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|
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 July 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.||Summer 2016 at the earliest. 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 through all of 2017 at a minimum. 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 Discovery 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. In July 2016, OCLC announced plans to continue envisioning and developing the ‘new FirstSearch’ through 2016. Access to existing FirstSearch continues through all of 2017.
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.