DUBLIN, Ohio, 24 July 2013— Fourteen libraries in Australia have completed implementation and are now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services. These libraries join more than 120 libraries worldwide using the cloud-based library management services that simplify operations, streamline workflows, offer new opportunities for collaboration, and provide powerful discovery and delivery services for library users.
“Coming onboard with WorldShare and being part of the WorldCat community has been very exciting,” said Karin Gilbert, Head of the Learning Resource Centre, Lowther Hall. “The product development is excellent, updates are regular and reflect the input we give, and we feel excited to be part of this innovative product and community.”
Included in the list of Australian libraries in full implementation of WorldShare Management Services are:
- Auburn City Library Service (New South Wales)
- Collie Public Library (Western Australia)
- The Hutchins School (Tasmania)
- Isaac Regional Council Libraries (Queensland)
- Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (Victoria)
- Mazenod College (Victoria)
- Monash Health Libraries (Melbourne)
- Plantagenet Public Libraries (Western Australia)
- Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview
- St Mary’s Newman Academic Centre, University of Melbourne (Victoria)
- St Michael’s Collegiate School (Tasmania)
- Somerset College (Queensland)
- Shore, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (New South Wales)
- Trinity Theological College, Leederville (Western Australia)
“Our implementation went quite smoothly thanks to the dedication and hard work of the OCLC support team in Melbourne,” said Alison Kidman, Manager of Information Services, Shire of Collie. “We are very pleased to now offer our patrons a far more enriching online experience that WorldCat brings, and look forward to incorporating further developments.”
OCLC staff in Melbourne has extensive experience in supporting libraries in Australia and New Zealand and worked closely with libraries in the region to facilitate implementation and support of the WorldShare Management Services. “These libraries are leading OCLC’s new, innovative approach to cooperative library management services in this part of the world,” said Chris Thewlis, OCLC Regional Manager, Australia/New Zealand. “We expect other institutions will follow their lead.”
WorldShare Management Services offer unified, Web-based applications—from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics—to streamline workflows, and create new value for their institutions and users. They also offer the ability to manage collections of print, electronic and digital material from start-to-finish. The integration of license management features into interlibrary loan processes set WorldShare Management Services apart from traditional integrated library systems.
To support WorldShare Management Services for members in Australia and New Zealand, OCLC began operating a new data center in Sydney, Australia, in March 2012. The Sydney center employs state-of-the-art technologies to ensure high-level performance, reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness. In addition, the new center enables OCLC to comply with access and data privacy requirements in Australia and New Zealand, and adhere to technical standards that promote the cost-effective, worldwide sharing of information across platforms. And to demonstrate OCLC’s commitment to information security, OCLC obtained its ISO 27001 certification in February 2012.
Find more information about OCLC WorldShare Management Services on the OCLC website.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.
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