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WorldShare Management Services

An integrated suite of cloud-based library
management applications

Save time and money. Improve service to users.

Faced with scarce resources, changing user needs and increasingly diverse collections and systems, libraries are looking for new ways to save time and money while improving service to their users. By sharing data and work across many member libraries, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) offer libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver new value to users.

Libraries Realize Real Results with WMS

Library staff shared the ways WMS has helped to save money, staff time and offered new functionality.

This, in turn, provided them with opportunities to take on new projects... to Realize Real Results in their libraries.

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Streamline workflows

With WorldCat® data as its foundation, libraries using WMS experience improved workflows and a drastic reduction in the time it takes to perform routine tasks, including e-resource management and cataloging. They have also been able to reallocate full-time staff to undertake new initiatives, such as cataloging special collections, creating LibGuides for users and redesigning library websites. 

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Realize significant cost savings

Traditional ILS systems often require costs to maintain servers and software. These costs are eliminated with WMS, a cloud-based system. Additionally, there are no fees related to the purchase of separate serials management, course reserves, openURL resolver and A – Z list services, all of which are included with a WMS subscription.

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Manage e-resources efficiently

WMS integrates all your electronic and print resource management workflows—including selection, acquisitions and maintenance—within the same Web-based WorldShare interface. This helps to streamline and automate the management of electronic collections and puts electronic materials in the hands of users more quickly.

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Improve discovery for your users and visibility for your library

Your WMS subscription includes WorldCat Discovery Services with available options for group views, remote database search, custom reporting and more. WorldCat Discovery provides your users with a single-search of your electronic, digital and physical resources as well as materials held by thousands of libraries worldwide. And, through OCLC's syndication partners, it gives your library more visibility on the Web with leading search engines and other popular sites. 

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Get better information about your systems

A WMS subscription includes a range of predefined/parameterized reports based on local library data. These include a local holdings report and dashboards that provide visual, at-a-glance views of key performance indicators about your library's activities. A report authoring tool is available at an additional cost, as is the Collection Evaluation service, which provides user-specified, peer comparisons based on OCLC cooperative data.

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Member stories


Increase e-content usage with systems that work together

Find out how the National Academy of Sciences library increased catalog usage and saved staff time by using an integrated cloud-based suite of library management applications.


Expand e-resource availability and visibility

See how High Point University improved discovery for students and visibility for their unique content.

"We used to talk about how, in our library, we were updating data and adding and enhancing records just for the benefit of our local library. And that probably hundreds, if not thousands, of others catalogers were probably doing the same thing at the very same time. Now when we update records, we do it for the benefit of the world. We're really pretty happy about that."  

Jennifer ClarkeJennifer Clarke
Assistant Director of Library Collection
Development & Access Services, Bucknell University
Live with WMS since June 2011

A cooperative effort

OCLC worked with a library advisory council, pilot libraries and early adopters to develop the WMS suite of cloud-based library management applications. When data is stored in the cloud, it offers many advantages, including the ability to share information across applications and libraries. In July 2011, WMS was released for general availability. Today, more than 310 libraries worldwide have selected WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success.

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