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Perl's text-friendliness makes it ideally suited to many library related tasks. The true utility of Perl in libraries can be seen by browsing the CPAN. To get you started here is an incomplete list of relevant projects. Please subscribe and email the list if you have any suggestions.

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There is a lot of libraries for libraries over there. Just search on MetaCPAN about MARC, OAI, RDF, ... My personnal notes about MARC:

No more signal ...

Those links were on the former page: i'll try to contact authors of those projects.

Still need it? MetaCPAN rocks ...


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