Applications that access Z39.50 servers
Z39.50 is a client-server protocol that is widely used by libraries
and other places that keep track of books. The home page is
http://www.loc.gov/z3950/agency/ at the U.S. Library of Congress.
I want to do searches of the Library of Congress voyager database from
a program. I was using a short perl script with the Zetaperl module
then I upgraded perl on my Debian 2.3 system and the Zetaperl module
will no longer load.
Since then I have tried looking at yaz (http://www.indexdata.dk/yaz/)
and the Net::Z3950 perl module from CPAN. I still don't have that
I would prefer not to duplicate effort of others in the Debian
community. Has anyone developed Z39.50 clients on Debian systems?
Are there any recommendations of preferred software to use? Ideally I
would use python instead of perl but I can get by in perl if
Also, if anyone knows about the USMARC record format and can recommend
software to crack it, I would appreciate hearing from you. Librarians
seem to have peculiar ways of organizing information.
Douglas Bates firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics Department 608/262-2598
University of Wisconsin - Madison http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~bates/