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WorldCat Discovery provides new configuration selections for availability

WorldCat Discovery Services libraries can now choose how they want availability information to display to their users. These enhancements are the first of a series of releases designed to improve the user experience related to display of availability information in WorldCat Discovery search results.

New features added in November

New features added in November 2015:

  • New configuration selections for availability
    Now libraries that have purchased the real-time availability option, including WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services libraries, can decide how they want availability information to display on the initial results screen. Choices include:
    • Automatically display availability for 10 items
    • Display availability on demand for 1 item
    • Do not display availability on initial search results

Availability information will continue to appear for item-specific detailed records, regardless of a library’s selection for initial search results.

  • Configure availability by format
    Libraries can also configure availability options by the type of items displayed, to improve response times for the items in which immediate availability information is most critical. Selections include
    • Monographs
    • Serials (print or electronic)
    • Articles
    • Digitized items
    • E-content

New content added to WorldCat Discovery

New content added to WorldCat Discovery this month ranges from religious (gnostic Coptic writing from the first century AD) to business (SAGE Business Researcher and corporate snapshot reports) to oceanography (international maritime boundary information and the UN convention on the law of the sea). Content providers include Acquisdata, Adam Mathew Digital, Brill, Readex (Newsbank), Reportal, Sabinet and SAGE.

Learn more at the upcoming webinars

Register for one of the upcoming WorldCat Discovery webinars and events:

  • Ready, Set, GO: Making the move from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery on December 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET US [UTC -5]
    Come see what WorldCat Discovery Services are, how they work and how you can begin your library’s transition to WorldCat Discovery.
  • WorldCat Discovery events at ALA Midwinter Boston on January 9, 2016
    Discovery is Great, But What about Usage?
    8:30-10 am, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 103. Speakers include Michael Davidson from Plymouth State University and Patrick Hartsfield from Springfield College.
    WorldCat Discovery User Community Meeting
    3-4:30 pm, Seaport Hotel, Seaport Ballroom A. Join your colleagues for an OCLC community reception after the meeting.
  • WorldCat Discovery Best Practices on January 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET US [UTC -5]
    Join your colleagues as we learn from staff using WorldCat Discovery at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

They will share how they’ve implemented WorldCat Discovery and promoted it to their users in the context of their library’s move to WorldShare Management Services (WMS).

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery will replace FirstSearch on December 31, 2015 for per-search access and in late 2016 for unlimited searching. 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. Then use the WorldCat Discovery support and training resources to configure your new site and learn about searching.

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.