LEIDEN, Netherlands, 4 August 2017—HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is the cloud-based library services platform that provides all of the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management, and a discovery service for users. It also includes a range of reports that helps libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht provides education and carries out applied research, working with organizations and institutions to find solutions to a wide variety of complex issues. The university's research generates knowledge and new insights both for the relevant professional field and for teaching activities.
"A determining factor in our selection of WorldShare Management Services was the power of cooperation and innovation with a partner that also offers Dutch content through their discovery service," said Marianne Kelder, General Manager, HU Library. "HU Library wished to connect with libraries of other institutions with an integrated solution for offering digital and physical content on applied scientific information. WMS makes it possible for our students, staff and researchers to get quicker access to a whole lot more resources."
As part of the OCLC library cooperative, WMS libraries work together through the WorldShare environment. Librarians are also able to connect with one another, exchange best practices, contribute ideas and stay informed about new WMS enhancements in the web-based OCLC Community Center, which is available 24/7.
"We are proud to welcome HU Library to the WMS community," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC. "Libraries all around the world are using WMS to collaborate and share knowledge, work and information in the cloud. Each member of the community is able to do more together with WMS than they would ever be able to do on their own."
Libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing 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.