London, 20th March, 2015
The University of the Arts London has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing system. PTFS Europe will implement Koha and provide on-going hosting and support. The project also includes a wide range of integration services including online payments, identity management, authentication, RFID and integration with Explorit federated search. A key service being provided is the further enhancement of the public interface to precisely meet the needs of UAL’s library users.
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, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. Koha integrates easily with other applications such as discovery, finance, student management and online payment systems. The Koha online catalogue offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services.
University of the Arts London
Operating at the heart of the world’s creative capital, University of the Arts London (UAL) is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The University’s unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. UAL Library Services consists of six College Libraries, two Learning Zones and the University Archives and Special Collections Centre. Its collections include an extensive range of multimedia and electronic resources as well as over 500,000 monographs and 700 journal titles that, in combination, represent an unrivalled resource for scholarship in the creative arts. The University also has many archives and special collections which are of national and international renown.
Pat Christie, Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services said “PTFS Europe were selected as our partners in the provision of a new LMS following a full procurement process. The move to Koha is an exciting step for us as we will be moving to a cloud based and open source system. We look forward to working closely with PTFS Europe to meet the strategic ambitions of the department in providing the best possible experience for our users as well as the most efficient system for managing our resources.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added: “We are delighted that UAL has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers. This exciting project is already well under way and now that three universities in the UK have chosen Koha the opportunities for further collaboration and partnership can only grow.”
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, 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.