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Maastricht University selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Leading university in the Netherlands moves its library management system to the cloud

LEIDEN, Netherlands, 16 December 2014—Maastricht University, a leading international university in the Netherlands, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive system to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve access to library collections and services.

"Implementing WorldShare Management Services provides a cost-effective way for us to streamline our library processes," said Ingrid Wijk, Director of the Maastricht University Library and Language Centre. "Together with the implementation of the WorldShare Platform, the users will be able to search libraries holdings not only on a national level, but also internationally. Because WMS is cloud-based, the system scales as we grow, without us needing to administer any upgrades or maintain hardware."

In February 2014, the UKB consortium of Dutch University Libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands, of which Maastricht University Library is a member, signed an agreement to move library services to the OCLC WorldShare Platform, an open, cloud-based infrastructure that supports the integration of library data and applications from OCLC and other information providers and partners. The move took Dutch metadata management, resource sharing and discovery services to a global infrastructure that creates efficiencies in workflow and IT infrastructure. Maastricht University is the latest Dutch university to move its library management workflows to WorldShare.

"Like UKB, Maastricht University Library has decided to invest in a global infrastructure for their institution-level library services," said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA. "The library will share in a vast aggregation of shared data and resources through the WorldShare Platform."

WorldShare Management Services provide a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. WMS was designed to facilitate the cooperative work of libraries and to provide new efficiencies. Libraries using WMS experience reductions in the time it takes to perform routine tasks and have the ability to reallocate time to new initiatives, such as cataloging special collections, or other projects that might need attention. More about WorldShare is on the OCLC website.

About Maastricht University

Maastricht University serves some 16,000 students with 4,000 staff members. Maastricht University is an internationally-oriented university and presents itself as follows: Based in Europe, focused on the world. Maastricht University is a stimulating environment. Where research and teaching are complementary. Where innovation is our focus. Where talent can flourish. A truly student oriented research university. More about Maastricht University can be found at www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/.

About OCLC

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.

OCLC, WorldCat, WorldCat.org and WorldShare are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.

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