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E-Reserves Virtual Seminar to Address Streaming Media, Copyright

Free online seminar slated for November 2-3

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – October 19, 2011 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, is hosting its second annual Ares™ Virtual Seminar for the e-reserves community on November 2-3, 2011 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT each day. Attendance is free and open to anyone interested in the electronic management of course reserves. Details on the seminar and registration information are available here.

Day One programs include an introduction to the Ares E-Reserves system and a session on the legality and logistics of streaming media reserves in the academic library. Day Two programs include tips on evaluating e-reserve systems, managing copyright processing in Ares, and a preview of Ares 4.0.

“The great response we had to our 2010 Ares Virtual Seminar showed there is a need for this type of free online event devoted to the challenges of managing e-reserves,” said Rich Stryker, Ares Product Liaison. “This year’s seminar will offer tips for those in the trenches as well as information for those looking to streamline their processes with an e-reserves management system.”

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.

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 www.atlas-sys.com, email ares@atlas-sys.com or call Rich Stryker at 757-467-7872 ext 210.

Atlas Systems to Offer ILLiad Users GIST Planning and Implementation

New partnership with IDS Project and GIST Team at SUNY Geneseo will benefit resource sharing community

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – October 5, 2011 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, has announced an agreement with the Information Delivery Services Project (IDS) to provide training to any ILLiad user who is interested in implementing the Getting It System Toolkit (GIST). GIST merges and streamlines Acquisitions and ILL request workflows using ILLiad, leveraging systems to do more work while reducing the staff time necessary to make informed decisions and process materials.

Atlas developed the ILLiad Resource Sharing Management Software which is now distributed exclusively by OCLC. GIST was developed by the GIST Team at SUNY Geneseo and is partially funded by a grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council.

According to Ed Rivenburgh, IDS Project Director, “We are seeing interest in GIST from ILLiad users around the country and even outside the U.S. Providing the support and training for all these libraries is beyond the scope of what IDS can manage. Atlas has been a terrific partner for us and, because they are the developers of ILLiad, they are the logical people to help us maintain high standards for resource sharing by working with GIST users. We are delighted that they will be playing an active role in helping IDS fulfill our mission to advance the sharing of library resources through collaboration, innovation, and efficiency.”

Under the terms of the agreement Atlas will offer training and support for GIST implementation to any ILLiad user. “Atlas Systems recognizes the tremendous value GIST provides to the resource sharing community and we welcome the opportunity to help IDS serve GIST users wherever they are,” said Stephanie Spires, Atlas Training & Library Solutions Manager. “Not all libraries have the technical expertise to implement GIST. Atlas can bridge this technical gap by incorporating GIST Implementation Services into our training lineup. We can help libraries develop a project plan and then implement and support it.”

Jason Glover, Atlas Systems president and CEO, added “IDS Project and the GIST Team have done a tremendous job in enhancing resource sharing and developing GIST to integrate with ILLiad. Atlas is pleased to give back to them both monetarily and operationally to extend GIST implementation around the globe.”

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 www.atlas-sys.com.

About IDS Project

IDS Project is a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative within New York State whose members include public and private academic libraries, the New York Public Library, and the New York State Library. Developed and maintained at the State University of New York at Geneseo, IDS Project is an openly-shared, multifaceted, resource-sharing management system that provides its members with a platform from which to efficiently and effectively maximize mutual, speedy access to each others’ holdings as well as to resources outside the system. For more information visit http://idsproject.org/About/AboutUs.aspx.

About the GIST Team at SUNY Geneseo

Tim Bowersox, Information Delivery Services Librarian

Cyril Oberlander, Interim Director

Kate Pitcher, Head of Technical Services

Mark Sullivan, Library Systems Administrator

Details about GIST can be found at http://gist.idsproject.org/.

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