Archive for July, 2016

Shelly Stuard Emerson Joins Atlas Systems


Former Director of Alibris for Libraries will direct
business development for Aeon and new services

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – July 26, 2016 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, special collections, and archives, announced today that Shelly Stuard Emerson has joined the company as Director of Business Development. She can be reached at

Emerson has been engaged with the library community for more than fifteen years. As Director of Alibris for Libraries she started up that division, called on academic libraries around the world, and developed new productivity tools for them. From 1999-2015 she managed all aspects of the library services business, establishing Alibris as a well-known, respected brand in academic libraries and developing familiarity with rare books and special collections.

“As Atlas continues its growth in the special collections and archives community, Shelly brings the knowledge, expertise, and relationship-building skills that will add more value to current and future users of Atlas’s products and services,” commented Dan Specht, CFO and vice president of sales and marketing for Atlas Systems. “It’s a huge benefit to have her joining our team to continue fostering our philosophy of supporting our community of users.”

In her new role, Emerson will identify and develop opportunities for adoption of Aeon for archives and special collections management as well as for new services designed to meet the needs of the archives and special collections community, including services offered in partnership with ArchivesSpace and Zepheira Linked Data. She also will lead the strategic sales planning for Ares e-reserves software and Atlas’ training and consulting services.

Emerson joins library sales veteran Renee Chastain in the strategic initiative to build the Atlas Aeon community. Chastain joined Atlas in 2015 as Aeon Business Development Manager.

“Atlas Systems has built its business and reputation by emphasizing the importance of relationships with its customers,” Emerson said. “I am excited by the opportunity to work with their staff team to grow all areas of the business and to continue to build and support the archives and special collections community.”

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

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