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

University of the Highlands and Islands chooses Rebus:list 2.0 from PTFS Europe

London, 31st October 2016

University of the Highlands and Islands rolls out Rebus:list 2.0, PTFS Europe’s reading list management system. Rebus:list has always offered libraries a more cost effective alternative when choosing a reading list management system. This major new release incorporates the latest technology and standards, such as a responsive web design, FRBR and CSL support, custom report generator, RESTful API and LTI VLE integration.

To streamline the overall process of accessing and maintaining reading lists Rebus:list 2.0 has been integrated with the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Summon Discovery system, Millennium LMS and Shibboleth.

Richard Hughes, Systems Librarian at University of the Highlands and Islands, said

“The distributed nature of our university meant that version control for reading lists has been a long-term challenge. Rebus:list will address that by providing a centralised resource, streamlining access for students and improving staff workflows. We have worked closely with PTFS Europe during implementation to ensure the system achieves these objectives. Being able to accurately report on our reading list content is a huge step forward, we have only just started exploring the many possibilities “.

Nick Phipps, Business Manager at PTFS Europe said:

“Not only were we delighted that the University chose Rebus:list, they also agreed to be our first Rebus:list 2 implementation. It will give students the advantage of a responsive display, ideal for accessing their lists from smartphones and tablets; staff will have the option of breaking down lists into sub-lists and library management will be able to tailor reports to best suit their needs.”

About the University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, its distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based, but has national and international reach. There are 40,000 students at the heart of the partnership.

The university’s innovative approach to learning and distinctive research and curriculum are enriched by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands and its communities. The curriculum portfolio across both further and higher education is designed to meet current and future local and regional needs and to attract other students to the Highlands and Islands to study.

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, RT: Request Tracker for enquiry management, Coral for electronic resource management, 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 Rebus:list

To arrange a demonstration or discuss pricing please contact

Nick Phipps, Rebus:list Business Manager, nick.phipps@ptfs-europe.com

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) goes live with the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

London, 20th September, 2016

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has gone live with Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing SirsiDynix Symphony solution. The team at PTFS Europe have implemented Koha and are 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.

Founded in 1670 as a physic garden, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh carries out scientific and horticultural research dedicated to discovering and describing plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology. This research is underpinned by the living collections grown in the gardens at Edinburgh, Dawyck, Benmore and Logan, the Herbarium of more than 3 million plant specimens and the RBGE Library, Scotland’s national collection of botanical literature. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored and supported through Grant-in-Aid by the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate (ENFOR).

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe stated

“We are delighted that the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 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 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 Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, WordPress for Libraries and the Knowvation digital repository.    An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products.  

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

Any questions please contact:

Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

Historic Environment Scotland implement the Koha open source library management.

London, 14th September, 2016

Historic Environment Scotland has chosen Koha as its new library management system to manage the library’s valuable resources. PTFS Europe has implemented the Koha system and is providing on-going hosting and support services.

Koha Library Management System

The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application providing staff and public users with access to the system through web browsers.  The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. The Koha online catalogue (OPAC) offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services.  Koha’s depth of functionality continues to develop meeting the changing needs of libraries and their users.

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance. Buildings and monuments in HES care include Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae, Fort George and many other smaller sites, which together draw more than 3 million visitors per year.

HES is also responsible for internationally significant collections including more than 5 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts, along with 20 million aerial images of locations across the world.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said

“We are delighted that Historic Environment Scotland has chosen the Koha system and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our diverse and growing base of Koha customers in Scotland and from elsewhere in the UK who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.”

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products for the library market.  These include the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, RT: request tracker for enquiry management, WordPress for Libraries and the Knowvation digital repository.    An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products.  

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

Any questions please contact:

Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com

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