Forth Valley College chooses Koha for their open source Library Management System
29th October 2019 | Koha
Forth Valley College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Softlink. The team at PTFS Europe has implemented Koha and is providing on-going hosting and support services. Koha will efficiently manage the College library’s valuable collections and deliver an improved service to both student and staff users alike.
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.
The new Koha system has worked well so far and it certainly does what the Learning Resource Centre staff need it to do. The installers were on a very tight timescale and they managed to do exactly what they said they would do. The Koha implementation team also worked well with the college IT team on migration of existing data to the new system, and the setup of Koha. The PTFS Europe team were also knowledgeable and efficient.
The College is certainly happy with the way things have worked so far and the system will allow much quicker and easier access to e-books for all staff and students. We are also pleased with support we have received from the PTFS Europe since the installation.
Graeme Robertson, Head of IT at Forth Valley College
Forth Valley College is a leading provider of further and higher education offering a wide range of courses and training opportunites. They welcome approx 14,500 students per academic session with 94% of learners progressing to further studies or employment upon completion of their course.
They were Scotland’s first regional college with three state-of-the-art campuses across the central belt in Alloa, Falkirk, and Stirling. Their dynamic provision ranges from access courses to degree level and includes full-time and part-time courses, evening classes, flexible and on line learning, vocational qualifications, Modern Apprenticeship, Foundation Apprenticeship and Graduate Apprenticeship programmes and business training courses. They have four teaching departments including: Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism; Care, Sport and Construction; Engineering and Science; and Business and Communities.
We are delighted that Forth Valley College has chosen Koha and we welcome them as new customers. They have joined our diverse and growing base of Koha customers from across the UK and Europe who are hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.
Nick Phipps, Sales Director at PTFS Europe
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