The University of KwaZulu-Natal is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services®

University becomes first African institution to implement OCLC’s cloud based library management services

LEIDEN, Netherlands, February 10, 2015 – The University of Kwazulu-Natal, a leading African university, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its library management system.

WMS provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve end users’ access to library collections and services. Read More

Sabinet is awarded “outstanding distributor partner” by OCLC EMEA

Sabinet was presented with an award for “outstanding distributor partner” by OCLC EMEA earlier this month.

Over the last 31 years, Sabinet has managed to build a strong local and international reputation for providing Africa’s information to the world and the world’s information to Africa.

None of which could have been possible without our partnership with OCLC, a non-profit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.

The result of this enduring partnership of 19 years, is what allows us at Sabinet to continue in pursuing our mission of bringing world class products to South Africa.

“To a distributor who does not act like a distributor, but like a true OCLC team member. Sometimes they do a better job than we do and while today they learn from us, on many occasions we have learned from them, we would like to thank them for their outstanding performance with this award.” Dénelise l’Ecluse, Director of Sales and Marketing OCLC EMEA

We are delighted to be recognised as the Outstanding Distributor partner by OCLC and hope we can continue to win such awards every year! Thank you to our staff who continuously endeavour to make Sabinet a company to be proud of, and also to all our clients who continue to support us year after year.

Sabinet, still your trusted partner in library support services.

OCLC releases statement on withdrawal of lawsuit by Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 4 March 2013 — Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, has issued the following statement on the withdrawal today of a lawsuit filed in 2010 by Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions:

“We applaud the decision of the new owners of Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions and CEO Kim Massana to withdraw the claims against OCLC. We look forward to possible future engagement with Innovative where it benefits libraries. We work with many library service providers to provide greater value at reduced costs to libraries around the world.

Inclusion, reciprocity, trust and the highest standard of ethical conduct have guided the OCLC cooperative in the past and will guide us in the future.  As always, OCLC’s public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs remain paramount.”

In support of these guiding principles, OCLC continues its success in enabling libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources through OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first cooperative, cloud-based library management services that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows to provide better discovery and delivery services for library users.

Worldwide, there are currently 95 libraries using the new OCLC WorldShare Management Services. In Australia, 12 libraries are piloting the services. OCLC WorldShare Management Services are gaining momentum in Europe as well with the recent launch at Tilburg University. Libraries in Spain, France and the United Kingdom will soon switch on WorldShare Management Services as their library management solution.

Jay Jordan will continue as President and CEO of OCLC

(Letter by Larry Alford – Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees)

Dear OCLC Members,

The OCLC Board of Trustees has concluded that rather than moving forward with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as its President and CEO, it is in the best interest of OCLC to have Jay Jordan continue serving in these capacities. Mr. Jordan has agreed to postpone his retirement to continue leading OCLC.

The OCLC Board of Trustees believes Mr. Jordan’s strong track record, his skills as a leader, and his ability to identify and navigate emerging trends, make him uniquely qualified to serve the nearly 72,000 institutions that use OCLC services.

The Board of Trustees has complete confidence in the global management team and the 1,250 employees, who are working diligently to serve libraries around the world and fulfill OCLC’s mission and goals.

The Board is committed to an orderly transition of leadership and will be assessing its succession planning process as it moves forward.


Larry Alford
Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees