DUBLIN, Ohio, March 4, 2015—LIBROS, the consortium of 17 academic libraries in New Mexico, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management solution.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their users.
LIBROS began as a consortium in 1987 with three institutions: University of New Mexico-Main Campus, University of New Mexico-School of Law, and New Mexico Tech University. The consortium, which supports academic and special libraries in New Mexico, has continued to grow over the years and today serves 17 institutions.
LIBROS selected WorldShare Management Services in December 2013. In July 2014, the University of New Mexico was the first member to go live. Some six months later, the last member of the LIBROS consortium went live, completing the consortium's migration before the start of the spring semester as planned.
"This project took the efforts of many to be successful in such a short period of time," said Lea Briggs, Migration Project Management Librarian, LIBROS/University of New Mexico. "The implementation staff at each LIBROS institution, the functional experts on the LIBROS Management Team, and the OCLC implementation managers worked together closely to ensure a smooth transition."
"WorldShare Management Services allow for more independence for each library in the consortium, while maintaining group efficiencies and local connections," Ms. Briggs continued. "At the University of New Mexico, we are already realizing some of the benefits of WMS. The cataloging staff in particular are ecstatic over streamlined workflows. Using WMS for cataloging has already saved our staff nearly half the time that they used to devote to it."
"It is a credit to the staffs of LIBROS libraries that they were all able to make such a smooth transition to Worldshare Management Services so quickly," said Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director, Networked Library Services. "And it is particularly satisfying to know that this group is already realizing benefits of using WMS. These libraries will continue to experience improved workflows and new efficiencies so that they will be able to redirect resources to other critical library needs."
See a brief video of Lea Briggs, Migration Project Management Librarian, LIBROS/University of New Mexico, explaining the LIBROS transition to WMS at http://youtu.be/aGrKU0F3lsw.
More than 325 libraries on four continents—Africa, Australia, Europe and North America—are currently using OCLC WorldShare Management Services to gain efficiencies and improve usability in library services and end-user discovery.
More about WorldShare Management Services is available on the OCLC website.
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