Two bits of news from Open-ILS, the uber-cool project aiming to create a distributed, open-source library automation system.

Yesterday they posted an article on using jabber as their communication system:

I’d like to share a word on communication. We’ve decided to start with Jabber ( as the communication layer between the various components. Jabber is great because it can be as simple as you want while allowing for practically limitless expansion. Given the open nature of Jabber, for example, we could write our own server components that ‘plug in’ to the jabber server and perform additional tasks on messages besides simply routing them through the messaging network.

Today they posted their November Executive Committee Report, which is a “where we’re at” report. The “Teaching a Programmer” section is fun.

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