OBERHACHING, Germany, 23 June 2021—Several libraries in Germany and Switzerland have recently selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their new library services platform.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a cloud-based platform with WorldCat as its foundation, which allows library staff to draw on OCLC's shared data network and technology for more efficient workflows. WMS also enables staff to better manage resources in all formats and to provide their users with improved access to the library's collections and the world's knowledge.
Among the libraries that have recently joined the WMS community:
- Franklin University Switzerland is an international university located in the southern Swiss city of Lugano. Founded in 1969, Franklin was among the first institutions to bring American Liberal Arts education to Europe, and it is the only liberal arts university in the world accredited in the United States and Switzerland. The university offers interdisciplinary, experiential learning, placing Academic Travel at the core of its curriculum.
- Brandenburg University of Police is where officers of the intermediate and higher police civil service of the state of Brandenburg are trained, on the modern campus in Oranienburg.
- Kühne Logistics University (KLU) is a private, state-recognized scientific university for logistics and business management based in Hamburg. The sponsor of the university is the Kühne Foundation. KLU researches and teaches in the key areas of logistics, supply chain management and management. A direct connection to the K10plus is planned.
- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig. With its current staff of 1100, the UFZ has earned an excellent reputation as an international competence center for environmental sciences. It is part of Germany's largest scientific organization - the Helmholtz Association. Ensuring a balance between societal development and long-term protection of our livelihoods in the sense of sustainable development is the focus of research.
These institutions rely on WMS as a comprehensive, cloud-based library system to efficiently manage their electronic, digital, and print library collections under one interface. A single search of the collection and other sources, including open access resources, supports students and other library users.
Especially important for libraries working within German consortia is the seamless exchange of data and the connection between WMS and the respective consortia database (hebis database, K10plus, B3Kat).
"Integration with existing regional library infrastructures is as important as connecting to a global network like WorldCat, the largest bibliographic database in the world," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "Our cloud-based library management system continues to gain momentum. We are pleased to welcome these libraries to the WorldShare community."
More than 700 libraries worldwide are now using WorldShare Management Services as their library services platform.
Find more about WorldShare Management Services on the website.
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.