Migrate to NewGenLib

Want to Migrate to NewGenLib 3.0? But stuck with your old database To maintain your library catalog are you using A spread sheet? CDSISIS ? In-house library software ? Locally developed library software? Any other ILMS? You must have spent considerable amount of time and efforts to build this database. By migrating to NewGenLib You can get all your data imported into NewGenLib database. And ready to use. Get all the good features of NewGenLib database Get all new updates, upgrades, versions, and bug fixes of NewGenLib free-of-cost for life-time. NewGenLib guarantees life-time open source releases.

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For Install NewGenLib Open Source Library Management Software on XP  please see PPT file on:


Published Full Paper On NewGenLib Free of Cost:

Biswas, G & Paul, D. (2008, December 10-13). NewGenLib, The First Indian Open Source Software: a Study of Its Features And Comparison With Other Software. Conference Proceeding, 23rd National Seminar of IASLIC held at Bose Institute on Library Profession in Search of a New Paradigm, Kolkata, Special Publication No.48, PP 333-340, ISSN- 09723668.

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Installation process of Open source ‘NewGenLib’

 Goutam Biswas

Email: goutambiswas8@gmail.com  ,

Cell Phone: +91 9831092149

The following hardware and software are required for NewGenLib Open Source:

  1. System requirements

    Min requirements of the Server

    Hardware: Pentium 4 or equivalent, 1GB RAM and 40GB Hard disk
    Software: Windows 2000prof, 2000 Adv Server, XP Home, XP Prof, and 2003 server

    Min requirements of the Client

    Hardware: Pentium 3 or equivalent, 128MB RAM, and 1 GB of min hard disk
    Software: Windows 98/ME/2000prof/2000adv server/XP home/XP Prof/2003/Red hat Linux 8.0/9.0/10


    Server Installation:

    Install J2SDK1.4.2

    • Download J2SE Software Development Kit (SDK) from http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html
    • Install the j2sdk 1.4.2. (It may be installed into any drive. For the sake of installation notes we will assume that you installed it in C: drive)
    • After installation check your C: drive, you will now find a directory name j2sdk1.4.2_XX (XX is the update number, if you installed J2SE v 1.4.2_16, the directory name will be j2sdk1.4.2_16
    • Create an environmental variable named JAVA_HOME and value is C:/j2sdk1.4.2_XX. The below are the instructions to create an environmental variable
      • Go to desktop, right click on My Computer and click on properties.
      • Go to Advanced tab, and click on Environmental Variables
      • Click on New button in the System variables area
      • Variable name(use all capital): JAVA_HOME
      • Variable value: C:j2sdk1.4.2_XX
      • And click on Ok button at all places

    Installation of Postgresql database

    Restoration of a blank NewGenLib database

    1. Download the backupinplain.sql from the sourceforge.net
  2. In the command prompt go to Postgresql installation directory bin folder 
  3. Now type this following command without quotes “psql -d newgenlib -U postgres”. Using this command you are connecting to newgenlib database using postgres user name. Now press enter key. You will be promted to enter the password, please do so.
  4. Now type this command without quotes “i C:/backupinplain.sql”. Presuming that in step 1 you saved backupinplain.sql in the C: drive. Now press enter. This will create the tables and all default values.

Installation of Application server

  • NewGenLib uses Jboss application server 3.2.1 which can be downloaded from www.jboss.org. However we made some changes and made the application server ready for use. Download jboss-3.2.1_tomcat-4.1.24.zip from sourceforge.net
  • Extract the contents of jboss-3.2.1_tomcat-4.1.24.zip into any drive. Please note that it must not be extracted into any folders, it must be extracted into a drive directly. If you extracted the contents of jboss-3.2.1_tomcat-4.1.24.zip into D: drive, you will now see a directory named jboss-3.2.1_tomcat-4.1.24 in the D: drive
  • Download newgenlib.ear from sourceforge.net and into jboss-3.2.1_tomcat-4.1.24/server/default/deploy directory

NewGenLib files

  • Download NewGenLibFiles.zip from sourceforge.net
  • Extract the contents of NewGenLibFiles.zip into C: drive only
  • Setup NewGenLib parameters
    • Open C:NewGenLibFilesSystemFilesEnv_var.txt. Set JBOSS_HOME to the correct drive


Client installation (Librarian’s )interface

  • Download J2SE Java Runtime Environment (JRE) from http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html
  • Install it on the clients where librarian’s interface is required
  • Open Internet Explorer and in the address bar enter http://{ipaddress of the server}:8080/newgenlibctxt/LaunchApplication
  • In Security Warning, click on Start button
  • In the server details, enter the ipaddress of the server and click on Ok Button
  • In Desktop integration click on Yes button.
  • For initial login, please use ‘1’ as user id and ‘abc’ as password without the quotes.


