The London School of Theology enjoyed a smooth and effective implementation of their new Koha open source library management system.

Implementation, hosting and support by PTFS Europe

London, 25 November 2019

London School of Theology has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous Capita solution and the team at PTFS Europe has implemented the new system and is providing on-going hosting and support services. Koha will efficiently manage the library’s valuable collections and deliver an improved service to its users. The library particularly valued the project focus provided by PTFS Europe, the efficiency of the implementation and the capabilities of the new open source solution.

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.

I want to say thank you very much to all at PTFS Europe. The team worked diligently on our behalf and kept real focus on our implementation even among all the other projects and duties they must have going on at the same time.

I have been most impressed with the team’s diligence, professionalism and capabilities that have been applied to each problem and matter as it has come along. It has been a most positive experience and I am very glad to have chosen PTFS Europe to provide, setup and host our new library management system.

Keith Lang, Librarian

London School of Theology is an English interdenominational evangelical theological college based in Northwood, London. As one of the largest evangelical theological colleges in Europe it is known throughout the world as a place where intellectual thoroughness and rigour go hand in hand with a passion to see students grow personally and spiritually. The school’s large library is housed in the former chapel and holds around 56,000 volumes. It is recognised as one of the best specialist theological libraries in the UK.

We are delighted that the London School of Theology 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.

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 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: 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

Nottingham College chooses the Koha open source library management system

Nottingham College chooses the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.
London, 16th April 2018

Nottingham College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solutions from OCLC and IS Oxford. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The public interface will be integrated with the EDS discovery service from EBSCO and the interface further enhanced to provide high levels of accessibility.

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.

Jane Parker, Nottingham College Library Manager, said:

“We chose Koha because the system offers exactly what we want for our end-users and Library staff administrators. Integration with existing College systems increases staff efficiency and the user-friendly interface means the product is attractive to students and staff.”

Nottingham College is one of the largest Colleges in the UK. It caters for approximately 40,000 students, has more than 1,500 staff members, and works with around 6,000 local, regional and national employers. The College offers part-time and full-time courses in a variety of curriculum areas – from Level 1, right through to degree-level study.

Nick Phipps, Sales Director at PTFS Europe stated

“We are delighted that Nottingham College has chosen 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.”

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 reading 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

PTFS Europe, Kortext and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) agree deal to transform the reading list & course materials market for universities and students globally.

London August 2017

CLA and Kortext, the UK’s leading Personal Learning Platform and digital textbook provider have agreed to buy the rebus:list Reading List Management System from PTFS Europe, a leading supplier of the Koha library management system and other products to the library market.

The rebus:list system has been significantly upgraded to take advantage of modern technologies and to provide simple connectivity with other systems making it more adaptable for today’s dynamic education environment. It is already used by over 30 institutions across the UK and Ireland. CLA and Kortext will work in partnership with PTFS Europe to provide existing customers with a seamless migration to the enhanced system over the next six months. Both existing and new customers will be invited to participate in the future development of the service.

Kortext and CLA are committed to making a significant investment in the system to enhance its current capabilities and create a world leading resource management solution. The system will actively support teaching and learning across education and beyond. Kortext has already developed the Digital Content Store (DCS) for CLA, the revolutionary workflow management system, now used by 77 universities in the UK, to help manage digital course pack creation and distribution to students.

Mat Pfleger, CEO of CLA commented

“We are delighted to be making this announcement today with Kortext and PTFS Europe. Our investment further demonstrates CLA’s commitment to develop solutions and services that simplify copyright and make it easier to access content.
We will continue to partner with the sector as a whole and with other third party systems who wish to integrate with CLA solutions and products.”
Nick Dimant, CEO of PTFS Europe added “We are very proud of the progress we have made with rebus:list over the last few years and are pleased that it will become a core component of many universities teaching and learning infrastructure going forward. Our collaboration with  CLA and Kortext will help ensure that rebus:list becomes the leading resource management solution. With the amazing capabilities of both CLA and Kortext, we see a very strong win for the library sector, and of course the academics and students they serve.”

James Gray CEO of Kortext added

“We are delighted to work with CLA and PTFS Europe in developing services that support universities and students within the HE sector. Along with rebus:list and the CLA we will help to create a seamless learning experience that enhances access to the widest possible range of learning resources. Helping universities transition to a more innovative digital learning environment remains our priority and such partnerships allow for enhanced interoperability.”

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About Kortext
Kortext is the UK’s leading personal learning platform providing access to over half a million digital textbooks from over 850 of the world’s leading education publishers such as Pearson, McGraw Hill and Wiley. These publishers along with many other learning content providers use Kortext to help distribute digital content to students and their education institutions around the world. The platform provides an enhanced learning experience with access to powerful study tools that are highly valued by students. Universities such as the Imperial College London, Plymouth University, and Middlesex University are adopting the platform, and are able to utilise the detailed Kortext learning analytics to better support student retention, progression and success.

