Archive for January, 2011

Midwinter ALA Recap

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Genie Powell

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who visited us in San Diego. Our booth was the place to be! The Aeon and Ares users groups continue to grow and provide great interaction and information. And . . . the winner of the One Year Atlas Training Subscription is Michigan State University. Congratulations Michigan State!

ILLiad Conference Registration Open

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by Genie Powell

You can now register for the 2011 ILLiad International Conference online!

The conference is March 23-25, 2011 (pre-conference on 23rd, conference on 24th and 25th) this year in sunny Virginia Beach, VA at the Hilton Oceanfront.

We are pleased to offer a variety of new topics for both the pre-conference and conference sessions this year as well as the same conveniences and features you’ve enjoyed in past years like shuttles to and from the airport and a wine and cheese social.

Check out the conference sessions to see what is offered and then register to sign up for sessions.

You can also see more details about the conference to assist with travel and other planning. As always you can contact us at or call Marilee Glover at 800-567-7401 x205.

“The Oracle” Is Available!

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by Genie Powell

We’ve just released the winter issue of our semi-annual newsletter, The Oracle.
It’s loaded with informative and exciting information, and can be downloaded as a pdf file by clicking here.

Inside The Oracle:

  • Atlas at ALA Midwinter in San Diego
  • 2011 ILLiad International Conference
  • Change or Perish: Implementing Aeon in the University of South Florida Tampa Library’s Special Collections
  • New from Atlas! The ILLiad Tune-Up

Atlas Welcomes New Ares Licensees

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by Genie Powell

As we welcome the new year, we’d also like to acknowledge and welcome the following institutions to our Ares family:

  • Samuel Merritt University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Colorado State University

We look forward to working with you!

Atlas Welcomes New Aeon Licensees

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by Genie Powell

2010 was an exciting time for Atlas!

We added the following institutions to our Aeon family during the final quarter of the year:

  • East Carolina University
  • National Maritime Museum
  • University of Kansas

We look forward to working with you!

Atlas Announces New Release of Aeon, New Customers

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by Genie Powell

Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, has announced the release of a substantially enhanced version of its Aeon software for managing special collections and archives. Key features of the new Aeon 3.0 release include an online credit card payment gateway for duplication orders, addon architecture to facilitate customized integration with external data sources, and a powerful new reporting platform to help libraries assess collection usage and make data-driven management decisions.

Introduced in 2008, Aeon enhances special collections user services by offering researchers the convenience of automated online requesting through a personalized web account. Aeon maximizes staff efficiency while providing unparalleled item tracking, security and statistics.

New Aeon licensees include the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich, UK), University of Georgia, East Carolina University, and the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. This fall, the Harvard College Library at Harvard University implemented Aeon at the Houghton Library for rare books and manuscripts and Harvard Map Collection. Additional Harvard College Library special collections will be added in the coming months.

The University of Georgia will implement Aeon in conjunction with the opening of its new special collections libraries building in late 2011. According to Dr. Toby Graham, deputy university librarian and director of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, “Aeon will promote the security of the university’s most valuable historical materials by providing a system to track the locations of items as they make their way from the high-density storage vault to reading rooms, exhibit galleries, and staff work areas.”

Regarding East Carolina University’s decision to adopt Aeon, Maury York, Assistant Director for Special Collections, commented that he wants to “reduce the appalling amount of paperwork associated with registering patrons and keeping track of collections used in Special Collections, and to reduce the time associated with compiling statistics.” He added that Aeon will “also aid us in collecting money for copy and scanning orders.”

Highlights of Aeon 3.0

  • Online Credit Card Payments. Users can pay invoices directly and securely from their Aeon web accounts using credit cards. Users also can clone their reading room requests as the basis for duplication orders.
  • Open Addon Architecture. A new addon scripting architecture facilitates the creation of custom buttons, menu actions and subforms in the Aeon staff client application. Like web browser plugins, addons make it easy to extend Aeon’s functionality by interfacing with other data sources, such as content management systems like the Archivists’ Toolkit or offsite storage systems like Generation Fifth Applications’ Library Archival System (GFA-LAS).
  • New Reporting Platform. A new report building platform based on Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) enables staff to schedule reports to run and deliver results automatically in a variety of file formats, including email. Atlas will build custom reports upon request for current customers.
  • Enhanced Reading Room Management. Users can be assigned to a customizable list of reading rooms and seating locations. New user records can be set to expire after a specified number of days. Existing cleared users can also be reset to a new or uncleared status, prompting them to review and update their account information upon their next login.
  • Unicode Compliance. The user web interface and staff client now accept and display CJK, Hebrew, Arabic and other non-Western character sets as well as Extended Latin.

Distributing addons with pre-defined layouts

With the ability to add multiple controls to an addon form, addon authors now face the challenge of designing the user interface and ensuring that the UI design is the same when another user installs their addon. While UI design is never easy, the Customize Layout feature that exists takes some of the pain away. All addon forms are capable of layout customizations. A simple right click on the addon form will allow a user to customize the layout. After addon developers create the components they’ll need in their addon script, they can save a layout to an xml file in their local addon path which can be distributed with their addon. (more…)

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