DUBLIN, Ohio - May 28, 2014. The Field Museum Library, which serves staff of the renowned Chicago institution, visiting scholars and the general public, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
Christine Giannoni, Museum Librarian, said WorldShare Management Services is increasing visibility of the library's collections, streamlining library staff workflows and improving the library user experience.
WorldShare Management Services provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services.
"Our specialized collections are in high demand, and WorldShare Management Services gives us the opportunity to provide greater exposure to these unique materials," said Ms. Giannoni.
The Field Museum Library's collections are an indispensable resource for the Museum's research, exhibit development and educational programs. The subject strengths of the Library collections closely parallel the strengths of the Museum's scientific collections in the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, paleontology and zoology.
"The Field Museum Library is a tremendous resource for researchers around the world," said Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director, Networked Library Services. "OCLC is delighted to work with the Library to help broaden access to its unique collections, and make it possible to bring the library to those who cannot visit in person."
The Field Museum Library has been live with WorldShare Management Services (WMS) since January. "The move to WMS has been very well received," said Ms. Giannoni. "We are now able to provide access to our collections to researchers around the world. Users have told us they like the new discovery interface, and it's easier for them to find what they're looking for. We are integrating our electronic collections through the WorldCat knowledge base to help our users find what they need through a single search interface. We're very happy with our progress."
Since 2008, the Museum Library has gone from a staff of 14 down to seven due to budget cuts and attrition. "We're used to change," said Ms. Giannoni. "We have a small staff, but they are very experienced and adaptable. The entire staff was involved in discussions about WMS very early in the selection process, so there were no significant change management issues. WMS offers a lot of what we were looking for in a cloud-based library system, and we like the direction the WMS roadmap is taking us."
In addition to improving workflows, The Field Library will be able to use some of the time previously dedicated to managing systems and servers and focus on some of the public services they want to promote.
The Field Museum Library has been an OCLC member library since 1978. "We had faith and trust in our long-standing relationship with OCLC. We felt very confident as we moved to WMS," said Ms. Giannoni.
More than 190 libraries on three continents—Australia, Europe and North America—are currently using OCLC WorldShare Management Services, which were released for general availability in July 2011. An additional 120 libraries have committed to using the new services.
More about OCLC WorldShare Management Services can be found on the OCLC website.
About the Field Museum
The Field Museum was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history." In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences. In 1921 the Museum moved from its original location in Jackson Park to its present site on Chicago Park District property near downtown, where it is part of a lakefront Museum Campus that includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. These three institutions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together attract more visits annually than any comparable site in Chicago.
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, 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.