WorldCat Discovery adds temporary location shelving information, improves facets and more

WorldCat Discovery Services now displays subfacets hierarchically and enables WorldShare Management Services users to designate a temporary shelving location. WorldCat Discovery—the new service that will replace FirstSearch in December 2015—has made many user-requested changes this month. These changes help users navigate large results sets and find items in libraries, even when materials may be in alternate languages or shelved in a different location.

New features added in June

New features added in June 2015:

  • Facet display
    Format and topic facets now display hierarchically, so that subcategories are grouped under larger categories. This change provides additional context for possible facet selections and responds to user requests. For example, e-books and print books now show as subsets of the larger “books” format facet.
  • Temporary shelving location
    Libraries who use WorldCat Discovery with WorldShare Management Services (WMS) have previously been able to designate library materials as having a temporary shelving location in the circulation module of WMS. Now this temporary location information will display correctly in WorldCat Discovery for WMS libraries, so that users find the item they’re looking for—even when it’s not in its’ normally-assigned location.

New engineering, education and healthcare content added to WorldCat Discovery

New content added to WorldCat Discovery this month includes e-books from the American Society of Civil Engineers, resources for teachers and healthcare professionals from Mark Allen Group and the Hypotheses collection from Open Addition. 

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery will replace FirstSearch on December 31, 2015. WorldCat Discovery is available to all current FirstSearch, WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscribers as part of existing subscriptions at no additional cost. Let OCLC know you are ready to get started by requesting your library’s unique WorldCat Discovery URL at Then use the WorldCat Discovery support and training resources to configure your new site and learn about searching.

Join your WorldCat Discovery colleagues at the ALA Annual conference

Plan to attend the WorldCat Discovery User Community meeting at the ALA Annual conference on Saturday, June 27 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Franciscan Room C – D. The meeting provides an opportunity to share your WorldCat Discovery experiences with others and hear about plans for the future of the service. An OCLC community reception follows the meeting.

To learn more about the search engine visibility your library gains from its use of WorldCat Discovery, attend the WorldCat Discovery program on Saturday, June 27 at 8:30 am in Moscone Center North, room 125.

Register for OCLC Events at ALA Annual.

Not going to ALA Annual? Register for the upcoming webinar on July 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to learn how to start your transition to WorldCat Discovery.

About WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services helps your users easily find and get resources from your library and libraries worldwide through a single search of WorldCat and familiar, authoritative e-content collections. It makes your collections visible on popular websites, such as Google, Goodreads and Wikipedia, where people typically start their research.