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

Real time analytics on your Koha library platform

Metabase business intelligence and analytics, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe to be used in Scotland’s largest College.
London, 29th May 2019

Metabase business intelligence and analytics has won a contract to provide services to City of Glasgow College which will be aligned to an existing Koha LMS at the college.  The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Metabase and providing on-going hosting and support services.   

Metabase

Metabase business analytics
Metabase is an open source application providing customisable dashboarding, a wide range of graphical visualizations, report wizards and SQL reporting.  Koha’s existing reports can also be plugged into Metabase’s dashboarding and graphical visualisations making them considerably more effective.  It can also combine reports from our portfolio library applications (e.g., Koha, CORAL eRM, RT:Request Tracker, Mamoto, etc.) onto a single screen.  

We are delighted that City of Glasgow College has chosen Metabase business analytics.  We introduced it at the end of last year and it has proved very popular with existing and new customers.

Nick Phipps, Sales Director at PTFS Europe

We look forward to working closely with PTFS to integrate Metabase seamlessly with our Koha library platform. With real time information data analysis, it will further enhance our service development.

Penny Robertson, City of Glasgow College Libraries Manager

Any questions, please contact: Nick Phipps:  nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com
More information about City of Glasgow College

The Royal Asiatic Society selects Koha for their new library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, January 14 2019

The Royal Asiatic Society selected the Koha library management solution to replace their existing system during Autumn 2018.  We are pleased to announce that the Society has successfully gone live with their new Koha system.  PTFS Europe carried out the initial implementation and now provides on-going hosting and support services.  L

Koha Library Management System
The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application providing staff with access to the system through web browsers.  The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. Koha is an open source system which integrates easily with other applications delivering efficiency and time saving. 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 evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.

Jonathan Field, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said

“We are delighted that the Royal Asiatic Society selected Koha and are very pleased to welcome them to our growing customer base.” 

Edward Weech, the Librarian at the Society, commented

“We are very pleased to have successfully completed our catalogue migration to Koha, and look forward to working with PTFS to increase the discoverability of the Society’s collections – an invaluable resource for the study of Asian histories and cultures. Following the launch of the Society’s Digital Library in 2018, our online catalogue continues to be the first port of call for anyone interested in doing research at the Society. ”

About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products and services to the library market.  These include the open source library system Koha, the VuFind discovery portal, CUFTS for electronic resource management, WordPress for Libraries and the ArchivalWare 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

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) selects Koha and Explorit Everywhere!

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Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) selects the Koha open source library management system for its library, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe and the Explorit Everywhere! discovery system supplied by Deep Web Technologies.

London, 3rd September 2018
Arts University Bournemouth has chosen Koha for its new library management system to replace the existing solution from IS Oxford. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The University has also selected Explorit Everywhere! to provide a single search for electronic resources.

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 (Electronic Data Interchange), circulation, cataloguing, serials, ILL (Interlibrary Loans) and comprehensive reporting functionality; plus, electronic resources management using CORAL. The Koha online catalogue (OPAC) offers 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.

Explorit Everywhere!
Explorit Everywhere! is designed to search all your sources and intuitively navigate users through a quick search to efficiently find and apply your information when and where you need it.

Arts University Bournemouth
Tim O’Reilly-Bennett, University Librarian, said:

“We are excited by the chance to be part of a dynamic evolutionary LMS that is Koha and look forward to a flexible and extensible system
that can be adapted to our new ways of working for now and in the future while providing a great experience for our users and staff.”

Arts University Bournemouth is one of a small number of higher education institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of creative subjects. Our mission is to be the leading professional arts university dedicated to turning creativity into careers.

We specialise in art, design, media and performance and we are proud of our distinctive maker culture as well as our leadership in creative leaning. The University is consistently placed amongst the very best in the UK for our graduate achievement and the destination and employment data recorded by the HESA reports a 95.6% progression to employment by AUB graduates. In 2017 the University was awarded ‘Gold’ status in the Teaching Excellence Framework assessment and earlier in 2018 our Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies Programme achieved the ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.

By appointing PTFS Europe we are confident we will be working with a partner who understands our business and will help us deliver a more sustainable service and drive out further efficiencies and savings.

Nick Phipps, Sales Director at PTFS Europe, added:

“We are delighted that Arts University Bournemouth 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.”

About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the library 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: Nick Phipps: nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

The Signet Library selects Koha from PTFS Europe

The WS Society owns and occupies the Signet Library and is the incorporated body of an exceptional brand of Scottish lawyers known as Writers to the Signet or “WS” with over 500 years of heritage.
London, 8th May, 2018
The Signet Library recently selected Koha for its new library management system 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. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to develop meeting the changing needs of libraries and their users.
James Hamilton, Research Principal at the WS Society, said:

“Deciding to move to the Koha Open Source platform, with hosting and support from PTFS Europe, offers us a cost-effective solution which meets our business requirements. Koha also allows us to offer our users an improved search experience for all our resources”.
Jonathan Field, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that the WS Society 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.”

