PTFS Europe to continue to supply the Koha Library Management System and other library software services via the latest G-Cloud 12 framework.

London, September 2020

PTFS Europe is delighted to announce that we have retained our position to supply the Koha library management system and other solutions via the latest Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 12 framework which went live on 28 September 2020. As well as being able to buy library software and support services directly from PTFS Europe, customers have the choice of buying the same services in partnership with Bramble Hub on the framework.

The full list of products and services available from PTFS Europe, either direct or in partnership with Bramble Hub,  includes the open source solutions Koha for library management, the Vufind discovery service, the Metabase data analytics platform and RT: Request Tracker for enquiry management as well as implementation, training and support services.

We are delighted to be selected to be on the G-Cloud framework for the eighth year running. We are always keen that the process for libraries to buy new software systems should be as straightforward as possible. This framework agreement enables us to continue to offer a straightforward route for public sector organisations to procure the Koha open source library system and other software solutions. We look forward to continuing to implement Koha and the other systems we work with through this important framework.

Nick Phipps, Director of Sales at PTFS Europe

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 to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the open source library system Koha and open source solutions for enquiry management, electronic resource management, reading list management and business analytics. PTFS Europe is also the European support company for PTFS Inc’s 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

About Bramble Hub

Bramble Hub are specialists in helping ICT companies secure public sector contracts through UK Government frameworks. We do this by connecting the best ICT companies with public sector organisations and vice versa, which means we are able to deliver more agile, flexible and cost effective solutions to the UK government. We have a large network of SMEs and niche specialists to meet all ICT requirements.

About G-Cloud 12

G-Cloud 12 helps customers in the UK public sector find and buy cloud computing services. 

This agreement will run for 12 months from 28 September 2020. Crown Commercial Service, which administers the framework, may extend the agreement up to a maximum of 12 months after this date. 

Any call-off will have an initial maximum duration of 24 months. Purchasers are allowed two extension options of up to 12 months each and must specify this in the initial contract terms.Digital Marketplace has a constantly updated list of the suppliers on this framework.

Batch editing MARC records

On Lucy’s mind this week is batch editing MARC records in Koha using MARC modification templates.

We regularly publish What’s on our Mind. Quite a few are help videos which you can access on our YouTube channel.

Koha tables – a basic guide

What’s on Lucy’s Mind this week is Koha Database tables. She has produced this handy guide for you so you can easily find how your data is structured. This is really useful when you are writing or looking at Koha reports.

We regularly publish What’s on our Mind. Quite a few are help videos which you can access on our YouTube channel.

Royal Academy of Music chooses Koha

Royal Academy of Music chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 7 September 2020

The Royal Academy of Music has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous SirsiDynix Symphony solution. PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide 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 offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to develop to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users. For music libraries, Koha is uniquely placed to handle music and audio collections with features such as multi-part handling and support for music incipits in the MARC21 031 field.

We are very impressed with Koha’s functionality and flexibility in dealing with the many and varied formats provided by modern music libraries.
The team at PTFS Europe has been incredibly helpful in making the transition to Koha as smooth as possible.

Kathy Adamson, Librarian

We are delighted that the Royal Academy of Music has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They join a growing number of world famous conservatoires that have turned to open source as their preferred solution. They also join our growing base of Koha customers, particularly in the academic sector, from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Jonathan Field, Managing Director of PTFS Europe

About the Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music moves music forward by inspiring successive generations of musicians to connect, collaborate and create. It is the meeting point between the traditions of the past and the talent of the future, seeking out and supporting the musicians today whose music will move the world tomorrow. https://www.ram.ac.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 FOLIO, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, Coral for electronic resource management, Metabase business analytics 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

Koha Housebound module or Home Delivery service

In this video, Fiona tells us about the Housebound Module or Home Delivery Service in Koha which controls the circulation of material to those who can’t get into their local library.

We regularly publish What’s on our Mind. Quite a few are help videos which you can access on our YouTube channel.