OCLC extends WorldShare Management Services mobile capabilities worldwide

Popular Digby app increases mobility, productivity for library workers

DUBLIN, Ohio, 21 February 2018—Following a successful launch in the United States, OCLC is extending its Digby mobile app to libraries worldwide, offering student library workers, volunteers and staff greater efficiency, accuracy and independence working with WorldShare Management Services.

As a suite of web-based applications, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) allows library staff to do their work in the library, at home, or on the go. The intuitive design of the Digby app provides clear instructions for handling pull-list and re-shelving tasks. Digby lets workers scan library materials in the stacks, saving them time and reducing their reliance on paper slips.

"We developed Digby to help library workers in the stacks to be more productive and efficient," said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management. "The response we've had from libraries in the United States has been overwhelmingly positive. Library staff really appreciate the flexibility and independence Digby provides. We're eager to share this mobile capability with WMS libraries worldwide."

OCLC worked closely with member libraries in the PALNI consortium to develop and pilot the Digby app to ensure that it delivered the right experience and simplified their work. PALNI's input was invaluable in making the Digby app user-friendly.

"We love Digby," said Catherine Boswell, Coordinator of University Library Systems, Antioch University. "With five campus libraries and a very busy intra-campus lending service, Digby makes processing the pull lists much more efficient with its in-app sorting by location and call number. And Digby is much more fun than a paper pull list, making this task one of our student workers' favorites."

WMS is built on the cloud-based WorldShare platform that supports a suite of library services and provides flexible access to library data through APIs and other web services. With WorldCat as its foundation, WMS enables individual libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also offers interoperability with third-party and campus systems, including financial management, learning management and student records systems as well as self-check technologies.

"With the new Digby app, our student workers can count-use items in our stacks on every floor without having to cart items back and forth to our first-floor reference desk," said Brandon Martin, Technology Support Specialist, Northeastern State University Broken Arrow Library. "It has made an arduous task much, much easier."

"We are successfully using Digby on a personal Android phone and on a library iPad," said Lynne Jacobsen, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication, Pepperdine University. "We are using it at our storage location to view the pull list. It has been great!"

To get started using Digby, WMS libraries should complete an activation form available here: oc.lc/digbyform.

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.

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