DUBLIN, Ohio, 16 March 2016—Münster University of Applied Sciences (The Fachhochschule Münster) is the first academic institution in Germany to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
The announcement was made during the Bibliothekskongress 2016 conference in Leipzig today.
WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a complete, cloud-based library management system that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including Acquisitions, Circulation, Metadata, Resource Sharing, License Management and a single-search Discovery interface to connect library users to the information they need. WMS also includes a range of Reports based on local data that help libraries understand their activities and track key metrics over time.
"It has always been our goal to replace existing workflows with efficient, staff friendly processes so that we can spend less of our valuable time on routine tasks," said Dr. Bruno Klotz-Berendes, head of the library of the Münster University of Applied Sciences. "Our experience with WorldShare License Manager and the WorldCat knowledge base in managing our electronic resources confirmed that the use of shared information is useful and efficient. Moving to WorldShare Management Services is the next logical step—to move all our workflows to the cloud environment. As an innovative university, we look forward to working together with other libraries through WorldShare."
"We welcome FH Münster as the first library in Germany to join the WorldShare Management Services community," said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC. "Management of electronic, digital and print resources via WMS will enable the library to make their processes more efficient. These efficiencies will enable the library staff to spend more of their time on different objectives and priorities in service to their users."
More than 390 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.
About the library of the Münster University of Applied Sciences
The library of the Münster University of Applied Sciences makes all media that are needed for research, teaching and studies available for everyone who is interested - but primarily for associates and members of the university. It supports users with the acquisition of information and media as well as with using information services and provides possibilities for studying and working.
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.