Welcome to Presentation on SOUL

by INFLIBNET Information & Library Network Centre UGC, P B No. 4116, Navrangpura Ahmedabad - 380009

Tel: +91-79-6305971, 6304695, 6308528 Fax: +91-79-6300990 Email: root@inflibnet.ac.in web : http://www.inflibnet.ac.in

About us
INFLIBNET Centre started as a project under IUCAA x Became an Autonomous Inter-University Centre in 1996 x Involved in Modernising university libraries in India through a nation-wide high speed data network x Set out to be a major player in promoting scholarly communication among academicians and researchers in India.
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Activities & services
Library Automation x Software Development x Human Resource Development x Development of Union Databases x Networking of libraries & information Centres x Development of Bibliographic Standards x CALIBER - A National Convention
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Activities & Services
University Information System x Technical Guidance & help x Publications x Access to union databases x Bibliographic Information Service x First Search Service from OCLC x Retrospective conversion of major library Catalogs x Document Delivery Service
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Software for University Libraries

Background
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University libraries are funded for establishing computer systems in the library They need proper software to run the library automation functions No uniformity in the use of software by Universities for its functions For national level cooperation, the uniform standards are essential to be practiced by all the libraries to exchange the data. High cost of the commercial software necessitated the development of SOUL for libraries

Hardware & Software Required (Minimum)
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Pentium @233 MHz with 64 MB RAM 1.2 GB HDD 32 x CDROM Drive 1.44" Floppy Drive Colour Monitor (SVGA) Ethernet card 10/100 Mbps Windows-NT Operating System MS-SQL Server 7.0

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Pentium @233 MHz with 32 MB RAM 1.2 GB HDD 1.44" Floppy Drive Colour Monitor (SVGA) Ethernet card 10/100 Mbps Windows-95 / 98 Operating System

Main Features of SOUL
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Windows based user friendly software Well designed screens, logically arranged functions with extensive help messages. It is based on client server architecture allowing scalability to the users Does not need extensive training Multi-user and unlimited user access AACR-2 etc.

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Main Features of SOUL
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Provides export / import facility in ISO-2709 OPAC is versatile and very user friendly Provides comprehensive list of reports, master databases and authority files Provides facility to create, view records in regional languages Available at affordable cost Fully tested at number of university libraries and evaluated by team experts and the practicing librarians

Modules:
x Acquisition x Cataloguing x Circulation x Serials x OPAC x Administration

Control

Acquisition
x Suggestion x Order

Processing x Accessioning x Payment x Master Databases x Reports

Acquisition
Apart from regular features this module has following facilities

New request / direct approval x Budget division up to four levels x Letter formats - can be edited / updated x Provision for advance payment x Receive and process items in parts x Merge items for second and subsequent copies x Intimation letter to users
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Cataloguing
Cataloguing Process x Catalogue Search x User Services x Authority file Maintenance x Retrospective Conversion x Reports
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Cataloguing
Apart from regular features this module has following facilities

Allows multilingual entries x CAS & Bibliographic Service x Retrospective conversion x Provides maximum fields for entry x Catalog card generation single & range x Spine label can be generated x Staff wise work report
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Circulation
Membership x Transaction x Inter-Library Loan x Overdue Charges x Reminders x Status Search x Reports x Maintenance
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Circulation
Apart from regular features this module has following facilities
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Master database for member creation Can display member photo in transaction Fine collection during transaction / later Items issue status can be seen by staff Reports on items issued etc over a period Items transaction history Member history Frequently issued items, frequent users Graphical presentation of data Transaction log

Serials Control
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Suggestions Subscription Payment Master Database Check-In Reminders Search status Binding Title History Export / Import Reports

Serials Control
Apart from regular features this module has following facilities

Reports for each sub-module x Payment history for an item x Automatic process for non received issues x Letter format can be edited / updated x Allow searching for both current and complete holdings separately x Facility to maintain history of title change, split, merge etc.
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Online Public Access Catalogue OPAC
Books / Theses x Serials x Member Status x Other Resources x Online Access to INFLIBNET
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OPAC main features
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Easy and quick search with options Search by key fields viz. Title, author, Keyword(s), Class No., Accession No., Publisher, ISBN/ ISSN etc User Status Search results can be sorted according to preference of search Display of records in different formats - Bibliographic, CCF, AACR-2 Formats In serials search can be done on either Current Serials or Holdings data(back volumes).

OPAC
Apart from regular features this module has following facilities

Items can be searched by Quick search, word search x Search can be done on items in process x Provides availability status of an item x Member can have status online x Free text search x Facility to add library calendar, profile, announcements x Internet resources can be linked
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Administration
Add Users x Grant rights for different modules x Provide access rights to users x Update rights
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Cost of the Software
INFLIBNET is a non profit making organisation x GB of INFLIBNET decided the nominal price of Rs. 50000/x This price includes Installation, onsite training, one year support, free future updates, multilingual software, manuals. x Provision being made for stand alone software also for libraries
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Portability
Software now available with SYBASE(ASE), MS-SQL, SQL Anywhere. x LINUX , Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95 / 98 operating systems
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Future Programs
MARC compatibility x Web enabling of library OPAC’s x Shared cataloguing x Z39.50
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