London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority selects the Koha open source library management system for its libraries, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

LFEPA – the body that runs the London Fire Brigade – has chosen and implemented the Koha library management system. PTFS Europe has provided a full range of implementation services, including the successful migration from the legacy 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 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.  
The London Fire Brigade is England’s busiest fire and rescue service, serving the capital’s residents as well as those who work in and visit the city.   Andrew Mobbs, from Business Intelligence at the London Fire Brigade said:  “Koha offers us a cost-effective solution for our library which meets our business requirements. Koha’s open source development gives us access to a large community of Library professionals at a fraction of the cost of bespoke systems. PTFS Europe have proven to be excellent partners who have supported us through the transition to the new system and provide us with excellent support.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority 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 open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, Rebus:tutorial to support information literacy, WordPress for Libraries and the Knowvation enterprise content management system.    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

Science Museum chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 16th September  2015
The Science Museum, London, has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its current solution as part of the development of the new Dana Library and Research Centre. PTFS Europe are conducting the initial implementation and providing on-going hosting and support. The project also includes the provision of the CUFTS electronic resource management system and Rebus:tutorial to promote information literacy.
Koha Library Management System
Koha is a completely web-based application for both staff and public access. The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, inter-library loans, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. The Koha online catalogue offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services. PTFS Europe will also be enhancing Koha further to accommodate the needs of the Science Museum and the collections that need to be managed.
Science Museum Library  
The Science Museum Library is one of the world’s great research libraries for the history of science and technology. The library was previously based within Imperial College, but will reopen as the Dana Library and Research Centre in late 2015 at the Museum’s South Kensington site. Koha will replace the library management system that was shared with Imperial College.
Open to both researchers and the public, the Dana Library and Research Centre will provide a world-class environment for academic research and enable greater access to the Museum’s library and archive collections. Visitors will be able to read recent histories and biographies of science and technology, use the Museum’s electronic resources and order library & archive material stored at the Museum’s Wroughton site, near Swindon.
Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, Head of Collections at the Science Museum, said: “We are pleased to select PTFS Europe as a partner for this project. PTFS Europe has shown an early and detailed understanding of our requirements, and the Koha solution will provide a great interface for visitors to easily access information about our Library collections.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added:  “We are delighted that the Science Museum has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers. We are excited that the Koha project is part of the move to the innovative new Research Centre and will be a great showcase of what the system can offer.”
About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. More information can be found at sciencemuseum.org.uk.
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, the CUFTS electronic resource management system, the Explorit federated search solution  and the Knowvation enterprise continent management system.  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
 

ArchivalWare Enterprise Content Management is rebranded as Knowvation

London, 13th July, 2015
PTFS Europe, announces that the ArchivalWare digital repository system is upgraded and rebranded as Knowvation. PTFS Europe is the European distributor of PTFS Inc.’s Knowvation systems. Knowvation ECM is a web-based search and discovery application that manages structured and unstructured content, including born-digital and digitized files, in many databases at multiple locations across the enterprise. Fully modular, Knowvation enables users to interrogate and retrieve content by searching on metadata, full text, or geospatial parameters. Searchable content includes documents, books, newspapers, video, audio, photographs and raster/vector geospatial files in all formats.
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe said “The Knowvation group of products responds to the increasing convergence of the need to handle data from a variety of sources whether it’s text, geospatial, speech or image.” Nick Phipps, Business Manager for Knowvation at PTFS Europe continues: “In response to client feedback, we have improved the Knowvation graphical user interface making it faster and easier to query and retrieve content from repositories. Its ability to combine full-text and geospatial queries sets Knowvation apart from many other systems”
Knowvation users can perform geospatial searches on data archives containing over 200 different types of file formats. Format-agnostic geospatial queries can be initiated by typing a geographic name, entering latitude/longitude coordinates or drawing a polygon on a map interface.
PTFS Europe offers the option of deploying Knowvation as the client’s repository of record in which all content is ingested, stored, managed and searched. Or the client may keep its content in other applications and shared drives with Knowvation deployed externally to index the information for easy search and retrieval. The Knowvation server can be located behind the client firewall or hosted by PTFS Europe offsite or on the cloud in a Software-as-a-Service business model. For public sector bodies in the UK Knowvation is also available via the Digital Marketplace or G-Cloud.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe provides a wide range of services for the library market including the Knowvation group of products, the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, the VuFind discovery portal and WordPress for Libraries. An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products.
About PTFS (www.PTFS.com)
Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc. (PTFS) is a leading provider of Enterprise Content Management solutions to federal, civilian, defence and intelligence agencies. Established in 1995 and headquartered in North Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington, D.C., PTFS launched its flagship ECM offering, Knowvation (originally ArchivalWare) in 2004. Knowvation is an entirely web-based product best known for providing geospatial, FOIA & declassification, database integration, and digital library solutions.
Any questions please contact:
Nick Phipps, Rebus:list Business Manager
nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

