The UKB consortium of Dutch university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands have signed an agreement to move library services to OCLC WorldShare. 

WorldShare says it provides an open cloud-based approach for sharing metadata, applications and innovation, enabling library consortia to collaborate at a national or regional level as well as connecting globally to raise visibility and awareness of their institutions on the web. It also helps them to take advantage of the economies of scale that global collaboration brings.

The agreement is part of UKB’s strategy for academic service provision, and recognises the importance of globalisation in the higher education sector. The agreement was signed by twelve members of the UKB consortium of university libraries in the Netherlands as well as the National Library.

Members of the consortium expect they will benefit from being able to integrate their metadata management, resource sharing and discovery services into a global network to maximise efficiencies in workflow and IT infrastructure. The new infrastructure is expected to be in place late 2014.

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