Archive for July, 2014

Libraries Sign On for Atlas Concierge Service

Subscription provides expert help with every day and special projects

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – July 14, 2014 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, announced today that since its introduction a year ago the Concierge service has been adopted by thirteen institutions. Concierge provides the expert help staff may need when they don’t have the time or expertise to complete projects. Concierge is available for ILLiad, Ares, and Aeon.

The following institutions now subscribe to Concierge:

Concierge for Access Services (ILLiad and Ares)
University of Wisconsin Platteville
Utica College
The Citadel-Daniel Library
Slippery Rock University
University of Maryland
University of Pennsylvania (PAU)
University of Illinois
Mount Holyoke College
Texas A&M University (Evans Library)
New Mexico State Library
Virginia Commonwealth University

Aeon Concierge
University of Pennsylvania
Rockefeller Archive Center

“We developed Concierge based on input from our customers who wanted a service they could access when and where they needed help,” said Stephanie Spires, chief service officer. “With Concierge they receive personalized consultation on new versions of Atlas software, technical and editing help with their web pages, an onsite Tune-up every two years, and more. As a subscriber, they get the help they need from an Atlas staff expert who knows their library.”

Spires said that Atlas is committed to providing Ares and Aeon customers with new product releases every six months. There is also a major ILLiad release annually. New software versions introduce enhanced functionality as well as bug fixes. “Subscribing to Concierge is a great way to ensure software updates happen in a timely manner so that staff are able to benefit from the new capabilities we introduce,” she said.

For more information on Concierge visit or email

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

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative 2014 Innovation Award Recognizes The Alberta Library For the TAL Online Where Are You From (WAYF) Interface

The Alberta Library develops an innovative solution to expand its discovery and access service

Las Vegas, June 28, 2014 —TheRethinking Resource Sharing Initiative has announced that the winner of the Rethinking Resource Sharing (RRS) 2014 Innovation Award is The Alberta Library for its TAL Online Where Are You From (WAYF) Interface.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Alberta Library (TAL) is an award-winning consortium of 49 member libraries in over 300 locations whose mission is strengthening communities through collaboration. Its Articles of Association state that members will “… [adopt] the principles of barrier-free access to Member resources and … reciprocal access to collections….” Members of TAL include public, university, college, technical institute and special libraries. Internationally recognized for collaboration and innovation, The Alberta Library is the result of the library community coming together to find better ways of providing services.

The TAL Online project is a result of significant collaboration amongst member libraries, vendors (such as OCLC, SirsiDynix, Polaris, Bibliocommons and Hybrid Forge) and the provincial government, who funded the project. The benefit for users is that, using TAL Online as a supplement to the local discovery service, the physical collections of all libraries in the province are treated as a single resource available to request. Shared electronic collections (licensed through TAL as the “Universal Core”) can also be discovered and accessed. The project also enables far greater levels of collection management by all participants than have been possible in the past. The most innovative aspect of the project, however, is the custom-built WAYF application and interface that enables OpenURL requests generated from WorldCat to be consumed by any TAL member library, regardless of their ILS or their ILL management software.

The Innovation Award recognizes the Alberta Library for embodying the principles of the Rethinking Resource Sharing manifesto by leveraging existing applications with a new interface, improving access to, and delivery of, resources within their consortium and developing a solution that can be replicated by the broader resource sharing community, as well.

This award comes with a $500 stipend, and honors individuals or institutions for changes they have made to improve users’ access to information through resource sharing in their library, consortium, state or country. The award winner was recognized for their resource sharing efforts at ALA Annual in Las Vegas, where Clive Maishment, Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Library, accepted the certificate and stipend.

Funding for the 2014 Innovation Award is provided by Atlas Systems, Inc.

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative is an international ad hoc group that advocates for a complete rethink of the way libraries conduct resource sharing in the context of the global Internet revolution and related developments.

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