Publishing news in Koha

Fiona talks about using the News tool and the OPACMySummaryNote system preference in Koha to publish information on the OPAC for your library users. This can be used to restrict news items to particular libraries/branches.

What’s On Our Mind posts are fortnightly and videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

Update to our statement concerning Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

18th June 2020

Just an update to our statement of 9th March 2020 to let you know that all our staff are fit and well and we hope all of your staff are as well.

We continue to monitor the latest advice from Public Health England (PHE) and the Government and we appreciate all the updates we have had from you as to your own situations.

We know that libraries as a whole have been working hard to try and mitigate the impact to their users and to continue to run a service in some shape or form. It has been interesting to see and hear all the creative ideas coming out at this difficult time.

As mentioned previously, PTFS Europe has always been a virtual company and this has certainly helped to maintain our services to you. All of our staff already have the ability to work remotely using a range of collaboration tools and can continue to work closely with colleagues, customers and partners.

Our implementation projects have been continuing as normal and we have some coming to completion during this period as well as some ongoing, and we’re excited to say, new projects starting. We obviously love seeing you face to face but the remote sessions have been well received and we look forward to seeing you in person in the not too distant future.

Our helpdesk has also been running as usual and we are still receiving calls, many of which are Covid-19-related. In the same way, we have also been running our usual programme of upgrades and are happy to speak to you if you do want to upgrade this year.

We’ve also been trying to post more information out onto our forum and YouTube channel ( so please continue to look there for new information we are pushing out (again, some of it Covid-19 related). If you would like to go back and watch the live stream of our recent PTFS Europe FEstival it is available here.

In the meantime, if you would like further information or would like to discuss your specific situation with us, please contact your Account Manager or send a message to

What’s On Our Mind – Use Days Mode

A brief look at the options available for working out due dates when a library is marked as closed in the calendar. With Fiona Borthwick.

What’s On Our Mind posts are fortnightly and videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

FEstival – online conference about Koha and Metabase for Further Education colleges

On June 3 2020, with the backdrop of the Covid-19 lockdown, we hosted a virtual ‘FEstival’ conference of presentations and demonstrations of the Koha open source library management system and the Metabase analytics solution – also open source. Joining PTFS Europe staff on the panel of presenters were Samantha Goldsmith from University Centre Leeds to talk about their Koha implementation and Penny Robertson and George Harkins of City of Glasgow College to talk about how they use Metabase with Koha.

All of the presentations from the event are available to view on the PTFS Europe YouTube channel, either as individual presentations or the livestream of the whole conference. You can also see them below.

If you enjoy watching these presentations and would like to know anything more about Koha, Metabase or the services PTFS Europe can offer, please contact us by email.

Introduction to the FEstival and a presentation on Open Source Software

Jonathan Field – Managing Director, PTFS Europe.

Koha – the mature open source LMS

Fiona Borthwick – Customer Relationship Manager, PTFS Europe

The right system for a FE college

Lucy Vaux-Harvey – Senior Customer Services Consultant, PTFS Europe

The joys of working with PTFS Europe

Samantha Goldsmith – HE & Research Librarian, University Centre Leeds

The technical challenges of supporting a cloud LMS

Jon Turner – Infrastructure Manager, PTFS Europe

Reporting and analytics with Metabase

Penny Robertson – Libraries Manager and George Harkins – Library Systems Analyst, City of Glasgow College

Fast track implementation – right here, right now!

Janet McGowan – Director of Operations, PTFS Europe


Jonathan Field