Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East Councils choose the Koha open source library management system for their public library services, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East Councils choose the Koha open source library management system for their public library services, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.
London, 27th November, 2014
Cheshire Libraries Shared Service has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing Axiell Galaxy solution.  PTFS Europe will fully implement the Koha system and provide on-going hosting and support services.
Koha Library Management System
The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application providing staff with access to the system through web browsers.  The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. Koha integrates easily with other applications such as finance systems delivering efficiency and saving valuable time and resources. The Koha online catalogue (OPAC) offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services.  Koha’s depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services was established by Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils to deliver efficiency and provide cost effective benefits for the combined library services. The authority partners are both unitary authorities serving a combined population of approximately 720,000 through a total of 47 branch libraries. Cheshire Libraries Shared Services is comprised of various teams, which provide specialist and business support to customers in Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East libraries
Lesley Speed, Senior Systems Librarian said: “Koha offers us a cost-effective open source product which will give efficiencies to both councils.  As it is open source and web based it offers greater flexibility for us to provide a contemporary library service to our customers
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that Cheshire Libraries Shared Services has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our diverse and growing range of Koha customers from all library sectors who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.”
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.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

The Reading Agency & PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe is pleased to co-sponsor the forthcoming Reading Agency Lecture delivered by Russell Brand on 25th November 2014 at the Institute of Education.Brand will share his own experience of books and reading while growing up in the UK,and discuss his views on the status of reading and storytelling in our culture today.

 

For further details about this event and to purchase tickets click here

Get Reading Agency reading lists delivered automatically to your front-line service ……

PTFS Europe has been working closely with The Reading Agency to provide a new service which delivers high quality reading lists seamlessly to your library web site.
The service uses PTFS Europe’s Rebus:list reading list management system with pre-populated book lists from The Reading Agency. This includes the titles recommended through their Reading Well programme, which promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing; and the Summer Reading Challenge recommended reads for children. The service integrates with your library management system for up to date holdings and item status information and also includes reporting on reading list material usage and identifies reading list material held locally or not in stock.
The Reading Agency
Peter Barker, Director of Business Management, said: “We’re delighted that our partnership with PTFS Europe means our book lists – and importantly, the reading programmes behind them that help change people’s lives – can now be reached through Rebus:list.”
PTFS Europe
Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe added “We are very pleased to partner with The Reading Agency on this exciting new service and hope that it will streamline the process of giving access to material from The Reading Agency’s programmes and promotions to library customers”
About The Reading Agency
The Reading Agency is the UK’s leading independent charity whose pioneering work brings the joy of reading to the widest possible audiences across the UK, in partnership with the public library service. The charity’s mission is to create and deliver innovative reading opportunities inspiring more people to read more, encouraging them to share their enjoyment of reading with others and celebrating the difference that reading makes to all our lives. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.  www.readingagency.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, 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.
For more information on this service please contact Lesley.jones@ptfs-europe.com

PTFS is sponsoring the forthcoming Reading Agency Lecture given by Russell Brand, please click here for further information & tickets

 

Blackpool and The Fylde College choose the Koha library management system and Rebus:list for reading list management, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

Blackpool and The Fylde College has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon solution. The college is also the first further education institution to choose Rebus:list for its reading list management. PTFS Europe will implement both products and provide on-going hosting and support services.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all presented 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 evolving needs libraries.
Rebus:list
With an elegant user interface, a comprehensive web services API and contemporary software architecture, Rebus:list delivers truly seamless integration with any library system, eDiscovery service, VLE and back office system. Rebus:list offers libraries a real alternative when choosing a reading list management system.
Blackpool and The Fylde College
Eileen Norris, Learning Resources Manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “Koha offers us a cost-effective open source product. The user friendly interface provides a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities that will enrich the learning experience for our students. Enhanced functionality and integration with other College systems will also positively impact on our workflows and reporting abilities. She continues: “Rebus:list, integrated into our Moodle VLE, will encourage our students to engage with the wide range of good quality print and electronic resources available to them. It will also allow LRC staff to liaise more closely with academic staff on embedding those resources into their blended learning delivery, whilst streamlining the time consuming task of managing and maintaining reading lists.”
Keith Shell, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe added: “We are delighted that the college has chosen the Koha library management system and we welcome them as new customers. Of particular note is the decision of the college to implement Rebus:list; the first further education college to do so. PTFS Europe has a growing user base in the further education sector and see Blackpool and Fylde College as one of our flagship customers for us in this sector”.
About the College
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is an Outstanding college with a national reputation for excellence. It is a member of the elite 157 Group of highest performing UK Colleges and last year became just the third general Further Education College in the UK to receive Grade 1 Outstanding from Ofsted across each of the main areas under the tough new common inspection framework. With over 16,000 students, B&FC is the 3rd largest college provider of higher education in the UK and is commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
About PTFS Europe
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 list management, the VuFind discovery portal, RT: request tracker for enquiry management 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:
Keith Shell: keith.shell@ptfs-europe.com