Improvements to searching in Koha 21.05 and 21.11

In this week’s WOOM, we’ve got a mini dispatch from our upgrades series. So here’s a bitesize session from Aude on improvements to searching in Koha 21.05 and 21.11. We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube Channel.

Koha Upgrades: Patrons and Circulation in 21.05 and 21.11

This week, Lucy’s made a video on upgrades to the Patron and Circulation functions in Koha 21.05 and 21.11. This is part of more content we’ll be putting together on upgrades so keep an eye out for more videos that’ll help you get the most out of your Koha LMS! You can see our previous instalment from Aude on OPAC and searching in 21.11 here. Stay tuned for more from our Upgrades series!

Managing Serial Numbering Patterns in Koha

In this week’s WOOM, Janet provides a refresher on how to modify numbering patterns for serials. We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube Channel.

The Manchester College chooses Koha

The Manchester College and its higher education partner UCEN Manchester has chosen Koha as its new library management system. PTFS Europe implemented the new system and will provide ongoing hosting and support services.  

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a cloud application providing colleague 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.

Sam Goldsmith and Lesley French, Library Managers, said:
Koha is an intuitive and modern system that will help us provide excellent service to our users. We were also very much guided to the choice of this LMS by the brilliant support provided by PTFS Europe which has allowed us to confidently swap systems in the busiest term and despite our limited availability, everything has gone smoothly and to time.

The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester are part of The LTE Group, an integrated learning and skills group which also encompasses Novus, Total People and MOL amongst its 5 leading organisations, with over 95,000 learners and 4,000 colleagues across the UK.

Fiona Borthwick, Head of Sales and Account Management at PTFS Europe, said:
We are delighted that The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester have chosen to work with us and implement the Koha LMS. A growing number of Further Education institutions are seeing the benefit of this open-source library systems platform. We welcome them as a customer and they join our growing base of Koha customers, particularly in the FE sector, 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.  More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions? Please contact Fiona Borthwick, fiona.borthwick@ptfs-europe.com

Search Categories in Koha

Janet reminds us how to group item types together in the Advanced search as a single search option. We publish What’s on our Mind posts every couple of weeks and many are available on our YouTube Channel.

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.