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WorldCat Discovery Beta

New integrated discovery interface in the works: WorldCat Discovery Services

OCLC is working on major changes to WorldCat Local: a new discovery interface with major functional and design improvements. FirstSearch and WorldCat Local will be merged onto this new platform called WorldCat Discovery Services.


WorldCat Discovery Timeline (dates from OCLC as of April 2014)
Product Beta (start/end) Production/general release (start) When will UC migrate to the new platform? Contact
WorldCat Local April 30, 2014-November 2014 ~early 2015 TBD Melvyl Operations Team
FirstSearch February 2013-October 2013 March 2014 at same time as WCL. 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.

At some point, the new, merged discovery interface will move from beta into production and all WorldCat Local institutions will be expected to move to the new WorldCat Discovery Services within a specified time period -- about a year. At that point, we will evaluate the best time for Melvyl to make the migration.

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 23, 2014