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OCLC WorldShare Management Services

The first cooperative management service for libraries

Creating a different future for library services

OCLC WorldShare Management Services provide a unified, Web-based environment that streamlines acquisitions, circulation, license management and metadata management workflows and offers a powerful discovery and delivery tool for library users.

Both replacing and standing apart from traditional ILS systems, OCLC’s cloud-based library management services enable libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources as well as to collaborate in new ways.

"We wanted a library management system that was cutting-edge. Moving to WorldShare Management Services is going to allow us to keep pace with current and emerging trends in technology and take full advantage of new developments and applications created specifically for libraries as they become available."

Steve Shorb, Dean of the Criss Library, The University of Nebraska Omaha.   [The 100th “live” WMS library.]

Launched for general release in July 2011, more than 180 libraries are now actively using WorldShare Management Services, with more signing up every month. As more libraries subscribe, the benefits for each individual library are enhanced due to the cooperative nature of these services.

Here’s why libraries are choosing to join the WorldShare Management Services community:

  • Shared data. Connects library workflows to the massively aggregated, collective data in WorldCat, eliminating silos and improving efficiencies.
  • Entirely Web-based applications. Cloud-based technology means there’s no need to purchase hardware or manage local servers and software, enabling the reallocation of resources to more important projects.
  • Radically-improved workflows. Seamless integration of ordering, receiving and cataloging saves librarians time.
  • Intuitive and streamlined staff interface. Common interface manages all physical and electronic materials more efficiently.
  • Google-like searching. Enhanced end-user discovery with WorldCat Local is included enabling users to do a single search across a library’s full array of resources.
  • Increased visibility on the Web. OCLC partnerships redirect users from the Web straight to libraries—helping to support users at their point of need.
  • OCLC is a worldwide library cooperative. A not-for-profit cooperative managed and owned by libraries, OCLC represents library interests in the wider information environment.

OCLC WorldShare Management Services: In libraries now. Ready for your library today.

Contact us to determine the implementation timeframe that is right for your library or group.

“From its inception, we have engaged member libraries to advise us every step of the way. It is truly the ongoing result of collective innovation.”

Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director of Networked Library Services

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Upcoming events

01 May 2014

Planning for your library's future:
A workflow demonstration for library leaders

This session will show you how a centralized approach to the tools you need for your staff, your users and your budget can lay the groundwork for your library’s sustainable success. You’ll see how OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) can help your library eliminate many IT support issues and costs, simplify and expedite cataloging, and reduce training time and costs.

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

06 May 2014

Partnerships that engage end users now and into the future

During this session, you will learn how OCLC partnerships with over 300 organizations:
- Provide value back to OCLC members through exchange of data, connecting workflows and sharing applications
- Make it easier to find content you and your patrons need and save your library time and money in cataloging, collection management, acquisitions and other areas
- Allow your collections to be syndicated across the Web for broad exposure, bringing searchers back your library.

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

15 May 2014

Exploring shifting changes in user engagement

During this session, you will learn about:
- Research that indentifies the shifting changes in users' engagement with the informantion environment
- How research can help to develop better ways to attract and sustain new groups of lifelong learners
- Strategies to position the role of the library within the workflows of students and faculty.

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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