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

Department of Health & Social Care goes lives with RT:Request Tracker, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

As part of a major enhancement of its library service, the Department of Health & Social
Care has added the RT:Request Tracker, an open source, web-based system for managing
enquiries, to its Koha library management system. PTFS Europe carried out the
implementation and is providing the on-going hosting and support services.

RT:Request Tracker enquiry management system
Using Request Tracker internal teams can communicate with enquirers and team members
on the same enquiry ticket. Staff manage ticket replies via email or using the system’s full
web interface. Customised dashboards monitor performance and comprehensive reporting
provides for review and planning.

Nick Phipps, Sales Director at PTFS Europe said

“We are delighted that the Department of
Health & Social Care has added Request Tracker to their Koha library management system.
Government departments continue to embrace open source systems as a way of getting the
best of modern technologies whilst at the same time achieving value for money in an open,
flexible environment.”

About 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 and the DSpace and
Knowvation digital repository systems. 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

Loughborough University chooses Koha and CORAL, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 7th April, 2017

Loughborough University has chosen the open source Koha library management system and CORAL electronic resource management system to replace its existing Aleph library management solution. PTFS Europe will implement Koha and CORAL and provide on-going hosting and support services.  The project also involves further enhancing the integration between Koha and CORAL in a move towards a cost effective unified platform for the management of all library resources.

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application for both staff and public access.  The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. Koha integrates easily with other applications such as discovery services, finance, student management and online payment systems.  Koha’s depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.  

CORAL Electronic Resource Management System

CORAL is an open source Electronic Resources Management System (ERM) consisting of interoperable modules designed around the core components of managing electronic resources.  The system can be used to track renewals and cancellations and view usage statistics.

Emma Walton, Director of Library Services at Loughborough said “ We are looking forward to working and developing a successful relationship with PTFS Europe in both the implementation and development of Koha and CORAL to provide innovative and improved services to support the learning, teaching and research of Loughborough University. ”

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.  Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that Loughborough University has chosen Koha and CORAL.  We are particularly pleased that they have recognised the value that comes from adopting and integrating open source solutions.  Now that four universities in the UK have chosen Koha and joined our growing community of users, the opportunities for further collaboration and partnership can only increase.”

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the open source 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

Historic Environment Scotland implement the Koha open source library management.

London, 14th September, 2016

Historic Environment Scotland has chosen Koha as its new library management system to manage the library’s valuable resources. PTFS Europe has implemented the Koha 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 (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.

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance. Buildings and monuments in HES care include Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae, Fort George and many other smaller sites, which together draw more than 3 million visitors per year.

HES is also responsible for internationally significant collections including more than 5 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts, along with 20 million aerial images of locations across the world.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said

“We are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland has chosen the Koha system and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our diverse and growing base of Koha customers in Scotland and from elsewhere in the UK 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 Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, WordPress for Libraries 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 Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

BDS to Work with PTFS Europe

BDS and open source library management systems supplier PTFS Europe have struck a metadata supply deal that will see libraries working with PTFS Europe also able to benefit from BDS’s industry-leading, content-rich metadata.
PTFS Europe was formed in 2007 and provides implementation, hosting and support services for the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, WordPress for Libraries and the ArchivalWare digital repository. Its services are used by many academic, public, NHS, special and government libraries across the UK and the rest of Europe.
“We are delighted to be able to supply metadata to customers of PTFS Europe alongside the many other library management system suppliers who work in partnership with BDS,” says Sarah Armitage, Director of Library Sales at BDS. “I am sure this is the beginning of a very fruitful working relationship between our two companies that will benefit libraries using the services of PTFS Europe everywhere.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director PTFS Europe, says “This deal establishes new benchmarks for quality with regard to the services PTFS Europe can offer libraries. We are delighted to welcome BDS as a partner. Thousands of libraries using Koha worldwide will also be able to take advantage of this integration.”
BDS, established in 1995, is widely recognised as the UK’s leading supplier of metadata to libraries. Established and still run by library professionals, the company manages the British Library Catalogue-in-Publication (CIP) Programme as well as offering diverse services to libraries across the UK in the area of metadata supply.
BDS services available to PTFS Europe customers include Image supply and catalogue enhancements, the BDS Direct Data Feed and other direct supply MARC record services.
For more information on BDS visit www.bibliographicdata.co.uk
For more information on PTFS visit www.ptfs-europe.com