|CASPR Library Systems, Inc. has announced the creation of a new approach
to sharing library information via the Internet. iLibraries is a software
program that enables individuals to search for and share catalog records
and digital files with anyone on the Internet. It is written in Java and
will run on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Sun, and other computing platforms.
LibraryWire is a network service that allows iLibraries to share information
without central server software.
The application allows the building and sharing of catalog collections
(including holding records and digital documents) with others using the
iLibraries program or a simple Web browser. The program can import and
export MARC records as well as XML documents. Records can be copied from
a remote library to a local library simply by dragging the items with the
mouse. No special Web server or other software is required. The application
is in effect both a client and server application.
iLibraries can access a library directly by IP address or through the
LibraryWire network. As an added benefit, CASPR has placed its own copies
of the Library of Congress collection on LibraryWire so catalog records
can easily be moved to local collections.
The iLibraries application will be available for download starting September
1 from http://www.ilibraries.com.
The program can be used for up to 30 days at no charge. Individual licenses
can be purchased for $195 per copy.
Source: CASPR Library Systems, Inc., Saratoga, CA, 800/852-2777; http://www.caspr.com.