Fran�ois writes: "This is an announcement for a free (GPL) library automated system based on PHP and MySQL. PhpMyBibli (still in french, sorry...), still in development phase, aims to provide a convenient and easy to use interface for the librarian and the library's public featuring: UNIMARC support (and maybe various flavour of MARC), authorities management, administration made easy for the librarian, advanced OPAC functions : collection browsing, etc...)."

Avanti-1.0 beta 1


Peter writes: "Avanti version 1.0 beta 1 is released. As a beta version, this release is still rough around the edges. But it comes close in form and substance to what is expected of Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 as a serviceable library system. Although far from perfect, this beta release is a tangible representative of what has been in the works in the past year and what is to come: a simple, flexible, platform independent general purpose library system. Hard work continues at polishing and thoroughly testing version 1.0 proper, which should be available in one or two months. Stay tuned."



pate writes: "Thanks to more hard work by Paul Poulain and his band of french hackers (and thanks to the support of the Nelsonville Public Library), Koha is continuing to improve. The big step this time is the release of Koha 1.3.3, a development release of the branch destined to become Koha 2.0. This release features many bug fixes, improvements to MARC handling, and French, Spanish, and Polish translations (not yet complete but hey, this *is* a development release.) This will be the last 1.3.X release. The next schedule release will be 1.9.0 marking feature completion for the 2.0.0 release."



Nicolas wrote to oss4lib-discuss: "On behalf of the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (FCEN-UBA), and the Biblioteca Central "Dr. Luis F. Leloir" of FCEN-UBA (Central Library), we are pleased to announce the distribution of "OpenOPAC", our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), as a free software, with open source under LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License). It has been a couple of years now that we have been developing our OPAC on WXIS (also know as WWWIsis, though note that WXIS is not open source), and it has reached some level of "evolution"; meanwhile, the idea has grown in us that it is a good thing to tend towards the open source concept, among other reasons, as a way of cooperation between coutries/institutions/peoples with few resources. That is why, very humbly, yet with some pride, we want to announce that we have made ready a set of IsisScripts combined with HTML and JavaScript for a Web-based OPAC (using WXIS). Showing some lack of imagination, we have called it "OpenOPAC", but we are open to better ideas. This development is far from perfect, but it is a starting point from which we might generate the critical mass necessary to do things in this direction (ISIS/WXIS + open source). It is also a call to collaborate, for those interested in making a better code. If you want a copy of OpenOPAC, please send an email asking for it, including the name of the Institution you work at, to"



Anders writes: "SimpleServer 0.06, which is a Perl wrapper around the YAZ generic front-end server, is now officially released. The most important new feature is the supporting of Z39.50 authentication (simple). The source is also available at the usual places, i.e. CPAN and"

GPL'ed Reading List Software

Jon writes: "Loughborough University Library has released version 3 of our Reading List system. This can be picked up from our software distribution page. The Reading List system was developed at Loughborough to fill a perceived gap in the available commercial systems and also to allow us to customise the system to our needs. It is written in Perl, runs under Linux and makes use of a MySQL database and the Net::Z3950 and MARC Perl modules to provide Z39.50 links into existing library systems. It has been in production use at Loughborough for well over 2 years now and earlier versions have been taken by other local Universities for their own reading list systems. This is the first major public distribution of this system to a wider general audience."



Ed writes: "MARC::Charset 0.4 now supports MARC-8 character translations to Unicode (UTF-8) for the East Asian character sets. More information is available at MARC/Perl. Now that there is good support for MARC-8 character conversions to Unicode it is possible to update MARC::XML to do a good solid job of converting to LC's MARC schema."



Paul writes: "We've just released Koha 1.3.2, the next alpha version of the forthcoming 2.0 series. This release features many improvments in MARC management from 1.3.1; acquisition.simple now works; you can upload marc files in a breeding farm; for ISBN/ISSN search in the acquisition screen, with the "New biblio" option and the biblio is in the breeding farm, it's automatically retrieved and can be modified; installer now install marc21 in english or unimarc in french datas; marc parameters complete documentation.
If the 2.0 release sounds exciting to you and you've got some MARC, Perl, or HTML background, please consider jumping in and helping with 2.0 development. There are opportunities for people of all skill levels.

ZING: Z39.50 International: Next Generation

Adam writes: "The ZING Initiative (Z39.50 International Next Generation), under the auspices of the Z39.50 Maintenance Agency at the Library of Congress, is pleased to announce Version 1.0 of SRW and CQL. SRW ("Search/Retrieve for the Web") is a web-service-based protocol which aims to integrate access across networked resources, and to promote interoperability between distributed databases by providing a common platform. SRW features both SOAP and URL-based access mechanisms (SRW and SRU respectively) to provide for a wide range of possible clients. It uses CQL, the Common Query Language, which provides a powerful yet intuitive means of formulating searches."


Thomas writes: "VB-ZOOM is an ActiveX COMponent, written in Visual Basic, which is an implementation of the ZOOM Abstract Z39.50 API. It uses the YAZ Toolkit from Index Data to provide the low-level functionality. VB-ZOOM makes it very easy to write simple Z39.50 clients on the Windows platform. It can be used from any language which support ActiveX COM, including Visual Basic, C++, VB Script, Javascript, Delphi, Perl, and probably others. In addition to the basic Z39.50 support, the component has some support for converting the MARC and OPAC record syntaxes into XML, and using XPath to extract data. Of course, the code is open source and freely available for download from SourceForge."