Use yaz. This will give you basic holdings information.
Z> open addison.vt.edu:210/innopac
Connection accepted by v2 target.
ID : Z39.50-III
Name : z39-innopac
OCTETSTRING(len=52) Innovative Interfaces Inc. Z39.50 SERVER version 1.1
'Innovative Interfaces Inc. Z39.50 SERVER version 1.1'
Options: search present scan namedResultSets
Z> format opac
Z> find @attr 1=1003 @attr 4=1 "knuth donald"
Search was a success.
Number of hits: 19, setno 1
records returned: 0
Z> show 1
Sent presentRequest (1+1).
[INNOPAC]Record type: OPAC
Record type: USmarc
01013nam 22002658a 4500
008 820506s1981 gw b 101 0 eng
010 $a 81018418
020 $a 0387111573 (U.S.)
035 $a 0501-40660
040 $a DLC $c DLC
049 $a VPII
050 0 $a QA9.58 $b .A43
245 00 $a Algorithms in modern mathematics and computer science : $b
proceedings, Urgench, Uzbek SSR, September 16-22, 1979 / $c edited by
A.P. Ershov and D.E. Knuth.
260 $a Berlin ; $a New York : $b Springer-Verlag, $c 1981.
263 $a 8111.
300 $a xi, 487 p. : $b ill. ; $c 24 cm.
440 0 $a Lecture notes in computer science ; $v 122.
500 $a "The symposium was organized by the Academy of Sciences of
the Uzbek S.S.R."--Pref.
504 $a Includes bibliographies and index.
650 0 $a Algorithms $v Congresses.
650 0 $a Computer programming $v Congresses.
700 1 $a Ershov, A. P. $q (Andreśi Petrovich)
700 1 $a Knuth, Donald Ervin, $d 1938-
710 2 $a śUzbekiston SSR fanlar akademiŽižasi.
Data holdings 0
localLocation: Newman 4th Floor
callNumber: QA9.58 .A43
nextResultSetPosition = 2
If you want XML, *do not* ask III's Z39.50 for the Z39.50 xml format.
Their XML is ill-formed. Instead, ask III's server for records with
holdings information using the "opac" format, as shown above, then
have yaz convert that into well-formed XML. See
for how to do that using yaz's PHP binding.
On 2/28/07, Nathan Mealey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Simmons is a III-based library. I'm in the midst of developing an
> application that uses a subset of our records that I've exported via
> creating a list and then pushing it into a MySQL database.
> We did not purchase the XMLServer module during the time that it was
> available, and so I don't have that as an option for querying our III
> What I'm wondering is whether Z39.50 would allow me to query our III
> database and receive an item's status information. And if yes, then what the
> technologies and/or steps involved would be (broadly speaking). Our III
> database definitely accepts Z39.50 queries, but I've haven't made use of
> this in an external application before.
> The application that I'm developing uses Rails & MySQL running on a Windows
> 2003 Server.
> Does anyone have any ideas about this?
> Nathan Mealey
> Systems Librarian
> Simmons College
> [log in to unmask]