Hyderabad, India -- January 11, 2008. NewGenLib (www.newgenlib.com) is now open source under the most widely used open source software licensing system called GNU GPL (General Public License).
The open source binaries and source code can be downloaded from http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/newgenlib. Installation notes for Linux and Windows are also available at the site. The user manual is also downloadable. Librarians/developers who download the software can post their views, problems, solutions, discussions, etc., on https://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=210780.
NewGenLib is web-based and has a multi-tier architecture (www.kiikm.org/newgenlib_architecture.jpg); uses Java (a swing-based librarianís GUI) and the JBoss (J2EE-based Application Server). The default backend used is the open source PostgreSQL.
NewGenLib functional modules: Acquisitions management (monographs and serials); technical processing; circulation control; system configuration; a desktop reports application and an end-of-day process (scheduler) application. NewGenLib is compliant with MARC-21 format. Has a MARC editor Allows seamless bibliographic and authority data import into cataloguing templates Form letter templates are configurable using openOffice 2.0 as ODT and htm. SMTP mail servers can be configured for emails that can be sent form functional modules. NewGenLib allows creation of institutional open access (OA) repositories compliant with the OAI-PMH. NewGenLib servers are SRU/W compliant supporting MARC-21 and MODS 3.0 metadata formats. CQL (level 1) with both Bath and Dublin Core Profiles are supported. NewGenLib is Unicode 3.0 compliant. It is an internationalized application. English and Arabic interfaces are already available. Is RFID ready.