Worcestershire and Herefordshire Health Libraries have chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace their existing Unicorn system.
Badged as HAWKS (Herefordshire and Worcestershire Knowledge Services), the on-line catalogue is at www.hawks.nhs.uk. PTFS Europe are carrying out the initial implementation and providing ongoing support. The system is hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Manchester.
Koha Library Management System
With Koha, library staff access to the system 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, commenting and public and private lists.
Key to the success of this project are the full range of implementation services provided by PTFS Europe, these include; training, data conversion, project management, server hosting and on-going annual support. Working with PTFS provides the freedom and functionality of open source software together with the benefits of receiving high quality customer support.
Margaret Rowley, Head of Knowledge Management with Worcestershire Health ICT Services, said "As many of our users are not able to come into our four physical library sites, we need a library management system that is flexible and allows them easy access to our services remotely. Koha's use of web 2.0 technologies and its ability to harness new technologies as they come on stream is an ideal solution for us. Koha also provides a user friendly system both in terms of the needs of library staff and our users.
It also facilitates our co-operative working with Herefordshire Health Libraries."
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe said "We look forward to working with the health library teams in Worcestershire and Herefordshire and also to see more health libraries join our growing community of users.
The changing economic climate emphasises even more the benefits of the combination of modern technology and value for money that can be achieved by moving to Koha."
About Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health Libraries.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health Libraries provide library and knowledge services to all staff working in the NHS and public sector health and care services across the two counties.
Worcestershire Health Libraries operate four library sites and outreach services to staff in Worcestershire. The service also contributes to the development of information services to patients in co-operation with the public library service and patient advisory services. Herefordshire Clinical Library Service is centrally based at Hereford County Hospital but provides services to all NHS sites in the county.
Both services support evidence based practice by providing access to up to date and multidisciplinary book collections, print and electronic journals, IT and study facilities, literature searching, and information skills training. By combining stock records and book issuing systems through the Koha Library Management System the two services are able to provide a more cost effective and efficient service.
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 library. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of implementation services, ranging from installation, configuration, data conversion, software development and training through to ongoing hosting and customer support.