Sending email notifications from Koha

Using Patron emailer and the Bywater emailer plugin

Janet McGowan describes two different approaches to sending out custom letters to your patrons:

  1. Using the delivered patron emailer functionality that came in with Koha version 19.05
  2. Working with the Bywater patron emailer plugin

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

Cumbria County Council goes live with the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 21 October 2020

Earlier this year, Cumbria County Council selected Koha for its new library management system, replacing a previous SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe has provided a comprehensive range of implementation and support services and the Council is pleased to announce that the system is now live. The Council looks forward to delivering an improved service to its customers and the library service particularly values the capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution.

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.

We are excited by the possibilities offered by the new library management system and look forward to taking advantage of the flexibility, functionality and integration opportunities available with Koha.

Paul Stafford, ICT Programme Manager at Cumbria County Council

We are very excited that Cumbria County Council chose Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They will be joining our growing public library customer base in the UK.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe

Cumbria County Council

Our vision for Cumbria is for the people of Cumbria to benefit from sustainable economic growth and an enhanced quality of life.
To be an effective and efficient organisation that delivers the best possible services for the people of Cumbria within its available resources, protects the vulnerable, and works with others in the community to shape services and help find solutions for the future.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the open source library system Koha, library systems platform FOLIO 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:
Any questions? Please contact Lesley Jones,

Kohacon 2020

Kohacon20 logo

We have seen a terrific second day of presentations from Kohacon 2020 being hosted in Wellington, New Zealand by Catalyst. All the information about the conference is on the Kohacon20 website but here are a few links that you might find useful:

Conference programme

Day 1 livestream video

Day 2 livestream video

Day 3 livestream video

And if you don’t watch anything else, watch the Community Video that the conference organisers put together from contributions from Koha libraries and developers all around the world.

Come and meet us at CILIP Conference 2020

CILIP Conference is a highlight in the annual calendar for many library, information and knowledge professionals and is an important opportunity to connect with networks, share work and build for the future. This year the conference format has had to be reimagined and will be delivered on a virtual event platform. The one-day event on 19 November will include all of the elements that you would expect – impressive keynote speakers, engaging sessions and chances to network.

An integral part of the event will be the virtual Exhibition Hall, and we are really pleased to be able to support the Conference by having an Exhibition Booth.
At the booth we will be offering demonstrations of any of the open source products we implement, support and host including the Koha library management system and the FOLIO library systems platform.
Delegate tickets are available now and are discounted until 23 October. FULL DELEGATE TICKET
If you want to come to meet us in in the Exhibition Hall but do not want to visit any of the sessions, you can book a free Exhibition Only ticket here. EXHIBITION ONLY

Getting involved in the Koha Community

Martin Renvoize, Development Manager, talks us through the different ways you can get involved in the Koha Community. From online chat to bug wrangling, Release Team roles to Hackfests. Don’t miss information about Kohacon 2020 towards the end of the video.

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

Customer Day 2020 a great success

On Wednesday 30 September we hosted a virtual conference for our customers and were delighted by the large numbers that joined us in either the Zoom meeting session or on the YouTube livestream. We were particularly grateful to the following guest speakers from our customers:

  • Patricia Dowling, Houses of the Oireachtas
  • Henry Bolshaw, House of Lords
  • Joe Oxley and Phil Williams, St Helen’s Libraries
  • Sally Healey, Cheshire Libraries Shared Services
  • Andrew Farthing, Sefton Library Service

The full agenda for the day is here.

All of the sessions were streamed live to YouTube and can be accessed on this special playlist. Alternatively, each of the videos can be seen below.

Jonathan Field introduces the Customer Day 2020 conference and Janet McGowan gives an update on what’s new at PTFS Europe and with Koha.
In 2018, The Houses of the Oireachtas reviewed their internal library systems with a view to modernising and having a more integrated approach. A long procurement process and a short implementation time meant that the pressure was on to get Koha, Knowvation, Coral eRM and EBSCO’s EDS up and running by the deadline! Patricia Dowling talks us through how they did it.
Henry Bolshaw of the UK House of Lords library presents a project to improve the accessibility of the Koha library management system as part of our Customer Day 2020.
Help your users reduce the time taken to find resources in your library. Save your staff time in guiding library users.
Library system analytics at your fingertips and presented on dashboards for the world to see.
The Transport cost matrix takes precedence in controlling where holds are filled from and is a complicated area of Koha that is extremely useful but a part that many avoid! Sally shows us how to make it easy!
Jonathan Field demonstrates the FOLIO ERM for the PTFS Europe Customer Day 2020
As part of Customer Day 2020, Fiona Borthwick introduces the afternoon sessions which starts in this video with a demonstration by Mark Gavillet of the all new Enquiry Management System developed by PTFS Europe.
As Release Manager for the 19.11 and 20.05 Koha releases, Martin Renvoize played a pivotal role in the Koha community for twelve months. In this interview he tells us what the role involves, how his time benefitted PTFS Europe customers and what other roles there are in the community.
Martin Renvoize, Development Manager, takes us through the ways you can get involved in the Koha Community.
In this interview, Andrew Farthing of Sefton Library Service gives us an overview of how the North West Usergroup came about, what it does and has achieved and how to go about setting up other usergroups.
Jonathan Field and Bernard Scaife demonstrate how Elastic Search works in Koha in comparison to Zebra search.