Melbourne, Australia, 14 December 2021. Griffith University, in Australia, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as their new library management system to integrate workflows and increase visibility and access to resources.
Griffith University is one of the largest universities in Australia, spanning six campuses in South East Queensland, with 50,000 students, 4,000 staff, and a network of graduates that extends around the world. Established in 1975, the university has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion and thrives on challenging conventions. Since its inception, Griffith University has been committed to social consciousness and environmental awareness.
"Griffith University is excited to be working in partnership with OCLC," said Maureen Sullivan, University Librarian at Griffith University. "Griffith is a values-driven organisation, and we share OCLC's desire to progress diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and to promote engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. WMS will offer our students and staff a much-improved experience, and we look forward to joining the growing community of over 400 academic libraries worldwide that have selected WMS as their library services platform."
"WMS is a secure and scalable enterprise solution that meets the business needs of modern university libraries, offering great value-for-money and a range of useful integrations," said Sam Searle, Head of Digital Library Services at Griffith. "Having already worked with OCLC in 2019 on the first Australian implementation of OCLC's Tipasa interlibrary loan system, we are very confident in OCLC's ability to deliver a fit-for-purpose technical solution and high-quality ongoing support after our launch in 2022."
WorldShare Management Services is a cloud-based library services platform that provides users with fast, reliable access to the library's collections and a worldwide network of knowledge. With WorldCat as its foundation, library staff can draw on OCLC's shared data network and technology for more efficient workflows.
"We are very pleased to extend our partnership with Griffith University as part of the WMS community. WMS will provide the university the opportunity to work closely with other libraries on a global scale and increase access to resources worldwide," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC.
More than 650 libraries of all types use WorldShare Management Services worldwide.
About Griffith University
Griffith University was established in 1975 to be a different type of university, committed to equity, inclusion and the success of students. Griffith introduced Australia's first degrees in Modern Asian Studies and Environmental Science, and has a long history of commitment to social justice and sustainability. Griffith is also a university that lives its values and demonstrates its commitment to creating a better future for all through meaningful, impactful, and measurable action.
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.