Kortext is a founding member of Edtech UK, a strategic body set up to accelerate the UK’s education technology sector in Britain and globally. In addition, working with global partners such as Microsoft and Samsung, Kortext has created a growing international presence, from offices in the US, Canada, Middle East, Africa and Australia.

About the Copyright Licensing Agency
CLA are the recognized UK collective rights licensing body for text and images from book, journal, and magazine content. We exist to simplify copyright for content users and copyright owners. Our mission is to help customers legally access, copy, and share the published content they need, while also making sure that copyright owners are paid royalties for the use of their work. We have been providing rights and licences, as well as a growing range of services that simplify copyright and make it easier to access content, for over 30 years. This includes our revolutionary Digital Content Store, an optional workflow tool for Higher Education launched in July 2016, which currently manages the digital course pack creation process for 77 UK institutions and serves content to over one million students. For more information about CLA, visit our website, or visit our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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.

www.ptfs-europe.com

For more information please contact:

Copyright Licensing Agency:

Paul Rollins; 020 7400 3143 or paul.rollins@cla.co.uk

Alexandra Reed; 020 7400 3143 or alexandra.reed@cla.co.uk

Kortext:

Yaz El Hakim; yaze@kortext.com

Amy Donelan; amyd@kortext.com

PTFS Europe:

Nick Phipps; nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

Knowsley Council chooses Koha & WordPress, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 1st June 2017

Knowsley Council has chosen the Koha library management system together with the WordPress content management system to replace their existing SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe will carry out the initial implementation and provide on-going hosting and support services.

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 integrates easily with other applications such as finance systems 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.

WordPress

The WordPress content management system will allow Knowsley libraries to manage its entire web presence with the library creating and managing its own themes or using templates provided by PTFS Europe. A wide range of content including the library catalogue, events, calendars, bookings and local information can be presented to the end user in an attractive and easy to navigate format.

Nicola Long, Senior Librarian: Digital Inclusion said: “We are really excited to be working with PTFS-Europe to develop a new Library management system for Knowsley. Koha is an open source system that will not only give us greater efficiency and flexibility but will allow us to continue to develop a contemporary library service for our customers”

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that Knowsley Council has chosen Koha. Knowsley will be joining our growing range of customers in the north west of England and demonstrating the benefits of moving to the range of solutions that we support.”

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:

Lesley Jones:  lesley.jones@ptfs-europe.com

Richmond, The American International University selects the Koha open source library management system for its library, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 18th April, 2017

Richmond, The American International University has chosen Koha for its new library management system to replace an existing solution from ExLibris. 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 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.  

Richmond, the American International University

Richmond, the American University in London is a private not-for-profit university with American and British accreditation offering a wide range of academic disciplines. Richmond delivers the very best of both the American and British higher educational systems and prepares students to think independently, creatively and critically in order to address the complex social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges in a changing world. Richmond campuses are in the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Richmond-Upon-Thames, both vibrant areas providing easy access to London’s arts, cultural, political, and business sectors. Internationalism is at the heart of Richmond, and is reflected in the University motto ‘Unity in Diversity’. Richmond students come from all corners of the world, with over 100 different nationalities represented, Richmond University provides a rich and diverse learning environment.

Valerie Boyle, Head of Library Services, said:   “Moving to the Koha Open Source platform, with hosting and support from PTFS Europe, offers us a cost-effective and flexible solution thus enabling provision of a high quality service to all our Library users, wherever they are”.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that the Richmond, The American International University 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 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: Lesley Jones:  lesley.jones@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

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

Bradford College chooses the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 13th February 2017

Bradford College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Capita. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services.   The public interface will be integrated with the EDS discovery service from EBSCO and the interface further enhanced to provide high levels of accessibility.

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.

Brian Boullier, Group Director of Learning Resources at Bradford College,  said

“We chose Koha because its features match our current needs and future aspirations.  The overall solution also represents value-for-money and an opportunity to develop a genuine working relationship with a reputable supplier and enthusiastic user base.”

Bradford College is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK, with approximately 25,000 students. The college offers a range of full and part-time courses from introductory level through to postgraduate level and caters for a variety of students, including school leavers, adults wanting to return to education, degree-level students and those seeking professional qualifications.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe stated

“We are delighted that Bradford College has chosen 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.”

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 Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

City College Plymouth choose the Koha open source library management, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 15th December 2016

City College Plymouth has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the Softlink Liberty Library Management System. Koha will efficiently manage the College library’s valuable collections and deliver an improved service to both student and staff users alike. PTFS Europe will implement the Koha system and provide on-going hosting and support services.

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application providing students, 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.   

City College Plymouth

With some 13,500 students and 750 staff the College is responsible for education and training of a wide variety of academic, vocational and professional courses, from entry level 1 to level 6 (final year of a degree course). As such, it needs an attractive, intuitive interface usable by this enormous range of students who need everything from basic searches to advanced searches.   Paul Scarsbrook, Head of Learning Resources at the College is confident that Koha fits the bill and will update the current system for the C21st.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe stated

“We are delighted that City College Plymouth has chosen the Koha system and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our diverse and growing base of Koha customers from throughout 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 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 Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com