Join us to help The King’s Fund celebrate 10 years of Koha

An afternoon exploring the King’s Fund library, uncovering Marylebone’s medical history and mixing with other librarian professionals who use, or would like to use Koha LMS.

2pm, Tuesday 3 December 2019
The King’s Fund, 11–13 Cavendish Square, London

The King’s Fund is celebrating

It is ten years since The King’s Fund went live with Koha as their library management system in their Information Centre. Having supported them in their implementation and with their hosting and ongoing support needs over the past decade, we would like to celebrate with them and are delighted to invite you along too.

Come to London for the afternoon of Tuesday 3 December for an opportunity to explore The King’s Fund’s unique home; hear from staff in the Information and Knowledge Service about their experience using Koha over the past ten years; mix with fellow colleagues from libraries in similar and very different sectors to your own; and hear from PTFS Europe staff about our role in supporting Koha installations across the UK and Europe.

The official start to the afternoon will be at 2pm and there will be a gentle walking tour as part of the programme when you will have a chance to discover the secrets of Marylebone’s medical history. The official programme of events will run until 5:30pm at which point we will hope to see many of you in the relaxed setting of a local hostelry for a more social end to the day.

Please complete this form to let us know whether you would like to attend.

About The King’s Fund

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. Their vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all They were founded in 1897 by the Prince of Wales – later King Edward VII – to help London’s voluntary hospitals. Since then their work has evolved in response to the creation of the NHS and to changes in health policy and practice. The funding built up in our early years helps them to maintain their much-valued independence.

The information centre is home to The King’s Fund’s Information and Knowledge Service.

The Information Centre houses their extensive collection of health policy and management resources, including major journals and magazines. Quiet study space with free wifi, printing and photocopy facilities are available. Expert advice and support is available from their team of information specialists.

Forth Valley College chooses Koha for their open source Library Management System

Implementation, hosting and support by PTFS Europe

London, 29 October 2019

Forth Valley College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Softlink. The team at PTFS Europe has implemented Koha and is providing on-going hosting and support services. Koha will efficiently manage the College library’s valuable collections and deliver an improved service to both student and staff users alike.  

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 meeting the changing needs of libraries and their users. 

The new Koha system has worked well so far and it certainly does what the Learning Resource Centre staff need it to do. The installers were on a very tight timescale and they managed to do exactly what they said they would do. The Koha implementation team also worked well with the college IT team on migration of existing data to the new system, and the setup of Koha. The PTFS Europe team were also knowledgeable and efficient.
The College is certainly happy with the way things have worked so far and the system will allow much quicker and easier access to e-books for all staff and students. We are also pleased with support we have received from the PTFS Europe since the installation.

Graeme Robertson, Head of IT at Forth Valley College

Forth Valley College is a leading provider of further and higher education offering a wide range of courses and training opportunites. They welcome approx 14,500 students per academic session with 94% of learners progressing to further studies or employment upon completion of their course.

They were Scotland’s first regional college with three state-of-the-art campuses across the central belt in Alloa, Falkirk, and Stirling. Their dynamic provision ranges from access courses to degree level and includes full-time and part-time courses, evening classes, flexible and on line learning, vocational qualifications, Modern Apprenticeship, Foundation Apprenticeship and Graduate Apprenticeship programmes and business training courses. They have four teaching departments including: Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism; Care, Sport and Construction; Engineering and Science; and Business and Communities.

We are delighted that Forth Valley College has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They have joined our diverse and growing base of Koha customers from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Nick Phipps, Sales Director at PTFS Europe

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, KeyLinks for reading list 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

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors chooses Koha for their Library and Archive service

Implementation, hosting and support by PTFS Europe

London, 19 August 2019

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Library offers access to the very best information on surveying from around the world and has recently selected the Koha open source library management hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.  RICS is the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

The Library and Archive Service at RICS selected Koha for its new library management system earlier this year and has now successfully gone live with the new solution.  PTFS Europe carried out a full range of implementation services and is providing on-going hosting and support.    

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application for staff and end-users.  The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. The Koha online catalogue (OPAC) offers excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services. 

Deciding to move to the Koha Open Source platform, with hosting and support from PTFS Europe, offers us a cost-effective solution which fully meets our business requirements. Koha also allows us to offer our users an improved search experience for all our resources.

