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February 28, 2015

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.

Preview WorldCat Discovery Beta

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

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 Jan 2015)
Product Beta (start/end) Production/general release (start) When will UC migrate to the new platform? Contact
WorldCat Local April 30, 2014-June 2015 ~June/July 2015 TBD; ideally before fall term 2015 Melvyl Operations Team
FirstSearch February 2013-October 2013 March 2014 at same time as WCL. (access to legacy FirstSearch ends on December 31, 2015.) 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: February 09, 2015