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Atlas Systems and OCLC deliver enhanced access to digital collections through CONTENTdm and Aeon integration

Press Release: Atlas Systems, Inc. [January 15, 2013]

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA and DUBIN, OH – January 15, 2013 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, and OCLC today announced the integration of the CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software and Atlas System's Aeon software for managing special collections user services.

The integration enables end users of CONTENTdm collections to place an online request to view the original item in a library's special collections reading room or order publication-quality reproductions via Aeon, paying any usage fees online with a credit card. The University of Miami (FL) and the Claremont Colleges Library (CA) have successfully piloted the integration.

The integration of CONTENTdm and Aeon will be demonstrated at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle in the Atlas Systems Booth #1920 and in the OCLC Booth #1917. It will also be discussed at the Aeon User Group Meeting in Seattle on Saturday, January 26, from 6:00-7:30pm in the Westin Seattle, Vashon Room. All are welcome to attend.

According to Christian Dupont, Aeon Program Director for Atlas Systems, the integration is managed with a custom script that adds a button to item record displays in CONTENTdm online collections. End users can click the button either to page the original item for reading room use or to order a higher-quality reproduction and pay any associated fees using a credit card. "Libraries want to make it easy for researchers to not only find information online but to also then request desired services through a simple, streamlined process," Dupont said. "The integration of Aeon with CONTENTdm enables Aeon to function as the 'shopping cart' service that many CONTENTdm sites have been seeking."

Claire Cocco, OCLC Director of Digital Collection Services, said the script takes advantage of the custom script upload feature that has been incorporated in recent versions of CONTENTdm. "The script that integrates CONTENTdm with Aeon is easy to configure and can be customized for individual CONTENTdm collections. We're delighted to be able to offer this new feature to the libraries, museums and other cultural heritage organizations using CONTENTdm."

"The Aeon request button has really expedited the ordering of reproductions from our CONTENTdm collections," notes Lisa Crane, Western Americana Librarian at the Claremont University Consortium. "It used to require considerable staff time to help patrons identify specific images. Now patrons can identify and order images themselves, automatically supplying us with the digital filename we need for retrieval." Crane pointed to the Edward Vischer collection as their most requested collection for reproductions and one of their most complicated with multiple images sharing the same title.

At the University of Miami's Richter Library, Cheryl Gowing, Director of Information Management and Systems, commented that "Our digitization program has been a key component in our strategy to increase the discoverability of our special collections resources and our special collections librarians have been anxious to find ways to connect our digital collections to use of the original materials. The new Aeon Request button in CONTENTdm radically simplifies the journey from discovery to use for researchers, whether requesting physical access to resources or photo/digital reproductions." Gowing also noted that "Aeon's robust reporting tools will allow us to utilize the data collected from these requests to provide invaluable insights on the use of special collections generated from our digitization program." The University of Miami has applied the request button to thirty-nine of its CONTENTdm collections, including its Florida Documents Collection and Cuban Photograph Collection

Aeon enhances special collections user services by offering researchers the convenience of automated online requesting through a personalized web account. Aeon maximizes staff efficiency while providing unparalleled item tracking, security and statistics.

CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software handles the storage, management and delivery of collections to users across the Web. More than 2,000 organizations worldwide use CONTENTdm to provide access to their digital collections.

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

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search on the Web at For more information, visit the OCLC Web site at .

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Publication Year:2013
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:January 15, 2013
Publisher:Atlas Systems, Inc.
Company: OCLC
Atlas Systems, Inc.
Products: CONTENTdm
Subject: Product announcements
Record Number:17571
Last Update:2024-03-22 13:24:27
Date Created:2013-01-15 12:40:53