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 (LMS- also known as an Integrated Library System ILS) 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/ILS, 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
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 installation, configuration, data conversion, software development and training through to ongoing customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com