Science Museum chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 16th September  2015

The Science Museum, London, has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its current solution as part of the development of the new Dana Library and Research Centre. PTFS Europe are conducting the initial implementation and providing on-going hosting and support. The project also includes the provision of the CUFTS electronic resource management system and Rebus:tutorial to promote information literacy.

Koha Library Management System

Koha is a completely web-based application for both staff and public access. The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, inter-library loans, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. The Koha online catalogue offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services. PTFS Europe will also be enhancing Koha further to accommodate the needs of the Science Museum and the collections that need to be managed.

Science Museum Library  

The Science Museum Library is one of the world’s great research libraries for the history of science and technology. The library was previously based within Imperial College, but will reopen as the Dana Library and Research Centre in late 2015 at the Museum’s South Kensington site. Koha will replace the library management system that was shared with Imperial College.

Open to both researchers and the public, the Dana Library and Research Centre will provide a world-class environment for academic research and enable greater access to the Museum’s library and archive collections. Visitors will be able to read recent histories and biographies of science and technology, use the Museum’s electronic resources and order library & archive material stored at the Museum’s Wroughton site, near Swindon.

Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, Head of Collections at the Science Museum, said: “We are pleased to select PTFS Europe as a partner for this project. PTFS Europe has shown an early and detailed understanding of our requirements, and the Koha solution will provide a great interface for visitors to easily access information about our Library collections.”

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added:  “We are delighted that the Science Museum has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers. We are excited that the Koha project is part of the move to the innovative new Research Centre and will be a great showcase of what the system can offer.”

About the Science Museum

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. More information can be found at sciencemuseum.org.uk.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, RT:request tracker for enquiry management, Rebus:tutorial to support information literacy, the VuFind discovery portal, the CUFTS electronic resource management system, the Explorit federated search solution  and the Knowvation enterprise continent management system.  An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products.  

More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com

Any questions please contact:

Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com