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WorldCat Discovery release notes, July 2019

Release Date: July 8, 2019

Introduction

Continuing our commitment to privilege quality open content, we have worked to carefully expand rules that surface links to Canadian government and educational resources in WorldCat Discovery. Users will also see improvements to Google Analytics event tracking, and usability updates for people who use screen readers to navigate the WorldCat Discovery interface.

Include Request ID with problem reports

When reporting an issue with WorldCat Discovery, it is extremely helpful to include the Request ID. The Request ID is found at the bottom of the screen on which the issue occurred. Including this information allows us to directly trace what happened on the request we are troubleshooting. 

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New features and enhancements

Expanded access to content from Canadian government and education domains

With the guidance of members from Library and Archives Canada and University of New Brunswick, we are excited to expand coverage for government and educational open access content when enabling 856 links from WorldCat. When the setting in Full Text and Open Access Links > WorldCat Local Search Results/WorldCat Discovery Search results > Links from Master WorldCat record 856 and 956 to open access content / free content>Government and Educational Documents is enabled, it will now include the following Canadian domains/URLs:

  • .gc.ca
  • .ourcommons.ca
  • .sencanada.ca
  • .parl.ca
  • .parl.gc.ca
  • https://idl-bnc-idrc.dspacedirect.org/
  • .bankofcanada.ca
  • .cihi.ca
  • .gnb.ca
  • .snb.ca
  • .languesofficielles.nb.ca
  • .officiallanguages.nb.ca
  • .agnb-vgnb.ca
  • .electionsnb.ca
  • .nbpolicecommission.ca
  • .legalaid.nb.ca
  • .nbhc.ca
  • .fredericton.ca
  • .saintjohn.ca
  • .alberta.ca
  • .alberta.ca
  • .gov.ab.ca
  • .assembly.ab.ca
  • .gov.bc.ca
  • .bclaws.ca
  • .gov.mb.ca
  • .gov.nl.ca
  • .assembly.nl.ca
  • .gov.nt.ca
  • .novascotia.ca
  • .gov.ns.ca
  • .nslegislature.ca
  • .gov.nu.ca
  • .assembly.nu.ca
  • .ontario.ca
  • .gov.on.ca
  • .ola.org
  • .ontla.on.ca
  • .princeedwardisland.ca
  • .gov.pe.ca
  • .gouv.qc.ca
  • .assnat.qc.ca
  • .banq.qc.ca
  • .saskatchewan.ca
  • .gov.sk.ca
  • .gov.yk.ca
  • data2.collectionscanada.ca
  • collectionscanada.ca
  • central.bac-lac.gc.ca
  • epe.lac-bac.gc.ca  

These URLs will continue to appear in WorldCat Discovery as they have always with 856 fields that have indicator 40 informing availability link displays, and 856 field indicator values 41 or 42 to inform description displays.

Text in the service configuration for this setting will also be updated to reflect the broader coverage of this setting. The setting text changes are outlined below:

Text prior to release

Text after release

gov / .edu documents (i.e., GPO.gov, ERIC, etc.)

Government and Educational documents (i.e., GPO.gov, ERIC, etc.)

 

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Improved quality of knowledge base provider links

To ensure better link quality, when a WorldCat Discovery citation contains the MARC field 022 subfield y for an incorrect ISSN, WorldCat Discovery will not send it to the knowledge base as part of the metadata used to build provider links.

Refinement of Google Analytics tracking so Unpaywall API calls are no longer tracked in statistics

Users who have enabled integration of Google Analytics with their WorldCat Discovery will no longer see Unpaywall API calls tracked as a user-triggered change event. Before this fix, users who had enabled Google Analytics saw confusing statistics for unusually high numbers of Unpaywall API calls tracked as a user-triggered change event. This was due to the design of the statistic which was triggered for all search results that contained a DOI.

