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College of Europe selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

First Belgian institution to select WMS as its library management system

LEIDEN, Netherlands, 16 February 2016—The College of Europe (Bruges campus), an independent university of postgraduate European studies, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. The College of Europe is the first Belgian institution to join the WorldShare Management Services community.

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.

"The Bruges Library has chosen a next generation library system to meet the changing needs of our users," said Professor Eric de Souza, Library Director. "The Library of the College of Europe has a significant collection on European subjects. With the implementation of WMS, the Library will be able to increase its visibility and improve access to its collections and services. A new user-friendly interface with enhanced discovery of print and electronic materials will allow us to better serve our patrons. At the same time, the staff will benefit from more efficient electronic resource management workflows to keep up with our growing collections of electronic and digital resources."

"We are very pleased to welcome the College of Europe as a new WMS user," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President and Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "The implementation of WMS will lead to significant improvements in efficiency for the library and staff. End users will appreciate the intuitive discovery experience WMS has to offer, along with easy access to print and electronic resources."

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 College of Europe

The College of Europe, founded in 1949 and based in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Warsaw, Poland), was the first and is one of the most reputed institutes of European postgraduate studies, which prepares individuals from over 55 countries to work and live in an international environment. To be awarded the Master's degree, students follow one of the one year study programmes in EU international relations and diplomacy studies, European economics, European interdisciplinary studies, European law or European politics & administration. Over the past 68 years, the College of Europe has built an extensive reputation in the field of European studies, and is thus the leading place for those wishing to study, understand and literally 'live' Europe.

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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