Recently, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a leading African university implemented OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library management system. Many libraries today are looking at ways to change the way they operate and save time and money. WMS offers libraries cost savings, workflow efficiencies and the ability to deliver new value to users.
WMS provides cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently and improve end users’ access to library collections and services. The applications include acquisitions, circulation, license management, metadata management, interlibrary loan, analytics and discovery.
WMS has the WorldCat database as its foundation. This co-operatively created database containing millions of items in all formats allows libraries to benefit from other libraries’ efforts and to discover and share resources internationally. WMS further facilitates the sharing of data such as vendor records, publisher and knowledge base data, serials patterns and more, through a shared platform.
Almost 300 libraries on four continents—Australia, Europe, North America and Africa—are currently using WMS to gain efficiencies and improve usability in library services and end-user discovery.
These are the benefits WMS will have for you and your library:
• Streamline and improve workflows
• Realise significant cost savings
• Manage print and electronic resources efficiently
• Improve discovery for your users and visibility for your library
• Support and implementation are carried out locally.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.
With a sound performance history of over 30 years, Sabinet has firmly established itself as a leader in facilitating access to a wide spectrum of high-quality and credible information sources. Over the course of the last three decades, Sabinet has built a strong local and international reputation for providing Africa’s information to the world and the world’s information to Africa. Sabinet’s mission to support libraries’ technical processes, promote resource sharing and enable access to information sources is underpinned by its dedication to the values of commitment, partnerships, understanding and support. Sabinet’s roots are in library support services, where it is recognised for providing central platforms for collaboration and resource sharing among libraries.