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.

PTFS Europe Partners with ByWater Solutions Partners to Extend Support of Aspen Discovery to the UK

London 22 June 2021

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are partnering with PTFS Europe, who will be providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system in the UK. PTFS Europe provides a full range of services needed to implement, host, and support Open Source products.

We’re excited to partner with PTFS Europe to bring Aspen Discovery to a wider audience. This partnership will allow Aspen Discovery to grow to meet the needs of new partners within Europe and will benefit our current partners within North America with support for new languages, new enrichment services, and new eContent vendors. The staff at PTFS Europe have been wonderful to work with and we are pleased to continue to build this relationship.”

Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Developer. Bywater Solutions

The partnership between ByWater Solutions and PTFS Europe is not the first. ByWater Solutions and PTFS Europe work collaboratively in the Koha Community, the world’s first free and open-source library system.

We are delighted to be collaborating with ByWater Solutions on Aspen. We have a long history of working together to drive the direction of the Koha library system. Now we want to enhance this relationship to promote and support Aspen Open Source Discovery. There is no doubt that Aspen has a big future in the UK and we believe it offers something unique to libraries in what has been a largely unchanged market in recent years. So we’re very excited to help promote, develop and support the Aspen open source community in the UK at this exciting time in the product’s evolution.”

Jonathan Field, Cofounder and Managing Director of PTFS Europe

About Aspen Discovery

Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives and enrichment from all major third-party providers, improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://www.ptfs-europe.com/open-source-products/#aspen.

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 Fiona Borthwick.

About ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

For More Information about Bywater Solutions:
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

RNN Group chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 22 April 2021

The RNN Group (Rotherham College, North Notts College, and Dearne Valley College) has chosen Koha as its new library management system, to replace the previous AutoLib Software Systems solution. PTFS Europe implemented the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services.

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.

We chose Koha because it will offer our students and staff a much-enhanced experience when interacting with our online library service.
Koha is a modern, browser-based library management system which has a clear fit with our strategic shift towards blended learning in the college group. Koha enables students to sign in with their college Google account, which makes it easy and simple for them to check which books they have out, renew and reserve items. The interface is very straightforward and accessible, and will make it much easier for students of all abilities to find the content they need in our libraries (whether online or physical). We particularly like the ability to browse bookshelves virtually, which is very helpful as we have had to restrict physical access to the libraries this year due to Covid-19.

The Koha system will also enable us to introduce many other improvements in the future, such as integration with self-service issuing machines and more focused communications with learners. We found the team at PTFS to be knowledgeable, flexible and easy to work with, and we look forward to working with them more in future. We are very excited to be introducing this new service at RNN Group!

RNN Group is delighted to be able to offer our students and staff a better online service that supports our goals as a Group to offer blended learning. This is a really positive step to integrate more online resources as part of our offer to enable students and staff.

Ray Harper, Head of Library Services

We are delighted that the RNN Group has chosen to work with us, and we welcome them as new customers. A growing number of Further Education institutions are seeing the benefit of this open source library systems platform. They also 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.

Fiona Borthwick, Head of Sales and Account Management 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 Fiona Borthwick, fiona.borthwick@ptfs-europe.com

Ravensbourne University London are now live with their new Koha open source library management system

London, 19 April 2021

Ravensbourne University London selected the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe, to replace an existing SirsiDynix Symphony solution, in August 2020. We are pleased to announce that the Koha system is now live and now supporting the university’s library users. Koha was selected to provide improvements in managing the library’s collections and deliver a better experience for the University’s students.

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.

Ravensbourne selected Koha as a cost-effective, web-based replacement for our previous LMS. Koha has an appealing intuitive user-friendly design and allows our users to search the library’s physical and online collections from the same interface.
We are very grateful for PTFS Europe’s help, support and continued good humour through the process of transitioning to Koha. We experienced no delays or issues, despite the global pandemic! Koha has allowed us to improve our Library workflows, becoming more efficient and saving staff time and has been well received by staff and students.
Ravensbourne University London is a specialist creative university, designed for industry. It provides a provocative, dynamic learning environment where students are challenged to become visionary professionals and values a rich and sustained engagement with industry partners. The library offers a large collection of print, online and multimedia resources.

Naomi Elliot, Head of Learning Resources

We are delighted that Ravensbourne Univerity has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They are joining our diverse and growing base of academic institutions that have turned to open source as their preferred solution.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager 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 Lesley Jones, lesley.jones@ptfs-europe.com

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 

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

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has recently selected Koha open source LMS for their new library system


London, 23 November 2020

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining chose Koha for its new library management system earlier this year with PTFS Europe providing implementation, on-going hosting and support services.

Koha now efficiently manages the Institute’s world-class library collection of materials, minerals and mining materials including a number of items of historical interest such as works by Sir Henry Bessemer. The capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution allows the Institute to consolidate their information offering and deliver an improved service to its users.

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 to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.

Koha allows users to discover our breadth of content, meets the IOM3 Library business requirements and allows us to deliver a superb service for our users.

