October 3, 2022

OCLC Unveils New WorldShare Libraries


On January 13, OCLC announced that 28 academic, special, and public libraries had committed to using its cloud-based WorldShare Management Services integrated library system (ILS) since its launch last July,  including the University of California, Merced, and the Washington, DC-based National Endowment for Democracy. A total of 171 libraries worldwide have committed to using WMS, according to the announcement, with 33 of them live.

As LJ previously reported, OCLC rebranded its Web-scale Management Services as WorldShare Management Services on December 5. It simultaneously announced the launch of its WorldShare Platform, a technical infrastructure to help libraries collaborate in creating and sharing of new web applications, which integrates with WMS. OCLC also announced in December that it will be opening new data centers overseas in the coming year.

Yesterday, OCLC announced a new service built on the WorldShare Platform, the OCLC WorldShare License Manager, for managing selection, purchase, and availability of databases and other electronic resources.

The following named libraries have committed to using WMS:

  • Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
  • Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
  • College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID
  • Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
  • Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
  • Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, DC
  • Northwest University, Kirkland, WA
  • Ovid-Elsie Area Schools, Elsie, MI
  • Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA
  • San Bernardino County Law Library, San Bernardino, CA
  • San Juan Island Library, Friday Harbor, WA
  • Santa Fe Springs City Library, Santa Fe Springs, CA
  • Stanford Hospital Health Library, Palo Alto, CA
  • Thomas Jefferson Foundation Library, Charlottesville, VA
  • Union University, Jackson, TN
  • University of California, Merced, CA
  • Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, CA
  • William Carey International University, Pasadena, CA


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