In June 2012 Doane College's current ILS contract was due to expire. After reviewing their options, Doane decided to make the move to WorldShare Management Services (WMS).
"In our library’s five-year strategic plan, it called for providing an integrated discovery service for students and a mobile app or mobile capability. We chose WMS because it packaged together all of the things that we were looking for in a really affordable way," said Julie Pinnell, Director of Perkins Library at Doane College.
What were the results? Students were pleased with discovery service built into WMS and, according to Julie, "They frequently tell us how much they love it and how easy it is to use." And once faculty heard that students liked the service, they requested more in-class information literacy instruction—twice as much as the year before!
For library staff, ease of use and workflow improvements have resulted in real time savings. For example, integration of the WorldCat knowledge base allows staff to add e-books very easily. As one staff member said, "There is an 'on/off' switch in the knowledge base and you just find the title and turn it on."
In short, as a member of Doane's cataloging staff said, “The main thing is that cataloging is so much easier in WMS.” Julie adds, "My staff did not like our old ILS' acquisitions module and had refused to use it. Now with WorldShare Acquisitions, it is much easier to track everything because all of our acquisitions records are in one place. It has been revolutionary for us."
The results of WMS go beyond functionality, though. "We have a wonderful archive and special collections," Julie tells us. "But we did not have any staff available to work with them. Since we implemented WMS, our cataloger now has time to work with our archive—something I considered to be an undiscovered treasure."