Katherine Williams, Head of Content at IOM3

We are delighted that the Institute selected Koha and we welcome them as new customers. 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.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe

IOM3

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK science and engineering institution whose activities promote and develop all aspects of the Materials Cycle, from exploration and extraction, to characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling, repurposing and reuse.
www.iom3.org

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the open source library system Koha and open source solutions for enquiry management, electronic resource management, reading list management and business analytics. PTFS Europe is also the European support company for PTFS Inc’s 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

The Society of Antiquaries of London chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London,  28 April  2020

The Society of Antiquaries of London has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous Voyager solution.  PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services.  Koha will be integrated with the EDS discovery service, from EBSCO.

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is an entirely web-based application providing staff and public users with access to the system through web browsers.  The staff modules are 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. 

Koha will transform the way users access our collections. We also look forward to introducing fully automated circulation and managing our subscriptions with the serials module.

Dunia Maria Garcia-Ontiveros, Head of Library and Museum Collections

The Society of Antiquaries (founded in 1707) is Britain’s oldest learned society concerned with the study of the material remains of the past. It is home to the largest antiquarian library in the country, with an outstanding collection of more than 130,000 books dating from the fifteenth century to the present day, monograph series, and approximately 3,000 current and historic journal titles. The subject coverage is British and European archaeology, architectural history, art history and the decorative arts (especially medieval), the historic environment, and British local history.

We are delighted that The Society of Antiquaries of London has chosen Koha, and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our growing base of Koha customers, particularly in the special libraries sector, from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

Nick Phipps, Director of Sales at PTFS Europe

About PTFS Europe 

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the open source library system Koha, the FOLIO library services platform, 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 Nick Phipps, nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

PTFS Europe awarded a position on ESPO 350 framework to supply the Koha Library Management System.

London, 9 March 2020

PTFS Europe is delighted to announce that we are awarded a position to supply the Koha library management system as part of the ESPO Framework 350 Library Solutions and Systems.

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 to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.

When ESPO issued a tender for library solutions and sytems, PTFS Europe was delighted to submit a tender. Through this process, ESPO was satisfied that PTFS Europe demonstrated its competence, professionalism and ability to deliver a library solution to its customers.

“We are delighted to have been successful in this tender process. We are always keen that the process for libraries to buy a new library management system should be as straightforward as possible. This framework agreement will enable us to offer the Koha open source library system to public sector customers, and we look forward to our first implementation through the framework and many more to follow.”

Nick Phipps, Director of Sales at PTFS Europe

About ESPO

ESPO is a public sector owned professional buying organisation (PBO), specialising in providing a wide range of goods and services to the public sector for over 35 years. Our market leading choice of over 120 framework solutions make ESPO one of the largest providers of public sector frameworks. All our frameworks are free to access and provide a quick and compliant way to source a wide range of products and services.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market. These include the open source library system Koha and open source solutions for enquiry management, electronic resource management, reading list management and business analytics. PTFS Europe is also the European support company for PTFS Inc’s 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

EBSCO Information Services and PTFS Europe Partner to Support Libraries Looking to Adopt FOLIO

Partnership with Open Source Service Provider Offers Libraries in the United Kingdom Local Options when Considering the FOLIO Library Services Platform

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 7, 2020 — 

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and PTFS Europe have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP). The EBSCO and PTFS Europe partnership will provide hosting and local support services for FOLIO libraries in the United Kingdom.

PTFS Europe supports libraries using Koha and other open source resources. By supporting FOLIO libraries, PTFS Europe will help increase the adoption of FOLIO and provide additional services to their current customers.

PTFS Europe has a long-established track record of implementing, hosting and supporting open source library management solutions in the UK and Europe. PTFS Europe’s Head of Marketing and Business Administration, Andrew Auld, says the partnership with EBSCO allows a global solution to include local support for customers across library sectors including Further Education and Higher Education. 

Working with EBSCO to implement FOLIO adds a new open source solution to the list of products we can support for our customers and shows our commitment to both open source and to the needs of all library sectors.

EBSCO supports FOLIO with funding, developers and project management. EBSCO is also offering hosting services and advanced software support, as well as a variety of data integration services for libraries adopting the FOLIO LSP, and the company is partnering with services providers around the world.

EBSCO Information Services Director of FOLIO Partnerships, Mark Allcock, says by partnering with the services providers that libraries know and trust, EBSCO can ensure that those libraries can be confident that their needs are being met when moving to FOLIO.

Customer service and high-quality support are paramount when we look to partner with service providers. We chose PTFS Europe because of the value they place on these attributes, and we know this partnership will strengthen the way we support libraries.

FOLIO is an open source platform created by a community of librarians, developers and vendors to support traditional ILS functionality with the ability to add additional value and services. The applications are modular and allow multiple vendors or libraries to contribute applications. More information is available at www.folio.org.

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals and books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of software products for the library market and supports over 120 customers across the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe. Products include the open source library system Koha, Request Tracker (RT) for enquiry management, CORAL for electronic resource management, Metabase business analytics and the Knowvation digital repository. An ISO 27001  certified company, PTFS Europe delivers the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products.

More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com