Everything you need for an advanced cloud-based library services platform

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WorldShare Management Services (WMS) offers all the applications needed to manage your library: acquisitions; circulation; cataloging, metadata and e-resource management; a single-search discovery interface; resource sharing; and reporting.

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Save time selecting, acquiring, and invoicing physical and electronic resources from a single interface fully integrated with other WMS applications. With the WorldCat knowledge base integrated into all components of WMS, you can share vendor data for efficient item processing, electronic ordering, and invoicing. You can also apply WorldCat data directly to the acquisition process, eliminating the need to move records from a catalog database to your local system.

Video: Digging Deeper into WorldShare Acquisitions

On Demand: Digging Deeper Into Acquisitions

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“Using acquisitions has saved our library staff time and improved accuracy since we’re able to manage everything online and in the system. Before, we used Excel spreadsheets and paper.”

Debra March
Dean of Library Services, Young Harris College


WMS Circulation offers all the functionality for managing patrons and items. These tasks include materials check out and check-in, along with the steps for fulfilling patron requests for materials. The intuitive staff interface simplifies routine tasks, with one screen managing tasks that previously required shuffling between multiple windows; and like many other tasks in WMS, staff users may have customized privileges to determine what actions they may perform.

Video: Digging Deeper into WorldShare Circulation

On Demand: Digging Deeper Into Circulation

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“When we’re weeding our reference collection, if we want something to move up to the main stacks, we can do that right on the go. With Digby, inventory is easy. Location changes are great.”

Emma Hill Kepron
Digital Initiatives Librarian, The University of Winnipeg

Cataloging and Metadata

Using WMS, your libraries can leverage OCLC’s shared bibliographic infrastructure service for metadata management, data delivery, data quality services, knowledgebase management, and local control of bibliographic and authority records. Staff will no longer need to load and move records between systems, saving time and increasing productivity.

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“Our previous workflows involved selecting MARC records from WorldCat and downloading them to our local catalog. We spent hours and hours tweaking those records… In WMS all the records are shared. The only thing we do now is add notes to the LBD (local bibliographic data).”

Shannon Tennant
Coordinator of Library Collections and Associate Librarian, Elon University


WMS delivers a powerful user experience with a single intuitive interface to search across your full collection and all databases, find items in other libraries, view item availability, place holds, review accounts, renew items, and more. With WorldCat as the foundation, WMS connects users to unparalleled global resources through OCLC’s powerful network of libraries.

Video: Digging Deeper into WorldCat Discovery

On Demand: Digging Deeper Into WorldCat Discovery

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“After implementing WMS and WorldCat Discovery, we did a usability study. We found that students were able to complete tasks with ease. The students think WorldCat Discovery is intuitive, which is great.”

Carrie Nichols
Head of Technical Services, Meredith College

Interlibrary Loan

Fast, convenient, and intuitive are not enough. OCLC’s resource sharing services go further to offer the library on-demand with new smart fulfillment capabilities. A user’s request sets a dynamic, data-driven process in motion that delivers accurate resource options and delivery recommendations in just seconds, all within OCLC’s enhanced resource sharing services.

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“A steady increase in digital resources … has fundamentally transformed the library environment. This is why the libraries of 18 Québec universities joined forces to set up a shared cloud computing service platform. [WMS] will help us to seamlessly share resources in a variety of formats and languages.”

Bernard Bizimana
President, BCI Library Subcommittee and Director, HEC Montréal Library


The right data is critical. As a fully integrated platform powered by a state-of-the-art data analytics warehouse, WMS delivers actionable data from all departments in formats you prefer. And there’s no need for technical expertise. Custom reports, visualizations, and the ability to evaluate collection holdings against other libraries can help drive key decisions across the library and support your important role in student success.

Video: Digging Deeper into WMS Reports

On Demand: Digging Deeper Into WMS Reports

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“[OCLC has] been a great partner so far at the University of Gloucestershire. They’re very open to innovation and sharing ideas and working together really in a collaborative way. It’s been very positive from my point of view.”

James Hodgkin
Associate Director of Library Technology and Information, University of Gloucestershire

License Manager

WorldShare License Manager, included with WMS, simplifies electronic resource management by consolidating the information you need to keep licenses active and to show your users exactly what resources they can access. License Manager stores, shares, manages, and reports on all information and actions related to licensed resources in a central, searchable system.

Video: Making E-resources Easier to Find, Share, Manage, and Use

On Demand: Digging Deeper into what makes WMS unique: Managing e-resources with License Manager

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“We had an ERM module in our old system. It was a separate module that didn’t communicate with our ILS. What I like about WMS and electronic resources is that not only is purchasing so much easier, everything is integrated and seamless.”

John Fobert
Electronic Resources Librarian, Roger Williams University

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