The new user experience will replace the separate discovery interfaces now used to search OCLC FirstSearch, WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local to give searchers a single, consistent experience. It will provide user-specific views for library staff and library users to search and discover library items. This way, library staff can see everything they need to accurately search and find items, and users only see what is meaningful to them to find and quickly get to their library’s content.
Access to comprehensive library holdings from WorldCat. The new user experience displays a complete list of global library holdings for items in search results, so searchers can easily locate libraries that own the resources they need.
User-specific search features support varying user needs. Less experienced searchers will find the new interface easy to use. Expert functionality such as multiple index browse and command-line searching gives more experienced users the precision they need. Staff views of full MARC records with local holdings enable authorized library staff to connect to OCLC Connexion for cataloging record corrections if needed.
Convenient options for getting needed resources from local libraries or other sources. Locally-available resources are featured in search results, to help searchers quickly identify materials in their own library. Options for getting needed items are based on item format, local policies and processes. These options include:
Available anytime, anywhere, any device. Users can access results from the device most convenient for them without having to be in the library, and without needing to authenticate. (Staff must log in to see staff-specific views.) The service presents task-optimized views most suited for mobile and tablet devices.
Reach more content. The new experience includes more than 170 million additional article-level citations from content collections not currently searchable in FirstSearch, including sources such as JSTOR, Elsevier and British Library Inside Serials in addition to the entire WorldCat database.
Increased visibility of library resources on websites your users use most. Direct links to WorldCat records from partner sites that include Google, EasyBib, GoodReads, Credo Reference and more connect users with your collections from websites where they typically begin their research. For your library, this means that even when a user starts her search on Google, she’ll end up at your library--with no work required on your part.
Flexible access to library collections from locally-used sites. WorldCat-based APIs available through the WorldShare Platform enable library developers and OCLC partners to build relevant apps and widgets to expose library resources on the Web, potentially increasing use of resources in library collections. A locally-branded search box can be added to sites frequented by your users.
Search familiar collections. Users may continue to search individual databases in the FirstSearch Base Package as discrete databases. The Base Package content includes WorldCat, Electronic Books, ArchiveGrid, ArticleFirst, CAMIO Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, OAIster, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, WorldCat Dissertations and Theses, Clase and Periódica, ERIC, GPO Monthly Catalog and MEDLINE.
Local control of transition timing. You control when to transition users to the new interface during a transition period. The new interface will operate in parallel to FirstSearch for 12 months, to give you and your users time to become familiar and comfortable with all the new features.
The new experience for FirstSearch features adaptive displays that optimize the user’s experience whether on a mobile, tablet or desktop device—all from a single, simple URL.
In addition to providing access to WorldCat, a subscription to the new experience for FirstSearch will continue to provide visibility for your library’s resources on the web through WorldCat.org, the Web’s primary site for information seekers to find you--their local library--and items in libraries worldwide. Without it, your library’s collections won’t be visible in search engine results or through any third-party apps that use WorldCat data.
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