Asnières sur Seine, France, 12 December 2012—La Pérouse Library of Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea, has chosen OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new library management solution and WorldCat Local as its integrated discovery service. Preparations for implementation of both services at Ifremer are already under way.
Located in Brest, Ifremer is the first institute in France to implement WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services. The Ifremer Library selected these services to better serve its researchers and students with easy discovery and seamless access to resources. The Library also wanted to improve the efficiency of its internal workflows.
"We wanted to offer our users a more streamlined discovery experience. The integrated search for print, digital and electronic materials and the intuitive interface of WorldCat Local will offer our users exactly that," said Ottilia Henriet, director of Documentation and Library Services at Ifremer. "The implementation of WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services will enable us to more efficiently manage our electronic and digitised content. We will achieve cost savings because WorldCat Local already has a knowledge base, a link resolver and a mobile interface included, and WorldShare Management Services will increase the productivity of our users as well as our librarians."
A large part of Ifremer's collection consists of electronic resources, so implementation of WorldCat Local can be done quickly. Ifremer's presence in WorldCat provides the library great visibility of its valuable scientific collection by exposing it to a worldwide community of specialists in research. At the same time, the Ifremer collection will remain visible within SUDOC (Système Universitaire de documentation), the cataloguing system for French academic libraries managed by ABES (l'Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Supérieur).
The implementation of both WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013. "It is an honour to welcome Ifremer as our first French institution to implement both WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services," said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director of OCLC EMEA.
The WorldCat Local discovery service is available as a stand-alone solution and as part of OCLC WorldShare Management Services.
OCLC WorldShare Management Services are the first cooperative, Webscale library management services solution that streamlines cataloguing, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows.
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.
Founded in 1984 by the merger of two institutions, Ifremer is the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea: through its research work and expert advice, it contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, but also in collaboration with partner organisations in numerous other countries. La Pérouse Library, created at the initiative of the University of Western Brittany (UBO), the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), is located on the Technopole Brest-Iroise. Ifremer has 26 sites throughout the coastal areas of France and French Overseas regions. More information can be found on www.ifremer.fr.
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 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalogue, 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 on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.