University of Staffordshire

Staffordshire University chooses the Koha open source library management system (LMS), implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe

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Staffordshire University chooses the Koha open source library management
system (LMS), implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe

Staffordshire University has always been a leader in providing innovative
and leading technical solutions for its students and researchers.

Continuing this approach the University has become the first UK Higher
Education institution to choose an open source library management system
(Koha), to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon solution. Koha is
distributed under the free/open source General Public Licence (GPL).

Although this is the first UK University implementation, Koha is widely
used around the world by a growing community of libraries collaborating
together to achieve technology and service goals.

This means that there is no vendor lock-in, or annual licence fees.
Libraries are free to use the software and - if required, to contract
hosting and support from established service providers.

In partnership with PTFS Europe, the Koha LMS provides an entirely web
based system for the University, a flexible solution offering many of the
benefits associated with the integration of other web based services
including social media functionality. 

PTFS Europe have won the contract to provide the data migration,
implementation, support and training on a hosted version of the Koha
system. They are also contracted to support development of Koha and enhance
certain areas of functionality. The aim of the partnership is to enjoy the
benefit of an open source solution whilst ensuring a stable and well
maintained solution within a professional support contract.

Dave Parkes, Associate Director Learning, Technology and Information
Services said "Koha and the services provided by PTFS Europe offers our
students an excellent next generation learning tool, an enhanced solution
for locating information from whatever source with all the benefits of new
social media technology and integration with existing systems. The solution
provides an excellent support infrastructure, full standards compliance and
importantly great value for money." 

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said: "We would like to thank
the team at Staffordshire University for their vision in recognising the
benefits that an open source solution can bring.  We are looking forward to
further collaboration and partnership with them on more projects to come."

About Staffordshire University
Established in 1992, Staffordshire University has evolved into one of the
country's most dynamic, progressive and forward-thinking learning
institutions. Always quick to adapt as student requirements change, we have
become renowned for our groundbreaking new courses and first-class learning
opportunities
http://www.staffs.ac.uk

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 installation and configuration, system hosting, data
conversion, software development and training through to ongoing customer
support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
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