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Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

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Executive Leadership

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John Yokley
Chief Executive Officer
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Tony Berkant
Chief Finnancial Officer
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Rob Waldman
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
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Jennifer Black
Director, Technical Assistance Center
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Patrick Jones
Director of Library Solutions and Services

Company Ownership

Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc. is privately owned.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for PTFS

Personnel employed

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Documents or articles featuring PTFS

. K-Int, KE Software and PTFS Europe collaborate in Royal Armouries' accessibility project. October 28, 2013. . As part of a major project aimed at improving the content and access to its collection management, archive and library systems, Royal Armouries has chosen K-INT, KE Software and PTFS Europe to help deliver this key project. K-INT will be providing the CIIM discovery layer, KE Software will be delivering the EMu collections management system and PTFS Europe will be implementing and hosting the Koha library management system.

Breeding, Marshall. Reshaping the Open Source ILS Sector. May 2010. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Several developments transpired over recent weeks related to the open source Koha ILS that reshape the niche of the library automation industry. Through its acquisition of LibLime, PTFS emerges as the dominant commercial support company for Koha. Equinox Software represents new competition as it expands its scope of interest beyond the Evergreen ILS to Koha. ByWater Solutions, though a small firm, continues to attract clients for Koha services and completed its first year of business. The rift between LibLime and external Koha developers continues. Those involved with Koha outside of Lib- Lime recently established a separate Web presence.

Breeding, Marshall. LibLime Launches LibLime Enterprise Koha, or, Rift Splits the Koha Development Community. November 2009. Smart Libraries Newsletter. LibLime has launched an enhanced version of the open source Koha ILS, called LibLimeEnterprise Koha (LLEK), hosted on a highly-scaleable platform and designed to offer abroader set of functionality with high reliability and fast performance. LLEK makes useof Amazon’s platform-as-a-service cloud computing infrastructure. LibLime’s launch of a private hosted version, though legally compliant with GPL, has enraged the other companies involved with Koha. Deep animosity now exists between LibLime and the other companies and individuals involved in the support and development of Koha. The prevailing view among the developers external to LibLime is that there has been a fork in Koha development, a state where multiple independent versions split apart with significant variations.

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News Announcements

June 18, 2024. Knowvation now on FedRAMP Marketplace. PTFS announced that Knowvation, a leading content services platform and document intelligence solution, is now “In Process” on the FedRAMP Marketplace for Moderate Impact Level systems. Moderate Impact systems account for nearly 80% of Federal agency FedRAMP requirements.

April 23, 2024. Knowvation by PTFS assessed Awardable for Department of Defense work in the CDAO's Tradewinds Solutions Marketplace. Knowvation, a leading content services platform and document intelligence solution, announced that it has achieved “Awardable” status through the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office's Tradewinds Solutions Marketplace. Tradewinds Solutions Marketplace is the premier offering of Tradewinds, the Department of Defense's suite of tools and services designed to accelerate the procurement and adoption of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (ML), data, and analytics capabilities.

August 26, 2021. Three public libraries begin using Bibliovation 7.0 in production. Three federal government public libraries have gone live using a hosted offering of the Bibliovation 7.0 Library Services Platform. One library is in Illinois, one in Louisiana, and one in Washington. These three institutions are now using Bibliovation 7.0 to manage physical and electronic resources as they serve their respective communities. The migration for all three libraries took place during the early summer and all three went in the first weeks of August. The library staffs are now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. The users of the three libraries are accessing their collections and related resources using the Bibliovation Discovery Layer.

May 28, 2021. Two U.S. Government Libraries go live using Bibliovation 7.0. Two federal government libraries with a shared mission – one in Virginia and one in Texas — have joined to form a union catalog and have gone live using the Bibliovation 7.0 Library Services Platform. These two libraries will be using Bibliovation 7.0 to manage physical and electronic resources as they serve their respective communities. The bibliographic records of both libraries were merged and deduplicated to form this shared catalog and both libraries are now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based solution.

