London, June 28th 2010. The library at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Unicorn system. 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 to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports can all be done through a web browser. As well as a sophisticated search engine the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists. Koha can integrate with the ArchivalWare digital archiving solution as well as other federated search and link resolution services.
A key part of the migration is the ability of the team at PTFS Europe who have extracted the data from Unicorn and then converted and loaded it into Koha. In addition, by working with PTFS, Kettering get the best of both worlds - the freedom and functionality offered by open source software together with the benefits of getting high quality support from an organisation with a reputation for delivering high quality customer service.
Heather Buckley, Library Services Manager at Kettering, said, "Koha presented us with a cost effective solution which enabled us to provide access to the Catalogue to our wider community, this had previously been restricted to the hospital Intranet site. We have still yet to experience Koha's full potential but are satisfied we made the right choice".
Ian Bays, Project Director of PTFS Europe commented: "It was a delight to work with the staff at Kettering again. It was a challenge implementing the system in a very short timescale but I feel the project has been a great success."
About Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Kettering General Hospital is a medium-sized district general hospital which provides a wide range of services to about 300,000 people in North Northamptonshire. It became an NHS Trust in 1994 and a Foundation Trust in November 2008.
There has been a library at Kettering General Hospital since 1897; in 2006 the library celebrated both its 70th anniversary and its move to a new state of the art building spread across two floors. The library has a membership of 3,228 and a bookstock of 19,656. It now also encompasses a quiet room, easy seating area, a dedicated I.T. training suite, a large computer suite and a library garden.
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 management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation and training through to ongoing customer support.