Cathy Linacre, Head of Reference Services at RICS

We are delighted that RICS has chosen the Koha system and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our well established base of customers from all library sectors in the UK hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Jonathan Field, Managing Director at PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the library management system Koha, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, Coral for electronic resource management 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

Glasgow Colleges Library Group chooses the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 1st March 2017

Glasgow Colleges Library Group (GCLG), which consists of City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College, has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solutions from SirsiDynix.  Part of the project includes further enhancing the consortial capabilities of Koha.  The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and 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 (OPAC) offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services.  Koha’s depth of functionality continues to develop, meeting the changing needs of libraries and their users.  

GCLG Chair, James Rowdon said:

“The ever changing landscape of Further Education across the Glasgow region means we are always looking for innovative ways to improve our services for our staff, students and stakeholders. Deciding to move to an Open Source solution followed substantial research into what would best suit our requirements. In conjunction with Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), we settled on the Koha Open Source platform, with hosting and support from PTFS Europe to further enhance integration across our services. We look forward to seeing the improvements delivered.”

The Glasgow Colleges Library Group (GCLG) has an established reputation as one of the UK’s leading Further Education consortia, consisting of three Colleges; City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Kelvin College.  GCLG has an annual membership of 43,000 staff and student accounts, with nine site Libraries and one digital Library in place across the three Colleges. A reciprocal borrowing programme allows seamless access to stock held across all Libraries.  The GCLG service has dedicated centralised support, development and administration with 45 staff client installations in place across the three Colleges. Two Colleges offer ‘self – issue’ and RFID services across a total of five Libraries, with one College operating EDI. Patron Driven Acquisitions is utilised by two Colleges to support and define their current curriculum.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said

“We would like to thank the Glasgow Colleges for choosing Koha and welcome them as new customers.  We are particularly pleased that they have long recognised the value that comes from adopting an open source solution.  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.”

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the library system Koha, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, Coral for electronic resource management 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

Chesterfield College choose the Koha open source library management system

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chesterfield College choose the Koha open source library management system, London, 13th June 2012
As part of a major enhancement of its service, Chesterfield College is to implement the Koha Open Source Library Management System. PTFS Europe will be carrying out the migration from their existing Horizon library management system and providing ongoing hosting and support services.
Koha Library Management System
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.
Chesterfield College
Mary Dawson, Director of Information Services, Chesterfield College explains, “After careful consideration of all the options, we have decided to go with Koha’s Open Source for our new library management system. Koha offers all the functionality and freedom we need and is backed up by a proactive user-community ensuring that the product remains up-to-date.”
“From a financial perspective, the fact we avoid being tied-in to a proprietary vendor for ongoing support is an important consideration. Having decided to go with Koha, the choice of PTFS Europe to manage our data migration, technical support and training was straightforward: they have the expertise and experience to give us complete confidence in the timely and successful delivery of the project.”
“At the end of the day we’re all about providing an efficient and reliable service to our students and choosing Koha and PTFS Europe allows us to do this.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted to gain our first College of Further Education customer and look forward to working with the team at Chesterfield College to ensure this project is a great success.”
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems and the RebusList reading list management system as well as distributing and supporting the ArchivalWare range of products from PTFS Inc in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide full implementation services, including installation, configuration, data conversion, software development and training through to ongoing hosting and customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant: nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704

