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

Join our virtual conference about Koha LMS

We are delighted to invite you to attend our online conference on June 3 2020 at which we and Librarians from Further Education Colleges will tell you all about the open source Library Management System, Koha.

The online format enables you to attend from wherever you are working and it will consist of a two hour live-streamed conference with live question and answer sessions.

Register for free – click here


  • The power of Open Source Software – Jonathan Field – Managing Director, PTFS Europe (15m)
  • Koha – the mature open source LMS (20m) – Fiona Borthwick – Customer Relationship Manager, PTFS Europe
  • The right system for a FE college – Lucy Vaux-Harvey – Senior Customer Services Consultant, PTFS Europe (15m)
  • The joys of working with PTFS Europe – Samantha Goldsmith – HE & Research Librarian, University Centre Leeds (20m)
  • Reporting and analytics with Metabase – Penny Robertson – Libraries Manager, City of Glasgow College (15m)
  • Addressing the technical challenges of supporting a cloud LMS – Jon Turner – Infrastructure Manager, PTFS Europe (15m)
  • Fast track implementation – right here, right now! – Janet McGowan – Director of Operations, PTFS Europe (15m)
  • Conclusion – Jonathan Field (5m)

We really hope you attend and look forward to sharing with you how the Koha Library Management System could give your library users a better experience and help you to improve the way you work with your library system.

Make sure you register for the event and we will email you links to the conference sessions closer to the time.

Join us to help The King’s Fund celebrate 10 years of Koha

An afternoon exploring the King’s Fund library, uncovering Marylebone’s medical history and mixing with other librarian professionals who use, or would like to use Koha LMS.

2pm, Tuesday 3 December 2019
The King’s Fund, 11–13 Cavendish Square, London

The King’s Fund is celebrating

It is ten years since The King’s Fund went live with Koha as their library management system in their Information Centre. Having supported them in their implementation and with their hosting and ongoing support needs over the past decade, we would like to celebrate with them and are delighted to invite you along too.

Come to London for the afternoon of Tuesday 3 December for an opportunity to explore The King’s Fund’s unique home; hear from staff in the Information and Knowledge Service about their experience using Koha over the past ten years; mix with fellow colleagues from libraries in similar and very different sectors to your own; and hear from PTFS Europe staff about our role in supporting Koha installations across the UK and Europe.

The official start to the afternoon will be at 2pm and there will be a gentle walking tour as part of the programme when you will have a chance to discover the secrets of Marylebone’s medical history. The official programme of events will run until 5:30pm at which point we will hope to see many of you in the relaxed setting of a local hostelry for a more social end to the day.

Please complete this form to let us know whether you would like to attend.

About The King’s Fund

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. Their vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all They were founded in 1897 by the Prince of Wales – later King Edward VII – to help London’s voluntary hospitals. Since then their work has evolved in response to the creation of the NHS and to changes in health policy and practice. The funding built up in our early years helps them to maintain their much-valued independence.

The information centre is home to The King’s Fund’s Information and Knowledge Service.

The Information Centre houses their extensive collection of health policy and management resources, including major journals and magazines. Quiet study space with free wifi, printing and photocopy facilities are available. Expert advice and support is available from their team of information specialists.

Invitation to see Joann Ransom on her Koha world tour

Catalyst IT and PTFS Europe would like to invite you to hear from and meet Joann Ransom as part of her Koha world tour.

Please click here to book

Librarian Joann Ransom worked on the original release of Koha and it is a real pleasure to host her as she undertakes a World Tour as a Koha  ambassador.   The world tour includes Sydney, Malaysia, Mumbai, Pune, London, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Marseille, New York, Montreal, Chicago, Kansas, Oregon and San Francisco.
Joann has recently left Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, where Koha was developed in 1999, where she had been CEO for the last 6 years. After raising her 4 children Joann was ready for  fresh challenges starting with 3 months travelling the globe meeting the Koha community members who have grown the original Koha into one of the world’s most popular library management systems today.  
“Releasing Koha under an open source licence made so much sense to us; we were a public library not a software development company and we needed a much wider pool of librarians to develop the software further”.
Today Koha is one of the world’s most widely used library management systems across all sectors with a strong and active development community.
CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals 
7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE
Tuesday 6th September  2016, 13.30 – 16.30
Numbers are limited so please book early!
13:30: Registration and refreshments
14:00: Welcome and an overview of Koha in the UK

Nick Dimant, Managing Director – PTFS Europe

14:15:  New developments in Koha

Jonathan Field, Technical Director – PTFS Europe

14:30 – Jo Ransom
15:20 – Refreshments and networking
16:30 – Finish

Please click here to book


Invitation to a seminar for health libraries to be held at the new Library of Birmingham on 18th March 2015.

