Bas writes: "This new version supports full character set conversion between MARC-8 and UCS/Unicode. For UNIMARC character set conversions are supported between ISO5426 and UCS/Unicode and ISO6937 and UCS/Unicode. This new version also fixes some bugs. The goal of MARC4J is to provide an easy to use library for working with MARC records in Java. MARC4J adopts MARC related standards and is tightly integrated with SAX2, a high performance XML interface, to enable robust conversion routines between MARC and XML. MARC4J is written in Java and published under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation."
Paul writes: "This new version is really close from the stable 2.0 version. What's new: standard acquisition and MARC cataloguing now both useable at the same time; MANY bugfixes; almost everything now templated, a few admin scripts still to template; inclusion of some pictures to say "add", "modify", "delete" in many places; the koha-html cvs tree is now UNUSED, and no mode included in this release. The koha cvs project contains everything. TODO: z39.50 support - a port from the 1.2.x z39.50 support needs to be done; should be quick; fixing bugs - if you find a bug in this version, please take the plane and go for a trip to bugs.koha.org. Feature freeze is there... only z39.50 will be added until 2.0RC1, which should be the next release!
Known bugs *IMPORTANT*: koha does NOT work with MARC::Record 1.12. It works fine with MARC::Record 0.93, and maybe with other versions; repeated subfields in MARC/iso2709 works poorly; in the MARC search, the "not" flag does not work; en and fr are the only languages well supported in this version. Other translator teams are waiting for more stable templates."
Franï¿½ois writes: "Due to the incoming of new developpers, PhpMyBibli (a free library automation system) is now on the right track to become fully functionnal. Jesir Vargas from Puerto Rico has almost completely translate the whole thing in english and spanish and is at the point to finish the portuguese translation. Eric Robert from France did a great job on UNIMARC integration. UNIMARC import is now working fairly, even the 995 field that is crucial for french small libraries. Lots of bugs have been corrected and the code was cleaned in a drastic way by the time we were rearranging the database structure to improve its reliability and speed. We are coding the loan-module to reach version 1.0 during spring." A demo version is available at sourceforge.
Peter writes: "Avanti MicroLCS version 1.0 beta 2 has been released. New in beta 2 is a standalone GUI client application. It has the same clean, elegant look and feel of the Applet client, but it does not need to run in a web browser. This makes it possible to deploy Avanti MicroLCS in environments where a web server and browser may not be available or needed. Also in this release are a number of bug fixes, improvements to the API and the user interface. Attention turns to beta 3 development, which will focus on very intensive debugging, testing, and refactoring of the existing system. The aim is to ensure that what exists is rock solid in every way, is scalable, and works extremely well."
Paul writes: "koha 1.9.0 was born a few minutes ago. His parents, the koha-team, are very proud of this almost-stable children. This version includes: dozens of bugfixes; the MARC acquisition part is now completly stable, and used in production in France since december; templating almost ended; translations now available : french (almost finished), chinese, spanish, and polish; circulation now works; non ISO-5589-1 support (for chinese and polish); improvements in marc import in breeding farm; first draft of search in MARC-DB; librarian interface demo (please note that by default this site should be in FRENCH. If you modify parameters, don't forget to put fr again in systemprefs!) Next version planned is 1.9.1."
Franï¿½ois 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...)."
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."
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."