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Library management at Webscale

The library community has made it clear that traditional management systems lack the flexibility to meet the challenges of changing collections and the needs of library users. And since the demand for library services has never been higher, new collaborative and innovative solutions are needed now more than ever.

“UNCG believes that WorldShare Management Services are the next major advance in library cooperation. The services significantly reduce redundant and duplicative effort across libraries, thereby allowing each library to focus on their unique content and strengths.”

Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean of University Libraries and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies,
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

From its inception as a member-initiated program, and introduction as the first cooperative, Webscale management service for libraries, OCLC WorldShare Management Services have provided an integrated approach for libraries to share resources and innovation. Unified workflows streamline cataloging, acquisitions, license management, circulation, discovery and delivery, while enabling relevant data to be shared among participating libraries.

The goal of WorldShare Management Services? To enable libraries to focus on delivering greater value to your users, while increasing efficiencies by moving routine tasks to a shared, cloud-based infrastructure.

The imperative? To provide an entirely new approach for libraries required a new interconnected Web architecture that also provides flexible, open access to library data through APIs and other Web services. This is WorldShare. It is built on the foundation of WorldCat—the world’s largest aggregation of library information. It also facilitates collaboration and allows anyone to develop on the WorldShare Platform—including partners, libraries, and OCLC.

With ongoing member feedback, we are now incrementally moving new and existing OCLC services to the WorldShare Platform, including WorldShare Metadata and WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. One of the key design principles for the WorldShare architecture is vendor neutrality, recognizing that libraries work within an environment of non-OCLC and OCLC services.

The new WorldShare services and applications

OCLC WorldShare Metadata will provide a complete metadata management solution for physical, licensed and digital resources across multiple formats. This set of new applications and services will be made available in phases over the next three years. WorldShare Metadata will be available to all libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription and will work with other OCLC services as well as traditional integrated library systems (ILS). For libraries using other WorldShare Management Services, WorldShare Metadata will fully integrate these functions in the same staff interface, significantly improving efficiency for “back office” operations.

OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing, as part of libraries’ existing OCLC Resource Sharing subscriptions. The service centralizes workflows now managed in multiple systems and will provide new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests and saves time for library staff and library users.

The WorldShare Platform supports new features in WorldShare ILL that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library's ILS.

The migration from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will transform traditional interlibrary loan into a much broader fulfillment service with associated workflows. In the new service, interlibrary loan will be one of any number of fulfillment options a library may select according to the needs of its users and library policies.

“…companies distinguish themselves through defining different futures for their library customers.”

Marshall Breeding
SCELC Colloquium, 11 May 2010

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration. Learn more »