The WorldCat Discovery installation on July 8, 2019 included the following new features and enhancements.

The running list of release notes can be found at https://help.oclc.org/Discovery_and_Reference/WorldCat_Discovery/Release_notes. (Note:  Not all of the enhancements/bug fixes are relevant to the UC Melvyl instances.)

New features and enhancements

Continuing on with their commitment of providing quality Open Content, OCLC has worked to carefully expand the rules that are in place for surfacing links to Government and Educational resources in WorldCat Discovery.

Full Text and Open Access .gov and .edu filter expanding. With the guidance of members from Library and Archives Canada and University of New Brunswick, OCLC expanded coverage for Government and Educational Open Access Content when enabling 856 links from WorldCat. These links will now include the following Canadian domains/URLs:

 

Improved description for required search box actions for users of screen readers such as NVDA or JAWS. The WorldCat Discovery home page, search results page, and detailed results pages, have been updated for improved access by users of screen readers such as NVDA or JAWS.  OCLC has updated the search box Aria label to provide a better explanation of what type of action is expected within the search box. While screen reading will vary depending on the system used, all will read “Enter search query” when focus is on the search box.

 

Bug fixes

Selecting a title in brief results with a linked 880 field will open on detail pane.  Users who select a title that contains a linked 880 field will now see the title open on the detail pane, rather than the detail page. Prior to this release, records with linked 880 fields opened on the detail page.

Open Access filter when scoped to Level 1 holdings will always display. When changing the scope options on advanced search or in brief results, users will always see the Open Access filter appear when applicable. This fix resolves an issue some institutions encountered where the filter incorrectly disappeared when scoping search results down from libraries worldwide to a branch of the primary holding institution.

Database filters will work correctly on brief results. Database filters will now properly scope search results to a selected database. Previously, selecting the database filter did not properly update results.