Archive for March, 2012

RUSA’s Annual Conference travel grant for new ILL practitioners awarded to Natalie D. Beam

CHICAGO — Natalie D. Beam, head of access services at University of Hawaii, Hilo, is the 2012 winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award — a competitive ALA Annual Conference travel grant for librarians new to the field of interlibrary loan.

The award, which is generously sponsored by Atlas Systems and RUSA’s Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS), provides $1,250 in travel funds to a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing.

“The committee was blessed with the problem of many worthy nominees and we selected Natalie because her petition demonstrated a commitment to improving her library’s services to both internal and external users and an eagerness to make a difference at her organization,” said Collette Mak, award committee chair. “Natalie identified several specific goals that she could implement more quickly with a mentor, and her energy and enthusiasm showed clearly through her essay.”

Beam, who has a MLIS from San Jose State University, will receive her award, a $1,250 cash prize, at the RUSA Awards Reception, scheduled for 5 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 as a part of RUSA’s events at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The exact location of this event will be announced in late spring. For more information, visit RUSA’s website or the Annual Conference website.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about the association at

ILLiad Conference Apps Now Available for iOS and Android!

Attending the 2012 ILLiad Conference? Use the new ILLiad Conference app to stay informed on conference Twitter posts, view your personal schedule, and keep track of conference resources . . . all from your iOS or Android device.

Along with the #ILLiad12 Twitter feed you’ll find a display of the conference schedule including session lists and indicators to show your sessions as well as sessions that have reached capacity. There is also an info page with general conference information including bus/trolley schedules and links to local dining options.

Have the iPhone or iPad? Download the #ILLiad12 Conference universal app for iOS!

Have an Android device? Download the #ILLiad12 Conference app from Google: or Amazon:

Atlas Staff Participate in GiveCamp

Software Developers Create CRM for Richmond Charity

During the weekend of February 25-26, 2012, Dustin Stokes, Atlas Senior Software Developer, and Travis Stokes, Atlas Software Developer, participated in GiveCamp in Richmond, VA to help a local charity solve a serious data management challenge. GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the GiveCamp program has provided benefits to hundreds of charities, worth millions of dollars of developer and designer time in services.

Travis and Dustin were assigned to Homeward, the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond region. Homeward needed a custom CRM system to meet multiple needs: organize donor and volunteer data; manage fundraising events and campaigns; and track their grant acquisition process. According to Dustin, Homeward was using an Access database to track donor information. Volunteers were tracked in Excel spreadsheets with a separate spreadsheet generated for each event by a 3rd party volunteer registration system. Fundraising event and fundraising campaign details were being managed without any specific software solution at all.

In roughly two days, a team of four was able to build Homeward a full-featured CRM system to accomplish everything they asked for and more. The new system provides communication tracking, task and deadline management, electronic document management, and record change tracking. The team was able to import all of Homeward’s existing data and developed a custom application to facilitate the import of Excel spreadsheets generated for future events by their 3rd party solution. The most important feature the new system provides is the ability to run custom reports across the entirety of the data collected by their organization rather than just reporting about the disparate segments of data as they were doing before.

“This was an amazing experience for Travis and me,” said Dustin. “It was really rewarding to give Homeward the tools they need to better manage and track their donations, fundraising and volunteer hours. The experience also gave us the opportunity to enhance our software development knowledge by building the CRM on the platform, which was a new-to-us tool.”

Travis added, “We really appreciate Atlas covering our expenses for the weekend so that we could participate in this charity event. It gave us a great opportunity to introduce our company to new people and expand our visibility in our own backyard.”

Atlas Systems maintains a dynamic outreach program that encompasses volunteerism, corporate giving and cause marketing. Both the company and its employees actively strive to make a positive impact in our industry, our communities and our world.

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