Improved description for required search box actions for users of screen readers such as NVDA or JAWS

The WorldCat Discovery home page, search results page, and detailed results pages, have been updated for improved access by users of screen readers such as NVDA or JAWS.  We have updated the search box Aria label to provide a better explanation of what type of action is expected within the search box. While screen reading will vary depending on the system used, all will read “Enter search query” when focus is on the search box.

 

Prior to release

After release

Edit required invalid entry

Enter search query

Shelf Browse text update in Service Configuration

The OCLC Service Configuration section worldcat.org/config > OPAC Statuses, Locations and Circulations policies, text in the Item Availability on Search Results > WorldCat Discovery Only will be updated to indicate that shelf browse will use these settings.

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prior to release after release
Display Item Availability on search results and course reserves Display Item Availability on search results, course reserves and browse the shelf (for WMS only)

Bug fixes

Selecting a title in brief results with a linked 880 field will open on detail pane

Users who select a title that contains a linked 880 field will now see the title open on the detail pane, rather than the detail page. Prior to this release, records with linked 880 fields opened on the detail pane.

Open Access filter will always display when scoped to Level 1 holdings

When changing the scope options on Advanced search or in brief results, users will always see the Open Access filter appear when applicable. This fix resolves an issue some institutions encountered where the filter incorrectly disappeared when scoping search results from libraries worldwide to a branch of the primary holding institution. 

Database filters will work correctly on brief results

Database filters will now properly scope search results to a selected database. Previously, selecting the database filter did not properly update results

Service configuration label update

In Service Configuration, the “Link or Button Label” text in the Full Text OpenURL Resolvers (outgoing requests) area has been changed to “Link Label.” In WorldCat Discovery, this feature will display as a link. This update will alleviate confusion about configuration options available for third party OpenURL resolvers.

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Fix to WorldShare ILL form when WorldCat is the default database configured

Institutions who subscribe to WorldShare ILL and WorldCat Discovery that have configured WorldCat  as their default database for WorldCat Discovery searching will now be able to place holds on citations from configured databases other than WorldCat. Previously, users were unsuccessful when submitting the WorldShare ILL request form.

Update

End of remote database searching in WorldCat Local

Remote database searching in WorldCat Local is scheduled to end on July 15, 2019. If your library still provides searching of remote databases in WorldCat Local, you can continue to provide access to both centrally-indexed and remote databases through the WorldCat Discovery service after July 15.

This is the final change planned for WorldCat Local before access to the service ends on August 9, 2019. As previously announced, August 9 is when WorldCat Local access ends for libraries that use WorldCat Local as a standalone discovery service or as the user interface for WMS. On that date, all existing WorldCat Local URLs will be redirected to appropriate pages on WorldCat Discovery.

WorldCat Discovery gives your users a more consistent way to access databases not included in the WorldCat Discovery central index using a new database recommendation feature. In addition, WorldCat Discovery delivers a wide range of features not available in WorldCat Local, and it is regularly enhanced with new functionality. WorldCat Discovery provides an interface that automatically adapts to their preferred devices.

The WorldCat Discovery Support website provides documentation and training resources to support configuration and use of WorldCat Discovery. Step-by-step guidance for your transition is provided at https://oc.lc/localtransition. For additional assistance from a knowledgeable WorldCat Discovery Implementation Manager, plan to attend WorldCat Local to WorldCat Discovery transition office hours.

If you have specific questions about your library’s WorldCat Discovery implementation, please contact OCLC Support in your region.  

New content

This is a list of new databases added to WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org since our last update. 

You can enable these databases as search options in the Licensed Content and Databases module of the OCLC Service Configuration site. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to these databases in order to enable them.

The complete list of databases is available at contentlisttargetID.xlsx.

Available in WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org

 

Contemporary World Drama from Alexander Street

New works from established and up-and-coming contemporary playwrights from around the world, including recently produced world premiers and previously unpublished works from every continent.

Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection from Alexander Street

Presents the historical context of 20th and 21st century dance through exclusive periodicals, reference materials, books, dance notation, and photographs.

Diagnosing Mental Disorders: DSM-5™ and ICD-10 from Alexander Street

Videos examining various characteristics, diagnoses, co-morbidities, and differential diagnoses using the DSM-5™ and the ICD-10.

