Scotland’s national conservatoire, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland selects the Koha open source library management system for its library, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe and the Explorit Everywhere! discovery system supplied by DeepWeb Technologies.


By PTFS-Europe

15th March 2017 | Press Release

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked third in the world for performing arts education, has chosen Koha for its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Capita. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The Royal Conservatoire has also selected Explorit Everywhere! to provide a single search for electronic resources.

The Koha library management system is a completely web-based application for staff and end-users. The system comprises core modules: acquisitions with EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and comprehensive reporting functionality. The Koha online catalogue (OPAC) offers excellent search capabilities together with a full range of personalisation services. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to develop meeting the changing needs of libraries and their users.

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The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Based in the heart of Glasgow, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is ranked third in the world for performing arts education (QS rankings) and is ranked number one in Scotland for graduate employability, endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.

In 2017, the Royal Conservatoire is celebrating its 170th anniversary and throughout the year, the institution will host a series of performances and special events recognising its rich history and world class reputation for performing arts education.

Supporting learning, teaching & research across the Royal Conservatoire’s trans-disciplinary and innovative curriculum, the Whittaker Library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of performance materials for music, dance, drama, production and film in the UK and internationally.

Caroline Cochrane, Head of Information Services at RCS, said:

“Deciding to move to the Koha Open Source platform, with hosting and support from PTFS Europe, offers us a cost-effective solution which meets our business requirements. Koha also allows us to offer our students an integrated search experience with Explorit Everywhere! –which will enhance the discoverability of our many resources and deliver to our learning community a more accessible and digitally enabled environment”.

Nick Dimant, Managing Director at PTFS Europe added

“We are delighted that the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has chosen the Koha system and we welcome them as new customers.  They will be joining our well established base of customers from all library sectors in the UK hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.”



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