Invitation to "Customers of PTFS Europe" day in Leeds, 10th December 2013

We would like to invite all customers of PTFS Europe to a free “Customer Day” at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on Tuesday, 10th December 2013.

The day will be a mix of case studies from customers, news from PTFS Europe on the various products we support and also some training sessions.  We have tried to make sure the agenda for the day is varied and should appeal to all of our users.

We have added the launch of a great new module called Rebus:list:it.  It can pull items from external websites straight into Rebus:list with a single click.  It works with discovery services such as Summon, library catalogues, Amazon, Google Books, Blackwell, Waterstones, journal providers, etc etc.  If we get enough interest we would extend this functionality to being able to pull records straight into Koha in the same way.

We will also be previewing a new product we are developing – Rebus:tutorial.  As libraries provide more and more information resources a major challenge is to ensure that end users know how to use all of these systems.   Rebus:tutorial is aimed at promoting active learning and allows librarians to quickly and easily create online, interactive tutorials for all of the resources and systems they are offering.  We will be keen to hear your comments and suggestions that we could then feed in to the product prior to a launch of rebus:tutorial in the spring of 2014.
The day will also give you a chance to meet other customers and give you an opportunity to meet all of the staff from PTFS Europe.
Where and When:
Queens Hotel, Leeds, 10th December
The Queens, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ – (for Sat Nav enter LS1 4DY)

Registration 9.30-10.15
Close at 16.15

The hotel is directly accessible from Leeds railway station.
Registration and Coffee
Welcome and update from PTFS Europe
Nick Dimant – Managing Director
Update on Koha, VuFind and Evergreen
Jonathan Field – Technical Director
Update on Rebus:list

Nick Phipps  – Business Manager
Mark Gavillet – Software Developer
Major enhancement to Rebus:list, possibly extended to Koha

Tea and coffee
Customer support and communication
Janet McGowan – Customer Services Manager
CUFTS and GODOT – user experiences
Helen Pye-Smith (The National Archives) and Nason Bimbe and Henry Rowsell (British Library for Development Studies)
Rebus:tutorial – new product preview
Mark Gavillet
Introduction to afternoon sessions
Nick Dimant

Breakout Session 1: Rebus:list
Angela Douglas and Helen Oliver (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust) and Leigh Richardson (University of Sunderland),  with Nick Phipps and Mark Gavillet
Breakout Session 2:  SQL for dummies
Janet McGowan
Training session on SQL for dummies aimed particularly at Koha users
Breakout Session 3:  CUFTS and GODOT
Fiona Borthwick – Customer Services Consultant
Training and introductory session

Tea and coffee
Preview of new Koha ILL development
Jonathan Field
ArchivalWare – brief overview
Nick Phipps
VuFind, Rebus:list, Koha and WordPress at Halton Borough Council
Jeff Proffitt and Geraldine Kane (Halton Borough Council), with Jonathan Field

Open Forum
Thanks and Close at 16.15
Nick Dimant