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The National Archives chooses the Koha open source library management system, implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe

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The National Archives chooses the Koha open source library management
system, implemented and hosted by PTFS Europe
London, 9th May 2011
The library at The National Archives has chosen the Koha open source
library management system to replace its existing Unicorn solution.  PTFS
Europe are carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing
support.  The system is hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in
Maidenhead.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access is completely web-based; acquisitions,
circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web
browser.  As well as an excellent search engine the OPAC offers a range of
Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, reviewing, public and
private lists as well as integrating with services such as RSS, Twitter and
Facebook.
Working with PTFS Europe provides the freedom and functionality of open
source software together with the benefits of receiving high quality
customer support.
Helen Pye-Smith, Head of Business Support and Library Services at The
National Archives said:  "The Koha library management system is both cost
effective and meets our high standards in providing user-friendly, easily
accessible online resources, plus has the potential to integrate with
future innovations in this area. Combined with the knowledge and expertise
provided by PTFS Europe this is an ideal formula and we look forward to
implementing the new system."
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said:  "We would like to
welcome The National Archives as the first government agency library in the
UK to move to Koha. The challenging economic climate is proving to be a
catalyst.  Libraries are realising that they can benefit from good
functionality and modern technologies in an open environment, all at a
reduced cost."
About The National Archives
The National Archives is a non-ministerial government department and an
executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. As the official archives of
the UK government, it cares for, makes available and 'brings alive' a vast
collection of over 1,000 years of historical records, including the
treasured Domesday Book.
Not only safeguarding historical information, The National Archives also
manages current digital information and devises new technological solutions
for keeping government records readable now and in the future. It provides
world class research facilities and expert advice, publishes all UK
legislation and official publications, and is a leading advocate for the
archive sector.
At the heart of information policy, The National Archives sets standards of
best practice that actively promotes and encourages public access to, and
the re-use of information, both online or onsite at Kew. This work helps
inform today's decisions and ensures that they become tomorrow's permanent
record.
The library at The National Archives has a collection of 65,000 books,
periodicals and directories on aspects of history (including local, family
and military history), law, biography, genealogy and a wide range of
reference material. Many publications relate to the documents held within
the archives. A growing number of electronic reference sources are also
available.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source
library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the
ArchivalWare digital archiving solution.  PTFS Europe is able to provide
the full range of services needed to implement the system, ranging from
project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, software
development and training through to ongoing hosting and customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704
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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

Library at National Botanic Garden of Wales successfully implements Koha

(report by Kate Jones, one of the Volunteer Librarians involved in Koha at the NBGW Library).

Librarians at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, chose Koha to create a catalogue for this new research/reference library, which is based within the Garden’s Research and Conservation group.  This group is headed by botanist Dr Natasha De Vere.
The process started last year, when our Librarian, Margot Greer, heard about Koha at a conference.  We then embarked on an evaluation and testing exercise, with the help of an IT-savvy student – the son of one of the Library volunteers.  We made the decision to go with Koha, had a day’s training this Spring from Jonathan Field (of PTFS) for three of our volunteers, then trained a further group of volunteers ourselves and started to import records from the Library at Kew Gardens, where we had matching records.  We believe that we were the first library in Wales to choose Koha.
Why Koha?  We were impressed by its versatility and the fact it was designed by librarians for librarians.  We like the Open Source principle… and the fact that it was free was also a factor, as we operate on a very small budget – indeed our Library is run entirely by volunteers.
We are lucky to have been able to download records for a significant proportion of our holdings from the Library at Kew (Royal Botanic Garden), and were pleased that Koha made this process so straightforward.  We have succeeded in implementing Koha with minimal professional IT support, thanks to the enthusiasm of our volunteers.
The project has been led throughout by Margot Greer, a professional Librarian, now retired and a Volunteer at the Garden.
We are now at the stage of testing our OPAC on the Garden’s own staff, students and volunteers – by ‘releasing’ it via our own internal network – prior to going ‘live’ on the internet in the next few weeks.  Access will be via the Garden’s public website.  The response of staff to the ‘test’ OPAC has been very enthusiastic.
For more information, please contact the leader of the Library Project, Margot Greer:  library@gardenofwales.org.uk

First UK public library chooses open source library management system

London, 15th October 2010. Halton Borough Council has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Dynix solution. PTFS Europe are carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing support. The system is hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Maidenhead.

Koha Library Management System

With Koha, library staff access is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser. As well as an excellent search engine the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, reviewing, public and private lists as well as integrating with services such as RSS, Twitter and Facebook.
Working with PTFS Europe provides the freedom and functionality of open source software together with the benefits of receiving high quality customer support.
Paula Reilly-Cooper, Library Services Manager at Halton said “This open source solution is the natural choice for Halton Libraries at a time of public service cuts and the need to justify our presence. The innate flexibility of the software and service from PTFS Europe will allow us to do so much more for less, enabling us to provide an enhanced, adaptable library and information service that meets changing customer expectation”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said “We would like to thank the team at Halton for showing the vision and initiative to make this decision. The challenging economic climate is proving to be a catalyst. It is encouraging libraries to realise that by moving to Koha they can benefit from this combination of good functionality and modern technologies at a reduced cost.”

