We’re having a ball!

Posted On May 3 2013 by

A couple of months ago, we asked the WorldShare Management Services community to contribute videos to help us celebrate the fact that we reached the milestone of having 100 libraries “live” on WMS. We had a terrific response from the WMS community. We had nearly 40 submissions from WMS libraries in Australia, Canada and across the United States–truly illustrating the growing worldwide community.   Here’s the compiled video, edited slightly to get all 40 segments just over 4 minutes.  Enjoy! There are definitely a lot of fun and creative people among the WMS community.  But we already new libraries were like …


Helene Blowers to Join OCLC WorldShare Team

Posted On Oct 5 2012 by

I was never much into the sports and games that required tremendous amounts of individual effort–running, kayaking, chess, and the like.  I preferred team sports.  One of the things I am most proud of professionally is building great teams.  I’ve been extremely lucky at OCLC, both in bringing existing staff onto the team and in attracting new folks to join OCLC. Now I’m very pleased to announce that we have a new team member from the Columbus area…another great hire.  Helene Blowers will be joining us in a new roll created to support the rapidly growing WorldShare Management Servicescommunity.  Helene …


Fewer Shades of Grey

Posted On Sep 14 2012 by

When I was in library school in the mid-nineties, I was told there was a “greying  of the profession” in process.  As I cocky, young, soon-to-be librarian, I read this threat as a promise.  So many librarians would be retiring in the next 20 years that we literally could not fill their seats with the new generations of librarians “coming online.” I was intrigued by the challenge but utterly stunned by the professional response.  Somehow this looming threat was turning into a library school recruitment effort.  I had a different reaction.  If we were a factory, I thought, and we …


WorldShare Management Services turns One Hundred

Posted On Mar 6 2012 by

There were some times when I didn’t think I would see the day.  But this week,WorldShare Management Services just saw its 100th library go live with the service.  We have dozens more in the queue, of course, but this 100th is quite a milestone. Kudos to the University of Nebraska Omaha! The WorldShare Management Services team has continued to exceed my expectations.  Not that long ago, we had a vision and hundreds of libraries ready for change, ready to do things differently so that they could do different things.  Today we’ve got this huge milestone and a growing and actively engaged WorldShare community.  It’s …


Can we be more with what we have?

Posted On Dec 8 2011 by

  Many thanks to my colleague, Katie Birch, for pointing out a relatively random Wikipedia page about “Doing more with less.” “David Simon has professed that despite being an oft-repeated command to dying institutions, the ability to do more with less is an inherent impossibility.”   Please don’t infer that I am calling libraries “dying institutions.”  My more radical point is that a library who says they are attempting to do more with less is pigeon-holing itself in the ‘dying institution’ category with that mindset. As a systems librarian, my professional goal has always been to implement efficiency into library …