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WorldCat Discovery

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

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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 Send Feedback link at the bottom of every page.


WorldCat Discovery Timeline (dates from OCLC as of May 2017)
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. TBD. 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 many 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.

More about beta planning for CDL and campuses

Last updated: May 24, 2017