IAML UK & Ireland chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

The UK & Ireland Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres – IAML (UK & Irl) – has chosen Koha as its new Library Management System, to replace the previous Mikromarc system. Locating performance materials is a major challenge for many orchestras and choirs.  IAML (UK & Irl) has taken a major step forward in helping such groups, with the launch of the refreshed Encore21 service. 

Encore21 contains information about the library locations of about 92,844 borrowable sets of orchestral and vocal music. The catalogue data is in MARC21, the international library record exchange format. There are 102 participating libraries, of which approximately two thirds are public libraries. The catalogue is used typically by libraries seeking to borrow material from other libraries using the well-established inter-library loan service (ILL), as well as by musical groups such as choirs, orchestras and bands.

PTFS Europe implemented the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services to IAML (UK & Irl) to ensure its success in supporting these collections into the future.

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.

Caroline Shaw, Chair of the Encore21 Migration Project Working Group, said
 

We are very pleased that the Encore21 service is entering its next phase with a Koha implementation. From early on in the project, Koha looked like the best solution for IAML (UK & Irl) and Encore21, and Encore21 users have confirmed that with their very positive feedback. We are happy with how PTFS Europe have been able to configure Koha for our needs, and we are excited about possibilities for the future.

  Jonathan Field, Managing Director at PTFS Europe, said

We are delighted that IAML (UK & Irl) has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. Koha has a number of features which make it uniquely suitable for libraries specialising in music. IAML (UK & Irl) join a growing number of music and arts related libraries that have turned to open source as their preferred solution. They also join our 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 open source library systems Koha and FOLIO, Aspen Discovery, 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.  

Any questions?  Please contact Jonathan Field, jonathan.field@ptfs-europe.com

About IAML (UK & Irl)

IAML (UK & Irl) is the UK Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, with members working in public, academic and national libraries, or perhaps considering a career in music librarianship – or simply sharing the aspirations of the organisation to support music provision nationwide, whilst also benefiting from the networking and shared knowledge of our international parent organisation.

Use of Local Hold Group in Koha

In our latest What’s on our Mind, Fiona tells us about how the library group configuration in Koha has a new function at 20.11 – allowing libraries to create local hold groups to manage holds fulfilment effectively. We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube Channel.

NCG chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

NCG consists of 7 Colleges (Carlisle College, Kidderminster College, Lewisham College, Newcastle College, Newcastle Sixth Form College, Southwark College and West Lancashire College) and has chosen Koha as its new Library Management System, to replace previous solutions across the group. Each College had its own LMS with its own library collection and each are managed independently. One of the goals of this project was for all Colleges in the group to share a single system which will allow for cross group support, knowledge sharing, future collaboration and sharing of resources and good practice.PTFS Europe implemented the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services to NCG to ensure its success in supporting Teaching Learning and Assessment across the Group.

 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.
Rob Wraith, Head of Learning Technology and Digital Learning, said

We were looking for a Library Management System that provided the functionality of the several we had in place across NCG, whilst also looking for additional functionality that would future proof our libraries to ensure long term support for our students and staff. We have now found that solution in Koha, which we were all extremely impressed with. The Koha support team have been exceptional and on hand to support at every point even though they have been working to a very tight timescale. Cross-college collaboration and support is at the heart of everything we do at NCG. The Koha solution gives students across our colleges access to a much-improved system which provides greater support to help with their studies. The benefit of a single system is that as a collective we can work together to share ideas and developments, all of which positively impact our student community.

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

We are delighted that NCG 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.


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. Any questions?  Please contact Fiona Borthwick, fiona.borthwick@ptfs-europe.com

About NCG  

NCG operates seven colleges across the UK:
• Newcastle College 
• Newcastle Sixth Form College
• Carlisle College
• West Lancashire College
• Kidderminster College
• Lewisham College
• Southwark College 

NCG’s colleges offer a wide range of vocational Further Education and Higher Education courses and training programmes, including apprenticeships, employability and work place learning. As the largest college group in the country it is also first Further Education institution in the UK to be awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP), enabling it to develop and award its own Honours and Masters degrees.  For more information please visit the NCG website www.ncgrp.co.uk.