LEIDEN, Netherlands, 23 August 2019—The American College of Greece, the oldest American-accredited college in Europe, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its new library services platform.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is the cloud-based library services platform with WorldCat as its foundation, which allows library staff to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also enables staff to better manage resources in all formats and to provide their users with improved access to the world's knowledge.
"We are incredibly excited to be the first library in Greece to implement WorldShare Management Services," said Vicky Tseroni, Associate Dean of Libraries at The American College of Greece. "WMS will provide us with the necessary tools to allow the entirety of our collection to be fully accessible, giving our patrons the opportunity to make optimal use of our resources. At the same time, WMS will provide library staff improved and simplified workflows allowing us to free up valuable time to focus our efforts on more meaningful areas to support students and faculty, such as information/digital literacy programs and digital humanities projects."
Located in Athens, The American College of Greece (ACG) is the first American higher education institution abroad to achieve accreditation in the United States. For over 140 years, ACG has been offering transformative education and cultivating a fertile intellectual and cultural collaboration between Greece and the United States. The 64-acre main campus is immersed in a pine forest, a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the buzzing city.
"We welcome The American College of Greece (ACG) to the WMS community," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice-President, Managing Director OCLC EMEA & APAC. "WMS will help the ACG Libraries work collaboratively and more efficiently, opening up new opportunities to work with and benefit from the work of other libraries that are part of the worldwide WMS community."
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.