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OCLC WorldShare

Save time, work more effectively and provide better access to everything your library offers.

When everything you do for your library is integrated within one, cooperative system, you see three very real benefits:

  • Staff get more done in less time and are less frustrated with workarounds and redundant efforts
  • Your users get better, faster access to more resources
  • You’ve now got the time and tools to meet the specific, local needs of the people you serve

OCLC WorldShare is a set of integrated applications built on a cloud-based, software platform. The platform provides the cooperative technical infrastructure where WorldCat data and WorldShare applications work together. And WorldShare Management Services offer a completely integrated, web-based set of library management applications that eliminate traditional silos and deliver more efficiency for everyone on your staff.

WorldShare services and applications

WorldShare Management Services

Every minute your library saves on management tasks means one more minute you can spend on your users. By integrating as many library workflows as possible, WorldShare Management Services gives you the opportunity to radically reduce the time spent on routine tasks. One browser window gives you access to acquisitions, circulation, license management and metadata activities. All of which coordinates seamlessly with a user-friendly discovery and delivery service.

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

Resource sharing, when it’s done right, puts the information of the world’s libraries to work for your users. By reducing the number of steps in the process significantly, WorldShare ILL makes it easier—and faster—for your users to take advantage of this important service. Librarians save time, too, since many previously diverse resource sharing functions have been centralized in one place.

WorldShare Metadata

Today’s successful library collections provide sets of complex and diverse materials. Good metadata means better discovery and usability for your materials, no matter what format, language, source or topic they represent. WorldShare Metadata makes it easier to describe and maintain information at the collection level… and for every item you’ll ever need to catalog.

WorldShare License Manager

Your users want a simple, fast way to search for, find and access the best information out of the millions of licensed, electronic items you make available. All the necessary parts to make that happen—link resolution, subscription information, licenses and vendor rights management—come together with WorldShare License Manager.

WorldShare Platform

If you’ve got the programming talent, we’ve got the tools. We want WorldShare to be as open as possible so that you can make it work in whatever ways best suit your library’s needs. Data services, APIs and developer tools make it possible to incorporate WorldShare services and WorldCat data directly into other applications and library management services.

“With one platform we can now offer access to more resources for more students. And as a result of streamlined workflows, we will be better positioned to allocate more staff to services, and assist students with additional research needs.”

David Bryden, Director of Library Services / Highpoint University

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Get in touch with a member representative today to find out how WorldShare can help free your library from the restrictions of local hardware and software to provide more time to focus on serving users and communities.

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