Disability in the Modern World (text) from Alexander Street

Contains textual content in the growing disciplines of disability history and disability studies.

Disability in the Modern World (video) from Alexander Street

Contains video content in the growing disciplines of disability history and disability studies.

Drama Texts Collection from Alexander Street

A collection spanning nearly a millennium of dramatic writing, covering the core works of the Western canon alongside their lesser-known contemporaries.

Environmental Issues Online – All Titles from Alexander Street

Multimedia materials focusing on key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, deforestation, and more.

Environmental Issues Online - Australia from Alexander Street

Multimedia materials focusing on key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, deforestation, and more.

Environmental Issues Online - Canada from Alexander Street

Multimedia materials focusing on key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, deforestation, and more.

Environmental Issues Online – Outside North America from Alexander Street

Multimedia materials focusing on key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, deforestation, and more.

Environmental Issues Online – United States from Alexander Street

Multimedia materials focusing on key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, deforestation, and more.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online from Alexander Street

A collection of previously unpublished historic audio recordings and their supporting field materials for the study of music in its cultural context.

Film Scripts Online, Volume 2 from Alexander Street

Includes new screenplays and international and contemporary films.

Food Studies Online (Text) from Alexander Street

Contains primary archival materials, images, and secondary works from the field of food studies.

Food Studies Online (Video) – All Titles from Alexander Street

Contains documentaries and series from the field of food studies.

Food Studies Online (Video) - Australia from Alexander Street

Contains documentaries and series from the field of food studies.

Food Studies Online (Video) - Canada from Alexander Street

Contains documentaries and series from the field of food studies.

Food Studies Online (Video) - China from Alexander Street

Contains documentaries and series from the field of food studies.

Food Studies Online (Video) – Outside North America from Alexander Street

Contains documentaries and series from the field of food studies.

Food Studies Online (Video) – United States from Alexander Street

Contains documentaries and series from the field of food studies.

Gilded Age from Alexander Street

Contains texts, photographs, songs, video interviews, and critical documentary essays focusing on immigration and migration, racism and civil rights, labor and industry, women and universal suffrage, American Indians, and the environment during the Gilded Age.

Images of America from Alexander Street

Contains local histories of various towns, cultures, ethnic groups, architectural features, and more.

Independent World Cinema: Classic and Contemporary Film – All Titles from Alexander Street

A collection of the most important films produced from the early 20th century to present day.

Independent World Cinema: Classic and Contemporary Film - Canada from Alexander Street

A collection of the most important films produced from the early 20th century to present day.

Independent World Cinema: Classic and Contemporary Film – Outside North America from Alexander Street

A collection of the most important films produced from the early 20th century to present day.

Independent World Cinema: Classic and Contemporary Film – United States from Alexander Street

A collection of the most important films produced from the early 20th century to present day.

Milgram Collection from Alexander Street

A collection of films by Stanley Milgram covering social psychology topics.

Music Online: Classical Performance in Video from Alexander Street

Contains classical music, full operas, and dance titles as well as masterclasses, documentaries, and interviews.

Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century from Alexander Street

Periodicals depicting American musical life from 1838 to the early 1900s through local and international news, reviews, editorials, sheet music, and advertisements.

Nursing and Mental Health in Video: A Symptom Media Collection from Alexander Street

Features videos of the most common mental health disorders nurses may encounter.

Nursing Assistant Education in Video from Alexander Street

A collection of training videos designed specifically for nursing assistants.

Performance Design Archive Online from Alexander Street

An international collection that covers all aspects of theater production design, from the 17th century through to the present day.

Public Library Video Online: Premium from Alexander Street

A collection of videos with topics spanning science, history, engineering, health, performing arts, religion, film, and more.

Revolution and Protest Online – All Titles from Alexander Street

Text and images about how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Revolution and Protest Online - Australia from Alexander Street

Text and images about how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Revolution and Protest Online - Canada from Alexander Street

Text and images about how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Revolution and Protest Online – Outside North America from Alexander Street

Text and images about how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Revolution and Protest Online – United States from Alexander Street

Text and images about how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.

