Features of OCLC WorldShare Management Services
OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) bring library information and activities together in a safe and secure way. These services are designed and engineered to provide your library with:
- Security: Hardware and software safeguards that ensure secure operations.
- Privacy: Private data is private data. This is true for local systems and applications and associated information that lives on the Web (see OCLC's Commitment to Secure Library Services).
- Scalability: A solution that meets the needs of small to large members, independent libraries, groups and regional consortia.
- Availability: High technical standards translate into system and service availability. Downtime for participating libraries will be absolutely minimised.
- Flexibility: The service-oriented architecture allows users to extend the power of WMS with locally created enhancements. Standard APIs and data exchange will facilitate customisation as well as interoperability with other systems.
"Shared data, shared cataloguing, shared vendor information with other libraries. That is why we chose a cloud-based system."
Henar Silvestre Ferradal, Deputy Director, I.E. Library Madrid
WMS offers one set of integrated applications that shares this data and supports library management across the full range of workflows through a Web-based staff interface. These applications provide a new approach to managing your library workflows cooperatively:
"Cataloging is the one thing that has really seen an improvement as far as workflows. It is much simpler and it is quicker. I know that before, a book would probably see multiple hands in the cataloging process and go through many steps and now I am told that it is just one-step in one sitting and that makes it a lot smoother."
John Wilson, Technology Librarian at Freed-Hardeman University
["Live" with WorldShare Management Services since August 2012]
"Discovery of print, media and electronic collections through WorldCat Local, along with single-button access to interlibrary loan, makes it a superior tool."
Stefanie Wittenbach, University Librarian, Texas A&M University–San Antonio
["Live" with WorldShare Management Services since April 2011]