Open Source for the academic library – a seminar

Open Source for the academic library – a seminar
PTFS Europe is holding a seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University on Tuesday the 16th of April. This seminar will provide the opportunity for librarians to hear of open source successes and how it meets the present and future needs of academic libraries.
It is in these difficult financial times with budgets under pressure that software and systems have to deliver value – costing less to both install and operate and yet continuing to evolve and develop to meet all the challenges that higher education faces. Open Source software is an effective, efficient way to deliver the necessary software functionality, allowing libraries to achieve their many objectives and at a reduced cost of ownership that perhaps cannot be matched by any of the traditional software vendors.
Open source software is a collaborative development, with librarians from around the world driving systems forward, being in control, and ensuring software and systems continue to meet the ever changing demands of technology and their end users.
PTFS Europe supports and promotes a range of products for the management, discovery and distribution of electronic, print and digital materials. The seminar will showcase this full spectrum of integrated systems.
Featured will be:
Koha – 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 capability, the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists.
VuFind – a resource discovery capability that can be used to provide a single point of access to a wide range of information sources. The resources that can be harvested include your library catalogue, digital archives, institutional repositories and a wide range of other resources. Records are harvested from the various resources needed and then indexed using the SOLR search engine. Users can then search these multiple resources with a single search.
Rebus:list – the new resource list management system recently released by PTFS Europe. Based on a comprehensive review of the current systems available, Rebus:list offers a significant advance in the effective management of the entire workflow involved in the delivery and presentation of resource lists.
Cufts – provides libraries the ability to manage Electronic Resources together with an integrated journal A-Z database and a link resolver for your library.
WordPress for libraries – a content management system that can be integrated with library management and discovery systems to provide the library’s entire web presence.
The agenda will be made available to those that make a booking at:

Where and When:

The Council Chamber
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Building
Cavendish St
M15 6BG

16th April 2013 from 10.00 – 15.30