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WorldCat Discovery release notes, November 2020


Release Date: November 18, 2020


This release of WorldCat Discovery provides numerous bug fixes. These fixes will include:

  • Correction to support sending emails while proxied
  • Deduplication of LBD 79x fields
  • Correction to label display when no metadata present
  • Default scope correctly applied when executing subsequent searches


Many of these fixes are the direct result of your feedback. As a reminder the development and rollout of the modernized WorldCat Discovery interface has been a primary focus of the WorldCat Discovery team in the past few months. Given this focus, this release will be less robust than usual.

Bug fixes

While proxied, users can now send emails from WorldCat Discovery

After this release all users with proxy access to their WorldCat Discovery site will be able to send emails correctly from the WorldCat Discovery interface. Prior to this release, some institutions with multiple reg ids associated with an IP range who allowed users to proxy into their WorldCat Discovery reported being unable to send emails from:

  • Report a Broken link
  • Share this record functionality
  • Personal Lists

Deduplication of LBD 79x fields in display

For Local Bibliographic Data record (LBD) fields 790, 791, 792, 796, 797, 798 we have removed any occurrences of $a from displaying twice as a link and static text for the same author LBD entry.

Source Label Inconsistencies on Brief Display

Prior to this release, the source label sometimes displayed with no data.  Now, when the source field has no data to display in the displayable subfields (773 $t, $g; 799 $t, $m, $p, $o, $g), the field label will  not display on the record.

Default scope honored when the option for retaining filter choices for subsequent search is disabled

When a search cannot be found using the library defaults with Libraries Worldwide selected, users expect the next search  will return to the default library scope, when “Keep selections for the next search” is disabled.  This has been corrected to return to the default library scope.

Correction to encoding of diacritics in OCLC OpenURL resolvers

This release will properly encode all diacritics when used in building openURLs. Prior to this release when a fulfillment option included building an openURL some institutions reported issues with the encoding of special characters, specifically:

  • ñ
  • ó
  • á
  • é 
  • ;

New content

This is a list of new databases added to WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Local and 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.

Available in WorldCat Discovery and

From Alexander Street
APA PsycTherapy - Contains videos, featuring known therapists, which provide clinicians, counselors, and trainees the opportunity to observe candid psychotherapy.
From Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Fairchild Books Interior Design Library - Provides digital access to interior design textbooks from Fairchild Books as well as instructor materials for students at every level of study.

Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism - Represents a digital overview of surrealism internationally, from its beginnings to the present day. It brings together major reference works, an interactive timeline, and rare archive images, portraits, and artworks.

Bloomsbury Medieval Studies - A digital resource with a global perspective bringing together secondary content with visual primary sources, reference works, and pedagogical resources to support students and scholars of medieval studies

From EDP Sciences
EDP Sciences - EDP Sciences is dedicated to publishing high quality research and content in the fields of Physics, Astrophysics, Humanities, Mathematics, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine.
From Emerald Publishing Group Limited
Expert Briefings - Capturing the unbiased analysis of independent business leaders and academics on political, social and economic events, Expert Briefings meticulously explore the implications and impact of global emerging trends and developments.

Available in WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local

From Alexander Street
APA PsycTherapy - Contains videos, featuring known therapists, which provide clinicians, counselors, and trainees the opportunity to observe candid psychotherapy.
Title Description of the resource.

Important links

Support website(s)

Support information for this product and related products can be found at:

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.

Request ID