Romanticism Redefined: Pickering & Chatto and The Wordsworth Circle from Alexander Street

The database is a searchable collection of works focusing in the period between 1800 and 1830.

Teachers TV from Alexander Street

A collection of instructional videos designed to train and develop teachers' skills through demonstrations and commentary by teachers, administrators, and other educational experts.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection - AllTitles from Alexander Street

Provides educational streaming access to important films from renowned leaders in documentary distribution.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection - Australia from Alexander Street

Provides educational streaming access to important films from renowned leaders in documentary distribution.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection - Canada from Alexander Street

Provides educational streaming access to important films from renowned leaders in documentary distribution.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection - Outside North America from Alexander Street

Provides educational streaming access to important films from renowned leaders in documentary distribution.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection: Second Edition - AllTitles from Alexander Street

Contains issues-based documentaries from leading film producers and distributors.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection: Second Edition - Australia from Alexander Street

Contains issues-based documentaries from leading film producers and distributors.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection: Second Edition - Canada from Alexander Street

Contains issues-based documentaries from leading film producers and distributors.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection: Second Edition – Outside North America from Alexander Street

Contains issues-based documentaries from leading film producers and distributors.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection: Second Edition – United States from Alexander Street

Contains issues-based documentaries from leading film producers and distributors.

The Docuseek2 Complete Collection – United States from Alexander Street

Provides educational streaming access to important films from renowned leaders in documentary distribution.

The Doucuseek2 Essential Collection - AllTitles from Alexander Street

Includes recent releases from leaders in independent, social issue, and educational film distribution.

The Docuseek2 Essential Collection - Australia from Alexander Street

Includes recent releases from leaders in independent, social issue, and educational film distribution.

The Docuseek2 Essential Collection - Canada from Alexander Street

Includes recent releases from leaders in independent, social issue, and educational film distribution.

The Docuseek2 Essential Collection – Outside North America from Alexander Street

Includes recent releases from leaders in independent, social issue, and educational film distribution.

The Docuseek2 Essential Collection – United States from Alexander Street

Includes recent releases from leaders in independent, social issue, and educational film distribution.

The Docuseek2 International Collection - AllTitles from Alexander Street

Includes recent releases from leaders in independent, social issue, and educational film distribution.

The Psychotherapy.net Collection from Alexander Street

In-depth training videos created by and for psychotherapists covering topics such as family and group therapy, dynamic psychotherapy, legal and ethical considerations, and more.

The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection from Alexander Street

A collection of modern recordings of Shakespeare's works along with supplemental teaching materials.

Theatre in Context Collection from Alexander Street

A collection of reference works, encyclopedias, images, flyers, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks, and other resources.

The ORIENTAL ECONOMIST from NetAdvance Inc.

The ORIENTAL ECONOMIST was a monthly English magazine launched in 1934 (Showa 9) to commemorate the fortieth year of the founding of Toyo Keizai Inc. (Toyo Keizai Shimposha).  This new digital archive consists of 874 issues covering the 51 years from 1934 to 1985, all 43,861 pages of which are searchable.

Twentieth Century Drama, Second Edition from Alexander Street

A collection of published plays from throughout the English-speaking world, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present day.

Veterinary Education in Video from Alexander Street

Contains content relevant to veterinarians, vet techs, assistants, and other team members.

Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy from Alexander Street

Provides access to the latest research and best practice methods in the fields of counseling, mental health, and psychology through contemporary presentations, lectures, and workshops.

Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy, 2014 from Alexander Street

Provides access to the latest research and best practice methods in the fields of counseling, mental health, and psychology through contemporary presentations, lectures, and workshops.

世界大百科事典 from NetAdvance Inc.

This Encyclopedia, completely revised for the first time in 20 years in September 2007, features about 90,000 entry words and 420,000 index terms.  The contents from the most recent 6th printing will be used for the JapanKnowledge edition.

