Kuali OLE 0.8 is now availableŚmeeting our target date of 3rd quarter 2013! This latest release is the first available for the partner libraries to download the software and test-load their own data locally. The release is also available for academic research libraries (and others) to test-drive at: http://demo.ole.kuali.org/portal.jsp
Kuali OLE 0.8 adds the following features/functions, building on the infrastructure provided in previous releases.
The Deliver module incorporates basic circulation features/functions: defining policies; importing and creating patron records; performing checkout and checkin; placing and managing requests (recalls, holds, paging, and copying); and generating and delivering notices and bills.
The Describe and Manage module offers enhanced searching features, the ability to create/modify/delete records (bibliographic, holdings, and items), to transfer holdings and item records, bound-with functionality, and MARC record ingest. Also included in this release is the new Describe Workbench portal designed to provide improved workflow process support for cataloging staff.
One of the notable developments for Select and Acquire module for 0.8 is the development of workflow support for the license negotiation process (the License Request). See the OLE Guide to Licensing listed in the Driver's Manual Other developments worth noting are the integration of order information into the "OLE instance" record which houses holdings and item information, the improvements in receiving items specifically multi-part orders and an enhanced import process of EDI files. Major additions to Acquisition functionality will be coming soon in the 1.0 release.
Details are available in the OLE 0.8 User Documentation: https://wiki.kuali.org/display/OLE/OLE+0.8+Milestone+User+Documentation
The Kuali OLE Project Team is currently focusing its efforts on extending OLE functionality for two upcoming releases. Release 1.0 (target date Q4 2013) will be the early adopters release and is currently in development. Specifications are being written for release 1.5 (target date Q1 2014).
Kuali OLE is the result of collaboration of higher education research libraries including Indiana University, Duke University, Lehigh University, North Carolina State University, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. Kuali OLE has also received generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.