OBERHACHING, Germany, 16 May 2018—The Tolstoy Library (Die Tolstoi-Bibliothek) in Munich, the largest Russian-language non-governmental library in Western Europe, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new library services platform.
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 help libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
"The conversion to WMS enables us to spend less time on traditional routine work. This gives us time that we can use for much more important tasks," said Tatjana Erschow, Managing Director and Head of the Tolstoy Library. "A major advantage for us is the collaborative cataloging of titles in WorldCat, as many of our Russian language titles are already available in WorldCat. All we have to do is attach the inventory."
With more than 46,000 works, the Tolstoy Library is an independent, non-commercial institution for the promotion, preservation and communication of Russian culture in Germany. The Tolstoy Library enables Russian-speaking immigrants to preserve and share their culture of origin. The library is open to anyone interested in Russian language and culture.
"We are pleased that the Tolstoy Library is migrating to OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and joining the growing WMS community," said Andreas Schmidt, General Manager of OCLC GmbH based in Oberhaching, Germany. "It is important that special collections and treasures, such as those offered by the Tolstoy Library, can be discovered and used. The introduction of WMS will help the Tolstoy library to serve its users even better."
About the Tolstoy Library
The Tolstoy Library was founded in Munich in 1949 by Russian emigrants with the support of the American Tolstoy Foundation. It is an independent, non-commercial institution for the promotion, preservation and communication of Russian culture in Germany. It has no political objectives. With more than 46,000 works, it is the largest non-governmental Russian-language library in Western Europe. The Tolstoy Library enables Russian-speaking immigrants to preserve and pass on their culture of origin. At the same time, it is open to anyone interested in Russian language and culture. As a mediator between cultures, the Tolstoy Library thus fulfils an important bridging function between Russians and Germans. The library is run by Tolstoi Hilfs- und Kulturwerk e.V.
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.