Polerio writes: "Changes to PhpMyLibrary include: an Online Reservation module has been created; this will allow borrowers to reserve the book they want to borrow online. The Python polGenSQL program was also included to speed up the importing of MARC records. A Nuke-like themes system has been adapted. Post/PHP Nuke themes can be used even if on a non-nuked site. This is now a full package library automation software which consists of three core modules and the WebOPAC, Cataloging, and Reservation modules."



Ross writes: "Emory University General Libraries has created and released course/control, a reserves management system written in PHP on a PostgreSQL backend. course/control's purpose is to be an alternative to commercial products such as Docutek's Eres, giving as much control to the instructors as they or the reserves department want. Instructors can manipulate their course reserves, changing their order and adding items via file upload, faxing to pdf files, or searching past reserves and the catalog through z39.50. Despite its "pre-release" version number, it's quite stable and usable."



Pate writes: "Koha 1.3.0 has been released. This release marks the beginning of public development and testing of the MARC compliant Koha we've been Looking forward to. As the 1.3 releases stabilize and reach feature completion, they will become Koha 1.4. This is an alpha quality release only. If you are want to use Koha in a production setting, please stick with the stable 1.2 release until the 1.3 series stabilizes enough for us to create Koha 1.4.0. Significant new features in this release include: data is stored natively in a MARC based format; multiple flavors of MARC are supported; enhanced API supports both the new MARC format and the older Koha specific format. From a users perspective, this release should look just like a 1.2 series release. All of the work so far has been in redesigning the data format and extending the API. User visible changes will be included once the infrastructure has stabilized."


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.

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!"

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)."



Polerio writes: "PhpMyLibrary is a PHP/MySQL Web based library automation application. The program consists of cataloging (for handling adding/editing/deleting/searching of materials), circulation (so the librarian can handle user related management items), and the webpac module (where the World searches the catalog of your library). The program also has an import export feature, and strictly follows the USMARC standard for adding materials.

Changes: This version now contains the Cataloging module, which lets a librarian add, edit, and delete catalog entries. It can also modify or delete existing imported catalog entries. A Holdings module was also added, enabling a librarian to add, edit, and delete accession numbers of specific materials. The Record Import module was enhanced so that it can import a library's existing ISIS files. The JavaScript in the WebPAC module has been enhanced."