University of Hertfordshire chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 29th January, 2015
The University of Hertfordshire has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing library management system. PTFS Europe will fully implement the Koha system and provide on-going hosting and support services. The project also involves a tight integration with the University’s new discovery platform.
Koha Library Management System
The Koha library management system 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 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. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.
University of Hertfordshire
With over 25,000 students, the university is the UK’s leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel.
David Peacock, ‎Manager of the Information Collections & Services Team at the University of Hertfordshire said: “We feel this solution will allow us to fully realise the cost benefits and flexibility of using Open Source Technology, and assist us in providing the highest quality library service to our students and staff.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that the University of Hertfordshire has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers. Koha offers a real, cost-effective alternative when looking at the other systems that are currently on the market.”
About PTFS
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

Invitation to a seminar for health libraries to be held at the new Library of Birmingham on 18th March 2015.

PTFS Europe in conjunction with the BASE consortium of NHS libraries
is holding a seminar at the new Library of Birmingham. The aim of the day is to showcase some of the new technologies available to health libraries, outline an opportunity to collaborate, share and discover resources across the NHS and to hear the experiences of some existing users.
The team at PTFS Europe is pleased to already count a considerable number of NHS libraries among its users. We hope that the day should prove equally interesting to prospective customers and existing users alike. Prospective customers will be able to learn about the range of products we can now offer. Existing users will be able to hear about the very latest developments but also have a chance to network and share their experiences.
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The agenda includes:
10.00 Registration
10.15 Welcome – David Law BASE/Library Services Manager – Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
10.25 Introduction and update on PTFS Europe
10.45 Koha library management system demonstration
A break-out session aimed at people new to Koha
10.45 Update on Koha and review of latest version
A break-out session aimed at existing Koha users
12.15 User experiences –
12.15 – 12.30 Natalee Mousley-Metcalfe – Area Systems Librarian, BASE Library Consortium “Koha and the consortium: innovation and integration”
12. 30 – 12.45 Presenter TBA – University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust “Koha in action: the story so far”
12.45 – 13.00 Lucy Vaux-Harvey – Lead Librarian (Resource Development) Worcestershire Health Libraries
13.00 Lunch
13.45 A discovery service for NHS libraries
A demonstration of a discovery system that could be deployed widely across NHS libraries, supporting collaboration and information sharing
14.15 Rebus:list and Rebus:tutorial
An overview of a reading list management tool and also of a product aimed at supporting information literacy and encouraging use of the range of services offered by libraries.
14.45 Digital storage options
An outline of two approaches to storing and managing local digital content
15.00 Enquiry management and request tracking
A demonstration of a new service offered by PTFS Europe that can be used to track and manage enquiries and requests
15.25 Close
Where and When:
Room 104,
Centenary Square
Broad Street
Birmingham
B1 2ND
18th March 2015 from 10.00 – 15.30
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Halton Borough Council Goes Live with New Reading List Service from PTFS Europe

We are delighted to announce that Halton Borough Council has just gone live with the new reading list service provided by PTFS Europe. This service has been developed in conjunction with The Reading Agency and delivers the Reading Agency’s high quality reading lists seamlessly to your library web site.
The service uses PTFS Europe’s Rebus:list reading list management system and includes the titles recommended by The Reading Agency’s Reading Programmes, such as Books on Prescription, Mood Boosting Books and the World Book Night lists. It also delivers lists relating to The Reading Agency Promotions such as the Radio 2 Bookclub and the British Sports Awards.
The service integrates with your library management system for up to date holdings and item status information.
Halton Borough Council
Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Libraries, Cllr Phil Harris, said: “We are very pleased to be able to enhance our own local reading lists with this new service.  The Reading Agency’s lists are loaded directly into our front end service with links to our OPAC and up-to-date availability information.  This saves a significant amount of staff time and provides a more immediate response to our customers”
PTFS Europe
Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe added “We are very pleased to be working with Halton Borough to deliver this new service and are confident that it will streamline the process of giving access to material from The Reading Agency’s Programmes and Promotions to library customers”
About Halton Borough Council
Located between Liverpool and Manchester, the borough of Halton straddles the River Mersey encompassing the towns of Runcorn and Widnes and the parishes of Hale, Daresbury, Moore, Preston Brook, Halebank and Sandymoor. Our bustling town centres; business and employment opportunities; excellent transport and communication links make Halton a vibrant, modern borough. Quality parks, leisure facilities a choice of housing and places to learn, make the borough a great place to live, learn and work.
Halton Borough Council is a dynamic and achieving unitary authority that is creating real opportunities for all. Their aim is to continue to deliver excellent services that help ensure our communities enjoy a good quality of life and achieve their full potential.
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