Atlas Systems and ALA Awards


The ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans has come and gone, and those of us from Atlas Systems who attended had a great time.  One of the benefits of working at Atlas is the opportunity to participate in professional meetings like ALA, which allows me to keep up on the latest developments in librarianship as well as keep in touch with my colleagues.
High on my list of things to do at ALA Annual is the presentation of the awards that Atlas sponsors.  Over the years I have been tasked with attending these presentations, and it is one of my most satisfying duties.  This year we had four presentations scheduled, all of them during the RUSA STARS Summer Social at The Rusty Nail in New Orleans.

The STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Award has been around since 2007 and is given to a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves.  It provides $1,250 to fund travel expenses associated with attending the American Library Association Annual Conference.  This year we had two recipients, Pearl G. Adzei-Stonnes from Virginia Union University and Guerda Baucicaut from the City University of New York.  Congratulations go out from us to Pearl and Guerda for a job well done.

Atlas Systems also sponsors the Rethinking Resource Sharing Innovation Award, for which we had two recipients as well – the IDS Project and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.  The award comes with a $500 stipend and honors individuals and/or institutions for improving access to information through resource sharing.  The IDS project was recognized for IDS Logic, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries were recognized for the development of an automated, user-initiated process for archival lending.  The stipend was split between the two recipients, with Linda Kopecky accepting the award on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.  Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the IDS Project, was not at the conference but Sue Kaler of the Massachusetts Library System and I presented the award to him and his colleagues at the IDS Conference at Utica College, New York in July.  We extend our congratulations to both the IDS Project and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries for being recognized by their peers as leaders in the field of resource sharing.

from left to right:  Tim Jackson, Mark Sullivan, Sue Kaler, John Brunswick, Shannon Pritting, and Mike Mulligan.  Photo by Beth Posner

from left to right:  Tim Jackson, Mark Sullivan, Sue Kaler, John Brunswick, Shannon Pritting, and Mike Mulligan.  Photo by Beth Posner

Interested in either of these two awards?  More information can be found at and  Perhaps one of us will be presenting you with an award next year!

Katie’s Aeon Update

By Katie Gillespie - Aeon Implementation Consultant


It's has been a very busy year for Aeon at Atlas Systems. In addition to 10 libraries currently in implementation, we're very proud to have welcomed the following libraries as live Aeon users:
New York University, Brown University – John Hay Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, The Hoover Institution Library & Archives, University of California - Davis, University of Texas at Austin - Center for American History, Georgetown University, and 6 libraries at Harvard University – Arnold Arboretum, Ernst Mayr Library, Botany Libraries, Divinity Library, Design Library, Law Library


The 2018 Aeon Symposium was hosted by the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California May 21-22. Many thanks to Lisa Crane at Claremont for spearheading this event and to everyone at the Claremont Colleges for hosting us. Aeon users received a festive welcome from a mariachi band at the opening reception, and the excitement continued throughout the Symposium.

We were excited to release AtlasBI for Aeon at the Symposium, our new real-time business intelligence and reporting analytics tool. We are receiving great feedback about the reports and suggestions are coming in for new dashboard designs.  If you are an Aeon customer with an Atlas hosted server, AtlasBI is FREE and available today.

If you were unable to attend, we recorded most of the Symposium. The presentations and recordings are all available in the Atlas Video Training Library: Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 Symposium in the coming months.

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At the RBMS Aeon Users Group Meeting on June 21, we were joined by many current Aeon users and prospective customers. In addition to great conversation, I presented an Atlas Update. I shared results from the recent Aeon User Survey, information about Aeon integrations with ArchivesSpace, and some information about what is next for Aeon. Atlas is currently working on development to accommodate GDPR regulations and developing an API. In addition, we continue to migrate current Aeon sites to PCI Compliant servers. You can view the full slide deck from the update here.

We look forward to seeing those of you who will attend the Aeon Reception during SAA on Friday, August 17 at Marriott Wardman Park.


A Personal Take on the Access Services Conference

By Kevin Ford, Training and Library Solutions Consultant for Special Projects


Originally I wasn’t supposed to be there. The Access Services Conference in Atlanta has been one of my favorite conference-type trips in recent years but this year John Brunswick and Angela Mott were selected to attend, given their primary roles working with both ILLiad and Ares customers. As with all the conferences Atlas Systems attends, we want to be sure we have the right staff to interact with the attendees—whether to answer questions from current users or introduce prospective customers to our products and services.

Those of you who know me also know that I’m usually the quiet one in most social situations.  There’s a reason I’m the “database guy.” Shuffle a couple of random databases together into one, and make the thing function properly?  Yeah, that sounds like fun.  Put me in a room full of people and expect me to hold semi-coherent conversations for several hours?  Not really my thing. So you might be surprised to hear that I was a little disappointed when I learned I wouldn’t be traveling to Atlanta for the conference.


Fast-forward a few weeks. Atlas’ fall conference planning is in full swing and I am asked to attend a meeting about the Access Services Conference. That’s when I learned that I’d be going to Atlanta after all. Apparently, we’d had such a great response to invitations to the Ares Users Group and Happy Hour meeting that we needed another person to help out at the conference. And that third person was me.   

Throughout the conference, whether at the Atlas table, at the welcome reception, or in the Users Group, I talked to many people, some familiar to me, some not. I fielded several support-related questions from current customers and talked with potential new customers about Atlas’ software solutions.

I chatted with long-time customers who have now become friends--about spouses, children, dogs, cats, their latest trip to someplace exotic, and on and on.  You know, the normal so-called trivial things that, ultimately, end up being the most important. I reminisced with several people from my old ILL days back at Virginia Tech, half a lifetime ago. 

And that’s when the true value of attending conferences really hit home. It’s all about the people. It’s the people we have the pleasure to deal with on a daily basis. It’s the people we never hear from unless something catastrophic has happened. And it’s the people in between. From the customer-turned-friend discussing the latest antics of her dog, or the newly-met customer whose support issue I’ve successfully resolved, it’s the personal interactions that make working for Atlas Systems and attending conferences as a member of the Atlas team a rewarding personal experience.

So next time this shy, database guy thinks he’d rather stay home than travel to where the customers are, I will take a step back and remember why we do what we do. It’s the people. It’s definitely the people.