The library’s management system is the backbone of its operation. Acquisitions, circulation, inter-library loan and cataloguing, though separate functions of the library, are interdependent. Library software has evolved by fusing these functions in to integrated library management systems.
OCLC has developed systems which are primarily focused on smaller libraries with specialized collections and small teams of staff to manage them. OLIB is a system that has operated in governmental, corporate, health and further education libraries for over twenty years. And, Amlib which is primarily in use in school libraries.
Recently, OCLC has announced its strategy of offering cloud-based management services, known as WorldShare Management Services, which are currently rolling out in several countries around the globe, including in the UK.