Web based Online Public Access Catalogue (Web OPAC)

Web OPAC can be accessed from the URL http://{ipaddress of the server}:8080/newgenlibctxt

Consider open source software for library automation


Goutam Biswas [ MLIS, Ph D  regd] 

Email. goutambiswas8@gmail.com

The phrase “do-it-yourself” brings a number of pictures and images to mind. I see a young child insisting loudly, “I can do it myself.” I also think of library patrons looking for do-it-yourself books and video materials on many subjects including landscaping, home remodeling, and automobile repair. Some choose the do-it-yourself route out of stubborn independence (the young child), while others choose it out of frugality (library patrons), but there are some who choose it because they have an innovative idea. In describing those who are driven by innovation, I would say that they are often risk-takers. In the words of an Apple ad campaign from several years ago, they “think different.” In a more eloquent statement by Robert Frost in his famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” they take “the one less traveled by.”
For librarians working with automated systems, it can be scary to embark on a do-it-yourself project. There was an old saying in business that no one ever was fired for choosing IBM. That statement now probably would be modified to say that no one ever was fired for choosing Microsoft Windows. In the early days of library automation, vendors offered turnkey systems that bundled hardware and software, promising computer-shy librarians that these systems would practically run themselves. While current library automation systems are more complex and generally require you to design and manage your own network, it still seems safer to choose an established library automation vendor whose product runs on a Windows network.
At the Monroeville Library, we selected an established vendor for our new automation system, but we did not follow the usual conventions in setting up our network. Instead of being Windows-based, we set up a Macintosh network with Xserves, iMacs, eMacs, and Airport base stations. No network is ever perfect right from the start, and there have been some problems to solve. However, some problems, such as virus infections and the need for frequent security updates, have been fewer. There has also been some resistance from those who are uncomfortable with change. As the person responsible for managing and maintaining the network, I feel that this Mac implementation has made my job easier.
Choosing Macintosh over Windows was a much smaller risk than those taken by other librarians who wholeheartedly have been “do-it-yourselfers,” implementing open source automation projects in their libraries. Those librarians who have taken giant steps in innovation can encourage those who are only taking small steps by sharing their successes. Many pioneers in library automation have documented their projects on the Web, so librarians looking for inspiration (and maybe a little push to try something new) have only to turn to their colleagues on the Web.
What Is Open Source and Why Are We Interested?
Before turning to colleagues for information on their open source projects, it may be helpful to learn more about the topic. One place to start is the Open Source Initiative Web site. The Open Source Initiative, also known as OSI, defines itself as a “non-profit corporation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community.” Site visitors can learn about the OSI certification mark and program, read about successful open source software products, access current news on open source, and subscribe to an announcements mailing list.
Armed with a basic understanding of open source, you can begin to contemplate the possibilities and to learn from librarians who have already begun open source projects. Over the last several months I have been watching WebJunction develop and grow as an online community for librarians to exchange ideas about using technology. Each month WebJunction chooses a focus topic; a recent one was open source, and the materials collected at that time are still available on the site. Librarians who have just begun to explore open source might want to begin with the group of articles prepared by WebJunction to provide technical overviews and a discussion of basic concepts. These include “What is Open Source Software?” by the Gates Foundation’s Ed Sargent, “Open Source Application Primer” by Eric Lease Morgan, and “Open Source Library Systems: Getting Started” by Dan Chudnov.
WebJunction’s focus on open source also includes Reports from the Field from locations as far away as New Zealand, the University of Windsor, and, based on my location, as close as Meadville Public Library in Meadville, Pa. In these reports, the librarians involved in the decision to use open source explain the reasons for their choices and the outcomes of their projects. Librarians interested in online discussions could follow links to WebJunction’s Access Policies and Practices forum and the Software forum. In addition to the page devoted to open source as a focus topic, WebJunction also has another page with links to additional articles and resources.
Librarians who are seriously interested in implementing open source should visit the oss4lib Web site. The site states that its mission is to “cultivate the collaborative power of open source software engineering to build better and free systems for use in libraries.” To accomplish this mission, the site maintains a listing of free software and systems designed for libraries and tracks news about project updates and related topics. The site, in keeping with the open source tradition, is a volunteer effort, and frequent visitors are encouraged to support the site by purchasing oss4lib apparel and housewares. Also in keeping with open source tradition, visitors are invited to submit news stories for inclusion on the site.
There are also links to various open source projects of interest to librarians. Those wishing to learn more about open source can visit the Readings section of the site to find links to bibliographies, articles, and an annotated list of book titles. An electronic mailing list, oss4lib, is available for new project and product announcements and general discussion. Complete information on subscribing and a link to the list archives are available on the site. The site also offers an RSS feed for its headlines.
Another resource is the bibliography prepared by Brenda Chawner as part of her Ph.D. studies at the School of Information Management, University of Wellington, New Zealand. The bibliography was created in October 2002 and was last modified in September 2003. In addition to announcements, journal articles, and Web documents on open source in libraries, it also includes articles on specific open source applications (including Koha, Greenstone, and MyLibrary) and provides links to the Web sites for these products.
Using Open Source for Digital Libraries
You can find a collection of links to Web sites that offer open source and other shareware and free items on the Library Automation Tools for You page, which is part of the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications, and Computation Web site. In addition to the links to the MyLibrary, Koha, and Greenstone sites, there are links to OpenBook and the e-smith Linux Server appliance. I was especially intrigued by one product name, PYTHEAS, which is an acronym for Powerful Yet Tactfully Helpful Electronic Arranger of Sources, but none of the links I found for this project appeared to be current.
Another source of links to free software for library systems is the UNESCO Free Software Portal, which has a page of annotated links to software for digital libraries. The now-familiar Greenstone and others are on this list, but additional products include CERN Document Server Software, EPrints Archive Software, and MIT’s DSpace. Some of the links on this page are no longer valid, even though the page was supposedly updated on the day I visited the site.
Librarians interested in using open source software to build a digital library system might want to learn more about the Fedora Project, which is described as an open source digital repository management system. The project, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, uses the Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture, aka Fedora. Visitors to the site can read about the history of this project that was developed jointly by the University of Virginia and Cornell University; they also can access the support resources, the usage FAQ, and the technical documentation. There are also links to publications on the project and additional development resources. Seriously interested visitors can even download Fedora release 1.2.1.
There’s No Room for Error
At the beginning of this column, I spoke of children who don’t want help and adults who are proud of being “do-it-yourselfers.” We know that both children and adults can overestimate their abilities, and many do-it-yourself projects can end in failure. A failed library automation project would not only be embarrassing, but also expensive. An open source library automation project must be carefully planned and thoroughly researched before implementation so that in the end, as Robert Frost did in his famous poem, you can say, “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Resources Discussed
The Road Not Taken, Frost, Robert, 1920. Mountain Interval
Open Source Initiative OSI—Welcome http://www.opensource.org/
WebJunction’s Focus on Open Source http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=1216
oss4lib—Open Source Systems for Libraries http://www.oss4lib.org/
Open Source Software and Libraries Bibliography http://www.vuw.ac.nz/staff/brenda_chawner/biblio.html
Library Automation Tools for You http://www.smecc.org/library_automation_tools_for_you.htm
UNESCO Free Software Portal: Software/Digital Library http://www.unesco.org/cgi-bin/webworld/portal_freesoftware/cgi/page.cgi?g=%20
Fedora: The Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture http://www.fedora.info/index.shtml

