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Earlier this month OCLC announced that the UKB consortium of Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands have signed a new agreement to move library services to OCLC WorldShare. The new agreement will offer new opportunities for Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands to collaborate globally.
This move by UKB means that its members, which include university libraries in the Netherlands as well as the National Library, will be able to integrate their metadata management, resource sharing and discovery services into a global network to maximise efficiencies in workflow and IT infrastructure.
WorldShare provides an open cloud-based approach for sharing metadata, applications and innovation, enabling library consortia to collaborate at a national or regional level as well as connecting globally to raise visibility and awareness of their institutions on the web, and take advantage of the economies of scale that global collaboration brings.
The new agreement is an essential part of UKB's strategy for academic service provision, and recognises the importance of globalisation in the higher education sector.
Twelve members of the UKB consortium, along with the National Library of the Netherlands, signed the agreement.
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), which provides library automation services to 23 institutions, and LIBROS, the consortium that connects 16 academic libraries in New Mexico, have both selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services.
WorldShare Management Services is an integrated suite of library management applications—from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics—designed to simplify and streamline workflows, reduce costs and create new value for libraries and their users.
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI)
PALNI is the first academic group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services. They are currently in the implementation phase, which includes data migration, staff training, and product configuration. PALNI expects to be live with the services in the summer of 2014.
LIBROS New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries
LIBROS is also currently working with OCLC staff in the implementation phase to move to WorldShare Management Services. The University of New Mexico is planning to go live with the services first, with the rest of LIBROS libraries to follow.
LIBROS began as a consortium in 1987 with three institutions: University of New Mexico-Main Campus, University of New Mexico-School of Law, and New Mexico Tech University. The group has continued to grow, one-by-one, over the years. The most recent library to join was the Institute of American Indian Arts, in 2010. Today, LIBROS serves 16 academic libraries in New Mexico.
Today, more than 170 libraries on three continents—Australia, Europe and North America—are using OCLC WorldShare Management Services which were released for general availability in July 2011. More than 110 more libraries are in the process of implementing the new services.
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