Library Selects New Streamlined Management System

Holy Family University’s Library will introduce WorldShare Management System (WMS) as its new library management system, replacing SirsiDynix Symphony. The new system will be rolled out beginning in June with a full launch set for July. WorldShare Management System was recommended to Holy Family University during a presentation from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in November.

“OCLC is a global library cooperative that has been around for almost 50 years,” said Shannon Brown, Executive Director of the Library. “They are the best source for full, detailed cataloging records in all formats. Through our current membership with them, we are able to borrow materials from thousands of libraries in over 100 countries. What is most appealing about the WorldShare Management platform is that librarians designed it. OCLC studied other library management systems and surveyed their own members about what works and what doesn't.  The result is a really intuitive system that will save our staff time and improve workflow and service.”

One of the advantages for students is the integrated database searching. The new system will allow users to seamlessly search thousands of databases with the click of a button.

“WMS includes a discovery service that works with virtually all of our databases,” Brown said. “This gives our users a single entry point, similar to a Google search, to all the Holy Family Library resources. This increases the value of our databases, making it easier for students to retrieve relevant information quickly. There are also major improvements to the mobile app, which provides seamless transition between devices and cloud capabilities.”

The new system will feature an updated, user-friendly interface that will appeal to students, according to Brown.

The Library staff unanimously agreed that WMS is the best choice in terms of value and ease of use,” she said. “The platform is truly intuitive and will improve workflow and services offered to students. Additionally, the implementation fee and on-site training costs were covered by a generous bequest to the Library from the estate of former student and long-time friend of the Library, Janet Mackiewicz.”