Archive for March, 2013

Canadian Libraries Streamline Copyright Management with Ares E-Reserves


Sixteen academic institutions use Atlas Systems’ software to manage
electronic reserves and integrate course reserves with other campus systems

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA –March 22, 2013 – Fueled by the need to better manage copyright permissions, Canadian libraries are adopting the Ares e-reserves software at a steady rate, Atlas Systems and OCLC Canada announced today.  OCLC Canada has been distributing Atlas products since 2010 through its Cooperative Purchasing Program.

Ares integrates multiple systems, improves workflow, and streamlines requests for copyright permissions.  It also integrates well with other e-learning environments such as Blackboard, Moodle and Desire2Learn (D2L) and minimizes the need for staff training. Among the latest libraries to select Ares in Canada are Grant MacEwan University, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Queen’s University, University of Calgary, Ontario College of Art & Design and University of Winnipeg. A complete list of Canadian libraries licensing Ares can be found at

“Ares addresses multiple reserves challenges for Canadian libraries,” said Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. “By tracking interactions in a single system and streamlining workflow, institutions now have the flexibility to manage, track and pay copyright. Instructors also can access usage statistics on the Web, allowing instructors to more accurately evaluate reserve material selections and reduce requests for copyright permission.”

According to Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University, Ares has allowed the library to manage copyright on campus more efficiently and has enhanced its leadership role in ensuring a safe and legal teaching/learning environment for the University as a whole. “Students appreciate that all their readings are in one spot in Blackboard, and they get access to them at no additional cost,” said Lefebvre. “Faculty loves the service the library offers as all copyright checking, linking to electronic resources, and scanning are done by library staff. It makes their life easier,” she added.

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 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, please contact OCLC Canada by calling 1-888-658-6583, or by sending an e-mail to


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