Way back in 2006, I thought “It’s a shame there is no PHP library for parsing MARC records!“, and given that much of my most recent coding experience was in the PHP realm, I thought it would be a good way of contributing to the world of code4lib. Thus File_MARC was born in October 2006. At the time, I had aspirations of quickly iterating to a 1.0.0 stable release. Hah! Seven years later, I have finally cut a 1.0.0 stable release of the File_MARC library for PHP.