Today, the University of Groningen signed an agreement to implement WorldShare Management Services (WMS).
"The move to WMS makes it possible to offer better service to our users. Our customer satisfaction poll has shown that our users prefer e-Resources. WMS enables us to provide better access to our electronic collections for our students and staff," said Marjolein Nieboer, Director, University of Groningen Library. "At the same time, we will improve the efficiency of our library workflows by collaborating more with the other university libraries in the Netherlands and all over the world. This collaboration leads to shared quality improvement and cost reduction."
"We are pleased to see an increasing number of Dutch universities moving their services to the OCLC WorldShare platform," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President and Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "Dutch universities have an excellent reputation in international academic circles. Students and researchers come to Dutch universities from all parts of the world. It is becoming more important than ever to offer worldwide access to information and knowledge. The move to WMS will help the University of Groningen realize this goal."
The University of Groningen is a member of the UKB consortium, which comprises 13 Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands. UKB libraries are currently using several OCLC services on the WorldShare platform, including WorldShare Metadata Services, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and WorldCat Discovery Services.
Today, 380 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.
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