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Press Release – Aeon Special Collections Software Experiences 66% Increase in Customer Base

Aeon Special Collections Software Experiences 66% Increase in Customer Base
Growth also seen in Atlas System’s e-reserve software sales and new staff positions

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – June 24, 2014 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, announced today the continued growth in sales for Aeon, its special collections management software, and for Ares, its e-reserve software. New staff positions and ILLiad, Ares, and Aeon product releases also were announced.

According to Dan Specht, CFO/VP Sales and Marketing, the user community for Aeon has grown by more than 66% from twenty-six institutions to forty-two. Institutions that have selected Aeon in the past six months include: Center for Jewish History (NY); Pennsylvania State University; Rockefeller Archive Center (NY); University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library; and University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library. Aeon 3.6, released in April, adds new photoduplication functionality as well as other customer-requested enhancements.

The Ares e-reserve user community also continues to expand with almost 100 institutions in the US and Canada currently using the software to enhance service to faculty and students and track and manage copyright. New licensees in the past six months include: Caldwell College (NJ); Concordia University (Canada); University of Portland (OR); Fordham University (NY); Hofstra University (NY); and University of San Diego. Ares 4.4, released June 23, 2014, supports shared reserve lists, among other new functionality added based on customer input.

To meet the needs of its growing customer base, Atlas has added five new staff members including two in customer training, two in IT, and one in administration.

In addition to the Ares and Aeon releases, ILLiad 8.5 for interlibrary loan was released June 1, 2014. This release delivers enhanced borrowing notifications in addition to changes needed to integrate with OCLC WorldShare ILL.

Commenting on the growth in Aeon sales, Specht said “We are gratified by the reception Aeon is receiving in the special collections and archives community. Aeon is increasingly seen as a standard and essential system for managing special collections and archives.” Aeon simultaneously provides benefits in three key areas: service, security, and statistics. The software can be integrated with ILLiad, Compendium’s KnowledgeTracker, OCLC CONTENTdm, Islandora, and other systems to increase overall efficiency in receiving and managing user requests.

Atlas Systems is exhibiting in booth 1023 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, June 27-30, 2014.

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


Dan Specht
CFO/VP for Sales and Marketing
Atlas Systems
(757) 467-7872 ext. 401

Now Available: ILLiad 8.5 Product Enhancements

Atlas Systems has announced the availability of ILLiad 8.5 for resource sharing management. According to Genie Powell, Chief Customer Officer, this release includes many features to improve staff processes.

Highlights of the release include:

  • Custom Flags to set aside specific items for special review or unique processing. Flags can be used in Borrowing, Lending, and Document Delivery.
  • Cloning Requests whether to the same user or another user. Cloning is possible in Borrowing, Lending, and Document Delivery.
  • OCLC statuses displayed in ILLiad have been updated to reflect the new statuses now used in OCLC WorldShare ILL.
  • Ability to convert articles to PDF before sending through Article Exchange. The “Send via Article Exchange” button now has a dropdown menu to allow staff to choose the sending format.

The release also includes fixes to approximately seventy known issues. Atlas is committed to being transparent about “bug fixes” and includes an itemized list in the ILLiad 8.5 Release Notes.

“Atlas Systems delivers a new release of ILLiad every year to continue to meet the changing needs of our customers,” said Powell. “ILLiad 8.5 offers some great new features that provide significant incentive to upgrade from older ILLiad versions.”

For more information see the ILLiad 8.5 Release Notes and the OCLC ILLiad Update information page.

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