SHEFFIELD, UK, 7 November 2016—The University of Gloucestershire has selected WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its new library management system.
WMS is the library services platform that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management and a single-search discovery interface for library users. WMS also includes a range of reports that help libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
A large part of the appeal of WMS for the University of Gloucestershire was having the chance to be part of the OCLC library cooperative, according to the library director of information technology. WMS libraries work together through the cloud-based WorldShare environment. Librarians are able to connect with one another, share experience and contribute ideas and best practices.
"WMS gives us the chance to collaborate with a global network of libraries," said Nick Moore, Director of IT and Library Services at the University of Gloucestershire. "This brings with it a number of opportunities for learning, reduced costs and increased access to information. Being part of this network also means we can participate in the way OCLC is governed, and we can participate in and benefit from library research initiatives."
"We are delighted to welcome the University of Gloucestershire to the WMS community," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "WMS offers libraries cost savings, efficiencies and value by sharing data and work across many member libraries."
Since the introduction of WMS five years ago, more than 500 libraries spanning 6 continents—Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America—have selected WorldShare Management Services.
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.
About The University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire is a diverse, vibrant community of 12,000 students and 1,600 staff. The university is based across four campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Organised over eight academic Schools – Art and Design; Business, Computing and Technology; Education; Health and Social Care; Liberal and Performing Arts; Media; Natural and Social Sciences; and Sport and Exercise, the university has long excelled in education, media, sport and fine art.
Some quick facts about the university include –
- Training teachers since 1847 – outstanding primary and secondary school training as rated by Ofsted in 2015.
- The University of Gloucestershire is in the UK's top 20 universities for best courses and lecturers, student support and international (What Uni Student Choice Awards 2016)
- 95 percent of graduates are in employment or further training within six months of completing their degrees (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education data 2015)
- Students rank the university highly for ‘high quality staff and lectures', ‘good environment on campus', ‘good personal relationships with teaching staff' and ‘good library and library opening times' (Times Higher Education Student Experience survey 2016)
- Through the Your Future Plan programme, every year more than 3,000 students is on a placement or internship
- Worked with GFirst LEP to establish The Growth Hub at the Oxstalls campus, which supports businesses in the area through promoting skills, innovation and enterprise
- Staff and students volunteer 18,000 hours for community projects supporting more than 150 organisations
- The University of Gloucestershire is rated the sixth most sustainable university in the UK (People & Planet University League, 2015)
More about The University of Gloucestershire is at www.glos.ac.uk