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.

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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.

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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 

Cookie consent in Koha

In today’s What’s on our Mind, Andrew Isherwood takes a look at some brand new functionality for @kohails, developed by PTFS Europe, which enables Koha to easily comply with EU cookie regulations and allows Koha users to control their cookies.

Screen grab showing cookie consent bar

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Using the patron import tool

Janet McGowan uses this video to show you how to set up patron csv files, and use the patron import tool manually in order to test your file formats prior to automating user imports

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Inter Library Loan Availability

Andrew Isherwood takes a look at using Koha’s ILL availability searching to highlight to users items that are already available to them when placing an ILL request.

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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.

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How Koha integrates with CLA

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

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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.

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