Sheffield, UK, 2 July 2020. OCLC is the highest ranked supplier on the latest APUC Framework Agreement for Library Management Systems. Following a competitive tender evaluation process, OCLC's WorldShare Management Services achieved the highest overall score. The APUC Framework looks closely at development, implementation and support, and the functional capabilities of systems so that APUC members do not have to go through a tender process.
Founded in 2007, the APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) group is a procurement centre of expertise that works with the 19 higher education and 23 further education institutions in Scotland to encourage collaboration, innovation, and value. OCLC scored well on both Quality and Price to achieve the overall highest score within the framework evaluation process.
"OCLC was the first to move library management services to the cloud, continuing a long history and tradition of technological innovation," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "We are delighted with this validation from APUC, whose ranking illustrates just how far WorldShare Management Services has advanced."
An advanced, cloud-based library services platform, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) saves library staff time and resources by helping them easily manage electronic, digital, and physical materials, all in one interface. With WorldCat as its foundation, WMS allows for drawing on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows.
This initial two-year framework agreement is not exclusively for Scottish institutions and can be used by members of other UK regional HE and FE purchasing associations.
APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Limited is the procurement centre of expertise for all of Scotland universities and colleges, established initially in response to the McClelland Report: Review of Public Procurement in Scotland, which made recommendations for public procurement reform. APUC's core vision is "To maximise the value of Scotland's investment in further and higher education by working in partnership with institutions to support and enable sustainable innovation in procurement and shared service optimization." For further information about APUC please see, https://www.apuc-scot.ac.uk/.
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.