DUBLIN, Ohio, 8 January 2019—In May 2019, McGill University, one of Canada's top ranked research-intensive institutions, will be upgrading its knowledge management infrastructure and fully integrating OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its cloud-based library services platform.
In the summer of 2018, McGill Library upgraded the existing WorldCat Local online catalogue and search tool to its successor WorldCat Discovery. The final stage of the upgrade will bring together all applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management, full analytics and a single-search discovery interface for library users.
"Sharing and managing McGill's rich, deep holdings with our community and the world is top of mind," said Colleen Cook, Trenholme Dean of Libraries at McGill. "We are entering an exciting time where evolving, cloud-based technology can give students, faculty, and staff access to the materials they need to succeed quickly. We want to deliver a powerful catalogue that is a reflection of our world-class collection. Using the OCLC catalogue and knowledge base as the heart of the system makes sense for our users and internal workflows."
As part of the OCLC library cooperative, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for processes that are more efficient. It provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users. WMS also includes analytics tools and a range of standard reports, and allows libraries to develop their own analytics so they can better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
"McGill University has been working closely with OCLC for years, using a variety of our services," said Bruce Crocco, OCLC Vice President, Library Services for the Americas. "Making this additional commitment to WorldShare Management Services was a natural transition that will minimize impact to staff and end-users and optimize local efficiencies. We are extremely pleased to welcome McGill University, a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and a university with a rich history and great reputation, to the WMS community. McGill's commitment to WMS will have a positive impact on academic and research libraries worldwide."
About McGill University Library
The McGill University Library provides the comprehensive information infrastructure necessary to sustain leading-edge teaching, learning and research activity at McGill University. The Library holds more than 7 million items in its various collections, which are located in numerous branches across McGill's downtown and Macdonald campuses. Receiving over 5 million visits annually, and millions more visits online, it is an invaluable support system for the McGill community, with rich collections, wide-ranging information resources, innovative services and attractive, comfortable facilities. For more information: www.mcgill.ca/library.
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.