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OCLC Web-scale Management Services on Target for July 1 Release
OCLC announced that 32 libraries have committed to using OCLC Web-scale Management Services since it announced that it was making its cloud-based library management services available to early adopters 10 months ago. The early-adopter phase has now ended, and July 1 will mark general release of the services.
In addition to the 32 committed libraries in the U.S., BIBSYS, the Norwegian library consortium signed an agreement with OCLC to base its new library management system on Web-scale Management Services, which will include management tools for more than 100 libraries in Norway.
Andrew Pace, OCLC executive director of networked library services, said this kind of acceptance and rapid implementation of the brand new services are possible through the extraordinary efforts of the original pilot libraries, the early adopter libraries, an active and engaged library advisory council, and the cloud-based architecture of the new services. “I’m really excited about the rate of adoption thus far,” said Pace. “Seeing 15 libraries live and in production before the summer is an amazing accomplishment for everyone involved.”
Libraries using Web-scale Management Services will lower the total cost of ownership for their library’s management and free staff time for higher-priority services. As more institutions migrate to Web-scale Management Services, libraries will be able to share data, applications, and workflow improvements with peer institutions, end users, and partners.
More information on OCLC Web-scale Management Services can be found on the OCLC website. See video and other presentations from early adopters here.
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