Enhancements include functionality familiar to ILLiad users
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – June 13, 2012 – Following successful beta tests at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, version 4.0 of the Ares e-reserves management system is now in general release, announced Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries. The Ares system automates library reserve services, provides around-the-clock access to reserves collections, includes integrated copyright management services, and saves time for faculty members and library staff.
Ares 4.0 will be showcased in the Atlas Booth #2206 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. More information is available at http://www.atlas-sys.com/ares/.
Highlights of Ares 4.0 include:
• Expanded use of addons to facilitate accepting data from other systems (e.g., a library’s catalog, proprietary journal databases, Google Scholar or Amazon.com)
• Enhanced copyright functionality, including the option to go direct to the publisher/individual rights holder
• Use of flags to define item status (e.g., needs copyright processing)
• Streamlined integration with external e-learning systems (Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, Sakai)
Additionally, Ares 4.0 has been designed to mirror the look and feel of the ILLiad resource sharing management software, developed by Atlas Systems and distributed by OCLC. “We know there is a great deal of crossover between ILL and reserves staff,” said Dan Specht, Atlas chief financial officer and vice president of marketing and sales. “The changes we’ve made to Ares will make it easier for institutions to cross-train staff who use ILLiad since the look and feel of the two systems are now the same.”
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 www.atlas-sys.com.