国史大辞典 from NetAdvance Inc.

This is a digitized version of all 15 volumes (17 books) of one of the largest encyclopedias of Japanes      e history.  It encompasses every aspect of Japan's history and includes entries in related fields such as archaeology, folklore, religion, art, Japanese language, Japanese literature and geography.

日本歴史地名大系 from NetAdvance Inc.

This encyclopedia categorizes 150,000 entries which encompass all of the prefectures of Japan plus Kyoto City, edited to reflect recent changes such as municipal mergers and changes in place names. It also contains some 500 archeological notes reflecting the latest research.

太陽 from NetAdvance Inc.

Taiyo was a comprehensive magazine published by Hakubunkan from January 1895 to February 1928, for a total of 34 volumes containing 531 issues amounting to approximately 175,000 printed pages. It not only offered political, military, economic and social commentary, but included articles on the natural sciences, literary works and cultural trends and mores written by about 6,500 authors.

文芸倶楽部 from NetAdvance Inc.

Bungei Kurabu (Literary Club) was published by Hakubunkan publishing house from January 1895 to January 1933. The total number of volumes included 457 issues and 150 regular and irregular extra issues. Of these the 284 issues made available here are those released during the period running from 1895 to 1912.

校友会雑誌 from NetAdvance Inc.

The inaugural issue of the Dai-ichi Koto Gakko Koyukai Zasshi, published during the tumultuous and violent times from the 1890s to the Second World War, appeared in 1890 as an intramural magazine of the Dai-ichi Koto Gakko (First Higher School under the old education system), where the elite that would lead Japan’s succeeding generations were educated.

風俗画報 from NetAdvance Inc.

The magazine contains a total of 518 issues covering content pertaining to social and cultural trends and conditions in the Edo, Meiji and Taisho periods, customs, history, literature, things/objects and affairs, geography (regional and world), war and disasters.

近代作家原稿集 from NetAdvance Inc.

This is a graphic database of over 10,000 pages of manuscripts from among the manuscripts and letters received by Takita Choin that were donated to the Museum of Modern Japanese Literature in 2010 by the family of the late Takita Choin, former editor-in-chief of the Chuo Koron.

群書類従 from NetAdvance Inc.

The Gunsho Ruiju series is a major collection of manuscripts from ancient through to the end of the early modern periods compiled under categories covering history, literature, religion, language, customs, art, music, cultivated arts, education, morality, legal codes, politics, economy, society and many other subjects.

美術新報 from NetAdvance Inc.

The Bijutsu Shinpo, published for nineteen years between 1902 (Meiji 35) and 1920 (Taisho 9), is an indispensable periodical resource full of information for anyone interested in modern Japanese art and modern culture in general. The articles focus not only on Japan at the time, but painting, sculpture, crafts and calligraphy from the ancient to contemporary periods of the East and West.

東洋経済新報 from NetAdvance Inc.

Toyo Keizai Shimpo / Weekly Toyo Keizai was inaugurated in Meiji 28 (1895), when Japan’s economic modernization began activities that would send ripples through history. At the time, there was great anticipation for a business and financial magazine that would monitor the government, advise businesspersons, and inform readers about the world economy

.弘文荘待賈古書目 from NetAdvance Inc.

“Kobunso Taika Koshomoku” is a set of antiquarian books catalogs sent to customers by Shigeo Sorimachi, who founded the vintage bookstore “Kobunso” in 1932. All pages of the 77 volumes of Kobunso’s catalogs of holdings, the bulk of which come from the Kobunso Taika Koshomoku, are now being digitalized.

人物叢書 from NetAdvance Inc.

Jinbutsu Sosho is a monumental collection of biographies of historical figures in Japan edited by the Nihon Rekishi Gakkai (The Society of Japanese history).  It is a book series of biographies of persons deemed important in Japanese history, including non-Japanese persons, from ancient to contemporary times, covering diverse areas such as politics, economics, literature, religion and arts.

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