University of Bradford rolls out Rebus:list from PTFS Europe

London, 10th April 2015
University of Bradford implements Rebus:list – the reading list management system from PTFS Europe. Rebus:list offers a significant advance in cost effective management of the entire workflow involved in the delivery and presentation of reading lists. With an elegant user interface, a comprehensive web services API and a contemporary software architecture, Rebus:list delivers truly seamless integration with any library, eDiscovery service, VLE and back office system. Rebus:list offers libraries a real alternative when choosing a new reading list management system.
Grace Hudson, Head of Library Services at the University of Bradford said, “We are delighted with the smooth implementation of Rebus:list and have already had very positive feedback from students and academics. Rebus:list will enable us to ensure that we make reading list material available in adequate numbers in an integrated but highly visible way, so that it is simple for students to find and access key recommended resources.”
Nick Phipps, Rebus:list Business Manager at PTFS Europe said: “We are delighted that the University decided on Rebus:list for this project. We have a growing user base and see the University of Bradford providing a clear indication of the price competitive nature of the Rebus:list solution and its high level of functionality.
About the University of Bradford
Founded in 1966, the University of Bradford is one of the UK’s ‘traditional’ universities. It is a research-intensive institution, ranked in the top 50 in the UK for the quality of its research, with three quarters being classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University was ranked No 1 in Yorkshire for employed graduates obtaining professional & managerial level jobs.
Known for its strong emphasis on employability skills and knowledge transfer work with businesses, the University has a truly global make up with over 20 per cent of its student population being international. The University is also a leader in sustainable development and education, and is within the top ten greenest universities in the UK, according to the Green League 2013.
About PTFS Europe
With over 70 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.
To arrange a demonstration or discuss pricing please contact
Nick Phipps, Rebus:list Business Manager, nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

University of the Arts London chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 20th March, 2015
The University of the Arts London has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing system. PTFS Europe will implement Koha and provide on-going hosting and support.  The project also includes a wide range of integration services including online payments, identity management, authentication, RFID and integration with Explorit federated search.  A key service being provided is the further enhancement of the public interface to precisely meet the needs of UAL’s library users.
Koha Library Management System
Koha 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, finance, student management and online payment systems.  The Koha online catalogue offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services.
University of the Arts London
Operating at the heart of the world’s creative capital, University of the Arts London (UAL) is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The University’s unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.  UAL Library Services consists of six College Libraries, two Learning Zones and the University Archives and Special Collections Centre. Its collections include an extensive range of multimedia and electronic resources as well as over 500,000 monographs and 700 journal titles that, in combination, represent an unrivalled resource for scholarship in the creative arts. The University also has many archives and special collections which are of national and international renown.
Pat Christie, Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services said “PTFS Europe were selected as our partners in the provision of a new LMS following a full procurement process. The move to Koha is an exciting step for us as we will be moving to a cloud based and open source system. We look forward to working closely with PTFS Europe to meet the strategic ambitions of the department in providing the best possible experience for our users as well as the most efficient system for managing our resources.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added:  “We are delighted that UAL has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers.   This exciting project is already well under way and now that three universities in the UK have chosen Koha the opportunities for further collaboration and partnership can only grow.”
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.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

Sefton Council chooses Koha and Rebus:list hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 4th February 2015
Sefton Council has chosen the Koha library management system together with Rebus:list for reading list management and the WordPress content management system that together replace their existing Axiell Galaxy solution. Offering additional functionality, 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.
Rebus:list
Rebus:list has been designed to manage reading lists and other electronic resources and is ideally suited for use in public libraries promoting a wide variety of resource lists including those published by the Reading Agency.
WordPress
The WordPress content management system will allow Sefton 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.
Andrew Farthing, Principal Library Manager said: “Koha offers us a cost-effective open source product which will give efficiency and greater flexibility  to provide a contemporary library service to our customers.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that Sefton Council has chosen this broad range of products. Sefton 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:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com
 

