WorldCat Discovery Services will fully replace FirstSearch following a year-long transition period during which the two services will operate in parallel. It is available to all current FirstSearch subscribers in March 2014 as part of existing subscriptions during the transition period.
WorldCat Discovery includes:
WorldCat Discovery Services offer users discovery and access to a library’s local electronic and physical collections, access to other libraries’ collections and open access materials, link resolution to electronic content and integrated delivery options.
Depending on your current FirstSearch subscription and if you maintain holdings in WorldCat and the WorldCat® knowledge base, you’ll see even more benefits with WorldCat Discovery. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s new in WorldCat Discovery depending on your type of subscription:
Your current subscription
What's new in WorldCat Discovery
WorldCat on FirstSearch
WorldCat on FirstSearch and OCLC cataloging
|Features listed above plus:
WorldCat Local and WorldShare® Management Services
Note for Groups: If you belong to a group that shares an OCLC FirstSearch subscription, you will receive information about training and support plans for members of your group.
Tailor your WorldCat Discovery experience to meet your local needs. Add as much or as little functionality as you need. For-fee options to add to your WorldCat Discovery Services subscription include:
Why is OCLC bringing FirstSearch and WorldCat Local together into WorldCat Discovery Services?
WorldCat Discovery Services deliver a richer discover experience, combining FirstSearch access to WorldCat and other databases with WorldCat Local's full-featured discovery. It was created with input from users of both FirstSearch and WorldCat Local, a FirstSearch advisory group and more than 650 beta testing participants.
How will current FirstSearch subscribers that do not maintain holdings in WorldCat benefit from WorldCat Discovery Services?
Current FirstSearch subscribers will receive the following benefits from WorldCat Discovery, regardless of the presence of their collections in WorldCat:
What additional WorldCat Discovery Services benefits will FirstSearch subscribers receive when they also subscribe to OCLC cataloging?
Libraries whose collections are maintained in WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base will maximize their use of WorldCat Discovery. In addition to the features listed above, they also benefit from:
Are all FirstSearch users required to move to WorldCat Discovery? When should we plan to move to the new service?
Yes. All current FirstSearch users will move to WorldCat Discovery. They can choose when to move to the new service during a transition period of at least 12 months following the release of the new service March 2014. During this time, WorldCat Discovery and FirstSearch will operate in parallel, so library staffs can become familiar with the new service.
An exact date for the end of access to FirstSearch has not been determined; however, OCLC will share this information as soon as the date is available.
Will WorldCat Discovery features be available to WMS users who currently use WorldCat Local as their discovery interface?
WorldShare Management Services users, along with users of WorldCat Local, may try the new service during a beta period that begins in April 2014. OCLC will adjust the beta based on user feedback through December 2014, when the new interface is scheduled to be complete and functionally ready for full production use by WorldCat Local and WMS libraries.
Will group catalogs use new WorldCat Discovery Services interface and features?
Yes. Group catalogs will be able to use the new searching and interface of WorldCat Discovery, beginning with a beta that starts in April 2014.
Will Z39.50 access to WorldCat continue in WorldCat Discovery Services?
Z39.50 searching of WorldCat will not be supported in WorldCat Discovery. All other OCLC services that use Z39.50 continue on as usual.
Can libraries continue to use WorldCat Local “quick start” once WorldCat Discovery Services are available?
The separate WorldCat Local “quick start” will be discontinued following the WorldCat Discovery release. The new services suite will provide functionality of WorldCat Local “quick start” such as display of local holdings first in search results. Libraries that have implemented interoperability between WorldCat Local “quick start” and their local OPAC for display of availability information may wish to purchase the real-time availability option in WorldCat Discovery. OCLC will share the date on which WorldCat Local “quick start” access will end once it has been confirmed.
What usage statistics will be provided to WorldCat Discovery Services subscribers?
Subscribers will have access to the same type of usage statistics they currently have for FirstSearch activity. In addition, WorldCat Discovery Services will work with Google Analytics, a free tool, to deliver traffic and access statistics for your library. Libraries may purchase access to Adobe® Reports & Analaytics® (formerly known as SiteCatalyst®) for more customizable usage reports.
What does use of WorldCat Discovery Services mean for libraries that use FirstSearch for resource sharing?
The WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing on May 19, 2014, when access to WorldCat Resource Sharing ends. Users of libraries that offer patron-initiated requesting will search WorldCat Discovery Services to identify the materials they request through interlibrary loan. ILL staffs can search WorldCat in the discovery interface within WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. NOTE: When WorldCat Discovery is released in March 2014, it will include a default form for user-initiated interlibrary loan requests. A customizable form is planned for availability by June 2014.
Will my library’s existing configurations of administrative settings such as OPAC links and IP addresses be moved into WorldCat Discovery, or will I have to configure these settings again?
OCLC will move your existing FirstSearch administrative settings for you, so you will not need to set up these configurations again in the new service.
Which WorldCat Discovery features can library staffs customize?
Library staffs may customize the interface with local branding, colors and custom library links. They may also select which content collections are available to their users.
I set up new OCLC Services accounts for my staff’s use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. Will we use the same accounts to access WorldCat Discovery Services?
