On Thu, May 13, 2004 at 12:51:40PM -0500, Eric Lease Morgan wrote: > The real advantage of exporting XML is that once you have the data you > could provide services against the data that aren't necessarily > supported by your ILS. I'm straying far off this thread now. Most ILS vendors will allow you to export data in a archaic format known as MARC; and there are a few opensource toolsets for working with this data format which will empower you to do all of these things and more...including translating it into XML (for no $$). I like XML, but as Sam Ruby says: "It's just data". //Ed This was on my mind because the MARC-XML package on CPAN was just updated to allow encoding/decoding MARC::Record objects as XML using LCs MARC21slim schema.