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University of Groningen selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Move to cloud-based system will help the library gain efficiencies and improve the library user experience

LEIDEN, Netherlands, 3 December 2015— The University of Groningen, an institution with a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614 that is consistently named among the world's best, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a complete, cloud-based library management system that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including Acquisitions, Circulation, Metadata, Resource Sharing, License Management and a single-search Discovery interface to connect library users to the information they need. WMS also includes a range of Reports based on local data that help libraries understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

"The move to WMS makes it possible to offer better service to our users. Our customer satisfaction poll has shown that our users prefer e-Resources. WMS enables us to provide better access to our electronic collections for our students and staff," said Marjolein Nieboer, Director, University of Groningen Library. "At the same time, we will improve the efficiency of our library workflows by collaborating more with the other university libraries in the Netherlands and all over the world. This collaboration leads to shared quality improvement and cost reduction."

"We are pleased to see an increasing number of Dutch universities moving their services to the OCLC WorldShare platform," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President and Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "Dutch universities have an excellent reputation in international academic circles. Students and researchers come to Dutch universities from all parts of the world. It is becoming more important than ever to offer worldwide access to information and knowledge. The move to WMS will help the University of Groningen realize this goal."

The University of Groningen is a member of the UKB consortium, which comprises 13 Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands. UKB libraries are currently using several OCLC services on the WorldShare platform, including WorldShare Metadata Services, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and WorldCat Discovery Services.

Today, 380 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.

About the University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent, in the Netherlands. The University is in the top 100 of several important ranking lists. It is very popular with its 30,000 students and 5,250 staff members from home and abroad. They are challenged to excel, burgeoning talent is cultivated and the keyword is quality. The University is committed to actively cooperating with its partners in society, with a special focus on its research themes Healthy Ageing, Energy and Sustainable Society.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

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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