DUBLIN, Ohio, 28 April 2016—The Northern Territory Library, a major public research institution in Australia, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as the management system for more than 50 libraries in the region.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a complete, cloud-based library management system that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including Acquisitions, Circulation, Metadata, Resource Sharing, License Management and a single-search Discovery interface to connect library users to the information they need. WMS also includes a range of Reports based on local data that help libraries understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
The Northern Territory Library (NTL), located in Parliament House, Darwin, is responsible for collecting, preserving and providing access to the Territory's documentary heritage, and to developing and supporting the network of public libraries across the Territory, including major municipal libraries, joint-use community and school libraries, and libraries in remote Indigenous communities. Print and electronic collections offer access to world literature, international publications and newspapers, and online full-text databases. NTL will use WorldShare Management Services (WMS) to support more than 50 Northern Territory libraries, including public libraries, school libraries and government department libraries.
"A modern library system is critical to the success of any library, and WorldShare Management Services will make it easier for users to find materials and provide improved access to library catalogues and resources on mobile devices," said Patrick Gregory, Director, Northern Territory Library. "WMS is designed to support interlibrary collaboration, which will offer enormous benefit in the Territory context and enable significant improvements to our operations."
"WMS is a cloud-based system, so the Northern Territory Library will be served by our state-of-the-art data center in Sydney," said Chris Thewlis, Regional Manager, OCLC Australia/New Zealand. "Library staff will not have to spend time and effort managing hardware and software on site, so will be free to address other priorities. As a cloud-based system, WMS also makes it possible for many libraries separated by great distances to collaborate together using the same system."
The Northern Territory is a vast federal territory in Australia, stretching for 1.421 million square kilometres, and famed for its remote landscapes. The Territory population of 240,000 is characterised by its cultural and linguistic diversity (with Aboriginal people making up 30 percent of the population), mobility and the distance between population centres.
Libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.
More about WorldShare Management Services is on the OCLC website.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.