DUBLIN, Ohio, 20 January 2017—The HELIN Library Consortium, which includes seven academic libraries in the northeastern United States, is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services.
WorldShare Management Services (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 helps libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
"We selected WMS because we wanted a next generation, cloud-based library management system," said Betsy Peck Learned, Dean of University Libraries, Roger Williams University, and Chair of the HELIN Library Consortium. "We wanted to continue to be able to share materials easily among members of the consortium, and we wanted to keep costs down. WMS provides all three."
HELIN selected WMS in February 2016 and member libraries have been working closely with each other to share information and best practices to implement WMS. OCLC implementation staff have been guiding the group through their transition by conducting weekly virtual meetings with consortium members, which also provides them the opportunity to ask questions and to have discussions as they progress.
Learned said HELIN staff members have also found great value from communicating with current WMS users through the online OCLC Community Center, which provides a place for library staff using OCLC services to connect online, share best practices, stay up to date on new product releases and contribute ideas for future enhancements.
"We are very satisfied with the systems and services of WMS, and the OCLC support we've received has been terrific," said Learned.
"We are delighted to welcome the HELIN consortium to the WMS community. WMS provides a flexible solution that supports collaboration among a wide range of library group types," said Scott Livingston, OCLC Executive Director, WorldShare Management Services. "WMS is also a scalable solution that meets the needs of individual group members from large academic to small special libraries."
The HELIN Library Consortium is composed of seven regional academic libraries in and nearby Rhode Island represented by the Community College of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, and Wheaton College.
The unique WMS group model preserves the autonomy, privacy and policy differences among members of a group while leveraging opportunities through shared data, infrastructure and community. While each member library of a group can manage its own instance of WMS, the WorldShare architecture enables individual member libraries to easily select group functionality. Libraries also can choose what data to share among a group.
Since the introduction of WMS five years ago, more than 500 libraries spanning six continents have selected WorldShare Management Services.
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.