WorldCat Discovery supports direct linking to databases, multiple instructors for course reserves and temporary shelving locations

WorldCat Discovery Services now provides direct links to advanced search of single or multiple databases, association of multiple instructors in course reserves, and the display of temporary location information. The three features all help library staff members improve the users’ potential to find the materials they’re looking for.

New features added in October

New features added in October 2015:

  • Direct linking to databases
    Now library staff members can make even more use of the database groupings available through WorldCat Discovery and OCLC’s central index. A new “Advanced Search URL” enables libraries to list individual databases or database groupings on an A to Z list and/or subject-specific LibGuides page. The single link then connects users with relevant databases already selected in the WorldCat Discovery Advanced Search screen.
  • Multiple course instructors for course reserves
    If your library has added the course reserves option in WorldCat Discovery, now you can display multiple instructors who teach the same class. The additional functionality also supports multiple sections of a class with different instructors that all use the same reserved reading materials. When there are multiple instructors listed, they appear in alphabetical order by last name.
  • Temporary shelving locations
    Now libraries can show temporary shelving locations for items in WorldCat Discovery. This new feature can be especially helpful in serving user populations who expect to find physical materials on the shelves, as libraries move more collections to off-site storage, move forward with shared print initiatives, or simply move items to short-term display locations.

    Temporary shelving locations were previously available to WorldShare Management Services (WMS) libraries, and are now available to all WorldCat Discovery libraries that have added the real-time availability option.

New content added to WorldCat Discovery

New content added to WorldCat Discovery this month includes academic journals on education and social welfare, South African periodicals and articles to help understand the causes and consequences of genocide. Content providers include Hakjisa, Sabinet and ABC-CLIO.

Learn more at the upcoming webinars

Register for one of the upcoming WorldCat Discovery webinars:

  • Ready, Set, GO: Making the move from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery on October 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT US [UTC -4]
    Come see what WorldCat Discovery Services are, how they work and how you can begin your library’s transition to WorldCat Discovery.
  • WorldCat Discovery Best Practices on November 17, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. EDT US [UTC -4]
    Join your colleagues as we learn from staff using WorldCat Discovery at the Charles C. Myers Library at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa.
    • Jonathan Helmke, the Assistant Director for Library Systems and Technical Services and University Archivist
    • Becky Canovan, Reference and Instruction Librarian for the Social Sciences
    • Diana Newman, Administrative Assistant

They will share how they’ve implemented WorldCat Discovery and promoted it to their users in the context of their library’s move to WorldShare Management Services (WMS).

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery will replace FirstSearch on December 31, 2015 for per-search access and in late 2016 for unlimited searching. WorldCat Discovery is available to all current FirstSearch, WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscribers as part of existing subscriptions at no additional cost.

Let OCLC know you are ready to get started by requesting your library’s unique WorldCat Discovery URL. Then use the WorldCat Discovery support and training resources to configure your new site and learn about searching.

About WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services helps your users easily find and get resources from your library and libraries worldwide through a single search of WorldCat and familiar, authoritative e-content collections. It makes your collections visible on popular websites, such as Google, Goodreads and Wikipedia, where people typically start their research.