DUBLIN, Ohio, October 24, 2013. Lethbridge College, Tyndale University College and Seminary, and University of New Brunswick in Canada are now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS), moving library management services to the cloud. More than 240 libraries worldwide have selected WMS; more than 150 libraries are currently using the services.
WorldShare Management Services streamline cataloguing, acquisitions, license management and circulation workflows, and offer the WorldCat Local discovery service for library users.
"The move to WMS is the natural transition to the future of information services," said John Teskey, Director of Libraries, University of New Brunswick (UNB). "The Web is where our users live and we have to be with them." UNB became an OCLC member in 1989, and Mr. Teskey, along with other member leaders, helped shape and guide the development of WMS as a member of the WMS Advisory Council. UNB was the first Canadian member library to select and start using WMS.
"Sharing is something that libraries do very well," said Hugh Rendle, Director of Library Services, Tyndale University College and Seminary. "The integration that I see in OCLC WMS takes sharing to the next level. Being a WMS library will save us time in acquisitions and cataloguing and allow us to serve our users better. Our patrons and staff both find the interface easy to use. They have never had access to so much information in one interface before."
"We've just gone live with WMS and are excited about the potential to give our students increased access to research material," said Fiona Dyer, Library Manager, Lethbridge College.
WMS is a cooperative, cloud-based library management system. It moves shared data and routine yet critical library functions to the cloud. These, combined with the use of the WorldCat database, generate cost benefits, simplified workflows and time savings for libraries, which weren't previously possible when using disparate and specialized library systems.
"These institutions are at the forefront of advancing library management services, leveraging OCLC's Toronto-based data centre, which opened in July 2012," said Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. "They were the first institutions in Canada to move forward with OCLC's unique library management solution, and many others in Canada are following their progress as they consider moving to WMS."
The data centre in Toronto enables OCLC to support access and data privacy requirements in Canada, as well as technical standards that promote the cost-effective, worldwide sharing of information across platforms, scripts, languages and cultural materials. The Toronto data centre employs best-in-class technologies to ensure the highest levels of performance, reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.