[originally published as “Next Generation Melvyl – Evaluation Period Begins 8/19/09,” August 31, 2009]

Starting on Wednesday, August 19th, users visiting http://melvyl.cdlib.org are being directed to the Next Generation Melvyl Pilot as the default search.  Several configuration changes are being implemented as we point to NGM:

The UC-eLinks button will be turned off for monograph and serial holdings.

  • To improve the user experience, the UC-eLinks button will be removed from some item types on the full record display (e.g., print books, DVDs etc.)  Previously, users were offered a “Get it online” option for items that were available in physical format only.  After the 19th, “Get it online” will not display for items that are not available electronically.
  • Since the UC-eLinks button will not appear on all item types, users may need to use the Request button at the UC Libraries (Level 2) or at WorldCat Libraries (Level 3) to initiate document delivery services.

In the UC-eLinks menu, Next Generation Melvyl will display above the current Melvyl Catalog link.

856 links will be disabled for articles.

  • Links to articles in WCL will only be accessible through the UC-eLinks button in the “Get it online” section since 856 links for articles have been taking users to the journal level but not to the article level.  Therefore, pointing users to the UC-eLinks button will provide the most reliable access to electronic article content.  Please note that we will continue to expose 856 links in the “Get it online” section for other item types including journal records and e-books.

We anticipate that there will be a shakedown period in which irregularities may be discovered and we will work to repair these as quickly as possible.  Please use the Feedback links on the NGM interface to notify us of any problems you encounter.