LEIDEN, Netherlands, 12 June 2019—Utrecht University, one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in the Netherlands, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform.
The selection of WorldShare Management Services (WMS) begins the Library's transition away from its legacy system to a cloud-based platform. Stated goals for the Library moving to WMS include improved management of digital library materials, the ability to work within the parameters of international metadata standards, and to deliver more efficient, consistent workflows.
WMS helps libraries worldwide manage their resources in all formats and enables global access to collaborative library data. The platform provides automated library workflows that enhance existing systems and support the expansion of the discovery experience.
"Working with WMS to deliver our integrated library system in the cloud will facilitate knowledge sharing and innovation for our staff and students, and ensure we're well-prepared to meet the challenges of the next generation," said Anja Smit, University Librarian, Utrecht University.
Utrecht University has over 30,000 students, 6,700 staff members and more than 600 professors. The Library collection includes over 4.2 million books and 60 manuscript archives, comprising over 700 medieval manuscripts, over 1,000 post-medieval manuscripts and a large, unique collection of hand-written lecture notes dating back to the 16th century.
In 2016, the Library completed the digitization of all medieval manuscripts, and OCLC will support access by a greater number of users to these materials through WorldCat.
As a member of the UKB, a consortium of 13 university libraries and the National Library in the Netherlands, Utrecht University is a proponent of the benefits of sharing data through WorldCat. WorldCat is the data foundation for WMS. The savings and workflow efficiencies offered by the WMS cloud-based system helps to streamline the Library's back-office processes, improves the management of digital and physical materials and acquisitions, and provides staff with reporting facilities to track key metrics.
‘We're delighted to have Utrecht University join our WMS library community," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "Utrecht University Library will continue to benefit from the global exchange of bibliographic information with WorldCat and improve their workflows for managing e-resources, print, acquisitions, discovery and other back office processes with the WMS suite of services."
About Utrecht University
Utrecht University is an international research university of the highest quality and the alma mater of many leading names, academics and scientists who have made an important contribution to the quality of society. "A better future for everyone." This ambition motivates Utrecht University scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively toward major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
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.