The National Archives chooses the Koha open source library management system, implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Archives chooses the Koha open source library management
system, implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe
London, 9th May 2011
The library at The National Archives has chosen the Koha open source
library management system to replace its existing Unicorn solution.  PTFS
Europe are carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing
support.  The system is hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in
Maidenhead.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access is completely web-based; acquisitions,
circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web
browser.  As well as an excellent search engine the OPAC offers a range of
Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, reviewing, public and
private lists as well as integrating with services such as RSS, Twitter and
Facebook.
Working with PTFS Europe provides the freedom and functionality of open
source software together with the benefits of receiving high quality
customer support.
Helen Pye-Smith, Head of Business Support and Library Services at The
National Archives said:  "The Koha library management system is both cost
effective and meets our high standards in providing user-friendly, easily
accessible online resources, plus has the potential to integrate with
future innovations in this area. Combined with the knowledge and expertise
provided by PTFS Europe this is an ideal formula and we look forward to
implementing the new system."
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said:  "We would like to
welcome The National Archives as the first government agency library in the
UK to move to Koha. The challenging economic climate is proving to be a
catalyst.  Libraries are realising that they can benefit from good
functionality and modern technologies in an open environment, all at a
reduced cost."
About The National Archives
The National Archives is a non-ministerial government department and an
executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. As the official archives of
the UK government, it cares for, makes available and 'brings alive' a vast
collection of over 1,000 years of historical records, including the
treasured Domesday Book.
Not only safeguarding historical information, The National Archives also
manages current digital information and devises new technological solutions
for keeping government records readable now and in the future. It provides
world class research facilities and expert advice, publishes all UK
legislation and official publications, and is a leading advocate for the
archive sector.
At the heart of information policy, The National Archives sets standards of
best practice that actively promotes and encourages public access to, and
the re-use of information, both online or onsite at Kew. This work helps
inform today's decisions and ensures that they become tomorrow's permanent
record.
The library at The National Archives has a collection of 65,000 books,
periodicals and directories on aspects of history (including local, family
and military history), law, biography, genealogy and a wide range of
reference material. Many publications relate to the documents held within
the archives. A growing number of electronic reference sources are also
available.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source
library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the
ArchivalWare digital archiving solution.  PTFS Europe is able to provide
the full range of services needed to implement the system, ranging from
project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, software
development and training through to ongoing hosting and customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704
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Staffordshire University chooses the Koha open source library management system (LMS), implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe

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Staffordshire University chooses the Koha open source library management
system (LMS), implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe
Staffordshire University has always been a leader in providing innovative
and leading technical solutions for its students and researchers.
Continuing this approach the University has become the first UK Higher
Education institution to choose an open source library management system
(Koha), to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon solution. Koha is
distributed under the free/open source General Public Licence (GPL).
Although this is the first UK University implementation, Koha is widely
used around the world by a growing community of libraries collaborating
together to achieve technology and service goals.
This means that there is no vendor lock-in, or annual licence fees.
Libraries are free to use the software and - if required, to contract
hosting and support from established service providers.
In partnership with PTFS Europe, the Koha LMS provides an entirely web
based system for the University, a flexible solution offering many of the
benefits associated with the integration of other web based services
including social media functionality.
PTFS Europe have won the contract to provide the data migration,
implementation, support and training on a hosted version of the Koha
system. They are also contracted to support development of Koha and enhance
certain areas of functionality. The aim of the partnership is to enjoy the
benefit of an open source solution whilst ensuring a stable and well
maintained solution within a professional support contract.
Dave Parkes, Associate Director Learning, Technology and Information
Services said "Koha and the services provided by PTFS Europe offers our
students an excellent next generation learning tool, an enhanced solution
for locating information from whatever source with all the benefits of new
social media technology and integration with existing systems. The solution
provides an excellent support infrastructure, full standards compliance and
importantly great value for money."
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said: "We would like to thank
the team at Staffordshire University for their vision in recognising the
benefits that an open source solution can bring.  We are looking forward to
further collaboration and partnership with them on more projects to come."
About Staffordshire University
Established in 1992, Staffordshire University has evolved into one of the
country's most dynamic, progressive and forward-thinking learning
institutions. Always quick to adapt as student requirements change, we have
become renowned for our groundbreaking new courses and first-class learning
opportunities
http://www.staffs.ac.uk
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source
library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the
software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving
solutions in North America.  PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range
of services needed to implement a library or digital archival solution,
ranging from installation and configuration, system hosting, data
conversion, software development and training through to ongoing customer
support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com

Library at National Botanic Garden of Wales successfully implements Koha

(report by Kate Jones, one of the Volunteer Librarians involved in Koha at the NBGW Library).

