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OCLC WorldShare Management Services expands mobile capabilities

New Digby app increases productivity for student library workers

DUBLIN, Ohio, 19 June 2017OCLC is introducing Digby, a new mobile app that will soon be available as part of WorldShare Management Services, the cloud-based library services platform. Digby is specifically designed to increase the efficiency, accuracy and independence of student library workers.

As a suite of web-based applications, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) already allows library staff to do their work wherever needed—in the library, at home or on the go. Now with the Digby app, WMS helps the library’s student workers become more productive too.

The intuitive design of the Digby app provides student workers with clear instructions for handling pull-list and re-shelving tasks. Digby lets student workers scan library materials right in the stacks—saving them time and reducing their reliance on paper slips.

"Today, mobile is a way of life, especially for the students who work in and use our libraries," said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management. "Our goal was to create a mobile app that allows student workers to use their mobile phones to perform their work in the library."

"We partnered closely with member libraries in the PALNI consortium to develop and pilot the Digby app to ensure that it delivered the right experience and simplified their work. Their input was invaluable in making this app user-friendly. We look forward to working with our members to enhance and refine this app, and to find other opportunities to leverage the power of WMS," said Sauer-Games.

Staff and student library workers from Butler University Libraries, part of PALNI, were among those who provided advice and input in development, and then tested the Digby app before the pilot ended last month. According to Laina Ridenour, Collection Management Associate, Butler University Libraries, student workers found the app extremely useful. "My students have asked me almost daily when they can have the (Digby) app again," she said.

WMS is built on the cloud-based WorldShare platform that supports a suite of library services and provides flexible access to library data through APIs and other web services. With WorldCat as its foundation, WMS enables individual libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also offers interoperability with third party and campus systems, including financial management, learning management and student records systems as well as self-check technologies.

The Digby app will be available from the Apple and Google Play app stores in August 2017—initially for WMS libraries in the United States, and subsequently for all WMS libraries worldwide.

Stop by the OCLC booth (1824) at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, for Spotlight Sessions focusing on the new Digby app. Product demos are also available ongoing at the booth.

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.

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