LEIDEN, Netherlands, 14 March 2018The University of the Basque Country, the public research institution in the Basque Country of Spain, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library services platform.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) 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.
The University of the Basque Country is the public university of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Located on the northern coast of Spain, the University of the Basque Country is a multilingual institution with Spanish and Basque as its official languages, and several courses available in English.
"We wanted to work with OCLC because of its philosophy as a cooperative organization that focuses on library service," said Esperanza Iņurrieta Ambrosio, Library Director, University of the Basque Country. "WMS allows us to work in a collaborative environment that saves time, reduces costs and increases the efficiency of work processes. Working with WMS also guarantees worldwide visibility of our collections, and it will allow us to exchange resources much easier than if we worked with any other system."
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.
"OCLC manages and updates the WMS system in the cloud so that we do not have to address technical tasks," said Ambrosio. "Instead, our library staff can focus on the user and fulfill the mission of our library: to manage information resources, facilitate access and dissemination, collaborate in the process of creating knowledge and providing services that help achieve the objectives of our University."
"We are delighted to welcome the University of the Basque Country to the worldwide WMS community," said Eric van Lubeek, OCLC Vice President, Managing Director of EMEA and APAC. "We are certain that this move will ensure that students, researchers and faculty members have access to the resources they need to achieve their goals."
About the University of Basque Country
The University of the Basque Country, founded in 1980, is the public university of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Located on the northern coast of Spain, the University of the Basque Country is a multilingual institution with Spanish and Basque as its official languages, and several courses available in English. The university has 20 faculties distributed in three campuses, one for each of the three historical territories or provinces. It has 70 undergraduate programs, and 200 postgraduate programmes, offering a wide range of degrees, in areas from experimental sciences, engineering and humanities to health sciences, economics, arts or architecture.
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.