Highlighting eBooks in Koha

Jonathan Field demonstrates an easy way to highlight eBooks in your Koha collection.

What’s On Our Mind posts are fortnightly and videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

Publishing News in Koha

Fiona discusses the news tool in Koha and how to restrict news items by library/branch.

https://youtu.be/Ov7hC97W9jI

What’s On Our Mind posts are fortnightly and videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

What’s On Our Mind – Use Days Mode

A brief look at the options available for working out due dates when a library is marked as closed in the calendar. With Fiona Borthwick.

What’s On Our Mind posts are fortnightly and videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

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

Conclusion

Jonathan Field

What’s On Our Mind – Cart to Shelf

Using the Cart functionality in Koha to quarantine books that are returned to your library following the Covid19 Lockdown. With Lucy Vaux-Harvey.

https://youtu.be/F-_nLLc57TE

What’s On Our Mind posts are fortnightly and videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

PTFS Europe appointed to APUC’s framework agreement to supply Library Management Systems and Associated Services.

London, May 2020

PTFS Europe has been appointed to APUC’s new multi-supplier Framework Agreement for Library Management Systems (LMS) and Associated Services. PTFS Europe’s Koha LMS SaaS will be available to universities and colleges via the APUC framework which substantially reduces the time and effort involved in the full tendering and contracting process for Library Management Systems.
Koha LMS with EBSCO EDS

PTFS Europe’s APUC framework package offers Koha LMS integrated with EDS, EBSCO’s discovery service. The system is entirely web-based, providing staff and public users with access to the system through web browsers. The apps include acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials, electronic resource management, business analytics (with dashboarding and graphical visualisation), and end-user Koha account services fully integrated with EBSCO EDS.

When APUC issued a tender for Library Management Systems and Associated Services, PTFS Europe was keen to tender. Through this process, APUC was satisfied that PTFS Europe demonstrated the necessary capabilities to deliver a library solution to its customers.

We are delighted to have been successful in this tender process. We are enthusiastic about the process for libraries to buy a new library management system being as straightforward as possible. This framework agreement will enable us to offer the Koha open source library system to Higher Education and Further Education customers, and we look forward to our first implementation through the framework and many more to follow.

Nick Phipps, Director of Sales at PTFS Europe

About APUC

APUC Limited is the procurement centre of expertise for all of Scotland’s universities and colleges. The framework requirement is also available for use by Full or Associate Members, and future members, within the UK higher education regional purchasing consortia: SUPC; LUPC; NWUPC; NEUPC; HEPWC

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of open source products for the library market. An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full breadth of services needed to implement, host and support these products.

More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions, please contact: Nick Phipps: nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

The British Museum has recently selected Koha open source library management system for their replacement library system

London, May 2020

The British Museum has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace a previous SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe has been selected to provide implementation, on-going hosting and support services.

Koha will efficiently manage the Museum’s specialised library collection of more than 300,000 volumes. The collection reflects the historic strengths of the Museum’s diverse curatorial departments, which are dedicated to excellence in the research of human cultures – past and present – across the globe.

The capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution will allow the Museum to deliver an improved service to its users.

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 looking forward to implementing a new library management system and taking advantage of the flexibility and functionality offered by Koha.

Antony Loveland, Senior Librarian at The British Museum

We are delighted that the British Museum has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They will be joining our diverse and growing base of Koha customers from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe

The British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. From the outset it was a museum of the world, for the world, and this idea still lies at the heart of the Museum’s mission today. The collection tells the stories of cultures across the world, from the dawn of human history, over two million years ago, to the present. Objects range from the earliest tools made by humans and treasures from the ancient world to more recent acquisitions from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, as well as the national collections of prints and drawings, and coins and medals. In addition to work in London, the Museum takes part in an extensive programme of loans and tours, both across the UK and throughout the world.

www.britishmuseum.org

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the open source library system Koha, the FOLIO library services platform, 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

Leeds College of Music chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, May 2020

Leeds College of Music has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous OCLC OLIB solution.  PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services.  Koha is being integrated with the conservatoire’s EDS discovery service, from EBSCO, and the Moodle learning management system.

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 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 were looking for a library management system that would offer all the options and integrations that we had developed so well with its predecessor; particularly appealing was the ability to search different collections independently from one another, including our Discovery Service, all from the same interface. Koha offers excellent value for money and the implementation team have been responsive and supportive throughout these early stages of the migration project. Conservatoire students have wide-ranging resource needs set against very specific research requirements and we are able to support them fully with Koha.

Jane Henshaw, Liaison Librarian and Systems Administrator

Leeds College of Music is the largest specialist conservatoire in the UK, delivering expert music and drama education to a community of over 1,200 students. Our broad offering spans undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Junior LCoM for young musicians and performers. Situated in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, LCoM is artistically ambitious, quality-driven, and industry-focused, placing strong emphasis on developing career-ready musicians, performers, producers and entrepreneurs. www.lcm.ac.uk/ 

We are delighted that Leeds College of Music has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our growing base of Koha customers, particularly in the academic sector, from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Nick Phipps, Director of Sales at PTFS Europe

About PTFS Europe 

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the open source library system Koha, 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 Nick Phipps, nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com  

Sharing reports on Koha

A short video from Jonathan Field about public and private reports in the Koha Library Management System.

What’s On Our Mind posts are fortnightly and videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

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

Agenda

  • 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.