SHEFFIELD, UK, 20 February 2018—The University of Bristol, ranked among the top universities in the world, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library services platform.
The university selected WorldShare Management Services (WMS) because it provides everything needed to manage a leading research library with world-class collections.
"WMS offers us more opportunities to enhance our operations taking advantage of fully integrated services, and improve our management of digital content for our library users," explains Stuart Hunt, Deputy Director of Library Services, University of Bristol. "Critically, WMS also provides us with a platform to the global library community, collaborating with other institutions at a scale that matches Bristol's international standing."
As part of the OCLC library cooperative and 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 move to WMS coincides with the university's plans to develop a new £80m state-of-the-art library at the heart of Bristol's Clifton campus. "Our investment in the university's physical and digital infrastructure is key to achieving our ambitious goals. A large part of this means embracing systems that can scale with us, promote efficiency, and foster educational and research innovation. For these reasons we selected WMS," concludes Hunt.
Eric van Lubeek OCLC Vice President, Managing Director EMEA and APAC, said: "We are delighted to welcome the University of Bristol to the worldwide WMS community, where it is held in high regard. With the development of a new flagship library, the university is about to start a new phase in its celebrated history and we are very excited to be a part of that journey."
About the University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is ranked within the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018); it is also ranked among the top five institutions in the UK for its research, according to new analysis of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014; and is the third most targeted university by top UK employers. The University was founded in 1876 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1909. It was the first university in England to admit women on the same basis as men. The University is a major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region, but is also a significant player on the world stage. It has over 16,000 undergraduates and nearly 6,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries, and its research links span the globe.
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.