About Halton Borough Council Library Service

Halton is a unitary authority serving a population of 119,500 in the communities of Widnes, Runcorn and surrounding villages and has four libraries based in Ditton, Halton Lea, Runcorn and Widnes plus a Mobile Library.
The service has approximately 150,000 books and other materials for loan, offers a reference and information service including access to local history and photographic archives and has a special Railway Collection at Widnes Library. Over 100 computers throughout the service provide free Internet access and a wide range of online courses and materials.
The introduction of the a new Library Management System is part of the programme of modernisation of the service which has involved the complete refurbishment of 3 out of 4 of the library buildings. Halton Lea Library received 1.3 million pounds from the Big Lottery Community Libraries Programme which enabled the development of the library and community facilities including dedicated teenage and community history spaces, cafe, meeting rooms, ICT Suite, creche, training kitchen, and the introduction of self service, WiFi and the self management of public computers. Self Service is being extended to the rest of the libraries over the next six months.
More information on Halton Libraries
http://www3.halton.gov.uk/educationandlearning/libraries/

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 and training through to ongoing customer support.

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust chooses Koha supported by PTFS Europe

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Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust chooses Koha supported by PTFS Europe

London,  14th July 2010
The library at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Unicorn 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.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser.  As well as an excellent 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 also integrate with the ArchivalWare digital library as well as other link resolution services.
A key part of the migration is the ability of the team at PTFS Europe who will extract the data from Unicorn and then convert and load it into Koha.  In addition, working with PTFS provides the freedom and functionality of open source software together with the benefits of receiving high quality customer support.
Angela Douglas, Head of Library and Learning Resources said “The Library required a library management system that was flexible and would allow us to make use of web 2.0 and new technologies as they come on stream.  We also wanted a user friendly system both in terms of the needs of library staff and our users. Koha fulfilled all of these needs and more.
We chose PTFS because we had worked with them before and knew them to be reliable, innovative and interested in helping libraries to offer excellent, state of the art services”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said “It is great to be working with the team at the Tavistock once again and also to see another health library join our growing community of users.  The changing economic climate emphasises even more the benefits of the combination of modern technology and value for money that can be achieved by moving to Koha.”
About the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
The Tavistock and Portman is a specialist mental health trust focused on psychological, social and developmental approaches to understanding and treating emotional disturbance and mental ill health, and to promoting mental health. It has a national and international reputation based on excellence in service delivery and clinical innovation, and high quality clinical training and workforce development.  The Trust achieved authorisation as an NHS Foundation Trust in 2006.  The library’s resources at the Tavistock and Portman reflect the multidisciplinary approach of the trust and span all aspects of the behavioural sciences.
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.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704
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Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO chooses Koha supported by PTFS Europe

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.

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust implements Koha supported by PTFS Europe

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Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust implements Koha supported by PTFS Europe
London, June 28th  2010
The library at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Unicorn 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.
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 migration is the ability of the team at PTFS Europe who have extracted the data from Unicorn and then converted and loaded it into Koha. In addition, by working with PTFS, Kettering get the best of both worlds – the freedom and functionality offered by open source software together with the benefits of getting high quality support from an organisation with a reputation for delivering high quality customer service.
Heather Buckley, Library Services Manager at Kettering, said, “Koha presented us with a cost effective solution which enabled us to provide access to the Catalogue to our wider community, this had previously been restricted to the hospital Intranet site. We have still yet to experience Koha’s full potential but are satisfied we made the right choice”.
Ian Bays, Project Director of PTFS Europe commented:   “It was a delight to work with the staff at Kettering again. It was a challenge implementing the system in a very short timescale but I feel the project has been a great success.”
About Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Kettering General Hospital is a medium-sized district general hospital which provides a wide range of services to about 300,000 people in North Northamptonshire. It became an NHS Trust in 1994 and a Foundation Trust in November 2008.
There has been a library at Kettering General Hospital since 1897; in 2006 the library celebrated both its 70th anniversary and its move to a new state of the art building spread across two floors. The library has a membership of 3,228 and a bookstock of 19,656. It now also encompasses a quiet room, easy seating area, a dedicated I.T. training suite, a large computer suite and a library garden.
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.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant: nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704
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UN Food and Agriculture Organization implements Koha supported by PTFS Europe

