DUBLIN, Ohio, 17 January 2018—The U.S. Department of State has 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, resource sharing, metadata and license management, and a discovery service for library users. It also includes a range of reports that helps libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
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.
The Ralph J. Bunche Library of the U.S. Department of State is the oldest Federal Government library. Established in 1789 and dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ralph J. Bunche in 1997, the Bunche Library provides world-class information services to all State Department personnel around the globe.
The decision to select WMS aligns with the Library's goal of enhancing online access to information resources to support its global audience. The Library houses over 300,000 books, periodicals, and documents on topics relevant to the conduct of diplomacy and US foreign policy, the history of foreign relations, and the professional development of the Department's workforce.
As part of the OCLC library cooperative, WMS libraries work together through the WorldShare environment. Librarians are also 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.
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.