Scotland’s national conservatoire, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland selects the Koha open source library management system for its library, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe and the Explorit Everywhere! discovery system supplied by DeepWeb Technologies.

London, 14th March, 2017

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked third in the world for performing arts education, has chosen Koha for its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Capita. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The Royal Conservatoire has also selected Explorit Everywhere! to provide a single search for electronic resources.

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application for staff and end-users. The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. The Koha online catalogue (OPAC) offers excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to develop meeting the changing needs of libraries and their users.

Explorit Everywhere!

Explorit Everywhere! is designed to search all of your sources and intuitively navigate users through a quick search to efficiently find and apply your information when and where you need it.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Based in the heart of Glasgow, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is ranked third in the world for performing arts education (QS rankings) and is ranked number one in Scotland for graduate employability, endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.

In 2017, the Royal Conservatoire is celebrating its 170th anniversary and throughout the year, the institution will host a series of performances and special events recognising its rich history and world class reputation for performing arts education.

Supporting learning, teaching & research across the Royal Conservatoire’s trans-disciplinary and innovative curriculum, the Whittaker Library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of performance materials for music, dance, drama, production and film in the UK and internationally.

Caroline Cochrane, Head of Information Services at RCS, said: 

“Deciding to move to the Koha Open Source platform, with hosting and support from PTFS Europe, offers us a cost-effective solution which meets our business requirements. Koha also allows us to offer our students an integrated search experience with Explorit Everywhere! –which will enhance the discoverability of our many resources and deliver to our learning community a more accessible and digitally enabled environment”.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added

“We are delighted that the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has chosen the Koha system and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our well established base of customers from all library sectors in the UK hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.”

PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the library system Koha, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, Coral for electronic resource management and the Knowvation 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: Lesley Jones:  lesley.jones@ptfs-europe.com

Glasgow Colleges Library Group chooses the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 1st March 2017

Glasgow Colleges Library Group (GCLG), which consists of City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College, has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solutions from SirsiDynix.  Part of the project includes further enhancing the consortial capabilities of Koha.  The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services.   

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application providing staff and public users with access to the system through web browsers.  The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. 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 develop, meeting the changing needs of libraries and their users.  

GCLG Chair, James Rowdon said:

“The ever changing landscape of Further Education across the Glasgow region means we are always looking for innovative ways to improve our services for our staff, students and stakeholders. Deciding to move to an Open Source solution followed substantial research into what would best suit our requirements. In conjunction with Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), we settled on the Koha Open Source platform, with hosting and support from PTFS Europe to further enhance integration across our services. We look forward to seeing the improvements delivered.”

The Glasgow Colleges Library Group (GCLG) has an established reputation as one of the UK’s leading Further Education consortia, consisting of three Colleges; City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Kelvin College.  GCLG has an annual membership of 43,000 staff and student accounts, with nine site Libraries and one digital Library in place across the three Colleges. A reciprocal borrowing programme allows seamless access to stock held across all Libraries.  The GCLG service has dedicated centralised support, development and administration with 45 staff client installations in place across the three Colleges. Two Colleges offer ‘self – issue’ and RFID services across a total of five Libraries, with one College operating EDI. Patron Driven Acquisitions is utilised by two Colleges to support and define their current curriculum.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said

“We would like to thank the Glasgow Colleges for choosing Koha and welcome them as new customers.  We are particularly pleased that they have long recognised the value that comes from adopting an open source solution.  They will be joining our diverse and growing base of Koha customers from across the UK and Europe 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 library system Koha, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, Coral for electronic resource management and the Knowvation 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 Phipps:  nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com