Earlier this month OCLC announced that the UKB consortium of Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands have signed a new agreement to move library services to OCLC WorldShare. The new agreement will offer new opportunities for Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands to collaborate globally.
This move by UKB means that its members, which include university libraries in the Netherlands as well as the National Library, will be able to integrate their metadata management, resource sharing and discovery services into a global network to maximise efficiencies in workflow and IT infrastructure.
WorldShare provides an open cloud-based approach for sharing metadata, applications and innovation, enabling library consortia to collaborate at a national or regional level as well as connecting globally to raise visibility and awareness of their institutions on the web, and take advantage of the economies of scale that global collaboration brings.
The new agreement is an essential part of UKB's strategy for academic service provision, and recognises the importance of globalisation in the higher education sector.
Twelve members of the UKB consortium, along with the National Library of the Netherlands, signed the agreement.