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!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Halton Borough Council Goes Live with New Reading List Service from PTFS Europe

We are delighted to announce that Halton Borough Council has just gone live with the new reading list service provided by PTFS Europe. This service has been developed in conjunction with The Reading Agency and delivers the Reading Agency’s high quality reading lists seamlessly to your library web site.
The service uses PTFS Europe’s Rebus:list reading list management system and includes the titles recommended by The Reading Agency’s Reading Programmes, such as Books on Prescription, Mood Boosting Books and the World Book Night lists. It also delivers lists relating to The Reading Agency Promotions such as the Radio 2 Bookclub and the British Sports Awards.
The service integrates with your library management system for up to date holdings and item status information.
Halton Borough Council
Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Libraries, Cllr Phil Harris, said: “We are very pleased to be able to enhance our own local reading lists with this new service.  The Reading Agency’s lists are loaded directly into our front end service with links to our OPAC and up-to-date availability information.  This saves a significant amount of staff time and provides a more immediate response to our customers”
PTFS Europe
Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe added “We are very pleased to be working with Halton Borough to deliver this new service and are confident that it will streamline the process of giving access to material from The Reading Agency’s Programmes and Promotions to library customers”
About Halton Borough Council
Located between Liverpool and Manchester, the borough of Halton straddles the River Mersey encompassing the towns of Runcorn and Widnes and the parishes of Hale, Daresbury, Moore, Preston Brook, Halebank and Sandymoor. Our bustling town centres; business and employment opportunities; excellent transport and communication links make Halton a vibrant, modern borough. Quality parks, leisure facilities a choice of housing and places to learn, make the borough a great place to live, learn and work.
Halton Borough Council is a dynamic and achieving unitary authority that is creating real opportunities for all. Their aim is to continue to deliver excellent services that help ensure our communities enjoy a good quality of life and achieve their full potential.
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, Rebus:tutorial to support information literacy, the VuFind discovery portal, 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.
For more information on this service please contact Lesley.jones@ptfs-europe.com

Consortium of four NHS Trusts in Coventry and Warwickshire choose Koha, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 14th May, 2014
A consortium of four NHS Trusts in Coventry and Warwickshire has chosen the Koha library management system together with WordPress for Libraries to replace its existing SirsiDynix solutions. PTFS Europe is carrying out the initial implementation and providing on-going hosting and support services.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions and EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser. The online catalogue offers an excellent search capability and a full range of personalisation services. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of its user base.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Consortium
Jacqui LeMay, Head of Knowledge Services at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, explains:“The four Trust Library Managers were unanimous in their decision in selecting Koha as their replacement library management system. It was felt that in addition to meeting core standard requirements, Koha provided both the functionality and flexibility in meeting our current and future needs for staff and users alike.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that the consortium has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers. Across the UK there are now 30 NHS Trusts or Foundation Trusts using our implementation, hosting and support services for an increasing range of products.”
About the Consortium
The consortium comprises the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust. UHCW is one of the largest and busiest NHS University Teaching Trusts in the country. They have a partnership with Warwick Medical School, which is based in one of the UK’s leading universities, to combine excellence in teaching and research with the highest quality medical education across a range of innovative programmes.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products and services to the library market. These include the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, Rebus:tutorial to support information literacy, 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: Nick Dimant

International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation chooses ArchivalWare™, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

14th March 2014
As part of a major enhancement of its information service the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) has chosen the ArchivalWare digital archive to replace its physical archive of 250,000 documents (laws, brochures, journals, loose-leaf and IBFD materials).
ArchivalWare Digital Archive
ArchivalWare allows organisations to store, search, retrieve, browse, manage and preserve a diverse set of content/digital objects within one easy to use system. ArchivalWare is a web-based, file type agnostic, full-text search and retrieval digital repository and management system.
International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation
Laura Roest, Manager Library and Information Centre, outlined their reasons for choosing ArchivalWare: “To open up the archives of IBFD’s Library and Information Centre, IBFD has, after research of various software providers, chosen ArchivalWare provided by PTFS Europe. The main reasons for this decision are the enormous flexibility of the software and the possibility to use pattern search.”
Nick Phipps, Business Manager at PTFS Europe, added “We are delighted that the IBFD has chosen ArchivalWare for this major and demanding project. Apart from the scale of the archive (12 million pages) some of the documents are over 100 years old requiring a search engine capable of accurate retrieval in spite of OCR error rates.”
About IBFD
IBFD is the world’s foremost authority on cross-border taxation. IBFD provides research services to a large variety of clients on a vast array of topics in international taxation. The IBFD Library and Information Centre is widely regarded as the world’s leading resource facility in the field of international and comparative taxation.
About PTFS Europe
With over 60 customers in 12 countries, PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products and services to the library market. These include the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for resource management, 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 and ArchivalWare
Any questions please contact:  Nick Phipps