VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – January 10, 2012 –Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, ended 2011 with a surge in sales for both Ares and Aeon. "Atlas is committed to developing and enhancing software solutions that help libraries meet and exceed the expectations of their users," said Dan Specht, vice president for sales and marketing. "We continue to see growth in the adoption of Ares for e-reserves and Aeon for special collections as libraries look for ways to increase productivity and enhance customer service."
Ares and Aeon will be demonstrated at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, January 20-23, 2012 in Booth #916. Ares 4.0, scheduled for release this spring, will be previewed at the booth and the User Group Meeting, Saturday January 21, 4:00-5:30 pm in the Dallas Convention Center, Room A124. New Aeon capabilities will be showcased at the User Group Meeting, Saturday January 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, OMNI – South Side 1.
Institutions that purchased Ares in the last half of 2011 include University of South Florida; Temple University (PA); Skidmore College (NY); American University (DC); University of Windsor (CAN); University of Victoria (CAN); Drexel University (PA); Harvard Kennedy School (MA); and University of Illinois.
New sites implementing Aeon include Claremont Colleges Library (CA); American Antiquarian Society (MA); and Duke University (NC).
Sales of annual training subscriptions also are increasing as libraries recognize the benefits of locking in training for the upcoming year. "Librarians tell us it's sometimes difficult to find money when they see a class they want to take," Specht said. "With a training subscription, they have already paid and are guaranteed access to any live online class as well as receiving unlimited access to the video library of recorded training classes. The subscription is a great way to ensure staff will be able to take classes throughout the year." Beginning in mid-2012, libraries will be able to subscribe separately to the Video Training Library with access to quick courses and multi-session classes. A Video Training Library subscription will cost $999.
The Ares system automates library reserve services and provides robust copyright management, integration with a variety of e-Learning environments, and the ability to accept a wide variety of file formats. Aeon automates all aspects of special collections public services, supporting online circulation, reproduction orders and reference requests. Aeon improves patron service and maximizes staff efficiency while providing unparalleled item tracking, security and statistics.
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.