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WorldShare Management Services

An integrated suite of cloud-based library
management applications

Better meet users’ needs. Better manage your library.

Designed to meet the complex and evolving needs of libraries, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is an advanced library services platform. More than 600 libraries worldwide use WMS including national, research, academic, community college, and special libraries as well as consortia. No matter your library’s size, WMS provides users with fast, reliable access to your collections and the world’s knowledge while improving your workflows.

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Libraries realize real results with WMS

Library staff shared the ways WMS has helped them to realize time and budget savings, as well as to provide improved services and innovative access for their users.

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Streamline workflows

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.

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Realize 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.

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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 makes 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.

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Get better information about your systems

WorldShare Management Services includes more than 80 standard 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.

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Member stories

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Build on existing services to better support students

See how The University of Winnipeg provided more services to the university and library community by simplifying back-office work.

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"WMS allows UCM to connect, innovate, and cooperate with libraries of other institutions with an integrated solution for offering digital and physical content on applied scientific information. We expect WMS to increase efficiencies for our staff and users, improve access to resources, and offer an opportunity to share our work through the cloud-based system."

Andoni Calderón
Library Director, Complutense University of Madrid

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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.

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