Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East Councils choose the Koha open source library management system for their public library services, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

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By PTFS-Europe

27th November 2014 | Press Release

Cheshire Libraries Shared Service has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing Axiell Galaxy solution.  PTFS Europe will fully 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 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 saving valuable time and resources. 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.

Cheshire Libraries Shared Services
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services was established by Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils to deliver efficiency and provide cost effective benefits for the combined library services. The authority partners are both unitary authorities serving a combined population of approximately 720,000 through a total of 47 branch libraries. Cheshire Libraries Shared Services is comprised of various teams, which provide specialist and business support to customers in Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East libraries
Lesley Speed, Senior Systems Librarian said: “Koha offers us a cost-effective open source product which will give efficiencies to both councils.  As it is open source and web based it offers greater flexibility for us to provide a contemporary library service to our customers
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added “We are delighted that Cheshire Libraries Shared Services has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our diverse and growing range of Koha customers from all library sectors who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.”

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