OBERHACHING, Germany, 5 March 2018—Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences and the Public Library Wiener Neustadt are the first libraries in Austria to go live with OCLC's cloud-based WorldShare Management Services.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is the cloud-based library services platform that provides all of 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.
Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences (FHWN) and the Public Library Wiener Neustadt will share a common WMS instance as part of the same library system. WMS will enable both libraries to catalogue, acquire, manage e-resources and borrow more efficiently, as well as save staff time to devote even more resources to customer service. In 2019, both libraries will also move to and share one physical location.
"A special highlight in 2019 will be the merging of the FHWN and public library in the revitalized Carmelite church," said Mag. Josef Wiesler, Managing Director of FH Wiener Neustadt. "Together with the City of Wiener Neustadt, we are opening Austria's first Public-Scientific library. I am convinced that this pioneering pilot project also represents a new challenge for library management, which we will be able to master with OCLC. With the official launch of the jointly used WorldShare Management Services, we have reached the next important milestone in this project."
"We were looking for a system that could meet all the needs of a modern, scientific library and also meet our specific needs," said Marion Götz, Head of the library at the FH Wiener Neustadt. "In our tests of the system, WMS was absolutely convincing that this was the way to go, together with our partner OCLC, down a path of innovation. We are delighted to be a member of the world's largest library cooperative."
Following the selection decision in June 2017, the libraries began intensive preparation and training. Migration from their previous BIBLIOTHECAplus systems to a common WMS system began in mid-January 2018. On February 13, both libraries started routine operations with WMS.
"OCLC is pleased to work with these two institutions on this groundbreaking project," said Andreas Schmidt, General Manager of OCLC GmbH based in Oberhaching, near Munich. "The example of the FHWN and Stadtbücherei Wiener Neustadt shows that cooperation and sharing of data for libraries creates new possibilities and opportunities for new roles."
In addition to library management services, both libraries now have access to WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive global network of data about library collections. Holdings from Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences and the Public Library Wiener Neustadt are now listed in WorldCat, making those collections more visible and accessible to researchers around the world.
More than 500 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.
University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt
Founded in 1994 as Austria's first university of applied sciences, the FH Wiener Neustadt is one of the top universities of applied sciences in the country. Around 3,600 students are currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree at the four FH locations in Wiener Neustadt, Wieselburg, Tulln and Vienna. More about Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences is on the 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.