Aeon is a request and workflow management software, licensed by Atlas Systems. If your repository is using Aeon, you can embed "Request items" links in your EAD or MARC21 OAC collection guides. Users clicking on the "Request items" link can then log into your Aeon system, and send requests (reference, photoduplication, etc.) for particular materials described in the collection guide.

For an example of the integration, check out UCLA Library Special Collections' finding aids in OAC.

To enable Aeon integrations with your collection guides, contact us.

How does it work?

The "Request items" button in OAC integrates with Aeon through OpenURL: a way of encoding resource metadata into a URL.

To enable Aeon integrations with your finding aids in OAC, we will need to work with your Aeon representative to configure your OpenURL Mapping. This mapping configuration will ensure that the information that OAC sends through the "Request items" button is correctly mapped and represented in the order form that populates in your organization's Aeon system.

How do we get started?

Your Aeon representative will need to configure your Aeon OpenURL mapping with OAC.

Here's a template message you can send them:

Dear Aeon representative,

My organization works with OAC to contribute finding aids. We would like to integrate our OAC finding aids with Aeon, so that users can request reference and/or photoduplication through a "Request items" button.

Can you help us set up the OpenURL mapping for requests that come from OAC?

The OAC team will need a base URL that will be applied at the repository level for our collections. If needed, they can share an example of a base URL of OAC finding aids that are already integrated with Aeon.

Can we test it out before going live?

Of course! Once your Aeon representative has set up your OpenURL mapping and prepared a base URL, please contact us with that information. If your organization has multiple repositories, please also identify which of your repositories should offer the "Request items" option. We'll activate this button on our -dev site. Once we receive your approval, we can make sure this button is represented on the production site.