WorldCat Discovery supports personal lists and local holdings records

With the September 2015 release, WorldCat Discovery Services now supports personal lists for end-users at WorldShare Management Services (WMS) libraries and library staff members at all WorldCat Discovery libraries with staff accounts. WorldCat Discovery can now also display call number, location and special collection designations. Both new features work together to help library staff and users remember relevant materials they found, and quickly locate them on library shelves.

New features added in September

New features added in September 2015:

  • Personal lists
    End-users at libraries that have WMS implemented, and all library staff members who have created a WorldCat Discovery staff account, can now create personal lists to save interesting items from search results and retrieve them later. Temporary, session-based lists are still available in WorldCat Discovery for all users.
    If library staff members or end-users have previously created lists on or WorldCat Local, they can also import their existing lists into WorldCat Discovery.
  • Local information display
    WorldCat Discovery now can display localized information that is not available on the WorldCat master record, such as library call numbers, location information, notes and special collection designations. The service uses a library’s Local Holdings Records, or LHRs, to provide this information. This new feature means that libraries that have not added the real-time availability option can still provide valuable location information to patrons, to help them get the materials they’ve found.

New global socio-political and religious content added to WorldCat Discovery

New content added to WorldCat Discovery this month spans the globe. It includes research for African politics, Chinese social sciences and many of the world’s religions and languages, including Christianity, Hindu, Islam, Judaism, Muslim, Greek and Hebrew languages. Content providers include Brill, Korean Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) and Sabinet.

Learn more at the upcoming webinars

Register for one of the upcoming WorldCat Discovery webinars:

  • Ready, Set, GO: Making the move from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery on October 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT US [UTC -4]
    Come see what WorldCat Discovery Services are, how they work and how you can begin your library’s transition to WorldCat Discovery.
  • WorldCat Discovery Best Practices on November 17, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. EDT US [UTC -4]
    Join your colleagues as we learn from an private, 4-year academic library using WorldCat Discovery. You’ll hear from Jonathan Helmke, the Assistant Director for Library Systems and Technical Services and University Archivist for the Charles C. Myers Library at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. Jonathan and his fellow librarians 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.