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Tilburg University selects OCLC Web-scale Management Services, WorldCat Local for library management, discovery

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 9 June 2011—The Tilburg University Library, in the Netherlands, has selected OCLC's Web-scale Management Services (WMS) and WorldCat Local as its new library management solution and integrated discovery-to-delivery service. The Tilburg University Library plans to become operational with WMS, the Web-based cooperative library management services, by June 2012.

An important factor in the selection was that OCLC Web-scale Management Services is already in production in 15 libraries. "It was important to us that with WMS, OCLC has shown us a working product with a good interface, excellent possibilities and a lot of potential," said Marc van den Berg, Director, Library and IT Services of Tilburg University.

The library made its decision after an extensive exploration of the current environment and of new developments, such as cloud computing and content integration—important elements to its staff and users.

"The Tilburg University Library has experience in developing systems and search engines and therefore we look forward to this new cooperation," said Eric van Lubeek, OCLC EMEA Managing Director. "We see it as an acknowledgement of our strategic choices that Tilburg has opted for WMS and WorldCat Local. We think that working in the cloud and sharing data is the way forward for many university and higher education libraries to achieve efficiencies, lower operating costs and free up staff for unique local services and innovation."

By delivering services that are at the network level, Web-scale Management Services from OCLC offer libraries the opportunity to share data and business processes, which up to now was not possible. Thanks to the service-oriented architecture, libraries can develop their own customized applications for library management activities that they can make available to their colleagues on the OCLC platform. The potential for cooperative innovation will lead to optimal use of data and library knowledge.

With OCLC Web-scale Management Services, the Tilburg University Library will have a solution with workflow management, electronic resource management and integrated license management, in addition to traditional tools for online library management such as metadata management, acquisition and interlibrary loan. Cataloguing will be done—as before—in the national cataloguing system GGC.

The WorldCat Local discovery-to-delivery service offers the Tilburg University Library simple implementation, a central knowledge base, access to a growing number of databases and collections, and full integration with WMS.

Earlier, the Norwegian consortium BIBSYS signed an agreement for delivery of a solution based on Web-scale Management Services that will be used beginning in January 2013 by more than 100 of the university libraries, libraries of schools for higher education, research libraries and the national library that are consortium members.

About Tilburg University Library

The Tilburg University Library houses seven different collections under one roof, with a total of 800,000 printed volumes and access to over 20,000 electronic journals and 150 databases. Tilburg University, which dates back to 1927, has focused its research programmes on economics, business administration, law, social sciences, humanities and theology. The university has more than 13,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff. More information about the library can be found at https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about/university-library/.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.

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