A. You will no longer need to maintain scripted access. Instead, your library will use a new, library-specific URL that will not require Web scripts. Library staff can login to see staff-only features in the new experience.
A. A new service, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing, has been available since March 2013. Until the new discovery service is released, users of libraries that have enabled patron-initiated requestingwill continue tomanage the user side of patron-initiated interlibrary loan requests through the current FirstSearch service. Once the new discovery service becomes available, it will work with WorldShare Interlibrary Loan for ongoing support of parton-initiated interlibrary loan requests.
A. There is no single “right” time to move for every library. The new experience and the current FirstSearch interface will operate in parallel for 12 months to give you ample time to ensure a smooth transition for your staff and users.
A. Yes. You control the timing of your transition to the new user experience for FirstSearch. Your decision might be based on a number of factors: your related OCLC products and services, whether you subscribe through a group, the type of subscription you currently maintain and the geographic location of your library.
A. Beta testing of the new user experience for FirstSearch is taking place in parallel with the release of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. OCLC has invited FirstSearch users to participate in beta testing of the FirstSearch user experience. WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is now available to libraries in the United States, and the new service will fully replace WorldCat Resource Sharing in December 2013.
If your library provides user-initiated interlibrary loan requesting for your users through the current FirstSearch service, you can continue to use FirstSearch with both WorldCat Resource Sharing and WorldShare Interlibrary Loan for the time being.
Your participation in beta testing of the new user experience for FirstSearch will not affect your use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan in any way.
A. Yes. New user accounts are being set up for use with WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and library staff access to the new user experience for FirstSearch. Your ILL staff members may set up their new accounts now. They may subsequently enable FirstSearch access through their new accounts.
After you establish new user accounts for use with WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, you may continue to access the current version of FirstSearch with your 9-digit authorization number and password for that service.
A. If you wish to participate in beta testing of the new user experience for FirstSearch, this will not affect your use of OCLC’s interlibrary loan services.
A. Following release of the new user experience for FirstSearch, we plan to work on making enhancements to the WorldCat Local interface. As part of that process, we will invite members of the WorldCat Local community to participate in review and testing of these enhancements.
WorldCat Local librarians are welcome to register for beta access; however, they should keep in mind new WorldCat Local features will be released at a later time.
A. Users get to full text in a number of ways, depending on what holdings you have/collections you've registered in WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base.
All FirstSearch subscribers can get to full-text from citations of FirstSearch Base Package databases (I.e., ArticleFirst, MEDLINE, etc.), in addition to 8 million open access content items and 175+ million additional article citations, depending on your library's content subscriptions. The new experience for FirstSearch will also link to any OpenURL resolver if that is preferred.
FirstSearch subscribers with holdings in WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base also have their full text eBooks and eJournal content resolved. Inbound linking is included, to resolve OpenURL requests from external citation sources. The built-in integrated link resolver in the new experience for FirstSearch then links these citations to the web for open access, and to the actual supplier you use for your content.
WorldCat Local libraries have access to the WorldCat central index, which resolves more than # #WCL sprinkle# million full-text articles, #WCL prinkle# million ebooks and more, to provide access to all the licensed content to which your library subscribes. Outbound linking is included with WorldCat Local, so that "view now" links illuminate in the discovery interface to connect to your library's full text.
A. Continue to contact OCLC Support that is appropriate for your region.
A. Yes. Training materials and videos will be available to ensure a smooth transition to the new user experience.
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