2021 in review, and what's ahead for 2022

Katie Means, Product Manager /

Another year is in the books (please excuse my library humor), and we’re already off to a fast start to 2022. Last year we experienced the continued evolution of libraries amid a global pandemic—many of you saw students back on campus and reopened your doors to an eager community of users, while others remained operating in a virtual capacity due to local environmental circumstances and other factors. Through it all one thing has been steadfast: your resolve to serve users as quickly and efficiently as possible. We hope that WorldCat Discovery has helped you in achieving that mission.  

In supporting researchers along their journey for information, we’ve been aligning efforts to our library on demand strategy. Using intuitive discovery, smart fulfillment, and personalization as guideposts, we’re leveraging technology, tools, and capacity to create impactful end-user experiences.  

Notably, we completed a WCAG 2.1-compliant redesign of the most-used pages of the site: the landing, search results, and item details pages. The redesign included a modernized interface for these pages, enhancements to existing functionality, and the addition of new features that enable users to easily find and get the resources they need. We also added display of OCLC accessibility statement, cookie notice and information security management certificate to the interface. The enhancements were all made possible by your passionate participation and engagement.

And there’s so much more! I invite our WorldCat Discovery library staff to visit the Community Center to check out the highlights since January 2021, and look ahead at what’s to come in the remainder of 2022.

Take me to the WorldCat Discovery community!