WorldCat Discovery beta: Easier to print search results & lists
Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities
This month’s WorldCat Discovery installation on March 12, 2015 included the following new features & enhancements.
The running list of release notes can be found at http://www.cdlib.org/services/d2d/melvyl/public/. (Note that many of these do not have an impact on Melvyl.)
- Improvements to browser printing from Search Results and My List. In response to user requests, OCLC has implemented stylesheets for browser printing Search Results (with the side panel closed) and from My List.
- Improvements to Editions & Formats section – Layout of Editions display. OCLC has added cover art when it exists and has made some alignment changes to the general display. The display now shows 10 instead of 20 items per page making it easier to navigate.
- New Bibliographic Content. In the March release, OCLC added the following bibliographic content to the Description section and detailed record displays. These are fields that have been requested by WorldCat Discovery libraries.
- Bug fixes.
- Search link now support leading zeros. Previously, WorldCat Discovery was not honoring the setting in OCLC Service Configuration to add leading zeros to the OCLC number search. In this release we have addressed this issue so that library users can link to the item in the local OPAC to see additional local information for items from the WorldCat Discovery interface.
- Availability statuses with ampersand fixed. The display of availability status messages with an ampersand has been corrected. These will no longer display the HTML code (&) in the description.
WorldCat Discovery Services (WDS) Description
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.
UC WDS Information on the CDL Website
Information on the WorldCat Discovery Services (Beta) for the UC campuses is available on the WorldCat Discovery Beta webpage. This webpage includes
- Links to the UC campus (and union) WCD-Beta instances where you can test drive the functionality
- OCLC’s project timeline (e.g., when will UC migrate to the new platform?)