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Libraries to share progress, potential of OCLC Web-scale Management Services during program at ALA Midwinter Meeting

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 7 January 2011—Three library professionals implementing OCLC Web-scale Management Services at their libraries will share their progress and experiences with the new cooperative, Web-based network of library management tools during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, January 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, Sapphire Ballroom P.

Jackie Beach, Director, Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library System, North Carolina; Michael Dula, Director for Digital Initiatives and Technology Strategy, Pepperdine University Libraries; and Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will share their experiences in implementing OCLC Web-scale Management Services during the session titled, "Library Management Services in the Cloud: More Reality than Dream." Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, and Andrew Pace, OCLC Executive Director of Networked Library Services, will also participate in the presentation and discussion.

"It is tremendously rewarding to work with OCLC members during the planning and testing stages, and then to hear how the implementation of Web-scale Management Services is positively impacting library staff and patrons,” said Pace. "Libraries are realizing the benefits of not having to manage local hardware and software, and reducing the total cost of ownership for library systems. There is also the cooperative benefit of gaining access to the work of the global library community—first with WorldCat and then with Web-scale Management Services. Finally, streamlining library operations frees staff to work on higher priority tasks for their particular community."

Using OCLC Web-scale Management Services, libraries can share data, applications and workflow improvements with peer institutions, end users and partners. "We were really, really tired of dealing with data silos," said Griffey. "Being able to merge all of our ILS data with the rest of the world, and to profit and benefit from others' contributions—that's a great benefit."

Simpson University Library accelerated its implementation plan after experiencing a server failure, according to Larry Haight, Library Director.
"Simpson University Library initiated migration to OCLC Web-scale Management Services to diminish library dependence on University IT personnel and services, and to end dependence on a local server to host an ILS," said Haight. "When the library's server crashed the second weekend of December, the OCLC team expedited implementation of our Library's Web-scale Management Services and restored library services several hours before the local server was resuscitated. Simpson University Library went live with Web-scale Management Services within an hour of reporting the server problem to our implementation team leader."

Just six months after the availability of circulation and acquisitions modules to early adopters, 18 libraries in the United States—representing a wide range of types, sizes and regions—have committed to using OCLC Web-scale Management Services. Five of these libraries have completed their implementations and are currently in full production.

In November 2010, BIBSYS, a consortium of more than 100 libraries in Norway, signed an agreement with OCLC to implement Web-scale Management Services for its members.

About OCLC

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 72,000 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 on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit the OCLC Web site.

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