Librarians at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, chose Koha to create a catalogue for this new research/reference library, which is based within the Garden’s Research and Conservation group.  This group is headed by botanist Dr Natasha De Vere.
The process started last year, when our Librarian, Margot Greer, heard about Koha at a conference.  We then embarked on an evaluation and testing exercise, with the help of an IT-savvy student – the son of one of the Library volunteers.  We made the decision to go with Koha, had a day’s training this Spring from Jonathan Field (of PTFS) for three of our volunteers, then trained a further group of volunteers ourselves and started to import records from the Library at Kew Gardens, where we had matching records.  We believe that we were the first library in Wales to choose Koha.
Why Koha?  We were impressed by its versatility and the fact it was designed by librarians for librarians.  We like the Open Source principle… and the fact that it was free was also a factor, as we operate on a very small budget – indeed our Library is run entirely by volunteers.
We are lucky to have been able to download records for a significant proportion of our holdings from the Library at Kew (Royal Botanic Garden), and were pleased that Koha made this process so straightforward.  We have succeeded in implementing Koha with minimal professional IT support, thanks to the enthusiasm of our volunteers.
The project has been led throughout by Margot Greer, a professional Librarian, now retired and a Volunteer at the Garden.
We are now at the stage of testing our OPAC on the Garden’s own staff, students and volunteers – by ‘releasing’ it via our own internal network – prior to going ‘live’ on the internet in the next few weeks.  Access will be via the Garden’s public website.  The response of staff to the ‘test’ OPAC has been very enthusiastic.
For more information, please contact the leader of the Library Project, Margot Greer:  library@gardenofwales.org.uk

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust chooses Koha supported by PTFS Europe

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Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust chooses Koha supported by PTFS Europe

London,  14th July 2010
The library at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Unicorn system.  PTFS Europe are carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing support.  The system is hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Maidenhead.
Koha Library Management System
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 engine the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists.   Koha can also integrate with the ArchivalWare digital library as well as other link resolution services.
A key part of the migration is the ability of the team at PTFS Europe who will extract the data from Unicorn and then convert and load it into Koha.  In addition, working with PTFS provides the freedom and functionality of open source software together with the benefits of receiving high quality customer support.
Angela Douglas, Head of Library and Learning Resources said “The Library required a library management system that was flexible and would allow us to make use of web 2.0 and new technologies as they come on stream.  We also wanted a user friendly system both in terms of the needs of library staff and our users. Koha fulfilled all of these needs and more.
We chose PTFS because we had worked with them before and knew them to be reliable, innovative and interested in helping libraries to offer excellent, state of the art services”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said “It is great to be working with the team at the Tavistock once again and also to see another health library join our growing community of users.  The changing economic climate emphasises even more the benefits of the combination of modern technology and value for money that can be achieved by moving to Koha.”
About the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
The Tavistock and Portman is a specialist mental health trust focused on psychological, social and developmental approaches to understanding and treating emotional disturbance and mental ill health, and to promoting mental health. It has a national and international reputation based on excellence in service delivery and clinical innovation, and high quality clinical training and workforce development.  The Trust achieved authorisation as an NHS Foundation Trust in 2006.  The library’s resources at the Tavistock and Portman reflect the multidisciplinary approach of the trust and span all aspects of the behavioural sciences.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America.  PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archival solution, ranging from project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation and training through to ongoing customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704
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Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO chooses Koha supported by PTFS Europe

London, 5th July 2010. The new library at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO has chosen the Koha open source library management system. PTFS Europe are carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing support. The system is hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Maidenhead in the UK.

Koha Library Management System

With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports can all be done through a web browser. As well as a sophisticated search engine the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists. Koha can integrate with the ArchivalWare digital archiving solution as well as other federated search and link resolution services.
A key part of the project for this new library is to integrate RFID technology with the library system so as to offer full 24/7 self service access to their users.
Helen Edwards, Library Project Manager said, “As a new library with no legacy we are able to move straight to the latest Web 2.0 open source technology. The Koha software is completely free and can be used as we wish without licensing costs. PTFS provide cost effective implementation, hosting and support.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe commented: “We are very proud to have been chosen to help implement the library system for this prestigious and exciting new project. SKOLKOVO is an institution that values forward thinking and innovation and we are pleased to say that this is reflected in their choice of library system.”

About Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO is an innovative international institution of the future. It is focused on developing the unique leadership and communicative skills required for the new type of manager who will be in demand in the 21st century – the age of human resources. In providing practical knowledge, SKOLKOVO trains business leaders who will apply their professional skills in dynamically developing markets; leaders who will set up and run their own businesses and lead the development of the Russian economy.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archival solution, ranging from project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation and training through to ongoing customer support.