OCLC is bringing the user-friendly features of WorldCat.org together with the precision searching of FirstSearch, valued by library staff and expert researchers, to provide a better user experience for libraries using the FirstSearch service. The goal is to provide a unified, consistent and contemporary search experience that fits users' expectations for modern, simple content discovery, while maintaining the expert capabilities for staff.
The new user experience will provide separate user-specific views for staff and patrons to identify resources in library collections. This way, library staff members have the precision searching and expanded record views they need to accurately search and find items, and users only see what is meaningful to help them find and quickly get to library content.
All current subscribers to FirstSearch will receive this new user experience for staff and patrons. In addition, a new service-oriented architecture will provide developer-level access to discovery-related APIs and Web services. In this way, library data from WorldCat and WorldCat.org will be even more accessible to partners, developers and interested librarians through the WorldShare Platform in order to create and share new applications and innovation.
To stay up-to-date plans for the release of the new user experience, sign up for the FirstSearch listserv.
A beta version of the new user experience for FirstSearch will be available in late February 2013. We invite you to participate in this beta to use the new experience and provide feedback to OCLC.