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.

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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.
WHERE:
CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals 
7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE
WHEN:
Tuesday 6th September  2016, 13.30 – 16.30
Numbers are limited so please book early!
AGENDA:
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

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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

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
Nuneaton
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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Open Source for the academic library – a seminar

Open Source for the academic library – a seminar
PTFS Europe is holding a seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University on Tuesday the 16th of April. This seminar will provide the opportunity for librarians to hear of open source successes and how it meets the present and future needs of academic libraries.
It is in these difficult financial times with budgets under pressure that software and systems have to deliver value – costing less to both install and operate and yet continuing to evolve and develop to meet all the challenges that higher education faces. Open Source software is an effective, efficient way to deliver the necessary software functionality, allowing libraries to achieve their many objectives and at a reduced cost of ownership that perhaps cannot be matched by any of the traditional software vendors.
Open source software is a collaborative development, with librarians from around the world driving systems forward, being in control, and ensuring software and systems continue to meet the ever changing demands of technology and their end users.
PTFS Europe supports and promotes a range of products for the management, discovery and distribution of electronic, print and digital materials. The seminar will showcase this full spectrum of integrated systems.
Featured will be:
Koha – with Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser.  As well as an excellent search capability, the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists.
VuFind – a resource discovery capability that can be used to provide a single point of access to a wide range of information sources. The resources that can be harvested include your library catalogue, digital archives, institutional repositories and a wide range of other resources. Records are harvested from the various resources needed and then indexed using the SOLR search engine. Users can then search these multiple resources with a single search.
Rebus:list – the new resource list management system recently released by PTFS Europe. Based on a comprehensive review of the current systems available, Rebus:list offers a significant advance in the effective management of the entire workflow involved in the delivery and presentation of resource lists.
Cufts – provides libraries the ability to manage Electronic Resources together with an integrated journal A-Z database and a link resolver for your library.
WordPress for libraries – a content management system that can be integrated with library management and discovery systems to provide the library’s entire web presence.
The agenda will be made available to those that make a booking at:
http://www.ptfs-europe.com/seminar-registration-form/

Where and When:

The Council Chamber
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Building
Cavendish St
Manchester
M15 6BG

16th April 2013 from 10.00 – 15.30
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