LEIPZIG, Germany, 21 April 2022—The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is now live with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its new library services platform.
The UFZ is one of the world's leading research centers in the field of environmental research. Currently employing 1,100 people, it has earned an excellent reputation as an international center of expertise in environmental sciences.
"The main factor in our decision to use WMS was that the transfer of metadata from publishers is much more efficient than before. Also important for our decision in favor of WMS was that it adapts to the complex needs of our scientists through its modular and flexible structure," said Ilka Rudolf, Head of the Library at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.
"The revised user interface is intuitive and meets the latest standards. This allows us to work more conveniently and more quickly. And the ability to share data of any kind simplifies our workflows further," Rudolf continued. "I am therefore certain that the WMS platform will ensure optimizations in our business processes and thus benefit our research work. We look forward to being able to use the interlibrary loan functionalities soon."
WMS is a cloud-based, modular library system that enables its users to combine all work processes under one interface, ensuring more efficient workflows. With WMS, electronic, digital, and print media can be managed more easily, providing Helmholtz Centre scientists with better shared access to data and knowledge.
"As a cloud-based library management system, WMS allows the integration of a variety of different interfaces as well as the customization of workflows. We are confident that WMS will help the UFZ to achieve its goals. And we are very pleased that the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research has now become part of OCLC's global library network," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC.
About the UFZ
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH-UFZ was founded in 1991 under the name UFZ-Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH and employs 1,100 people at its sites in Leipzig, Halle/S., and Magdeburg. The UFZ conducts research for the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of mankind and the environment. The UFZ is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library organization that provides shared technology services, original research, and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research, and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff, and partners make breakthroughs possible.