PTFS Europe in conjunction with the BASE consortium of NHS libraries
is holding a seminar at the new Library of Birmingham. The aim of the day is to showcase some of the new technologies available to health libraries, outline an opportunity to collaborate, share and discover resources across the NHS and to hear the experiences of some existing users.
The team at PTFS Europe is pleased to already count a considerable number of NHS libraries among its users. We hope that the day should prove equally interesting to prospective customers and existing users alike. Prospective customers will be able to learn about the range of products we can now offer. Existing users will be able to hear about the very latest developments but also have a chance to network and share their experiences.
To make a booking please click here
The agenda includes:
10.00 Registration
10.15 Welcome – David Law BASE/Library Services Manager – Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
10.25 Introduction and update on PTFS Europe
10.45 Koha library management system demonstration
A break-out session aimed at people new to Koha
10.45 Update on Koha and review of latest version
A break-out session aimed at existing Koha users
12.15 User experiences –
12.15 – 12.30 Natalee Mousley-Metcalfe – Area Systems Librarian, BASE Library Consortium “Koha and the consortium: innovation and integration”
12. 30 – 12.45 Presenter TBA – University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust “Koha in action: the story so far”
12.45 – 13.00 Lucy Vaux-Harvey – Lead Librarian (Resource Development) Worcestershire Health Libraries
13.00 Lunch
13.45 A discovery service for NHS libraries
A demonstration of a discovery system that could be deployed widely across NHS libraries, supporting collaboration and information sharing
14.15 Rebus:list and Rebus:tutorial
An overview of a reading list management tool and also of a product aimed at supporting information literacy and encouraging use of the range of services offered by libraries.
14.45 Digital storage options
An outline of two approaches to storing and managing local digital content
15.00 Enquiry management and request tracking
A demonstration of a new service offered by PTFS Europe that can be used to track and manage enquiries and requests
15.25 Close
Where and When:
Room 104,
Centenary Square
Broad Street
B1 2ND
18th March 2015 from 10.00 – 15.30
To make a booking please click here

The Reading Agency & PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe is pleased to co-sponsor the forthcoming Reading Agency Lecture delivered by Russell Brand on 25th November 2014 at the Institute of Education.Brand will share his own experience of books and reading while growing up in the UK,and discuss his views on the status of reading and storytelling in our culture today.


For further details about this event and to purchase tickets click here

Invitation to PTFS Europe Customer Days – 1st and 2nd December 2014

This year we will be holding the Customer Days from Monday 1st December 11.00 – 4.30 p.m. and Tuesday 2nd December 10.00 – 3.30 p.m.  The event is free and open to all customers of PTFS Europe.
The venue is at CILIP in central London – http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/contact-us
CILIP: 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE.
Also please join us for a get together and some food and drink at Truckles Wine Bar, Off Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2JR from 17.00 – 21.00 on 1st December. http://www.davy.co.uk/truckles
To book please click here
The final agenda is as follows:
Day 1
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Day 2
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To book please click here

PTFS Europe & Jisc RSC Scotland – Open Source for Libraries

Jisc RSC Scotland, in association with PTFS Europe, are hosting a day of open source software demonstrations and opportunities for library and information services within Scotland. During the day there will be demonstrations and discussions relating to the open source library management system Koha,  and its integration with VuFind as a discovery service, serials management and link resolving using CUFTS The subscription based system Rebus:list – for reading list management will also be demonstrated.
For more information click here.

Invitation to "Customers of PTFS Europe" day in Leeds, 10th December 2013

We would like to invite all customers of PTFS Europe to a free “Customer Day” at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on Tuesday, 10th December 2013.

The day will be a mix of case studies from customers, news from PTFS Europe on the various products we support and also some training sessions.  We have tried to make sure the agenda for the day is varied and should appeal to all of our users.

We have added the launch of a great new module called Rebus:list:it.  It can pull items from external websites straight into Rebus:list with a single click.  It works with discovery services such as Summon, library catalogues, Amazon, Google Books, Blackwell, Waterstones, journal providers, etc etc.  If we get enough interest we would extend this functionality to being able to pull records straight into Koha in the same way.

