Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Intranet for Public Libraries

Some libraries might find Brushtail a useful tool to organize the information on their intranet. It provides:
  • Content Management
  • Calendars
  • Casual staff list
  • Email forms
  • IT Jobsheet
  • Hours available noticeboard
  • Keyword Search
  • Events Bookings
  • PC Bookings
  • Room Bookings
  • Reference Database
  • Social Noticeboard
Brushtail requires a PHP enabled webserver and the MySQL database server. It is free and released under the GPL open source license.

Rights Metadata

ccPublisher 1.0 is now available for Mac OS X and Windows. Both Windows (.msi) and Mac OS X (.dmg) files are available for download.

ccPublisher is a tool which allows users to select a Creative Commons license and upload their work to the Internet Archive for free hosting and cataloging. It also supports Internet Archive keywords and description information for resource discovery.

Monday, December 27, 2004

TEKSLink Project

The TEKSLink Project is not new but deserving of mention.
The purpose of the TEKSLink Project is to provide a tangible link between the materials located in the library media center and the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards used in the classroom.

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TEKSLink provides the link between the standards and subject headings. By amending the authority record of the library catalog, a teacher can search by TEKS in the catalog, and the resulting materials are available in his or her campus library.

School libraries in Texas, should consider downloading these records into their systems, if not contributing in a more substantial way. Currently, the Elementary Science and Social Studies TEKS (except 5th grade Social Studies) are finished.

Eprints

GNU Eprints Version 2.3.0 is now ready. Improvements include:
  • New (and improved) default configuration with detailed help
  • Full text searching
  • Improved searching for names and dates
  • RSS Output
  • Improvements to the user interface
  • Improved views. You can make sub views. eg. /view/type_and_year/article/2000/
  • Support for Apache 2.0 and Perl 5.8.1
  • Automatic content negotiation for multi-lingual sites