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Latest OCLC WorldShare Management Services release offers significant enhancements

The latest OCLC WorldShare Management Services release continues the steady and user-informed development approach demonstrated since release to early adopters in July 2010 and general availability in July 2011.

In addition, enhancements to integrated OCLC services—such as WorldCat Local and the WorldCat knowledge base—also provide benefits to WMS users.

True to the WorldShare global focus and commitment, an additional data center is planned for operation in Australia in March and WorldShare Management Services has new currency options for the Acquisitions workflow.

Highlights of this comprehensive release:

  • Provided at no additional charge to WMS users, support for the SIP2 protocol for self-check machines has been added.
  • Consortial functionality in the WorldCat knowledge base is available so groups can share both collections and library holdings with all members.
  • Content additions have been made to WorldCat Local – the single-search discovery and user interface for WorldShare Management Services. New agreements with leading publishers around the world have added important new content and collections to WorldCat Local. Users now have access to more than 1,700 databases and collections, and more than 650 million articles.
  • Full-text searching of IEEE content through WorldCat Local follows the addition of full-text content from IEEE to the WorldCat Local central index. Also supported is full-text searching within the BioOne and Emerald collections and new content from additional sources will be added on an ongoing basis.

Coming soon will be the ability for libraries to grant specific patrons (e.g., subject matter selectors) the right to submit a list of titles via WorldCat Local for purchase consideration. The list creates a standard purchase order in WorldShare Acquisitions that can be approved and submitted according to library procedures.

Many additional enhancements for Circulation, Acquisitions, and other functional areas are described in detail in the complete Release Notes on the User Support Center (login required).

OCLC WorldShare Management Services provide libraries with a new approach to managing library services cooperatively, including integrated acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, resource sharing, license management and patron administration, as well as a next-gen discovery tool for library users.