DUBLIN, Ohio, 21 June 2017—Over the past several months, 23 more libraries have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the library management system that offers more efficient back-office operations, integrated services, and a single-search discovery interface for library users.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is the cloud-based library services platform that provides all the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management, and a discovery service for users. It also includes a range of reports that helps libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
"We are anticipating a tremendous return on our investment by providing a user experience that is effective, efficient and comprehensively exposes the riches of our library resources as well as access to resources available by virtue of being a member of the global OCLC community," said Lisa S. Blackwell, Director of Library Services, Chamberlain University.
As part of the OCLC library cooperative, WMS libraries work together through the WorldShare environment. Librarians are able to connect with one another, exchange best practices, share experience and expertise, and contribute ideas in a web-based OCLC Community Center, which is available 24/7. Librarians can also connect via in-person and virtual WMS Community Meetings.
"Bergen Community College's Silverman Library was excited to select WMS for both the comprehensiveness of WorldCat as well as the WorldCat Discovery Service that is included. We're currently in implementation and are looking forward to going live with WMS in August prior to the start of the new academic year," said David Marks, Dean of the Library, Bergen Community College.
"Many of our peer institutions in the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) have selected WMS," said Jason Dupree, Director of Libraries, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Libraries. "We selected WMS in order to be more efficient with our workflows, replace on-site infrastructure with a cloud-based solution, and reduce expenditures associated with maintaining a library system."
"We chose to migrate to WMS because it enables the library to offer our patrons a dynamic and innovative integrated library system in a cost-effective manner," said Don Essex, Director of Weis Library, Washington Adventist University. "The way the system manages electronic resources and integrates interlibrary loan into the discovery process are especially appealing to us."
Among the newest subscribers to WMS is the Library and Archives Canada, which entered into an agreement with OCLC to use WMS as its library services platform and move its National Union Catalogue to WorldCat. NATO's premier academic institution, the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, also announced its move to WMS earlier this year.
The following libraries are among the most recent to announce their selection of WMS:
- Aquinas College, Nashville, Tennessee
- Becker College, Worcester, Massachusetts
- Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey
- Chamberlain University, Downers Grove, Illinois
- Centro Tecnico per il Consumo, Florence, Italy
- Daemen College, Amherst, New York
- Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota
- HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands
- Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas
- Invalsi, Rome, Italy
- Istituto Innocenti, Florence, Italy
- Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, California
- Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts
- Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, Oklahoma
- Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, New Jersey
- Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma
- Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee
- Universita degli Studi di Enna "Kore", Enna, Sicily, Italy
- University College Wiener Neustadt, Austria
- Wageningen University and Research Center, Wageningen, Netherlands
- Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, Maryland
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.
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.