As you have probably heard by now, the David Allan Hubbard Library is in the midst of migrating to its new software system, OCLC WorldShare Management Services (OCLC WMS). Things are going quite well and we will continue to keep you posted on any developments that affect you.

And here’s some good news right now: The staff has ever so graciously decided not to migrate any late book fines during the transition! So, if you receive any overdue notices, please disregard them.

There is one exception: library materials that have been lost still need to be replaced, and the fees for those missing items will migrate to the new system.  Note that only the cost of lost items are due; all other processing fees attached to purchasing and cataloging replacement materials have now been waived.

If the migration is news to you, read below for a brief description of benefits you can expect after the transition is complete. Also, you can keep current with all the library’s happenings by signing up for email updates  right here at

The move to OCLC WMS will help the library streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows, and offer a next-generation discovery and delivery tool for library users. Features of this tool include:

  • Google-like searching which delivers content from the library (print and content from most subscription databases) and the world’s library collections,
  • Integration with Interlibrary Loan services (ILL) which makes it easier for users to locate and request materials from other libraries,
  • Social networking including user-contributed reviews, ratings, lists, tags, integration with Facebook, digg, etc.,
  • Citation creation for many formats, and exportation to EndNote and other bibliography software,
  • and, mobile interfacing.

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