Axiell, a major library automation provider in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, announced some changes in its executive management. Grant Palmer joins the company to fill the position of Managing Director of Axiell UK. Palmer comes to the company from Lorensbergs, a UK-based company that provides a suite of applications to help libraries manage public computers, printing, wireless networks, facilities scheduling, and event booking. Axiell UK traces its corporate history to a company called DS that developed the Open Galaxy integrated library system adopted by many public and academic libraries in the United Kingdom. OpenGalaxy is currently used by around 70 library services in the UK, representing over 1,300 individual library facilities.
Jim Burton, who has been the Managing Director of Axiell UK since March 2008, shortly after the acquisition of DS, shifts to a new position as Vice President of Professional Services for Axiell Group. Burton advanced to the General Manager of DS following the advancement of Nigel Pegg into the management structure of Axiell Group. Burton first became involved in the library automation industry in 2000, when he founded Esprit Limited. Pegg retired from Axiell Group board of directors in 2011. Henrik Been was appointed the new Vice President of Products for Axiell Group, with responsibility for oversight of the company's products through all phases from development to marketing. Been was previously affiliated with QlikTEch, a Swedish software company.
Atlas Systems also announced some management shifts. Atlas developed ILLiad, a utility that helps libraries manage their interlibrary loan operations, Ares for electronic reserves, and Aeon for the management of special collections. ILLiad is exclusively distributed by OCLC. Jason Glover continues as the President and CEO of the company. Stephanie Spires will advance to a newly created role of Chief Service Officer. Kathy Posten has been promoted to Director of Information Technology Services, a new division of the company formed to manage the company's technical infrastructure that supports its internal operations and customer hosting. This unit will also manage the implementation of a new customer relationship management system. Atlas reports that these changes come in response to increasing its capacity to provide service for its growing customer base.