Dublin, OH -- 27 July 2020. OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, a leading library services platform, has achieved United States Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization following a rigorous evaluation to meet the U.S. Government's security requirements for cloud services. The United States Census Bureau Library served as OCLC's agency sponsor for FedRAMP.
FedRAMP is a U.S. Government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services that federal agencies may use. The process accelerates the adoption of secure cloud solutions through reuse of assessments and authorizations. This approach uses a "do once, use many times" framework that will save cost, time, and staff required to conduct redundant agency security assessments.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a 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 library's collections and the world's knowledge.
"The U.S. Government sets the bar very high for FedRAMP authorization," said Bart Murphy, OCLC's Chief Technology and Information Officer. "Meeting these high standards validates our commitment to security and quality at scale in our products and services. FedRAMP authorization not only helps shorten the process for federal agencies to select and implement WMS in their institutions, it informs the worldwide library community that they can be confident that WMS meets these high standards for cloud services."
OCLC's WorldShare Management Services is listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace.
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.