In a changing educational environment, the role of the academic library continues to evolve rapidly. Today we need the tools to be able to help highly mobile students, staff and researchers source content from all over the world in a multitude of formats. We also need the means to shine a light on the vital work that academic libraries contribute. OCLC work with academic institutions to simplify library processes, increasing efficiency and effectiveness of your management and discovery workflows.
Broaden visibility of collections
Students and researchers are increasingly using search engines and academic databases to find the material they are looking for. Discovery tools are having some impact but do not position library collections through popular academic and scholarly Web sites, where many people spend their time studying. Utrecht University Library have recognised that the syndication process expedited through WorldCat and the WorldShare Platform can promote visibility of their library collection in ways that local discovery options cannot.
Improve troubleshooting response time
The library at University of the Arts London wanted to provide students with access to electronic library resources from anywhere, but troubleshooting technical problems became increasingly time consuming. By implementing a hosted access and authentication solution, the library dramatically streamlined its troubleshooting workflow.
Provide a more convenient and improved interlibrary loan service
The Bavarian State Library was used to fulfilling a wide array of requests from all over Germany, but soon realised that with the ever-growing international needs for resources, it needed to extend its reach. With the introduction of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, it meant that they could make their resources, including their special collections, easily accessible to a worldwide audience.
Provide better access to your special collections
In the past, if scholars or researchers wanted to view the Marandet Collection at The University of Warwick, they had to be on-site. However, with the introduction of software that stores, manages and delivers digital content online, they have been able to digitize this collection of French plays so they can now be enjoyed and accessed from anywhere in the world.