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WorldCat Discovery beta: Simplified Permalinks


This month’s WorldCat Discovery installation on March 16, 2017 included the following new features and enhancements.

The running list of release notes can be found at (Note that many of these do not have an impact on Melvyl.)

New Features and Enhancements

Simplified permalinks.  Permalinks are shorter, making them easier to consistently and reliably link to detailed records from WorldCat Discovery search results. An institution’s database configuration change no longer breaks permalinks if the record exists in at least one configured and accessible database.

Simplified, shorter permalinks are still available from sharing options in search results. After selecting the “Record link” from the share options, the permalink displays to copy and paste.


WorldCat Discovery (WCD)

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.

Information on the WorldCat Discovery (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?)


In March 2016, OCLC announced it was keeping FirstSearch as a separate product rather than merging it into WorldCat Discovery as originally planned. We do not yet have a timeline for the new FirstSearch beta.