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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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