WorldCat Local Development (Beta Versions)
New discovery interface in the works
In the longer-term, 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 in this new interface.
Development work will happen in a beta environment that will be visible only to institutions participating in the betas. The beta process 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 product 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.
WorldCat Local Beta is the merging of the Melvyl WorldCat Local and FirstSearch WorldCat into a single improved interface.
Contact: Melvyl Operations Team
Beta start: ~February 2014
Beta end: TBD (~1 year later)
New WorldCat Local in production: TBD
When will UC move to the new WorldCat Local? TBD. Very rough estimate: mid-to-late 2015.
- OCLC has stated they are convening a WorldCat Local Beta Advisory Group in fall 2013.
FirstSearch is a CDL-managed licensed resource. CDL's FirstSearch resource liaison, Bob Heyer-Gray is in charge of the FirstSearch beta. We are currently testing two instances in beta: Melvyl and UC Davis Melvyl.
Beta start: February 2013
Beta end: July 2013 (development continues into October 2013.)
FirstSearch in production: ~February 2014
When will UC move to the new FirstSearch? After the new merged version of FirstSearch and WorldCat Local is in production. See WorldCat Local Beta below.
- FirstSearch migration overview on the OCLC website.
- OCLC's August 2013 video The Future of FirstSearch: More Visibility for Your Library and its Resources.
- Monthly webinar series has concluded.
CDL Melvyl Operations Team: Before, during, and after the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local betas, we monitor progress, including:
- Soliciting OCLC's timeline.
- Flagging potential issues for UC.
- Communicating monthly with John McCullough (OCLC Discovery Manager).
- Attending monthly webinars.
- Attending quarterly WorldCat Local User Group webinars.
Campuses: Bob Heyer-Gray, Melvyl & FirstSearch Resource Liaison monitors progress. Send suggestions for changes to the WorldCat Local product by using the feedback link at the bottom of every Melvyl page.
CDL Melvyl Operations Team: We manage the service configuration and work with OCLC on technical problems with FirstSearch and WorldCat Local beta versions.
Campuses: A possible role in testing.
CDL Melvyl Operations Team: Our current plan is to move to the new integrated platform after both FirstSearch and WorldCat Local are in production. We have strongly advocated for OCLC to extend the migration time for WorldCat Local libraries to ensure two migrations are not necessary.
Campuses: A possible role in testing. Update instructional materials.
Tentative dates from OCLC as of September 2013.
|Product||Beta (start/end)||Production (start)||Deadline to migrate|
|FirstSearch||February 2013-July 2013 (development continues through October.)||~February 2014||TBD|