14th November 2014. Blackpool and The Fylde College has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon solution. The college is also the first further education institution to choose Rebus:list for its reading list management. PTFS Europe will implement both products and provide on-going hosting and support services.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all presented through a web browser. The online catalogue offers an excellent search capability and a full range of personalisation services. Koha's depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the evolving needs libraries.
With an elegant user interface, a comprehensive web services API and contemporary software architecture, Rebus:list delivers truly seamless integration with any library system, eDiscovery service, VLE and back office system. Rebus:list offers libraries a real alternative when choosing a reading list management system.
Blackpool and The Fylde College
Eileen Norris, Learning Resources Manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: "Koha offers us a cost-effective open source product. The user friendly interface provides a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities that will enrich the learning experience for our students. Enhanced functionality and integration with other College systems will also positively impact on our workflows and reporting abilities.
She continues: "Rebus:list, integrated into our Moodle VLE, will encourage our students to engage with the wide range of good quality print and electronic resources available to them. It will also allow LRC staff to liaise more closely with academic staff on embedding those resources into their blended learning delivery, whilst streamlining the time consuming task of managing and maintaining reading lists."
Keith Shell, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe added: "We are delighted that the college has chosen the Koha library management system and we welcome them as new customers. Of particular note is the decision of the college to implement Rebus:list; the first further education college to do so. PTFS Europe has a growing user base in the further education sector and see Blackpool and Fylde College as one of our flagship customers for us in this sector".
About Blackpool and The Fylde College
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is an Outstanding college with a national reputation for excellence. It is a member of the elite 157 Group of highest performing UK Colleges and last year became just the third general Further Education College in the UK to receive Grade 1 Outstanding from Ofsted across each of the main areas under the tough new common inspection framework. With over 16,000 students, B&FC is the 3rd largest college provider of higher education in the UK and is commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products and services to the library market. These include the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, the VuFind discovery portal, RT: request tracker for enquiry management and the ArchivalWare digital repository. An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products.