LEIDEN, Netherlands, 6 December 2016—Radboud University, a research university in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is the library services platform that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management and a single-search discovery interface for library users. WMS also includes a range of reports that helps libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
According to the library director, using WMS will increase efficiencies for staff and users, increase and improve access to resources, and offer an opportunity to work together with libraries around the world to share work through the cloud-based system.
"WMS is based on international standards that make it possible to share data with libraries around the world," said Natalia Grygierczyk, Library Director, Radboud University. "Our students, academic teachers and researchers can gain quick access to more scientific publications. Our internal workflows will be more efficient, which will result in a more reliable and better service for our users. And with WMS, we work together with other libraries worldwide so we can share our innovations and best practices and contribute to continuing improvements to our services."
"We are happy to welcome Radboud University to the WorldShare Management Services community," said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director OCLC EMEA and APAC. "With WMS, Radboud University will be able to offer access to more e-publications, which is especially important to researchers. The university will also become part of a growing community of libraries worldwide working together to share resources and knowledge."
Radboud University is a member of UKB, the Dutch consortium of 13 university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands. In 2014, the UKB signed an agreement with OCLC to move library services to the WorldShare technology platform.
Since the introduction of WMS five years ago, more than 500 libraries spanning 6 continents—Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America—have selected WorldShare Management Services.
About Radboud University
Radboud University is a broad, international-oriented and student-oriented research university. The university started in 1923. Together with Radboudumc (university medical center), the university has created an intellectual environment that inspires and challenges staff and students so that they can extend the scope of academic disciplines and benefit society.
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.