The OCLC library community
The active involvement of OCLC members has been crucial to the success of scale OCLC WorldShare Management Services. OCLC relied on two important groups to guide our efforts to build Webscale management services for libraries.
The first group was tactical in nature—pilot libraries helped to test application functionality, data migration, implementation and support. These libraries included:
- CPC (Craven, Pamlico, Carteret) Regional Libraries in North Carolina
- Idaho Commission for Libraries including Boundary County Public Library and the Cooperative Information Network (CIN)
- Orbis Cascade Alliance and Linfield College Libraries
- Pepperdine University Libraries
The Library Advisory Council:
Digital Strategy Director
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Lincoln Trail Libraries System
University of Massachusetts Medical Center Library
Director of Libraries
University of New Brunswick
John F. Helmer
Orbis Cascade Alliance
Statewide Projects Librarian
Montana State Library
Library Advisory Council
The second group was the Library Advisory Council, comprised of leaders in the library community from OCLC member institutions. The council's purpose was to provide advice and input to OCLC on the overall direction of the project, as well as validate our strategic positioning and provide a sounding board for new ideas not yet in the development plan.
The experience provided by the wide range of library practitioners on the council helped OCLC create a strategy that meets the needs of libraries across various sectors and geographies. As members of the cooperative, their ideas and feedback were integral to the development of Webscale services.