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SOUL Requirements
Hardware Requirements
Processor Type : PIV or Higher
Processor Speed : 1.6 GHz or Higher
RAM : Minimum 512 MB (1 GB Recommended)
Free Hard Disk Space : 400 MB (Minimum)
OS Requirements
Windows XP SP3 , Windows Vista , Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server

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SOUL 2.0 Modules

The SOUL 2.0 consists of the following modules. Each module has further been divided into sub modules to cater to its functional requirements:

The in-built network feature of the software will allow multiple libraries of the same university to function together as well as access to the distributed databases installed at various university libraries and union catalogue mounted at INFLIBNET using VSAT network.

Acquisition

The module enables library staff to handle all the major functions, such as
  • Suggestions management;

  • Order processing, cancellation and reminders;

  • Receipt, Payment and budgetary control;

  • Master files such as currency, vendors, publishers etc.; and

  • Reports.

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Catalogue

Catalogue module is used for retrospective conversion of library resources. It also facilitates library staff to process of the newly acquired library resources. The strong features of catalogue module are:
  • allows cataloguer to create their own templates for data entry of different library resources;

  • different templates for leaders and fixed fields of MARC21;

  • allows user-generated customized reports;

  • facilitates authority database of person name, corporate body, subject headings and series name;

  • supports copy cataloguing in MARC21 format by using ISO-2709 standard;

  • master database of publishers;

  • multi-lingual database by using Unicode Character set; and

  • supports full MARC 21 bibliographic format.

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Circulation

This module takes care of all possible functions of circulation. Sufficient care has been taken in designing this module starting from membership management, maintenance and status of library items, transaction, ILL, overdue charges, renewals & reminders, search status and report generation according to the status of the items. The circulation module is fully compliant with the NISO Circulation and Interchange Protocol (NCIP) version 2.0 for electronic surveillance and RFID based transaction of the items. Major functions of the circulation module:
  • Membership;

  • Transaction;

  • Inter-library loan;

  • Over due charges;

  • Reminder;

  • Search status;

  • Maintenance of the items such as binding, lost, replace, missing, withdrawl, etc.; and

  • Report generation based on the various requirements.

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On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

One of the major attraction of SOUL is its robust On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The OPAC has simple and advanced search facility with the minimum information of the item by using author, title, corporate body, conference name, subject headings, keywords, class number, series name, accession number or combination of any of two or more information regarding the item. Major functions provided in the module are:
  • Simple Search;

  • Boolean Search;

  • Advanced Boolean Search;

  • Displaying and downloading of records in MS Excel, PDF or MARCXML; and

  • Search support for the items that are in the acquition process in the library.

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Serial Control

Managing serials is the most complicated job for a library. The module keeps track of serials in the library effectively and efficiently. The searial control module is developed based on the KARDEX system and has following functions built into it:
  • suggestions;

  • master databases;

  • subscriptions;

  • check-in of individual issues of journals;

  • payment, reminder, binding, and title history;

  • export / import by using ISO 2709 bibliographic exchange format;

  • article indexing of journal/book articles;

  • cataloguing of electronic journals; and

  • keeps track of the history changes of the journals.

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Administration

n addition to the features available in the Administration Module of the SOUL 1.0, some more features have been added to the administration module of the SOUL 2.0. With the inputs from the various SOUL users and requirements of the library staff and their user rights. The module has been divided into three major sections for accommodating the new features; those are User management, System Parameters and Masters. The administration volume provides the following These Administration module include following features:
  • grouping of users based on the policy;

  • transactional rights over the systems;

  • transaction level security to users;

  • various configuration settings such as labels, e-mail and other parameters related to the software use; and

  • common master databases being used in modules.

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