PTFS Europe appointed to APUC’s framework agreement to supply Library Management Systems and Associated Services.

London, May 2020

PTFS Europe has been appointed to APUC’s new multi-supplier Framework Agreement for Library Management Systems (LMS) and Associated Services. PTFS Europe’s Koha LMS SaaS will be available to universities and colleges via the APUC framework which substantially reduces the time and effort involved in the full tendering and contracting process for Library Management Systems.
Koha LMS with EBSCO EDS

PTFS Europe’s APUC framework package offers Koha LMS integrated with EDS, EBSCO’s discovery service. The system is entirely web-based, providing staff and public users with access to the system through web browsers. The apps include acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials, electronic resource management, business analytics (with dashboarding and graphical visualisation), and end-user Koha account services fully integrated with EBSCO EDS.

When APUC issued a tender for Library Management Systems and Associated Services, PTFS Europe was keen to tender. Through this process, APUC was satisfied that PTFS Europe demonstrated the necessary capabilities to deliver a library solution to its customers.

We are delighted to have been successful in this tender process. We are enthusiastic about the process for libraries to buy a new library management system being as straightforward as possible. This framework agreement will enable us to offer the Koha open source library system to Higher Education and Further Education 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 APUC

APUC Limited is the procurement centre of expertise for all of Scotland’s universities and colleges. The framework requirement is also available for use by Full or Associate Members, and future members, within the UK higher education regional purchasing consortia: SUPC; LUPC; NWUPC; NEUPC; HEPWC

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of open source products for the library market. An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full breadth of services needed to implement, host and support these products.

More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions, please contact: Nick Phipps: nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

The British Museum has recently selected Koha open source library management system for their replacement library system

London, May 2020

The British Museum has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace a previous SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe has been selected to provide implementation, on-going hosting and support services.

Koha will efficiently manage the Museum’s specialised library collection of more than 300,000 volumes. The collection reflects the historic strengths of the Museum’s diverse curatorial departments, which are dedicated to excellence in the research of human cultures – past and present – across the globe.

The capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution will allow the Museum to 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.

We are looking forward to implementing a new library management system and taking advantage of the flexibility and functionality offered by Koha.

Antony Loveland, Senior Librarian at The British Museum

We are delighted that the British Museum 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.

Lesley Jones, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe

The British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. From the outset it was a museum of the world, for the world, and this idea still lies at the heart of the Museum’s mission today. The collection tells the stories of cultures across the world, from the dawn of human history, over two million years ago, to the present. Objects range from the earliest tools made by humans and treasures from the ancient world to more recent acquisitions from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, as well as the national collections of prints and drawings, and coins and medals. In addition to work in London, the Museum takes part in an extensive programme of loans and tours, both across the UK and throughout the world.

www.britishmuseum.org

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

Leeds College of Music chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, May 2020

Leeds College of Music has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous OCLC OLIB solution.  PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services.  Koha is being integrated with the conservatoire’s EDS discovery service, from EBSCO, and the Moodle learning management system.

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. 

 We were looking for a library management system that would offer all the options and integrations that we had developed so well with its predecessor; particularly appealing was the ability to search different collections independently from one another, including our Discovery Service, all from the same interface. Koha offers excellent value for money and the implementation team have been responsive and supportive throughout these early stages of the migration project. Conservatoire students have wide-ranging resource needs set against very specific research requirements and we are able to support them fully with Koha.

Jane Henshaw, Liaison Librarian and Systems Administrator

Leeds College of Music is the largest specialist conservatoire in the UK, delivering expert music and drama education to a community of over 1,200 students. Our broad offering spans undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Junior LCoM for young musicians and performers. Situated in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, LCoM is artistically ambitious, quality-driven, and industry-focused, placing strong emphasis on developing career-ready musicians, performers, producers and entrepreneurs. www.lcm.ac.uk/ 

We are delighted that Leeds College of Music has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining 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.

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, 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 Nick Phipps, nick.phipps@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

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust implements Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 23 April 2020

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust goes live with Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous SirsiDynix Symphony 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, 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 provides us with a cost-effective solution and, being open source, allows for greater flexibility and access to system developments from around the world. PTFS Europe have been incredibly helpful in taking us through the implementation process, never making me feel that I was asking a stupid question and working patiently to accommodate our requirements.

Jane Cooper, Librarian

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust delivers many of the NHS services people in the county receive in the community at home, work or in schools. NHFT offers more than 100 services including mental health, community nursing, sexual health, physiotherapy, and a range of other specialty services. The Trust also works in partnership across the county to deliver care together in an integrated way. The Library Service, based on 3 sites, is available to all NHFT staff and students on placement in the Trust. NHFT also provides the Library Service for Northampton General Hospital and Northamptonshire Public Health.

We are delighted that Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They will be joining our growing base of Koha customers, particularly in the health services 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

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