Atlas Systems One of First Sponsors of the Libhub Initiative

Atlas Systems has joined Innovative and Sirsi/Dynix as the first three sponsors of the Libhub Initiative, as announced March 18, 2015 by Zepheira LLC. The Libhub Initiative was founded by Zepheira to encourage the use of Linked Data to expand Library Visibility on the Web.

In announcing Atlas’ sponsorship Jason Glover, president of Atlas Systems, said “Atlas believes that the Libhub Initiative is an important first step toward allowing libraries to weave their resources and services into mainstream search results in order to provide Web users the highest level of access….Increasingly we see our role as one of fulfillment. As libraries become more visible on the Web a cycle of awareness, interest, request, and fulfillment is created. With ILLiad for resource sharing, Ares for electronic reserves, and Aeon for special collections management Atlas completes the cycle for the Visible Library.”

Read the full announcement here.

Now Available from Library Journal: Atlas/Zepheira Archived Webcast on the Visible Library

On February 26, 2015 Atlas and Zepheira presented a free Library Journal webcast entitled The Visible Library. The webcast featured speakers from Worthington Libraries, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Zepheira and focused on how the Web sees libraries and how libraries can use its power to connect to their communities. The archived version of the webcast is now available for viewing.

The use of enabling technologies like Linked Data and shared vocabularies like BIBFRAME and schema.org are changing the way the Web can discover and represent libraries more fully. In this webcast you will:

  •  Learn about the current state of library Web visibility based on recent analysis from Zepheira.
  •  Learn practical steps you can take to gauge and enrich your library’s Web visibility.
  • See how others are using Web technologies to move beyond the traditional notion of libraries as a physical structure.

Atlas Systems Names Heather Black to be Concierge Coordinator

In recognition of the growth of the Concierge Services program, Atlas Systems has created the position of Concierge Coordinator and named Heather Black to fill the role. Concierge is a subscription service for Access Services and Aeon designed to help libraries with special projects, workflow analysis, and overall productivity enhancements.

Black has been a training and library solutions consultant for Atlas Systems since May 2010. In this role, she has provided implementation and continuing education training for ILLiad, Ares, and Aeon; developed self-paced tutorials for the Atlas Video Training Library; and consulted with ILLiad and Ares libraries to improve their workflow efficiency through the Atlas Tune-Up program.

Previously, as a member services librarian for the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), she provided resource sharing training and consulting services to a diverse cross-section of communities—from rural public libraries to urban academic settings to statewide library networks.

Black holds an MLIS from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has worked in libraries in resource sharing, access services, and collection development.

“Our Concierge customers have provided great feedback on how we can make the service even more valuable to them,” said Stephanie Spires, Chief Service Officer. “Heather brings a customer service focus as well as a full range of experience with libraries and Atlas products. Under her leadership Atlas will be able to offer our customers an even higher level of personal service and support to enrich the experience for current as well as future Concierge customers.”

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 University

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 http://www.atlas-sys.com/concierge/ or email concierge@atlas-sys.com.

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.

CONTACT

Dan Specht

CFO/VP for Sales and Marketing

Atlas Systems

(757) 467-7872 ext. 401

dspecht@atlas-sys.com

 

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 www.atlas-sys.com.

CONTACT

Dan Specht

CFO/VP for Sales and Marketing

Atlas Systems

(757) 467-7872 ext. 401

dspecht@atlas-sys.com

Atlas Systems Closes 2013 with Sales Growth and Product Enhancements for ILLiad, Ares and Aeon

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – January 15, 2014 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, has ended the year with significant new sales for Aeon and Ares as well as first-time subscriptions to its new service offering, Concierge. The company also has met its product release goals with new releases for Ares, Aeon and ILLiad in the 4th quarter of 2013.

Highlights of new sales of Aeon for special collections management include five University of California campuses (UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz), University of Maryland, University of Illinois and the Huntington Library.

New sales of Ares e-reserves software include University of Saskatchewan, Wright State University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Introduced in fall 2013, Concierge is designed to help institutions maximize the ongoing value they derive from using Atlas software while minimizing investments in local staff time and IT resources. Early adopters of Access Services Concierge for ILLiad and Ares include University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Utica College and The Citadel. Aeon Concierge is available to Aeon sites hosted by Atlas Systems.

According to Dan Specht, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Atlas ended 2013 having achieved several important milestones, including growth in sales and a firm product enhancement schedule that customers can count on. “Aeon continues to meet with widespread acceptance in the academic community as increasing numbers of special collections managers and library directors recognize the value automation brings to their users,” he said. “Ares has gained broad visibility in Canada as well as with U.S. libraries that are automating reserves for the first time or moving from an older e-reserves system that no longer meets their needs. Concierge is a new concept for our users who are excited about how Atlas Systems can help them achieve their goals by providing extra hands for day to day work and special projects.”

Specht commented that 2013 was notable also for the product enhancements delivered for ILLiad, Ares, and Aeon. “We are on a firm development schedule now to deliver new product releases for Ares and Aeon every six months and for ILLiad annually. During the last quarter of the year we released Ares 4.3, Aeon 3.5 and ILLiad 8.4. Each of these releases delivers important new functionality that helps our users improve staff productivity and enhance customer service.”

For more information about Concierge, Aeon, and Ares, or to sign up for a web demo, visit www.atlas-sys.com/.

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.

CONTACT

Dan Specht

CFO/VP for Sales and Marketing

Atlas Systems

(757) 467-7872 ext. 401

dspecht@atlas-sys.com