National Archives

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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