RNN Group chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 22 April 2021

The RNN Group (Rotherham College, North Notts College, and Dearne Valley College) has chosen Koha as its new library management system, to replace the previous AutoLib Software Systems solution. PTFS Europe implemented the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services.

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a cloud application providing staff and student users with browser access to the system. 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.

We chose Koha because it will offer our students and staff a much-enhanced experience when interacting with our online library service.
Koha is a modern, browser-based library management system which has a clear fit with our strategic shift towards blended learning in the college group. Koha enables students to sign in with their college Google account, which makes it easy and simple for them to check which books they have out, renew and reserve items. The interface is very straightforward and accessible, and will make it much easier for students of all abilities to find the content they need in our libraries (whether online or physical). We particularly like the ability to browse bookshelves virtually, which is very helpful as we have had to restrict physical access to the libraries this year due to Covid-19.

The Koha system will also enable us to introduce many other improvements in the future, such as integration with self-service issuing machines and more focused communications with learners. We found the team at PTFS to be knowledgeable, flexible and easy to work with, and we look forward to working with them more in future. We are very excited to be introducing this new service at RNN Group!

RNN Group is delighted to be able to offer our students and staff a better online service that supports our goals as a Group to offer blended learning. This is a really positive step to integrate more online resources as part of our offer to enable students and staff.

Ray Harper, Head of Library Services

We are delighted that the RNN Group has chosen to work with us, and we welcome them as new customers. A growing number of Further Education institutions are seeing the benefit of this open source library systems platform. They also join our growing base of Koha customers, particularly in the FE sector, from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Fiona Borthwick, Head of Sales and Account Management at PTFS Europe

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 Fiona Borthwick, fiona.borthwick@ptfs-europe.com

Ravensbourne University London are now live with their new Koha open source library management system

London, 19 April 2021

Ravensbourne University London selected the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe, to replace an existing SirsiDynix Symphony solution, in August 2020. We are pleased to announce that the Koha system is now live and now supporting the university’s library users. Koha was selected to provide improvements in managing the library’s collections and deliver a better experience for the University’s students.

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.

Ravensbourne selected Koha as a cost-effective, web-based replacement for our previous LMS. Koha has an appealing intuitive user-friendly design and allows our users to search the library’s physical and online collections from the same interface.
We are very grateful for PTFS Europe’s help, support and continued good humour through the process of transitioning to Koha. We experienced no delays or issues, despite the global pandemic! Koha has allowed us to improve our Library workflows, becoming more efficient and saving staff time and has been well received by staff and students.
Ravensbourne University London is a specialist creative university, designed for industry. It provides a provocative, dynamic learning environment where students are challenged to become visionary professionals and values a rich and sustained engagement with industry partners. The library offers a large collection of print, online and multimedia resources.

Naomi Elliot, Head of Learning Resources

We are delighted that Ravensbourne Univerity has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They are joining our diverse and growing base of academic institutions that have turned to open source as their preferred solution.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe

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 Lesley Jones, lesley.jones@ptfs-europe.com