Science Museum chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.

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By PTFS-Europe

16th September 2015 | Press Release

The Science Museum, London, has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its current solution as part of the development of the new Dana Library and Research Centre. PTFS Europe are conducting the initial implementation and providing on-going hosting and support. The project also includes the provision of the CUFTS electronic resource management system and Rebus:tutorial to promote information literacy.

Koha Library Management System

Koha is a completely web-based application for both staff and public access. The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, inter-library loans, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. The Koha online catalogue offers end users excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services. PTFS Europe will also be enhancing Koha further to accommodate the needs of the Science Museum and the collections that need to be managed.

Science Museum Library  

The Science Museum Library is one of the world’s great research libraries for the history of science and technology. The library was previously based within Imperial College, but will reopen as the Dana Library and Research Centre in late 2015 at the Museum’s South Kensington site. Koha will replace the library management system that was shared with Imperial College.
Open to both researchers and the public, the Dana Library and Research Centre will provide a world-class environment for academic research and enable greater access to the Museum’s library and archive collections. Visitors will be able to read recent histories and biographies of science and technology, use the Museum’s electronic resources and order library & archive material stored at the Museum’s Wroughton site, near Swindon.

Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, Head of Collections at the Science Museum, said: “We are pleased to select PTFS Europe as a partner for this project. PTFS Europe has shown an early and detailed understanding of our requirements, and the Koha solution will provide a great interface for visitors to easily access information about our Library collections.”

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added:  “We are delighted that the Science Museum has chosen Koha and welcome them as new customers. We are excited that the Koha project is part of the move to the innovative new Research Centre and will be a great showcase of what the system can offer.”

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