NewGenLib is ready to use.

By Goutam Biswas Email- goutambiswas8@gmail.com

NewGenLib, which stands for New Generation Library, is an integrated library system (ILS) that some of you, especially those in India, Syria, Sudan, or Cambodia, will already know. It is the product of a 4-year collaboration between the Kesavan Institute of Information and Knowledge Management (KIIKM) and Verus Solutions Pvt. Limited (VSPL), both based in Hyderabad, India. Toward the end of 2007 a business decision was taken to release NewGenLib under the GNU General Public License (GPL). And thus NewGenLib was reborn as a free and open source software (FOSS) ILS.
The code – should you immediately want to begin investigating NewGenLib’s functionality – is available from SourceForge, the repository of more than 170,000 FOSS projects: NewGenLib on SourceForge. Since NewGenLib is Java-based, it deploys straightforwardly on Linux or Windows platforms. Just follow the installation notes for the platform on which you will be deploying.

NewGenLib was already a complete ILS prior to going open source. It boasts modules for

Serials Management
OPAC, and
The current release is version 2.1, but version 3.0 is under development with a targeted release date of April 2008.

The biggest challenge, of course, is whether NewGenLib will be able to transition itself to a FOSS development model. Releasing code under a FOSS licence is easy compared to building and sustaining a FOSS community of users and developers. Will NewGenLib make the leap?

One positive sign is the set of discussion forums that NewGenLib has set up on its SourceForge site. I don’t find forums as easy to negotiate as an email discussion list, but clearly many people like them and these seem to be busy. (The downside to that is that multiple forums mean more work for people within the project that need to respond to queries in various fora.) By contrast, the mailing lists for NewGenLib on SourceForge show very little use.

Deciding to release the code under the GPL also means a significant shift in business model. Or does it? The licence fee-based model under which NewGenLib previously operated was essentially tied to service support contracts. Under a FOSS licence, support contracts continue to work in exactly the same way. The developers, however, have moved to clarify matters by setting up a separate IT services company – Verus IT Services Pvt. Ltd. – in order to take on the servicing of the open source deployments, as well as existing commercial licensees. The most significant change for the business model is that, as FOSS code, nothing prevents other companies form also offering support contracts for NewGenLib. But if hundreds more libraries take up NewGenLib on account of its FOSS credentials, then there will be plenty of room for multiple support companies in different countries. Even better if those competing support companies are able to contribute code to the further development of NewGenLib.

Changing a licence does not, in itself, change the software. So, at the moment NewGenLib is about the same product as it has always been. But joining the world of FOSS does make a difference. It makes a difference to the future, to the future of NewGenLib and possibly the future of the FOSS ILS. It’s great to see another FOSS ILS joining the ranks of Koha and Evergreen. And it bodes well for libraries in developing and transition countries that so much choice is now available.

I will be following NewGenLib’s management of its fledgeling FOSS community closely, and with good will. I really hope it makes a great show of it.

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