DUBLIN, Ohio, May 30, 2012. Fifteen more libraries have announced that they have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first cooperative, Webscale library management services that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows, and offer a next-generation discovery tool for library users. This brings the number of libraries worldwide committed to using WorldShare Management Services to 210.
"UNCG believes that WorldShare Management Services are the next major advance in library cooperation," said Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean of University Libraries and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "The services significantly reduce redundant and duplicative effort across libraries, thereby allowing each library to focus on their unique content and strengths."
Among the new subscribers:
- Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, Michigan
- Criswell College, Wallace Library, Dallas, Texas
- Crown College, Watne Memorial Library, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
- Dordt College, John and Louise Hulst Library, Sioux Center, Iowa
- Franklin Pierce University, Frank S. DiPietro Library, Rindge, New Hampshire
- Fuller Theological Seminary, David Allan Hubbard Library, Pasadena, California
- Huntingdon College, Houghton Memorial Library, Montgomery, Alabama
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
- Pasadena City College, Shatford Library, Pasadena, California
- Plymouth State University, Lamson Library, Plymouth, New Hampshire
- Santa Barbara City College, Luria Library, Santa Barbara, California
- Santa Clara County Law Library, San Jose, California
- Southeastern University, Steelman Library, Lakeland, Florida
- UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, H.M. Fishbon Memorial Library, San Francisco, California
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Greensboro, North Carolina
OCLC WorldShare Management Services enable libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources, as well as collaborate in ways that free them from the restrictions of local hardware and software. Libraries using WorldShare Management Services find that they are able to reduce the time needed for traditional tasks and free staff time for higher-priority services.
OCLC WorldShare Management Services were released for general availability in the United States July 1, 2011. Today, 40 libraries are live with the new services. The 15 libraries announcing their selection of WorldShare Management Services today bring the total number of libraries worldwide committed to using the services to 210.
The OCLC WorldShare Platform is the technical infrastructure on which OCLC's Webscale services are built and provides data, tools and services for library developers, users and partners to create and share applications collectively. Libraries can build applications to meet local needs, while benefiting from the innovation of the broader global library community.
More about OCLC WorldShare Management Services can be found on the website.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.