Archive for January, 2012

Kerry Keegan joins Atlas Systems as Customer Service Agent

Atlas Systems is pleased to announce that Kerry Keegan will be joining the team as our newest Customer Service Agent on Monday, February 13, 2012. Kerry is not only the head of Access Services at SUNY Stony Brook Health Sciences Library but one of the IDS Project’s mentors.

Kerry joins our other talented agents that support Ares, Aeon and ILLiad, which is exciting on two levels. One of our Customer Service Agents, Shawn Styer, will be moving over to a new position in Training and Library Solutions over the next several months. Shawn will be able to do a lot of our technical custom services for users as well as training. As Shawn preps for this new position, we are able to hire Kerry to work with him and join the customer service team in his place. If you are a site who works primarily with Shawn, you’ll still be contacting him until Kerry is up to speed and we gradually transition her into that role. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to add Kerry to our team, while still keeping Shawn’s talents in another area of Atlas.

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master of Library and Information Studies from Queens College and will finish her Master of Professional Studies from SUNY Stony Brook this summer. She has experience running the Access Services department as well as supervising five professional FTEs and 20 students.

We are happy to have her as our newest team member! Feel free to contact her at to congratulate her.

SAA Annual Meeting

The SAA Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, CA, August 6-11, 2012.

Atlas Continues Strong Sales of Ares™ E-Reserves and Aeon™ Special Collections Management

More libraries selecting annual training subscriptions to stretch training budget

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – January 10, 2012 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, ended 2011 with a surge in sales for both Ares and Aeon. “Atlas is committed to developing and enhancing software solutions that help libraries meet and exceed the expectations of their users,” said Dan Specht, vice president for sales and marketing. “We continue to see growth in the adoption of Ares for e-reserves and Aeon for special collections as libraries look for ways to increase productivity and enhance customer service.”

Ares and Aeon will be demonstrated at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, January 20-23, 2012 in Booth #916. Ares 4.0, scheduled for release this spring, will be previewed at the booth and the User Group Meeting, Saturday January 21, 4:00-5:30 pm in the Dallas Convention Center, Room A124. New Aeon capabilities will be showcased at the User Group Meeting, Saturday January 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, OMNI – South Side 1.

Institutions that purchased Ares in the last half of 2011 include University of South Florida; Temple University (PA); Skidmore College (NY); American University (DC); University of Windsor (CAN); University of Victoria (CAN); Drexel University (PA); Harvard Kennedy School (MA); and University of Illinois.

New sites implementing Aeon include Claremont Colleges Library (CA); American Antiquarian Society (MA); and Duke University (NC).

Sales of annual training subscriptions also are increasing as libraries recognize the benefits of locking in training for the upcoming year. Librarians tell us it’s sometimes difficult to find money when they see a class they want to take,” Specht said. “With a training subscription, they have already paid and are guaranteed access to any live online class as well as receiving unlimited access to the video library of recorded training classes. The subscription is a great way to ensure staff will be able to take classes throughout the year.” Beginning in mid-2012, libraries will be able to subscribe separately to the Video Training Library with access to quick courses and multi-session classes. A Video Training Library subscription will cost $999.

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. Aeon automates all aspects of special collections public services, supporting online circulation, reproduction orders and reference requests. Aeon improves patron service and maximizes staff efficiency while providing unparalleled item tracking, security and statistics.

About Atlas Systems

For more than fifteen years, Atlas Systems has been exclusively dedicated to developing software, training and consulting solutions that enable libraries to transform their user services and maximize workflow efficiency. Atlas is best known for creating the ILLiad interlibrary loan management system now distributed exclusively by OCLC and used by more than 1,100 libraries worldwide. 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

Aeon: New Reports, Addons and More at ALA Midwinter

The special collections and archives community will have a chance to learn about new Aeon reports and addons and also help to prioritize enhancements for the spring 2012 release at the Aeon User Group Meeting in Dallas. Attending the User Group Meeting is an excellent way to hear from users how Aeon is working in their institutions.

Aeon User Group Meeting and Reception
Saturday, January 21, 6:00-7:30pm
Omni Dallas Hotel, South Side 1 meeting room (3rd floor)

All are welcome to attend the meeting. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served and there will be an informal Dutch-treat dinner afterwards at a nearby restaurant (please contact Christian Dupont for details and to RSVP at ). The dinner offers the chance to talk with current and prospective Aeon users in a relaxed, social environment—a great way to learn more!

If you are attending one of the RBMS committee meetings at the Sheraton ( or Fairmont ( hotels from 4:00pm-5:30pm, Christian will coordinate taxis for those who prefer not to walk (about a mile) or wait for a shuttle. The User Group Meeting will start with the reception to allow everyone to arrive and unwind before the meeting and presentations begin.

We hope to see you in Dallas! Even if you can’t attend the user group meeting or dinner, please stop by Booth #916 and say hello.

Exciting Ares Changes to be Demoed at ALA Midwinter

Are you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas? If so, take the opportunity to see the dramatic changes we’re making to Ares e-reserves in version 4.0. We’ll be showcasing the ways Ares 4.0 is bringing ILLiad and Ares closer with addons, the new client interface and the course export to Excel capabilities at our User Group meeting and in Booth #916.

We’d also like to invite you to join us for dinner following the User Group Meeting. Both are excellent ways to hear from users about how Ares is working in their institutions. The dinner offers the chance to talk with Ares users as well as prospective users in a relaxed, social environment—you can learn a lot that way!

Here are the specifics:
Ares User Group Meeting
Saturday, January 21, 4:00-5:30pm
Dallas Convention Center, Room A124

Ares Group Dinner
Saturday, January 21, 7:00pm

Please contact Rich Stryker at if you can join us for dinner—he’ll forward the location details.

We hope to see you in Dallas! Even if you can’t attend the dinner or the User Group, please stop by Booth #916 and say hello.

New Video Training Library to Debut at ALA Midwinter

Happy New Year! We hope 2012 will be a good year for you and your library.

If you’re starting the year off with a trip to Dallas for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, be sure to put visiting the Atlas Booth #916 on your agenda. We’re previewing our new Video Training Library that provides unlimited access to both quick courses and multi-session classes (works great on iPads, too!). At the booth, enter our drawing to win a 6-month free Advanced Access Pass.

Atlas Training and Library Solutions staff will be at the booth throughout the conference. Stop by to talk about a workflow tune-up, an annual training subscription (a fantastic deal at $1799), our new GIST Implementation Services, or just to say hi!

See you in Dallas, Booth #916!

Welcome University of Illinois!

Atlas Systems is pleased to welcome the University of Illinois as the newest member of our growing Ares family.
We look forward to working with them to meet all of their future reserves challenges!

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