Dublin, Ohio, May 22, 2015. Carey Theological College, Portage College, Regent College, St. Mark's College and Vancouver School of Theology, have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system.
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 students, faculty and staff.
Portage College is a public, board-governed college with eight campuses throughout Alberta. Portage provides continuing education, ad-hoc training, certificate, diploma and degree opportunities to more than 4,000 students, nearly one-third of whom are Aboriginal.
"We are pleased to be working with OCLC," said Tracy Boyde, Vice President Infrastructure and Information Technology at Portage College. "The (WorldShare Management Services) system combines services we used to license separately, helping us reduce cost and maintenance."
The four theological institutions—Carey Theological College, Regent College, St. Mark's College and Vancouver School of Theology—represent a broad range of Protestant and Catholic traditions and will share a single license. The libraries are all located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"We welcome these five academic institutions to the growing WorldShare Management Services community in Canada and throughout the world," said Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. "These libraries are unique in terms of type, location and populations served, yet they are united by a common vision of library cooperation and the many benefits of using cloud-based library management services."
These five institutions will join Medicine Hat College, Lethbridge College, Redeemer University College, Tyndale University College & Seminary and University of New Brunswick, bringing the total to 10 institutions in Canada to select WMS. All will use the OCLC data center in Canada.
The five latest institutions to join the WMS community are scheduled to go live with the service later this year.
Today, more than 325 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.
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.