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Erasmus University Rotterdam selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Move to WMS will enable EUR to focus more resources on services for users

LEIDEN, Netherlands, 1 February 2016— Erasmus University Rotterdam, one of the largest universities in the Netherlands with over 24,000 students and a research community of approximately 1,400 scientists, 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.

"It is the mission of the library of Erasmus University Rotterdam to provide excellent support to researchers and students who access and use our scientific information," said Matthijs van Otegem, Director University Library Erasmus University Rotterdam. "WorldShare Management Services enables us to focus on library services instead of management software. Digital is now our default for resources and materials. As an international university, we are very pleased to be cooperating on a worldwide scale through the WorldShare platform."

"We welcome Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR) to the WorldShare Management Services community," said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director of OCLC EMEA and APAC. "With the use of WMS, the EUR will increase its efficiency and save time on routine tasks. This will allow the library to focus on other goals and priorities."

The EUR is a member of the UKB-consortium, which comprises 13 Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands. In 2014, the UKB has signed an agreement with OCLC to move library services to the WorldShare platform.

Today, more than 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 Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University is an international research university, located in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam. Founded in 1913, it is currently one of the largest universities in The Netherlands with over 24,000 students and a research community of approximately 1,400 scientists. Researchers and students in seven faculties and two institutes work on global social challenges in the areas of Health, Wealth, Culture and Governance. The quality of the research at the Erasmus University, named after the humanist and theologian Erasmus who was born in Rotterdam, is reflected in the ranking in the top 100 of most major university rankings. On the lively, modern campus, students and scientists from more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and to work towards their ambition. More about Erasmus University Rotterdam is at http://www.eur.nl/.

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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