University of Winnipeg selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

Library builds on OCLC services already in use, readies to go live by end of the year

DUBLIN, Ohio, 6 November 2018—The University of Winnipeg, a member of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library services platform.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provides all of the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, resource sharing, metadata and electronic resource management, and a discovery service for library users. It also includes a range of reports that help libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

For many years, the University of Winnipeg Library has been working with OCLC and using a variety of OCLC services, including cataloging, resource sharing and discovery. According to the Dean, adding the few more services that make up the WMS suite was a good fit for the library for the future.

"UW Library has been successfully using OCLC services for many of our core activities," said Gabrielle Prefontaine, Dean of the Library, University of Winnipeg. "When we reached that critical juncture of needing to migrate from our old system, it made good business sense for us to simply build on the good things we were already doing with OCLC. In a time of constraint, this is the path of optimum efficiency and minimal disruption for UW's library staff, partners, and our community of users."

"We are extremely pleased to welcome the University of Winnipeg Library to the WMS community," said Bruce Crocco, OCLC Vice President, Library Services for the Americas. "For years, the Library has been using several of the services that make up the WMS suite. By adding acquisitions, circulation and reports to the services already in place, the library can build on its investments to date, as well as take full advantage of the benefits of the network of the more than 600 institutions worldwide using WorldShare Management Services."

As part of the OCLC library cooperative and with WorldCat as 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.

The University of Winnipeg Library is the heart of the downtown campus, providing vibrant spaces and resources for students, faculty, and community members to pursue their academic goals. The library serves as a vital component in supporting academic excellence, student diversity and access, and an outstanding student experience.

The University of Winnipeg Library is currently implementing WMS and plans to go live with the service by the end of the year.

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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