Archive for April, 2011

Atlas Systems Offers Ares™ E-Reserves Group Pricing to NYSHEI

New York State Higher Education Initiative members to benefit from consortial agreement

Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, has announced an agreement with the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI) to make the Ares e-reserves management software available to NYSHEI members at an attractive consortial discount. NYSHEI represents nearly 150 public and private, academic and research libraries.

According to Dan Specht, Atlas Systems’ Chief Financial Officer, the agreement with NYSHEI restores to New York institutions a group purchasing program that was lost with the recent shutdown of NYLINK. “This agreement with NYSHEI retains the previous NYLINK pricing and includes the flexibility to increase the consortial discount as NYSHEI membership grows,” said Specht. “Atlas is pleased to have the opportunity to offer this discount to New York libraries, especially during these tight budget times.”

NYSHEI Director Jason Kramer commented, “We are always looking for ways to extend the services we provide to our members. Leveraging the size of our group into this consortial offering with Atlas Systems for their Ares software is a great example of what we can accomplish together.”

The Ares system automates library reserve services and provides robust copyright management, integration with a variety of e-Learning environments, and the ability to accept a wide variety of file formats. With Ares, faculty can manage their own reserve lists any time and anywhere through a user-friendly web interface. Students have 24/7 access to electronic reserves, with the ability to receive email or RSS feed notifications when faculty post reserve items. Reserve staff can create and edit classes, as well as post and remove reserve items.


About Atlas Systems

Atlas Systems is a software development company founded in July 1995 with the mission of developing library automation to “promote library excellence through efficiency.” Atlas is best known for the ILLiad Resource Sharing Management Software, in use in over 1,100 libraries and now distributed exclusively by OCLC. Focused on bringing the benefits of automation to library processes that have not been addressed by other software services, Atlas has introduced Ares, an electronic reserves solution, and Aeon, an online request and workflow management system specifically designed for special collections libraries and archives. For more information, visit



NYSHEI was founded by a joint collaboration of the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY), the NY State Education Department (SED), and a collection of leading independent colleges and universities. NYSHEI is the largest organization of its type in the nation. It is also the only statewide organization exclusively for all public and private academic and research libraries. NYSHEI strives to strengthen New York State as an innovation leader in research and business by providing statewide access to the digital information resources needed by college and university students and faculty, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. NYSHEI institutions range from the top research institutions in the world, to more than 30 two-year community colleges. For more information, visit

ILLiad 8.1 available

The much anticipated ILLiad version 8.1 is now available for installation!

Remember, that this release requires a server update versus only a client update, so if you are hosted you need to contact either OCLC or Atlas to schedule your server update.

Once your server has been updated, your ILLiad clients will automatically see that your server is updated and prompt you to install ILLiad 8.1. Your 7.4 clients will no longer function once your server is updated to 8.1.

I highly recommend reviewing the ILLiad 8.1 Release Notes.

Note that with this server update, we are also pushing out an client update. If you are on, the only difference is that knows how to find and update to 8.1.

If you have further questions about the update, please contact OCLC support at 800-848-5800 or

ILLiad Conference Recap

the water

Another successful ILLiad International conference has come and gone and we’re delighted with how it turned out. Thank you to the 341 who attended and we hope to see many of you again next year!

If you were unable to attend or would like to see the notes from sessions, you can get to the handouts from each session of the conference from the Conference Sessions page. Note that we only provide handouts for the conference sessions and not for the pre-conference sessions. Also, we are still waiting on some to come in so check back often.

We also took several pictures that week and have posted them on Flickr and Facebook. If you see a picture of yourself that you can’t bear to remain public, just email Genie and we can take it down. But we tried to find only flattering photos of everyone.

Remember that if you want to share your contact information with other attendees, log in to your conference account and make sure the ‘Check here if we may share your information’ box is checked. If this box is checked, your name will appear on the attendee list. To access the attendee list, log in to the conference page and click on ‘Attendee List’ on the left menu.

And remember to save the date for next year! The 2012 ILLiad International Conference will be held March 21-23, 2012 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Calls for presentations and poster sessions will go out in October of this year.

An ACRL Recap

Thanks to everyone who stopped in to see us at ACRL – it was quite a crowd! Now that we’re back, we’re working to follow up with you all promptly.

Special thanks to Emily Batista from the University of Pennsylvania – the winner of our “tell us you got the email” drawing. We’ll be sending Emily an iPod Touch and a $50 Amazon Gift Card (the gift card is courtesy of CCC). As you may have guessed from the “theme” of this giveaway, we’re looking for feedback on how to best keep in touch with our growing and diverse group of users. We received great comments at ACRL and are still working to finalize details, but will have it locked down soon.

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