Armenian Institute chooses Koha

By Fiona Borthwick

4th January 2024 | Koha

Armenian Institute has chosen Koha as its new Library Management System, to replace the previous manual cataloguing system. 

PTFS Europe has  implemented the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services to Armenian Institute to ensure its success in supporting these collections into the future.


Koha Library Management System


With over 15,000 systems worldwide, Koha is one of the most widely used Library Management Systems (LMS) in the world. Koha is entirely web-based for both staff and public functions. This helps make the system light, easy to use, easy to deploy and easy to manage.

Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloguing, acquisitions, serials, course reserves, user management, inter library loans, and more.

Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian, Armenian Institute’s Librarian and Research Advisor says: 

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Armenian Institute has selected Koha as its Library Management System (LMS) after extensive market research. This choice empowers us to digitise, catalogue, and make our library collection accessible online for scholars, researchers and the general public. We are delighted with the flexibility of Koha concerning support and implementation. Additionally, the system is scalable, user-friendly, and intuitive, accommodating various non-Roman scripts, including Armenian, Russian, Arabic, and more, which is perfect for our multilingual collection.

Fiona Borthwick, Head of Sales and Account Management at PTFS Europe says:

We are delighted to welcome the Armenian Institute as a new PTFS Europe customer. As part of our growing community of specialist libraries using Koha, the Armenian Institute’s wonderful collection can now easily be accessed through their Koha library catalogue. The implementation of Koha will support the Institute’s continued collection growth and development.

PTFS Europe is thrilled to supply the Koha library solution to the Armenian Institute. We look forward to seeing how the library team leverages the system to further highlight their unique offerings. 

About PTFS Europe 


PTFS Europe has a vision to make technology easy for libraries. We focus on enabling library users through high quality open source software solutions. Our way of working is characterised by listening, finding solutions, reliable delivery and above all open communication. Our highly skilled team has a friendly and approachable style in delivering our quality implementation and support services.

The reason so many people like working with us is that we solve problems, we don’t sell software. We listen, find solutions and commit to deliver these solutions for our customers as part of our complete managed service and support package. As an ISO27001 accredited company, our customers can rely on the quality and integrity of the support we provide. 

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Any questions? Please contact Fiona Borthwick [email protected]


About Armenian Institute


The Armenian Institute creates a space to meet and discuss, be entertained by world-class artists, listen to authors, academics, journalists speak about their latest work. We initiate and organise and are stimulated and inspired by masterclasses, interactive workshops, films, exhibitions and performances. Our language classes in East and West variants of Armenian draw an average of 55 students annually and we also produce important publications such as the children’s book, Who Are the Armenians? and most recently, the re-publication of Leon Surmelian’s I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen. We publish a magazine, Zanazan and run a series of podcasts, Zanazan Sounds.

The Institute Library includes over 8000 volumes and collections of serials on Armenia, the diaspora and neighbouring peoples and countries. The core of the library is the collections of Charles Dowsett, the first Professor of Armenian Studies at Oxford, the historian Christopher J Walker, the chronicler of British Armenians Joan George, the author and translator Mischa Kudian and the personal papers of David Miller, the first British resident ambassador in Armenia. The magnificent Dowsett Collection, comprising 4000 books contains, scholarly and rare publications in Armenian, Georgian, Ottoman Turkish and most European languages. The Armenian Institute Library & Collection is a treasure trove of books about Armenia, Armenians, and their neighbours, old and new.



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