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.

New system preference to confirm item parts on issuing and return

Janet takes us through the new system preference to confirm item parts on issuing and return in Koha. We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube Channel.

Rapid ILL Integration in Koha

In our latest What’s On Our Mind, Andrew talks about Rapid ILL Integration in Koha.
We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube Channel.

Grouping Item Types for Circulation- New “Parent Code”

Fiona discusses the new “parent code” value in item type configuration which allows item types to be grouped together for circulation purposes, reducing the number of rules required.

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

The New Unseen Renewals Column in Koha

Fiona shows you the new “unseen renewals allowed” column in circulation rules in Koha allowing libraries to further restrict patron self service renewing.

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

Ravensbourne University London are now live with their new Koha open source library management system

London, 19 April 2021

Ravensbourne University London selected the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe, to replace an existing SirsiDynix Symphony solution, in August 2020. We are pleased to announce that the Koha system is now live and now supporting the university’s library users. Koha was selected to provide improvements in managing the library’s collections and deliver a better experience for the University’s students.

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.

Ravensbourne selected Koha as a cost-effective, web-based replacement for our previous LMS. Koha has an appealing intuitive user-friendly design and allows our users to search the library’s physical and online collections from the same interface.
We are very grateful for PTFS Europe’s help, support and continued good humour through the process of transitioning to Koha. We experienced no delays or issues, despite the global pandemic! Koha has allowed us to improve our Library workflows, becoming more efficient and saving staff time and has been well received by staff and students.
Ravensbourne University London is a specialist creative university, designed for industry. It provides a provocative, dynamic learning environment where students are challenged to become visionary professionals and values a rich and sustained engagement with industry partners. The library offers a large collection of print, online and multimedia resources.

Naomi Elliot, Head of Learning Resources

We are delighted that Ravensbourne Univerity has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They are joining our diverse and growing base of academic institutions that have turned to open source as their preferred solution.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at 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.

More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com

Any questions? Please contact Lesley Jones, lesley.jones@ptfs-europe.com

Call number browser plugin

Lucy demonstrates how to use the call number browser plugin in cataloguing in Koha and how to add the plugin to a MARC cataloguing framework.

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

Batch extend due dates

In this What’s on our Mind video, Lucy gives a quick demonstration of the new batch extend due dates tool in the Koha Library Management System.

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

Plymouth Marjon University chooses Koha

Plymouth Marjon University chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

February 2021

The Plymouth Marjon University has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous SirsiDynix Symphony solution.  PTFS Europe implemented the new system and is providing 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 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.

The UK lockdown highlighted our need for a new LMS. We knew we wanted an open-source Library solution and training and support package that would allow us to hit the ground running, and the facilities to centralise online services through a single point of interaction, so our students received the best support available. PTFS Europe’s support has allowed us to achieve just that; as well as the confidence to build previously unoffered services safe in the knowledge that the system will enhance workflows and optimise student and staff experience.

Kerry Kellaway, Head of Library (Interim)

We have always prided ourselves on our helpful, student-centred library service which provides such personal support to our students. This investment will mean that students are even more able to access their library easily, wherever they are studying.

Professor Rob Warner, Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth Marjon University

We are delighted that the Plymouth Marjon University has chosen Koha, and we welcome them as new customers.  They join a growing number of academic institutions that have turned to open source as their preferred solution. They also join 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.

Andrew Auld, Commercial Director at 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. 

More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com

Any questions?  Please contact Andrew Auld, andrew.auld@ptfs-europe.com