London, 13th June 2012. As part of a major enhancement of its service, Chesterfield College is to implement the Koha Open Source Library Management System. PTFS Europe will be carrying out the migration from their existing Horizon library management system and providing ongoing hosting and support services.
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 capability, the OPAC offers a range of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 facilities such as tagging, commenting and public and private lists.
Mary Dawson, Director of Information Services, Chesterfield College explains, "After careful consideration of all the options, we have decided to go with open source Koha for our new library management system. Koha offers all the functionality and freedom we need and is backed up by a proactive user-community ensuring that the product remains up-to-date."
"From a financial perspective, the fact we avoid being tied-in to a proprietary vendor for ongoing support is an important consideration.
Having decided to go with Koha, the choice of PTFS Europe to manage our data migration, technical support and training was straightforward: they have the expertise and experience to give us complete confidence in the timely and successful delivery of the project."
"At the end of the day we're all about providing an efficient and reliable service to our students and choosing Koha and PTFS Europe allows us to do this."
Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added "We are delighted to gain our first College of Further Education customer and look forward to working with the team at Chesterfield College to ensure this project is a great success."
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems and the RebusList reading list management system as well as distributing and supporting the ArchivalWare range of products from PTFS Inc in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide full implementation services, including installation, configuration, data conversion, software development and training through to ongoing hosting and customer support.