We will also be previewing a new product we are developing – Rebus:tutorial.  As libraries provide more and more information resources a major challenge is to ensure that end users know how to use all of these systems.   Rebus:tutorial is aimed at promoting active learning and allows librarians to quickly and easily create online, interactive tutorials for all of the resources and systems they are offering.  We will be keen to hear your comments and suggestions that we could then feed in to the product prior to a launch of rebus:tutorial in the spring of 2014.
The day will also give you a chance to meet other customers and give you an opportunity to meet all of the staff from PTFS Europe.
Where and When:
Queens Hotel, Leeds, 10th December
The Queens, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ – (for Sat Nav enter LS1 4DY)

Registration 9.30-10.15
Close at 16.15

The hotel is directly accessible from Leeds railway station.
Registration and Coffee
Welcome and update from PTFS Europe
Nick Dimant – Managing Director
Update on Koha, VuFind and Evergreen
Jonathan Field – Technical Director
Update on Rebus:list

Nick Phipps  – Business Manager
Mark Gavillet – Software Developer
Major enhancement to Rebus:list, possibly extended to Koha

Tea and coffee
Customer support and communication
Janet McGowan – Customer Services Manager
CUFTS and GODOT – user experiences
Helen Pye-Smith (The National Archives) and Nason Bimbe and Henry Rowsell (British Library for Development Studies)
Rebus:tutorial – new product preview
Mark Gavillet
Introduction to afternoon sessions
Nick Dimant

Breakout Session 1: Rebus:list
Angela Douglas and Helen Oliver (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust) and Leigh Richardson (University of Sunderland),  with Nick Phipps and Mark Gavillet
Breakout Session 2:  SQL for dummies
Janet McGowan
Training session on SQL for dummies aimed particularly at Koha users
Breakout Session 3:  CUFTS and GODOT
Fiona Borthwick – Customer Services Consultant
Training and introductory session

Tea and coffee
Preview of new Koha ILL development
Jonathan Field
ArchivalWare – brief overview
Nick Phipps
VuFind, Rebus:list, Koha and WordPress at Halton Borough Council
Jeff Proffitt and Geraldine Kane (Halton Borough Council), with Jonathan Field

Open Forum
Thanks and Close at 16.15
Nick Dimant

Open Source for the college library – a free seminar

Open Source for the college library – a free seminar
PTFS Europe support and promote a range of “best of breed” open source software products for libraries. Together with North Warwickshire and Hinckley College we are holding a seminar primarily for library managers and systems librarians from Further Education colleges. This is a “free” event to showcase the full spectrum of the open source systems supported by PTFS Europe and how they operate either standalone or as a fully integrated solution. The systems to be demonstrated allow for the management, discovery and distribution of electronic, print and digital resources. The event is being hosted by North Warwickshire and Hinckley College at their Nuneaton Campus, which is easily accessible by train or by car.
Open source software is developed in collaboration, with librarians from around the world driving systems forward, controlling development and ensuring software continues to meet the ever changing demands of technology and end user expectations.
Together or separately the systems to be demonstrated will help libraries to meet their educational objectives as they were without exception designed to encourage users to interact with and explore valuable library resources.
Open Source software is now well established and is regularly the preferred choice for those libraries wishing to migrate to a new system.
The seminar will feature:
Koha – The leading Open Source library management system, completely web-based for both staff and end users. Core modules comprise: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials control, inter-library loans and reporting.  The Koha OPAC is highly configurable allowing libraries to brand and define the level and complexity of searching. Support for Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 with tagging, commenting, public and private lists are just some elements of the system.
VuFind – is a resource discovery system used to provide a single point of access to a wide range of information resources. It is able to harvest data from your library catalogue, digital archives and institutional repositories that users are then able to search with a single search returning clearly defined results from the combined resources.
Rebus:list – Reading list management software based on a comprehensive review of the current systems, Rebus:list has been developed to offer a significant advance in the effective management of the entire workflow involved in the delivery and presentation of resource lists.
CUFTS – provides libraries with the ability to manage Electronic Resources together with an integrated journal A-Z database and a link resolver for your library.
WordPress for libraries – is a leading content management system, able to provide a library’s entire web presence.
Where and When:
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
Nuneaton Campus
Hinckley Road
CV11 6BH
15th November from 10.00 – 15.30
To book a place visit : Registration form
Nuneaton is at a rail crossroads with excellent communication from all parts of the Midlands. The college is only a short drive from the M6. For those travelling by train a shuttle taxi service will operate between Nuneaton station and the college. Car parking is available.
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