The Kuali Open Library Environment team has released Kuali OLE 1.0, the first community-source integrated library system designed by and for research libraries. In addition to the functionality described below, Kuali OLE 1.0 allows early adopters to map data from legacy library systems to begin implementation, as well as allows libraries to review the system and its installation requirements. Future releases will provide the additional functionality necessary for libraries to move into full production.
Modules included in OLE 1.0:
- Select and Acquire
- Describe and Manage
- Systems Integration
Highlights of 1.0
This release brings us many strides forward from 0.8 and features a redesigned user interface that is more intuitive for library staff. Library functions are now grouped into tabs by module (check out the Test Drive and see for yourself!). Additional design improvements will occur before the 1.5 release, as we continue to respond to feedback from subject matter experts.
- In the Deliver module, Fixed Due Date, Calendar, and Calendar Group documents allow users to manage library hours and set automatic return dates within OLE.
- In Select and Acquire, several new interfaces and e-Documents have been added.
- An Invoice document allows users to pay for multiple orders from each vendor and a Serials Receiving portal maintains subscriptions and tracks issues, supplements and indices.
- The E-Resource document, a key building block of OLE's electronic resource management, allows users a preview of our development toward implementing this progressive feature.
- The System Integration team has been working to include the ability to export records from OLE to a Discovery Layer or other external utility.
OLE 1.0 has also seen several upgrades to existing functionality.
- Roles and permissions have evolved to better suit library needs.
- In Describe and Manage, enhancements to the Bibliographic Editor brought improved structure to MARC leader fields.
- Although additional improvements are planned for 1.5, the editors have evolved tremendously and an E-Instance editor is included to maintain holdings for e-resources.
- Throughout the interface, searching now incorporates patron and item barcodes as well as local identifiers for ease of use and faster results.
- All importing of records – locations, patrons, bibliographic – have been merged into a single interface, and batch delete capabilities have been implemented. Users may also export from this single interface, Batch Process, creating a one-stop convenience.
OLE's architecture has evolved from requiring three database applications to two. In 1.5, this will drop to one, creating a cleaner application for installation. For 1.0, OLE has incorporated an RDBMS content repository to improve performance of the DocStore, and Rice and Java have been updated to that end as well. Multiple bug fixes are also included in this improved version of OLE.
The next release, OLE 1.5, is scheduled for Quarter 1, 2014 and will include all necessary functionality for library management and an upgrade path to future releases. OLE 1.5 will be the implemented by the University of Chicago and Lehigh University in the summer of 2014. See our timeline for details of what OLE 1.5 will include: http://www.kuali.org/ole/timeline.
To download and install OLE 1.0, including instructions and documentation, please visit http://www.kuali.org/download. User documentation and release notes are available on the OLE wiki at https://wiki.kuali.org/display/OLE/OLE+1.0+Milestone+User+Documentation
The release is also available to test-drive at http://demo.ole.kuali.org/portal.jsp.
Please contact our collaboration community at firstname.lastname@example.org (for technical help) or email@example.com (for functional help).
Kuali OLE is made possible by generous contributions from the Kuali OLE Founding Partners and through grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information see our website at http://www.kuali.org/ole.