disk. In real world situations the speed is about 5,000 to 10,000 per second. It is still in the very early stages of development - so parts of it are not really usable yet and there's quite a few bugs."

YAZ 1.8.7 released


Kevin writes: "A new version of YAZ has been released. YAZ is a C/C++ programmer's toolkit supporting the development of Z39.50v3 clients and servers. A sample client, a sample server, and documentation are included in the distribution. YAZ also includes experimental support for the industry standard ZOOM API for Z39.50. There are several changes from the last version (mostly bug fixes)."



Peter writes: "ASPLinks is a stand alone links database application written in
VisualBasic/ASP. Features unlimited categories and links, simply by
filling in web forms. Homepage and support website is here and visitor demonstration can be found here.