academic libraries

In a rapidly changing educational environment, academic libraries need more time and staff resources to meet the needs of faculty and students. They are also looking for tools that shine a light on their vital contributions toward the success of their academic institutions. OCLC services help simplify library workflows, giving staff the tools and time to invest in relationships across campus, to evolve local collections and to create new programs.

Students in the library at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

Focus your time on your library's strengths

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Libraries wanted to be more responsive to student and faculty needs, both in the library and in the classroom. Once the staff streamlined their collection management workflows, they had more time to spend bringing library services to users.

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Student and librarian at ADA Univeristy Library's circulation desk

Share solutions through global collaboration

ADA University Library is the first in Azerbaijan to add its collections to WorldCat. By joining the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections, the library offers the world its own resources and offers its students and faculty members resources from around the world. WorldCat also helps the library cooperate with others to address challenges.

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Student in the library at Biblical Theological Seminary
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Improve the quality of your online catalog

Students and faculty at Biblical Theological Seminary were too often unable to locate the library resources they found in their library’s online catalog. The library staff spent so much time keeping up with daily tasks, that they were unable to conduct an inventory to keep their catalog up to date. Once they streamlined staff processes, the staff had time to improve the catalog and offer students and faculty more discovery services.

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Student working at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary's library

Share your specialized collections

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary maintains a small but focused collection, which is of value to researchers worldwide. But students, faculty and other library users sometimes need more general material. The seminary library meets the needs of both groups with the help of other libraries.

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Students at the library of the University of the Arts London
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Improve troubleshooting response time

The library at University of the Arts London wanted to provide students with access to electronic library resources from anywhere, but troubleshooting technical problems became increasingly time consuming. By implementing a hosted access and authentication solution, the library dramatically streamlined its troubleshooting workflow.

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Increase usage with demand-driven acquisition

Librarians at Bucknell University noticed that library materials purchased through standard acquisitions processes were used only about 20 percent of the time. Those requested directly by students and faculty? 80+ percent. Librarians looked for a way to take advantage of this observation by dramatically streamlining the discovery-to-delivery process.

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