Sunday, December 18, 2005


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Elf helps you manage your library loans and holds.


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A quick list of Digital Library Systems

Not comprehensive but I believe I have the major players.
IBM Software - DB2 Content Manager - Product Overview
'manages all types of digitized content including HTML and XML Web content,
document images, electronic office documents, printed output, audio, and video'
Sirsi Corporation - Products - Hyperion Digital Media Archive
'The Hyperion Digital Media Archive See a definition of digital media archive is an innovative tool for easy organizing, storing, maintenance, and accessing of non-book holdings in a digital format.'
Ex Libris - Digitool - Overview
'DigiTool is an enterprise solution for the management of digital assets in libraries and academic environments. '
Includes Fedora system (see below)
ENCompass for Digital Collections
'ENCompass for Digital Collections is the system for libraries that need a comprehensive approach to local digital content creation, management, and access. Libraries all over the world are using ENCompass to manage collections of papers, audio, art images'
CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software by DiMeMa, Inc.
(awaiting more information)
Dienst Software
'This document describes the Dienst software, which can be installed at multiple sites to create a distributed digital library.'
Digital Library eXtension Service (DLXS)
'The University of Michigan Digital Library eXtension Service (DLXS) provides the foundation and the framework for educational and non-profit institutions to fully develop their digital library collections'
GNU EPrints
'GNU EPrints is free software which creates online archives. The default configuration is a repository of the research output of an academic institution. An EPrint archive can be adapted for many more purposes.'
'A groundbreaking digital repository system, DSpace captures, stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes an organization's research material in digital formats.'
CERN Document Server Software (CDSware)
The CERN Document Server Software (CDSware) is the software developed by, maintained by, and used at, the CERN Document Server. It allows you to run your own electronic preprint server, your own online library catalogue or a document system on the web.
Greenstone Digital Library Software
Used by a bunch of libraries - the website has examples. research funded by UNESCO. See also
Fedora™: The Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture
Came out of research done for the Making of America and othe Digital Collections. Adopted by VTLS.

[The descriptions beneath each link are mostly from the web page linked to]

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

What would you do with an OPEN API for ILMS - make an international my-library bookmarklet service

And beat Amazon at their own game...

From Web4Lib Tue, 15 Feb 2005 19:41:27 -0800 (PST)
An 'international my-library bookmarklet service'

How hard could this be?

The browser already identifies the country of origin
Get the user to enter a zip/postal region code/locality

National libraries could have a 'resolver' that took the location and
forwards it on to the appropriate library.

This could be done internationally - all from the one
bookmarklet/embeddable bit of html ala Amazon.

I'm sorry - this doesn't seem that hard. It would be cheap to build and
inexpensive to run. Why weren't we doing this 5 years ago?


we could focus all of our various programming efforts on the greater good instead of just our own

-- Jenny, The Shifted Librarian

(from a web4lib posting)

Why don't we have a common API for all ILS(ILMS)? - and demand these of our ILS
vendors. (Libraries have always led the way in standards.)

What do list membersYOU think would be appropriate services for such and API?

I've never written a standard before - does anyone have any idea how to go
about it? (Those ATOM people seemed to have had some success)

here goes - starting with simple ones;
1) Control Number Lookup (ISBN/ISSN etc.) to support services like
'Library Lookup' by John Udell

2) New Books see /

3) Items Out
> An example of what the itemsout feed address should look like is

4) Search(es) ( a few common ones)

5) Request Item ...
[I'm sure others on this list can think of more]

* All of course with HTML or XML(RSS if appropriate) output options to
allow human and machine operation.
(X)HTML - I'd like the 'Items-Out' feed from Charles Darwin University to
generate HTML so I could just have it as a bookmark in my browser (Which
would be quicker when checking from my mobile phone - and easier for my
mum who doesn't use a RSS reader and is not interested)
XML(or RSS) - I'd like to be able to use services like LibraryElf
[] at my library.