January 19, 2021. PTFS Partner GPO Maintains ISO Certification. The U.S. Government Publishing Office has made history by becoming the only organization to maintain the highest global standard of excellence for digital repositories. This makes govinfo the only ISO Certified Trustworthy Digital Repository In the world.

September 12, 2017. Utah Department of Transportation awards PTFS contract to use Knowvation GS as enterprise Geospatial Content Management System. Progressive Technology Federal Systems announced that it received a contract award from Utah Department of Transportation for its flagship Knowvation GS Geospatial Content Management Systems.

June 21, 2016. PTFS integrates Knowvation GS with ClearTerra LocateXT technology and will showcase at the Esri User Conference in San Diego June 28 – 30, 2016. Progressive Technology Federal Systems announced that it has integrated ClearTerra LocateXT software with its flagship Knowvation GS Geospatial Content Management Systems to enhance Knowvation’s ability to geotag unstructured text.

May 7, 2016. PTFS' Release of Knowvation GS Version 5.5 at GEOINT 2016. Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc, a provider of Enterprise Content Management solutions, has released version 5.5 of its flagship product line, Knowvation GS. PTFS will showcase the enhanced Knowvation GS offering in booth #415 at the GEOINT 2016 Symposium being held May 15-18 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. PTFS will demonstrate the critical role the product can play in mission areas such as Disaster and Emergency Response.

March 23, 2016. PTFS Supports GPO's Move to Cloud Technology with Library Community Websites. Progressive Technology Federal Systems announced that, working under contract with the U.S. Government Publishing Office and using Amazon Web Service, it has completed transitioning GPO's Integrated Library System public websites to the cloud. As GPO continues to embrace digital technological innovation, this move supports the White House's Federal Cloud First policy that encourages agencies to take advantage of cloud computing opportunities.

September 29, 2015. PTFS to attend ASPRS UAS Mapping Conference in Reno, Nevada. Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc, will showcase their Droneware and Knowvation GS Geospatial Content Management System (GeoCMS) software at the ASPRS UAS Mapping Technical Symposium on September 29-30. 2015 in Reno, Nevada. Droneware and Knowvation GS facilitate the storage, discovery and dissemination of virtually any type of sensor data captured by a UAS or UAV.

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Corporate Chronology

Mar 15, 2010 PTFS acquires LibLime from Metavore, Inc.
PTFS, an industry-leading library solutions provider and developer of the ArchivalWare digital library and content management software, has acquired LibLime, the global leader in open-source software solutions for libraries. Combining the PTFS and Liblime Koha operations will bring nearly 150 organizations totaling over 700 libraries into the PTFS Koha customer support group. The acquisition establishes PTFS as the world’s largest company providing open-source ILS solutions for libraries.

Nov 2007 PTFS Europe founded by Nick Dimant and Jonathan Field as distributor for ArchivalWare
Nick Dimant (Managing Director) and Jonathan Field (Technical Director) announced the launch of PTFS Europe, a company formed to distribute and support the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital arching solutions in North America. The flagship PTFS product is ArchivalWare, a web-based, full-text search and retrieval system for digital libraries.

Feb 22, 2007 LibLime acquires Katipo Communications' Koha Division
LibLime acquires Katipo Communications' Koha Division, the organization that originally created Koha for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand.

Jan 2005 LibLime founded
LibLime founded by former staff from Nelsonville Public Library.

1996 Katipo Communications founded by Rachel Hamilton-Williams

1995 Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc. co-founded by John Yokley and Todd Glass

Annual Accomplishments Statements

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2022 PTFS Accomplishments Narrative

Bibliovation 7.4 was released in 2022 and included support for many new features and enhancements. New enhancements included increased PayPal integration, NCIP improvements, new functionality in the offline circulation module, new reports and enhancements to the reporting module, improvements to Lexile searching and filtering, adding the ability to seamlessly export MARC authority records, adding additional configurability for self-edits of patron data, recall rules improvements, and many other features, new functionality and patron facing advances.

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