London, 5th July 2010. The new library at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO has chosen the Koha open source library management system. PTFS Europe are carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing support. The system is hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Maidenhead in the UK.
Koha Library Management System
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 project for this new library is to integrate RFID technology with the library system so as to offer full 24/7 self service access to their users.
Helen Edwards, Library Project Manager said, “As a new library with no legacy we are able to move straight to the latest Web 2.0 open source technology. The Koha software is completely free and can be used as we wish without licensing costs. PTFS provide cost effective implementation, hosting and support.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe commented: “We are very proud to have been chosen to help implement the library system for this prestigious and exciting new project. SKOLKOVO is an institution that values forward thinking and innovation and we are pleased to say that this is reflected in their choice of library system.”
About Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO is an innovative international institution of the future. It is focused on developing the unique leadership and communicative skills required for the new type of manager who will be in demand in the 21st century – the age of human resources. In providing practical knowledge, SKOLKOVO trains business leaders who will apply their professional skills in dynamically developing markets; leaders who will set up and run their own businesses and lead the development of the Russian economy.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports 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 project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation and training through to ongoing customer support.