Yes. Staffs who manage both WorldShare ILL and WorldCat Discovery Services for your library can do so from the same OCLC Services account. Your ILL staff may contact email@example.com to request access to WorldCat Discovery Services from their OCLC services accounts for WorldShare ILL.
Will library staffs need to change the scripted access they have set up for FirstSearch databases?
Scripted access is no longer needed to access WorldCat Discovery. Instead, libraries will use a new, library-specific URL that will not require Web scripts.
Can library staff customize their library’s WorldCat Discovery Services URL?
Yes. Library staff can request a change to their library-specific URL by submitting a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What advanced search capabilities are provided for expert searchers such as faculty members or genealogists?
All WorldCat Discovery Services users will benefit from keyword and advanced searching. Experienced searchers may continue to search terms within specific fields, restrict searches to individual databases and view library holdings information within the service.
Will library staff will be able to view MARC records in the new service?
Yes. Display of MARC records is planned as a future enhancement to WorldCat Discovery Services.
With which ILSs does WorldCat Discovery interoperate to deliver real-time availability status?
ILSs that currently interoperate with WorldCat Discovery to provide real-time availability are:
What is included in the central index now included with WorldCat Discovery Services?
The central index included in the new WorldCat Discovery service is an index of metadata for e-content collections libraries often provide to their users. These include collections from well-known content providers such as Gale, ProQuest, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis.
Sources of central index content include:
What is the difference between the electronic content represented in WorldCat and the electronic content represented in the central index?
Metadata for electronic resources such as websites, e-journals and e-books has been added to WorldCat for many years. Some of the metadata has been contributed by OCLC member libraries and some has been added through OCLC partnerships with leading publishers and content aggregators.
The combination of WorldCat and the central index of metadata for well-known electronic content collections makes it possible for 18,000+ FirstSearch libraries to offer their users a more integrated discovery experience.
What is the difference between the central index for WorldCat Discovery Services and the WorldCat knowledge base?
The central index for WorldCat Discovery Services and the WorldCat knowledge base are complementary tools that enable information seekers to find and connect to information resources provided by libraries.
The WorldCat knowledge base contains detailed information about library holdings that enables linking from citations to full text in resources to which a library subscribes.
The central index in WorldCat Discovery Services is a rich index of metadata that provides unified access to a broad range of content, including the following resources:
Does my library need to subscribe to collections represented in the central index in order to take advantage of search access through WorldCat Discovery?
The central index for WorldCat Discovery Services serves as a finding tool to millions of content items:
An excel file list of content collections in the central index is available.
What is the relationship between searches of the central index for WorldCat Discovery Services and searching remote databases through the optional service?
The central index is available for searching by users of all libraries that subscribe to WorldCat Discovery. Searches retrieve results from WorldCat and the central index. The e-content a library makes available to its users depends on its subscriptions to e-content collections.
The optional remote database searching feature lets libraries also include searches of metadata not included in the central index for WorldCat Discovery Services as part of users' search experience. When a library implements remote database searching, results from remote content are integrated into a single set of search results, along with results from the central index.
How do libraries begin to use the WorldCat knowledge base?
Use of the WorldCat knowledge base is included in an OCLC cataloging subscription. To use the WorldCat knowledge base, complete a knowledge base request form, add data about electronic collections to the knowledge base and activate the functionality. Methods for adding a library’s local data to the WorldCat knowledge base are described at http://oc.lc/kbstart.
Why do libraries need a WorldCat Discovery subscription for their holdings to display in WorldCat.org and OCLC partner websites?
A cataloging subscription supports the cost of maintaining the software and infrastructure for the WorldCat database. A WorldCat Discovery subscription covers the cost of making that data accessible to information seekers and machines that integrate information resources through interfaces and APIs.
A WorldCat Discovery subscription gives the public access to a library’s collections maintained in WorldCat through WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat.org and websites of OCLC partners such as Google Books, Goodreads, EasyBib, etc. Through partner websites, searchers will discover libraries' resources in places where they often begin their research, and then connect back to libraries from those sites. A WorldCat Discovery subscription makes discovery of library materials possible through multiple Web destinations—with no additional work for library staff.
If a consortium purchases a library’s WorldCat Discovery subscription, can individual library members add their own options?
Yes. Options can be purchased by individual library members of groups and consortia.
Does an EMEA WorldCat.org subscription support a library’s use of WorldCat Discovery?
EMEA libraries that subscribe to WorldCat.org at Level 3 (which includes access to FirstSearch) may use WorldCat Discovery as part of their current subscriptions. Use of WorldCat Discovery is not included in an EMEA Level 1 or Level 2 WorldCat.org subscription. Libraries subscribing at these levels will continue to expand visibility of their collections through OCLC’s partnerships with a growing number of search engines and other popular websites.
How can library staff prepare for use of WorldCat Discovery Services?
There are several things library staff can do to prepare for use of WorldCat Discovery Services.
What kind of training will be available for library staff?
OCLC will provide self-paced and live, virtual training for library staff when the service is released in March 2014. Details about training resources will be provided on the OCLC Support and Training website.
Things to do now, in preparation for March 2014:
WorldCat Discovery was developed and refined with feedback from more than 650 beta participants from the FirstSearch user community as well as a 30-member Advisory Group.