University of Hertfordshire chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 29th January, 2015
The University of Hertfordshire has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing library management system. PTFS Europe will fully implement the Koha system and provide on-going hosting and support services. The project also involves a tight integration with the University’s new discovery platform.
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 finance, student management and online payment systems. 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 evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.
University of Hertfordshire
With over 25,000 students, the university is the UK’s leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel.
David Peacock, ‎Manager of the Information Collections & Services Team at the University of Hertfordshire said: “We feel this solution will allow us to fully realise the cost benefits and flexibility of using Open Source Technology, and assist us in providing the highest quality library service to our students and staff.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that the University of Hertfordshire has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers. Koha offers a real, cost-effective alternative when looking at the other systems that are currently on the market.”
About PTFS
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.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant: nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East Councils choose the Koha open source library management system for their public library services, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East Councils choose the Koha open source library management system for their public library services, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.
London, 27th November, 2014
Cheshire Libraries Shared Service has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing Axiell Galaxy solution.  PTFS Europe will fully 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 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 saving valuable time and resources. 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.
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services was established by Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils to deliver efficiency and provide cost effective benefits for the combined library services. The authority partners are both unitary authorities serving a combined population of approximately 720,000 through a total of 47 branch libraries. Cheshire Libraries Shared Services is comprised of various teams, which provide specialist and business support to customers in Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East libraries
Lesley Speed, Senior Systems Librarian said: “Koha offers us a cost-effective open source product which will give efficiencies to both councils.  As it is open source and web based it offers greater flexibility for us to provide a contemporary library service to our customers
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that Cheshire Libraries Shared Services has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our diverse and growing range of Koha customers from all library sectors 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, 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.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

Blackpool and The Fylde College choose the Koha library management system and Rebus:list for reading list management, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

Blackpool and The Fylde College has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon solution. The college is also the first further education institution to choose Rebus:list for its reading list management. PTFS Europe will implement both products and provide on-going hosting and support services.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all presented 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 evolving needs libraries.
Rebus:list
With an elegant user interface, a comprehensive web services API and contemporary software architecture, Rebus:list delivers truly seamless integration with any library system, eDiscovery service, VLE and back office system. Rebus:list offers libraries a real alternative when choosing a reading list management system.
Blackpool and The Fylde College
Eileen Norris, Learning Resources Manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “Koha offers us a cost-effective open source product. The user friendly interface provides a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities that will enrich the learning experience for our students. Enhanced functionality and integration with other College systems will also positively impact on our workflows and reporting abilities. She continues: “Rebus:list, integrated into our Moodle VLE, will encourage our students to engage with the wide range of good quality print and electronic resources available to them. It will also allow LRC staff to liaise more closely with academic staff on embedding those resources into their blended learning delivery, whilst streamlining the time consuming task of managing and maintaining reading lists.”
Keith Shell, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe added: “We are delighted that the college has chosen the Koha library management system and we welcome them as new customers. Of particular note is the decision of the college to implement Rebus:list; the first further education college to do so. PTFS Europe has a growing user base in the further education sector and see Blackpool and Fylde College as one of our flagship customers for us in this sector”.
About the College
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is an Outstanding college with a national reputation for excellence. It is a member of the elite 157 Group of highest performing UK Colleges and last year became just the third general Further Education College in the UK to receive Grade 1 Outstanding from Ofsted across each of the main areas under the tough new common inspection framework. With over 16,000 students, B&FC is the 3rd largest college provider of higher education in the UK and is commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
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, the VuFind discovery portal, RT: request tracker for enquiry management 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:
Keith Shell: keith.shell@ptfs-europe.com

Wiltshire College choose the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

London, 22nd September, 2014
Wiltshire College, based on four campuses in Chippenham, Lackham, Salisbury and Trowbridge has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing Heritage solution. 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.
Wiltshire College
Janet Waters, Head of Learning Resource Centres said: “We have been delighted with the increased functionality of Koha for the learner experience. Students can browse the shelves around their search results not only in their own campus collection but also on other sites which widens the range of resources they are researching. There are many other functions in Koha which help learners to find resources including within our database collection. LRC staff have found the system intuitive and are extremely positive about the move to Koha”
Keith Shell, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that the college has chosen the Koha library management system and we welcome them as new customers. We have a growing user base in the further education sector and see Wiltshire College providing a clear indication of the price competitive nature of the Koha solution and its high level of functionality.”
About the College
Wiltshire College is the main provider of further and higher education in Wiltshire, with an excellent reputation for quality provision, innovation and student care. The College has 3,300 full-time students, 6,000 part-time students and 800 university level students. There are 4 main campuses and 4 smaller centres throughout the county. There are a huge range of courses at further education level. At university level the college offers HNC’s, HND’s, Foundation Degrees and Full Honours degrees.
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 Keith Shell: keith.shell@ptfs-europe.com