As part of a plan to deliver an improved experience for students using the college library service, St Helens College has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing InFor Advance solution. PTFS Europe, an ISO27001 company, has been contracted to implement the Koha system and to provide on-going support services.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions and EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser. The online catalogue offers an excellent search capability and a full range of personalisation services. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of its user base.
St Helens College
Dave Rankin Head of ICT & Library Services said, “We chose Koha for its economic savings and its degree of functionality. Importantly it’s also an open source system, which is our preferred choice whenever considering new software products. The system ticked all the boxes and provides us with increased flexibility and specifically the ability to easily integrate with other college systems.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added, “We are delighted that St Helens College has chosen Koha. Both the Further and Higher Education sectors are increasingly embracing open source systems as a way of getting the best of modern technologies whilst at the same time achieving value for money in an open, flexible environment.”
About St Helens College
St Helens College is one of the largest further education colleges in the North West of England. It has recently undergone a £57 million Town Centre Campus redevelopment. The new state-of-the art building provides students with the best possible learning environment to succeed, with facilities and resources that provide everything students need to develop their skills and knowledge.
St Helens College currently has over 7,500 students of all ages, studying on courses from Entry Level through to Degree Programmes and Professional Qualifications. We attract students from across the North West and work with over 3,500 employers, helping the economy to thrive and develop.
About PTFS Europe
With over 60 customers in 12 countries, PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products and services to the library market. These include the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for resource management, the VuFind discovery portal, CUFTS for electronic resource management, WordPress for Libraries and the ArchivalWare digital repository. 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