Booz & Company chooses the Koha open source library management system supported by PTFS Europe

London, 20th July 2009
The library at Booz & Company has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Unicorn system.  PTFS Europe will be carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing support.  The system will be hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Maidenhead.
Koha Library Management System
A major development in the library automation market over recent years has been the growth of open source software.  In fact, the fastest growing sector in the library management system marketplace is open source software, of which Koha is one of the pre-eminent solutions.
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports can all be done through a web browser.  As well as a sophisticated search engine the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists.   Koha can integrate with the ArchivalWare digital archiving solution as well as other federated search and link resolution services.
A key part of the migration is the ability of the team at PTFS Europe who will extract the data from Unicorn and then convert and load it into Koha.  In addition, by working with PTFS, Booz & Company get the best of both worlds – the freedom and functionality offered by open source software together with the benefits of getting high quality support from a commercial organisation with an excellent reputation for delivering customer service.
Jenny Robertson, librarian at Booz & Company, said, “Recent technical infrastructure changes at Booz & Company meant we had to re-think the validity of maintaining a Library Management System, where it was hosted, and what features it could offer to match the firm’s intranet strategy. The library was under increasing pressure to cut costs, and Koha supported by PTFS Europe offered the most flexible solution.
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe commented:  “We are delighted to welcome Booz & Company to our community of users.  Open source software is coming of age right now.  The current economic climate only adds to its attractions by offering a high quality, highly cost effective solution.”
About Booz & Company
Booz & Company is a leading global management consulting firm, helping the world’s top businesses, governments, and other institutions.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe is implementing and supporting the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America.  PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archival solution, ranging from initial help defining the scope of the opportunity through to project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation, training and ongoing customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com

Keith Shell joins PTFS Europe as Business Development Manager

PTFS Europe is pleased to announce that Keith Shell has joined the company as Business Development Manager.
Keith has many years experience of working with a number of companies in the library automation sector. His most recent role was with SirsiDynix where he had been a Sales Account Manager since 1996; previously to that he also held senior management roles at a number of related companies.
Keith’s role will be to help grow the business for both the ArchivalWare digital archiving solution and for the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems.
Keith Shell said “driven by cost and the need for development to meet new requirements the market for software is changing as users seek a new type of relationship with their suppliers. I believe that the approach offered by PTFS Europe with open source products and a leading edge digital archive system provides the market with the opportunity for that new type of relationship. With many years experience in the software industry I look forward to helping establish PTFS Europe as a successful and recognised supplier of systems to all sectors of the market”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe said: “We are delighted to welcome Keith to PTFS Europe. We are currently experiencing rapid growth and will benefit from Keith’s extensive knowledge and experience in this field.”
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe is implementing and supporting the Koha open source library management system as well as distributing and supporting the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archival solution, ranging from initial help defining the scope of the opportunity through to project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation, training and ongoing customer support.
http://www.ptfs-europe.com

York St John University launches its digital archive

York St John University launches its digital archive

York St John University Library and Information Services has today launched its digital archive, showcasing the work of students and staff of the university, and making it available to the wider community.

The project, currently named YSJ Digirep, has been supported by funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). It has used for its pilot phase the products of the C4C (Collaborating for Creativity) Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning established at the university in 2005. C4C showcases the work of students, staff and external partners resulting from creative collaborations.The university will also use the archive to host its forthcoming EnquireOnline online publication, being produced as part of the Higher Education Funding Council-funded Research Informed Teaching/Enquiry Based Learning project currently underway. The publication will provide a platform for both YSJ staff and students to share ideas and activities informed and enriched by their research and enquiry. The archive will also be used as a research publications database, with the aim of making all the university’s research material available to the general public where possible.
Other uses for the archive are as a repository for digitising other collections held at the university, such as the Rees-Williams Victorian Children’s Book Collection and the Theatre Royal Archive, for which funding is being sought. The archive runs on PTFS ArchivalWare software which is a web-based, full-text search and retrieval system for digital libraries used to store, access, and manage digital archive collections. Source formats include digital documents, books, news clippings, photographs, video and audio collections and other electronically published material. For further information on the archive and the project, please contact
Helen Westmancoat, Deputy University Librarian, h.westmancoat@yorksj.ac.uk) or
Lauren Shipley, Digital Archive Development Coordinator l.shipley@yorksj.ac.uk)
About York St John University
York St John University can trace its roots back 167 years when it started life as a Church of England Teacher Training College in 1841. The university offers a wide range of programmes, and has particular strengths in Education and Theology, Sports Science and Psychology, Health and the Creative Arts. The University has approx. 6,000 students, 65% of whom are following full-time programmes of study: 86% study at undergraduate level and 14% at postgraduate.
York St John also has a Business Development Centre and the York St John Business School that can help develop businesses through improving performance, competitiveness and productivity Further information on C4C can be found at http://www.c4ccetl.ac.uk
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe is a company formed to distribute and support the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a digital archival solution, ranging from initial help defining the scope of the opportunity through to project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation, training and ongoing customer support.