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WorldCat Discovery expands personal lists, shares user feedback to library staff

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More flexibility in personal lists

  • Notes. Users can now add notes records included in personal lists, to provide personal thoughts or descriptions of the content in an item. These notes can also be edited following their initial addition to a list.
  • Use of temporary lists. An entire temporary list or individual items in a temporary list can now be added to a personal list, to save time in assembling useful lists of records from WorldCat Discovery search results.
  • Edit lists. Users may move records among personal lists, delete items from lists and edit the name or description of a list.

Review feedback from your WorldCat Discovery users

Library staff may now configure a WorldCat Discovery site to send user feedback to an email address of their choice. This feedback will inform staff decisions in areas such as refinements to a site’s design and user instruction about WorldCat Discovery use.

Additional details about these enhancements, along with information about new databases recently added to the WorldCat Discovery central index, are provided in WorldCat Discovery Release Notes.

Next steps for WorldCat Discovery and FirstSearch

In addition to ongoing WorldCat Discovery enhancements, OCLC will continue the full-featured WorldCat searching valued in FirstSearch in a new version of FirstSearch. WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch will continue as separate services, and FirstSearch features will also be available to WorldCat Discovery users.

As OCLC works to delivery critical functionality to both WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch, access to the current version of FirstSearch will extend into 2017.

Additional details about plans to enhance WorldCat Discovery and release the new version of FirstSearch will be shared as they are confirmed. More information is provided in Frequently Asked Questions.