You control the timing of your transition to the new user experience for FirstSearch. Your decision might be based on a number of factors such as projects underway at your library or the related OCLC services in use at your library. The new user 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.
Many libraries can start enjoying the new experience for FirstSearch during the beta testing period in February 2013. We encourage your participation if your library:
Register your interest in participating in the beta. OCLC will confirm your participation by late February. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive additional details about how to begin your use of the beta service.
Some libraries will benefit from a better user experience if they wait until the new service is released in July 2013, due to the features that will be available.
Please plan to begin using the new service after July 2013 if your library:
The required browsers for use of the new interface are:
Please note: We are testing with a variety of operating systems, browsers (including Safari) and devices to provide access on mobile and tablet devices as well as desktop.
Newer browser versions are required to enable use of the new and expanded features of the new user experience for FirstSearch.
Library staffs will probably find that these newer, more secure browsers will also enhance their use of other websites and services used by library staff and users.
As a beta participant, your library staff can start using the new service to search WorldCat and any additional databases, articles and global resources. Other things you should know about beta participation:
Functionality will change.
During the beta period, we will continue to add functionality and make changes based on input from beta participants.
Your transition is nearly complete.
Once you join the beta, you can continue to use it in July 2013 when the new service is fully available. You won't need to reconfigure settings or make additional changes, except perhaps to update your URL to remove the word "beta."
Your feedback is encouraged.
Beta participants can help identify needed functionality changes in preparation for full release in July 2013. Your input will help us develop the best possible service for member libraries and their users.
Your participation in monthly forums.
We will hold monthly meetings with beta participants to facilitate sharing of experiences and ideas between you and OCLC staff. Your participation and input will be valued and appreciated.
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