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

London, 14 January 2021

The College of Optometrists has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous IS Oxford Heritage solution. PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services.

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, OPAC 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 user-friendly and intuitive LMS to suit the needs of both our service-users and library staff. Koha met those requirements, and additionally incorporates the functionality we will need for future developments in our Library and Information Services. It also offers excellent value for money. The Koha team were very responsive throughout the implementation of the new system, and our overall experience has been extremely positive, both with regard to the product, which we are delighted with, and the ongoing support offered.

Shirley Hart, Library and Information Services Manager

About the College of Optometrists

The College is the professional body for optometrists. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance, development and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. It recognises excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and by raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.

We are delighted that the College of Optometrists has chosen Koha, and we welcome them as new customers. They join a growing number of membership libraries that have turned to open source as their preferred solution. They also join our growing base of Koha customers, particularly in the professional sector, from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Jonathan Field, Managing Director of 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, 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 Andrew Auld: andrew.auld@ptfs-europe.com

Using Dev Tools when working with CSS in Koha

A follow-up to Andrew Isherwood’s previous video covering using the Developer Tools within Chrome to help you work more easily with CSS and Koha.

We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube channel.

How Koha integrates with CLA

Jonathan Field goes through the functionality in Koha that integrates with the Copyright Licensing Agency.

We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube channel.

Using Google Chrome tools for CSS in Koha

On Andrew Isherwood’s mind this week are the Google Chrome CSS tools and how you can use them to help make tweaks to the Koha CSS (style sheets) to customise the OPAC and staff side of your Koha installation.

We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube channel.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has recently selected Koha open source LMS for their new library system


London, 23 November 2020

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining chose Koha for its new library management system earlier this year with PTFS Europe providing implementation, on-going hosting and support services.

Koha now efficiently manages the Institute’s world-class library collection of materials, minerals and mining materials including a number of items of historical interest such as works by Sir Henry Bessemer. The capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution allows the Institute to consolidate their information offering and 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.

Koha allows users to discover our breadth of content, meets the IOM3 Library business requirements and allows us to deliver a superb service for our users.

Katherine Williams, Head of Content at IOM3

We are delighted that the Institute selected 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

IOM3

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK science and engineering institution whose activities promote and develop all aspects of the Materials Cycle, from exploration and extraction, to characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling, repurposing and reuse.
www.iom3.org

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the open source library system Koha and open source solutions for enquiry management, electronic resource management, reading list management and business analytics. PTFS Europe is also the European support company for PTFS Inc’s 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

Charts in Koha

On Fiona’s mind is how to use the charts functionality in Koha to display your reports data. This video takes you through the process and shows you pie, bar, column and line charts.

We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube channel.

Koha4Health – conference for Health Library Professionals

This was a conference which took place on November 24 2020 at which we and Librarians from health libraries gave presentations about about the open source Library Management System, Koha.

The online conference consisted of a two hour live-streamed conference with live question and answer sessions. The full conference and each separate presentation are available on our YouTube channel.

Agenda

  • Introduction – Jonathan Field – Managing Director, PTFS Europe (5m)
  • Eleven years with open source and counting – Matthew Hale – Information Systems Development Manager, The King’s Fund (15m)
  • Koha – for the Health Library user – Lucy Vaux-Harvey – Senior Customer Services Consultant, PTFS Europe (20m)
  • Implementing a Library Management System during a global pandemic, are you mad? – Jonathan Field – Managing Director, PTFS Europe (15m)
  • Q&A (10m)
  • Koha – making life easy for the librarian – Fiona Borthwick – Customer Relationship Manager, PTFS Europe (20m)
  • The joys of working with PTFS Europe – Emma Gibbs – Resources Librarian, Worcestershire Health Library (17m)
  • Questions, enquiries, queries, a new way to handle them – Mark Gavillet – Director of Library Products, PTFS Europe (10m)
  • Q&A and Conclusion – Jonathan Field (10m)

Download a pdf of the agenda.

You may also be interested to read the following case studies from other Health Libraries that are currently using Koha:

Also, take a look at our customer list and libraries in the Health sector.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market across all sectors. Products 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

Sending email notifications from Koha

Using Patron emailer and the Bywater emailer plugin

Janet McGowan describes two different approaches to sending out custom letters to your patrons:

  1. Using the delivered patron emailer functionality that came in with Koha version 19.05
  2. Working with the Bywater patron emailer plugin

We regularly publish What’s on our Mind. Quite a few are help videos which you can access on our YouTube channel.

Cumbria County Council goes live with the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 21 October 2020

Earlier this year, Cumbria County Council selected Koha for its new library management system, replacing a previous SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe has provided a comprehensive range of implementation and support services and the Council is pleased to announce that the system is now live. The Council looks forward to delivering an improved service to its customers and the library service particularly values the capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution.

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 excited by the possibilities offered by the new library management system and look forward to taking advantage of the flexibility, functionality and integration opportunities available with Koha.

Paul Stafford, ICT Programme Manager at Cumbria County Council

We are very excited that Cumbria County Council chose Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They will be joining our growing public library customer base in the UK.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe

Cumbria County Council

Our vision for Cumbria is for the people of Cumbria to benefit from sustainable economic growth and an enhanced quality of life.
To be an effective and efficient organisation that delivers the best possible services for the people of Cumbria within its available resources, protects the vulnerable, and works with others in the community to shape services and help find solutions for the future.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the open source library system Koha, library systems platform FOLIO and open source solutions for enquiry management, electronic resource management, reading list management and business analytics. PTFS Europe is also the European support company for PTFS Inc’s 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

Kohacon 2020

Kohacon20 logo

We have seen a terrific second day of presentations from Kohacon 2020 being hosted in Wellington, New Zealand by Catalyst. All the information about the conference is on the Kohacon20 website but here are a few links that you might find useful:

Conference programme

Day 1 livestream video

Day 2 livestream video

Day 3 livestream video

And if you don’t watch anything else, watch the Community Video that the conference organisers put together from contributions from Koha libraries and developers all around the world.