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WorldCat Discovery enhancements digest

The WorldCat Discovery Enhancements Digest is a summary of new features and enhancements that have been added to WorldCat Discovery since January 2017. In the digest you will find recommended actions for enhancements that require libraries to configure/enable new functionality, as well as a comprehensive listing of recently released enhancements categorized by functional area.

Recommended actions

Actions that require a library decision to enable in WorldCat Discovery.

Recommended action Release date Related Links
New end-user sign-in capability for non-WMS institutions December 2018

Registration form

Configure authentication prompt for restricted content December 2018

Filter and refine search results

Access reliable open access content with configurable Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) full text links using Unpaywall October 2018

Links from DOI

Add a privacy notice for staff and patron login October 2018

Add a privacy notice

Create unique search boxes in minutes with the Search Box Generator September 2018

Search Box Generator

GDPR-compliant privacy notices July 2018

ILS Support and Maintenance

Include U.S Federal Depository Library Program links in search results May 2018

Links from Master WorldCat record 856 and 956 to open access content/free content

Configure display of 856 links from non-WorldCat master records April 2018 Links from non-WorldCat Record 856
WMS-only: Create custom shelving location messages February 2018 Holding Codes & Shelving Location messages
Turn on “Report a broken link” in both WorldCat Discovery and A – Z List to help users find corrected links January 2018
Choose a navigation bar color to match your institution’s branding January 2018 Branding & Customization
Help users place holds and request items with custom fulfillment buttons May 2017 Place Hold/Request Buttons
Help users get items quickly with more scope defaults May 2017 Relevancy and Scoping
Update Course Reserves availability to display item availability for Course Reserves shelving locations first April 2017 Set up and use course reserves

New features by functional area

Open Access and Freely Available Content

Enhancements that align to OCLC’s mission to privilege open access and freely available content.

Advanced Search

Enhancements that extend the functionality of advanced searching.

A to Z List

Enhancements that improve link resolution through the A to Z List.

Non-WMS Availability

Enhancements that improve availability for non-WMS WorldCat Discovery institutions.

3rd Party Integrations

Enhancements that create an integration between WorldCat Discovery and a 3rd party vendor. These require a vendor subscription to access.

Transition from WorldCat Local to WorldCat Discovery

Enhancements that help to simplify and expedite the transition from WorldCat Local to WorldCat Discovery.

Prominent bug fixes

 Note: Reporting on defects did not begin in WorldCat Discovery Release Notes until February 2018.

More pervasive changes that impact the majority of WorldCat Discovery users. Most smaller bug fixes are not included here.

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