LEIDEN, Netherlands, May 29, 2015. The American University of Sharjah, based in the United Arab Emirates, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its new library management solution.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services for their students, faculty and staff.
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) noted several features of WMS that made it most appealing to library staff, including its ability to increase effectiveness of e-resource management workflows. Staff also noted that the integration of applications within the WMS suite, combined with the benefits derived from network effects as OCLC member libraries share data, work and resources in the cloud-based environment, were instrumental in its selection of WMS.
"We were impressed with the ability of the WorldCat knowledge base to streamline all of our e-content workflows, from cataloging to electronic resource holdings and license management," said Thomas Hodge, Assistant University Librarian for Technology & Technical Services, American University of Sharjah.
"The ability of WMS to improve data quality through inter-library cooperation and crowd sourcing of information makes WMS a real innovation in our environment," continued Hodge. "The availability of numerous APIs is a major advantage as well. Too often, a service provider implements a feature that is good in and of itself, but the library wants to do more, or wants to make some small change to fit local circumstances. Good APIs allow us to more easily create such extensions to our system."
AUS is a member of the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL), which brings together 26 institutions of higher education located in 21 countries across Europe, West and North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. AUS is the second member of the AMICAL group to select WMS. John Cabot University in Rome announced last month that it was moving to WMS.
"The objective of AUS is to be one of the premier learning institutions within the Gulf region," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "To achieve this, AUS needs the right systems and solutions in place. WorldShare Management Services will help AUS consolidate collections, while simultaneously helping facilitate a transition from physical to electronic resources to meet the changing needs and expectations of its users."
Today, more than 325 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. By sharing data and work across many member libraries, WMS offers libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver more value to their users.
More about WorldShare Management Services is on the OCLC website.
About American University Sharjah
Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East. AUS is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational institution that is proud of its role as a leading comprehensive coeducational university, serving students from the region and around the world.
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.