Melbourne, Australia, 14 January 2019 – On 2 November 2018, Mannix Library signed an agreement with OCLC for its WorldShare® Management Services (WMS). The transition to a new library services platform is now well underway. Mannix Library is a member library of the University of Divinity, a collegiate university in Australia that was founded in 1910.
Implementation of WMS will occur in the first few weeks of 2019 with a go-live date set for early 2019, which conveniently coincides with the start of the school year in Australia. “After more than twenty years using our previous system, and over a year spent investigating various options, we are now very happy to be moving to a system that we believe will have many benefits for both library staff and library users,” says Kerrie Burn, Distinguished Certified Professional (DCP) with ALIA and Library Manager, Mannix Library.
WMS is built around OCLC’s WorldCat®, the world’s most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. As such, the system offers many advantages for Mannix Library staff, including workflow efficiencies, streamlined cataloging processes, and additional functionality not available in the current library system. Using a system based on internationally-shared library data will allow staff to re-use standard bibliographic, serial, vendor, and other data.
Kerrie continues: “Mannix Library’s new WorldCat Discovery interface will also be familiar to many users as it will have the same look and feel as the University’s current combined library catalog – UDCat. The University of Divinity Library Hub already uses another OCLC product, EZproxy, to authenticate users and provide remote access to online resources. Using the same party for UDCat, authentication, and Mannix Library’s new library platform will allow for more streamlined integration between the systems.”
WMS is a cloud-based library services platform that offers all of the applications needed to manage a library. The system is fully standards-compliant, ensuring that cataloging data is of the highest quality. OCLC also integrates fully with Libraries Australia, the resources sharing service managed by the National Library of Australia, which also provides the data that underpin the Trove discovery service. When Mannix Library adds holdings directly to WorldCat, OCLC’s nightly automated process for synchronizing WorldCat holdings with Libraries Australia ensures that our Libraries Australia records are always up-to-date, without the need for any extra intervention by cataloging staff. “This will free up staff time to work on other projects, such as the development and promotion of our unique resources and special collections,” Kerrie explains.
A couple of other reasons helped Mannix Library decide to move to WMS:
- System upgrades, ongoing support and training on new releases are all included in the annual subscription. There will be no additional costs to ensure access to the system’s latest features and functionality.
- Founded over 50 years ago, OCLC is a globally-recognized organization, which also has office and support staff conveniently located in Melbourne. The OCLC implementation team have worked with Mannix Library staff on an accelerated implementation plan to ensure the system will be operational prior to the start of first semester 2019.
- Ability to perform automated patron loads from TAMS.
- The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) offers a consortium discount for ATLA member libraries that wish to use WMS. This is the only arrangement that ATLA currently has with a Library Services Platform vendor.
- WMS is used by a growing number of libraries around the world, including National Libraries (e.g., Canada and New Zealand), as well as many other University, College, and Research Libraries.
Mannix Library staff were unanimous in their decision to move to the new library services platform and are all looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will flow from the implementation of OCLC WorldShare Management Services.
About Mannix Library
Mannix Library is a member library of the University of Divinity, a collegiate university that was founded in 1910. All students and staff join the University through one of its eleven Colleges. Based in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, each College is a unique learning community. The Colleges are supported by a wide range of churches and religious orders that together resource the University as a whole. Through scholarship, the University aims to address the issues of the contemporary world through critical engagement with Christian theological traditions. Mannix Library manages the University’s Online Library Hub which provides online resources for all members of the University community.
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.