WMS saves libraries time and money to improve user services

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At the Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Madrid, 'Our students define the future,' said Head Librarian, Amada Marcos Blázquez. The library provides 24/7 support, she explained, 'around the world, in courses, classrooms and MOOCs. All this can be achieved thanks to WorldShare® Management Services from OCLC.' WorldShare Management Services (WMS), OCLC’s cloud-based library system, has saved the library staff time and money by simplifying workflows and enabling collaboration with libraries around the world. They’ve used this time and money to implement new technologies for students, such as integrating Google Glass into the library catalogue. 

WMS also allowed IE to add its holdings to WorldCat®, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections and the foundation of WMS. Marco Trombetta, Associate Dean Vice-Rector, Coordination and Research, explained, 'This project will expose the richness of our collections to the library community around the world and share the scientific achievements of our researchers and our faculty through WorldCat.'

Similarly, the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa implemented WMS 'to satisfy the needs of our very techno-savvy users that the libraries are serving currently,' said Nonhlanhla Ngcobo, Manager of Library Information Services. The Library Director, Joyce Myeza, added that WMS 'helps us widen access to learning, research and innovation for both our local and overseas scholars. WMS enables us to deliver infrastructure and support services designed around their learning needs.'