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.