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UN Food and Agriculture Organization implements Koha supported by PTFS Europe
London, 24th May 2010
The David Lubin Memorial Library at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome is in the process of implementing the Koha open source Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) to replace various legacy systems.  PTFS Europe is assisting with the data migration, implementation services, software development and providing ongoing customer support.  The system is hosted for the development stage at the PTFS Europe data centre at Maidenhead in the UK.
Koha Library Management System
Stefka Kaloyanova, Project leader of the ILMS project and Information Systems Analyst at the Knowledge Management and Library Services branch at FAO, said:
“The benefits of using open source ILMS under Koha are that it provides integrated web based cataloguing, collection management and search and dissemination.  The open source solution is giving us the freedom to do everything we want with the help of a large development community.
We started with the Serials acquisition and Management Module (SAMS) which is one of the most complex modules of an ILMS, but as part of its development and implementation we also covered other modules (cataloguing, searching, reporting and statistics) that are indispensable for the functioning of SAMS. The experience we have gained with Serials will be very useful for the next phase – the Book acquisition and Management system.
We were able to test the rich multilinguality of Koha and UNICODE compliancy which are essential for an international environment as at FAO.  We expect that the copy cataloguing of a large proportion of the documents will optimize the work of the cataloguers.  Koha gives us better resource management through reporting and statistics produced by the system, international standards usage, common data access and streamlining the workflow.
We are also bringing numerous fixes and the development of new features to the whole Koha community, including:
–    developing the capability to use external thesauri by integrating web services in the cataloguing and search process,
–    a significant number of enhancements to the serials and acquisitions modules and improving the interlinking between them,
–    developing training documentation, presentations and posters facilitating adaptation of the users to the Koha system.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe commented:   “We would like to thank Stefka and the rest of the team at the FAO for their enthusiastic and pragmatic approach to this challenging project which was concluded in about six months.  They are a pleasure to work with and we are looking forward to more collaboration in the future.”
About the David Lubin Memorial Library
The David Lubin Memorial Library at the FAO maintains one of the world’s finest collections of resources on food, agriculture and international development.  The Library has over one million volumes; the journal collection contains approximately 13,000 titles of which 1,450 are electronic. The heavily used working collection consists of FAO documentation and publications produced by FAO, non-FAO books and serials in FAO subject fields, a comprehensive reference collection and specialized Branch Library collections in Fisheries and Forestry. The library also includes the IIA Institutional Memory and Rare Books collection.  The David Lubin Memorial Library is part of the “Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension (OEK)” division of FAO. It offers extensive reference and information services, tours and briefings, inter-library loans and the reproduction of FAO documents.
You can visit the library site at: http://www.fao.org/library/library-home/en/
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha open source library management system as well as distributing and supporting the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital library solutions in North America.  PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archival solution, including installation, configuration, data conversion, software development and training through to ongoing customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704
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World Maritime University chooses the Koha open source library management system supported by PTFS Europe

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World Maritime University chooses the Koha open source library management
system supported by PTFS Europe
London, 8th March 2010
The library at the World Maritime University in Sweden has chosen the Koha
library management system to replace its existing SydneyPlus system. PTFS
Europe is carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing
support. The system is hosted on a dedicated server at the PTFS Europe data
centre in Maidenhead.
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, RSS feeds and public and private lists. The system is standards
based and built around XHTML, CSS and Javascript--making Koha a truly
platform-independent solution.
Chris Hoebeke, Librarian at the World Maritime University said: "Ten years
ago - even five - I considered the OpenSource ILS project to be the
quixotic tilting of ideological purists. Koha in its most recent
manifestation has changed my views. Talk about open: If you know the
standard library and information technologies, you can mix, match, and mash
your library data in just about any way imaginable. Although Koha is
delivered with a growing suite of reporting tools, I'm doing real-time
queries of my ILS data using PhPMyAdmin! We decided to host our system with
PTFS Europe because we needed reliable regional Linux support, and because
their employees have strong backgrounds in proprietary ILS companies.
Having made the transition to OpenSource themselves, they know how to help
libraries make the switch. We set sail on Koha next month, and so far, our
biggest problem has been getting the data out of the old system."
Jonathan Field, Technical Director at PTFS Europe added:  "World Maritime
University is a good example of how adopting open source can bring big
benefits to libraries. Not only in terms of return on investment but, also,
in terms of fast deployment and integration opportunities. We look forward
to working with them as they develop their exciting ideas".
About the World Maritime University
The World Maritime University Library is an outstanding resource for
research and learning in the maritime field.  It specialises in the
University's core subjects of maritime administration, maritime safety and
environmental protection, maritime education and training and port and
shipping management.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source
library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the
ArchivalWare Digital Library solution. PTFS Europe is able to provide the
full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archiving
system, including installation, configuration, data conversion, software
development, training and high quality ongoing customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
Any questions please contact:
Nick Dimant:  nick.dimant@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7966 571704
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OSS LMS does well in 2009 Survey

Marshall Breeding has published his 2009 LMS survey of installed and turned over systems.
http://www.librarytechnology.org/blog.pl?ThreadID=151
If these numbers are right, there were 634 installed systems in 2009
Of these, 265 were Koha or Evergreen, that’s 42%
In total, though, 307 were OSS LMS, that’s 48%
The biggest other player was SirsiDynix Symphony with 84 installations (13%), of which 72 of these were from Dynix and Horizon (their legacy systems).
After that, it was Apollo with 44 (7%).
I know these figures aren’t statistically absolutely accurate (and very North America biased) but, even still, these are impressive numbers for OSS LMS! I imagine they are indicative.
Going the other way, looking at the largest replaced systems, Dynix comes in top with 101 and Horizon second with 96, no real surprise there. Unicorn has 27.
Koha – Liblime has 26 but, all but one, stuck with OSS and moved to another provider. No one left Evergreen.