LEIDEN, Netherlands, 29 March 2017—The University of Central Asia, a private, not-for-profit university whose central administrative office is located in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. The move will significantly increase the speed of its cataloguing workflows and allow the library to rapidly expose their recently acquired collections to their users.
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.
"The aim of UCA's library is to advance the scholarship of our faculty through access to the best resources in their fields, and facilitate student success through curriculum support and information literacy,' said Paul Coleman, Head Librarian. ‘'With WMS, UCA will be able to better serve our faculty, staff and students with improved access to our collection and services. It will also help our staff to manage more efficiently our growing electronic and digital resources."
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.
"We are very pleased to welcome the University of Central Asia to the WMS community," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director OCLC EMEA and APAC. "By implementing WMS, the University of Central can save time and money on their cataloguing efforts. Those resources can then be put toward other uses. The UCA collections will also be more visible and accessible to researchers around the world through WorldCat."
University of Central Asia (UCA) states its mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the people of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.
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.
More about WorldShare Management Services is on the OCLC website.
About University of Central Asia (UCA)
UCA was founded in the year 2000. The Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed an International Treaty and Charter to establish this secular, private, not-for-profit University. The treaty was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents of the three host countries are Patrons of UCA, and His Highness the Aga Khan is the Chancellor. UCA's School of Arts and Sciences began classes in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, in September 2016, and the campus in Khorog, Tajikistan, is expected to open in September 2017. UCA was established to offer an internationally recognised standard of higher education in Central Asia and prepare graduates to contribute leadership, ideas, and innovation to the economies and communities of the region.
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.