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WorldCat Discovery Beta

New discovery interface in the works: WorldCat Discovery

OCLC is working on major changes to WorldCat Local: a new discovery interface with major functional and design improvements. WorldCat Local will be replaced by a new platform called WorldCat Discovery.

Preview WorldCat Discovery Beta

Campus Link to Beta
Melvyl http://melvyl.on.worldcat.org/discovery
Berkeley http://berkeley.on.worldcat.org/discovery
Davis http://ucdavis.on.worldcat.org/discovery
Irvine http://uci.on.worldcat.org/discovery
UCLA http://ucla.on.worldcat.org/discovery
Merced http://ucmerced.on.worldcat.org/discovery
Riverside http://ucr.on.worldcat.org/discovery
San Diego http://ucsd.on.worldcat.org/discovery
San Francisco http://ucsf.on.worldcat.org/discovery
Santa Barbara http://ucsb.on.worldcat.org/discovery
Santa Cruz http://ucsc.on.worldcat.org/discovery

IMPORTANT: The preview system links to the LIVE Request service. Please DO NOT place any Requests for resource sharing while testing functionality in this system.

Give the preview system a try and let OCLC know what you think.  You can send comments to OCLC via the Tell us what you think! link at the bottom of every page.


WorldCat Discovery Timeline (dates from OCLC as of March 2016)
Product Beta (start/end) Production/general release (start) When will UC migrate to the new platform? Contact
WorldCat Discovery April 30, 2014- In release. Not yet fully functional for UC. December 2016 at the earliest. we are awaiting some critical development work by OCLC. No end date has been announced for WCL. Melvyl Operations Team
FirstSearch Unknown Unknown No end date has been announced for legacy FirstSearch. It will continue into 2017. The beta that resulted in merging FirstSearch with WorldCat Discovery was from February 2013-March 2014. OCLC has now decided to keep FirstSearch as a separate product and will start a new beta. Holly Eggleston (CDL), Robert Heyer-Gray (UC Davis)

The beta process, which began in 2012, is lengthy--spanning several years for both the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local betas.

OCLC is developing WorldCat Discovery as a continuous beta. Some customers have already switched from WorldCat Local to WorldCat Discovery. WorldCat Discovery is not yet functionally complete for Melvyl and further key enhancements to the user experience are forthcoming. OCLC has advised us to wait to make the switch.

In March 2016, OCLC announced it was keeping FirstSearch as a separate product rather than merging it into WorldCat Discovery as originally planned. We do not yet have a timeline for the new FirstSearch beta.

In the meantime, we will share important news in CDLInfo News, and on this page. When the time comes, we will work with stakeholders on updating instructional materials, announcements to users, and more.

More about beta planning for CDL and campuses

Last updated: April 08, 2016