Save time and money. Improve service to users.
Faced with scarce resources, changing user needs and increasingly diverse collections and systems, libraries are looking for new ways to save time and money while improving service to their users. By sharing data and work across many member libraries, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) offer libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver new value to users.
Libraries realize real results with WMS
Library staff shared the ways WMS has helped to save money, staff time and offered new functionality.
This, in turn, provided them with opportunities to take on new projects… to Realize Real Results in their libraries.
Introducing basic inventory using OCLC's Digby® app!
The Digby mobile app has helped libraries' student workers, volunteers, and staff manage common library tasks like handling pull lists and reshelving more efficiently—saving time and reducing reliance on paper slips. Now, they can use Digby to help their library conduct a basic inventory. Digby's new inventory feature includes exception recognition for items on hold, etc., an inventory items report, and support for Bluetooth laser scanners.
With WorldCat® data as its foundation, libraries using WMS experience improved workflows and a drastic reduction in the time it takes to perform routine tasks, including e-resource management and cataloging. They have also been able to reallocate full-time staff to undertake new initiatives, such as cataloging special collections, creating LibGuides for users and redesigning library websites.
Realize significant cost savings
Traditional ILS systems often require costs to maintain servers and software. These costs are eliminated with WMS, a cloud-based system. Additionally, there are no fees related to the purchase of separate serials management, course reserves, openURL resolver and A – Z list services, all of which are included with a WMS subscription.
Manage e-resources efficiently
WMS integrates all your electronic and print resource management workflows—including selection, acquisitions and maintenance—within the same web-based WorldShare interface. This helps to streamline and automate the management of electronic collections and puts electronic materials in the hands of your users more quickly.
Provide an intuitive search experience for your users
Your WMS subscription includes WorldCat Discovery, which enables searching simultaneously across all your library's electronic, digital and physical resources, rather than accessing multiple services and interfaces. WorldCat Discovery make it simple for your users to find the information they need anytime through a responsive interface that works well on phones and tablets. Day or night, across town or across the globe, your users can easily search your catalog, link to the full text you provide for them, and find the information they need.
WorldShare Management Services includes a range of reports based on local data. Acquisition, circulation, cataloging/collection, and e-resources reports provide important data so librarians, staff and library management can understand library activities and track key metrics over time. WorldShare Report Designer takes advantage of data in WorldShare Management Services and enables you to build custom reports, charts, and data visualizations to satisfy library, academic and agency reporting requirements. Collection Evaluation provides user-specified, peer comparisons based on OCLC cooperative data. WorldShare Report Designer and Collection Evaluation are add-on services.
A cooperative effort
OCLC worked with a library advisory council, pilot libraries and early adopters to develop WMS, a cloud-based cooperative library management system. WMS has been selected by more than 600 libraries worldwide since its launch in 2011. It provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share data, infrastructure, innovation, and success.
WorldShare Management Services is a cloud-based library services platform that saves you time and money by helping you easily manage library resources in all formats. With WorldCat as its foundation, WorldShare Management Services enables you to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows.
Past and recorded events
15 November 2018
How to make open access work for everyone: Closing the information gap
24 October 2018