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Next Generation Melvyl – Improvements in Display of Online Resources

By Ellen Meltzer, CDL Information Services Manager

In its September 13, 2009 install, OCLC made improvements to the display of electronic resources in the Next Generation Melvyl Pilot. The changes were made to help users better distinguish between links to online materials for which they have access as opposed to links from other libraries to which they may not have access.

Here are some of the modifications:

  • If a journal is available in both print and electronic, under “Find a copy online”, users will now see the first 3 links to electronic content that are also found in their local campus catalog. Clicking on one of the links takes a user either directly to the journal or to the UC-eLinks window.
  • Links also appear for open access items such as government publications and digital content.
  • Other links may be provided by non-UC libraries instead of from the campus, but are displayed separately under “Other libraries.”
  • If there are no local or other links and no full text OpenURL resolver to display, then  ‘Find a copy online’ will not display at all.

See the PDF ( from OCLC for more details on these last changes.

(Also in the document is more complete information on the use of local holdings records (LHRs) to display some serial data in the detailed record instead of making a call to the local OAPC for the data, a feature which will be added at a later date for the UC Libraries.)