OCLC and Amigos form new partnership to deliver OCLC Web-scale Management Services to libraries

OCLC and Amigos Library Services, two leading nonprofit library membership organizations, have entered into a new partnership to provide libraries with expanded implementation, training and education services for OCLC’s new Web-scale Management Services.

Amigos and OCLC have collaborated for many years to jointly provide extensive training, consulting and education services for OCLC’s full suite of services for libraries and consortia. The new partnership program, effective today, builds on this foundation to provide member libraries the support they will need as they implement the next generation of cooperative library services. The Amigos team of library service professionals will work with libraries to help them with project management, implementation and training for OCLC’s new Web-scale Management Services, the next-generation Web-based suite of library management tools for metadata management, acquisitions, circulation and license management.

The new partnership agreement will also continue the work the two organizations began in 2009 to streamline and enhance support, billing, reporting and other administrative services that will increase efficiencies and deliver additional cost savings to members.

OCLC will present “Library Management Services in the Cloud: More Reality than Dream” on Sunday, January 9, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, Andrew Pace, OCLC Executive Director of Networked Library Services, and early members of the OCLC Web-scale Management Services user community will share their progress to date and the realized and potential impact to library staff and users of the new services.

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