OCLC is pleased to announce that WorldCat Discovery Services are now available, making it possible for library staff and users currently using FirstSearch to move to a richer discovery experience. WorldCat Discovery has been developed and refined based on input and feedback from a 30-member Advisory Group and more than 650 FirstSearch beta test libraries around the world.
WorldCat Discovery Services are the new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services together. The suite enables staff and users to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. The new interface is optimized for use across desktops, tablets and mobile devices.
Included for all FirstSearch subscribers
Current FirstSearch subscribers receive access to WorldCat Discovery Services as a part of their existing subscriptions. New libraries can also subscribe to WorldCat Discovery Services. FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery will operate in parallel during an extended transition period, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Discovery is available initially to libraries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It will be made available to libraries in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa in the coming weeks. Access to the current FirstSearch service will end on 31 December 2015.
What the service includes
WorldCat Discovery includes:
- A new discovery experience that consolidates access to your electronic, physical and digital collections
- Access to a central index that represents more than 1.5 billion articles, e-books and other e-content
- An interface that automatically adjusts for desktops, tablets and mobile devices
- Tools to showcase and manage your local special collections
- A unique URL and custom branding
- The ability to tailor your discovery service through fee-based options
"We're thrilled to think how WorldCat Discovery opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for thousands of member libraries," explains John McCullough, Product Manager for OCLC Discovery. "Libraries that previously thought a discovery service was out of reach can now provide one for their users and staff. Having options available also gives libraries flexibility in terms of functionality and future upgrades."
Additional benefits for libraries who maintain holdings in WorldCat
Libraries who maintain holdings in WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base receive additional benefits, such as their library's resources listed first in search results, built-in link resolution to full-text subscription content, an A to Z list and visibility on WorldCat.org and in other web sites where users typically begin their searches.
Options available with WorldCat Discovery
Options that can be added to WorldCat Discovery include:
- Real-time availability status
- A group- or consortium-view of available resources
- Management of course reserves or reading lists
- Remote database research of all library subscriptions
- Customized traffic and usage reports with Adobe Analytics
Current WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscribers receive all five options. Any other library may purchase options individually to add to an existing or new subscription. A pre-order incentive is currently available through 30 April 2014 for any library wishing to purchase options.
How to transition
FirstSearch libraries can review the migration information, and then register their intent to transition to the new service. Multiple training sessions, such as online courses and video tutorials, are available to help libraries make a smooth transition to WorldCat Discovery.
Introductory webinars for the services are currently scheduled for 02 April, 01 May and 05 June.