Release Date: October 24, 2020
This release of WorldCat Discovery provides new features and enhancements. These features will help you manage more complex workflows, including:
- WMS users can display multiple pick up locations per branch on place hold forms
- WMS users can use the new WMS Circulation Hold Pick Up Locations Map to control where your library materials are allowed to be picked up to prevent patrons from requesting unsupported fulfillment options and to direct your patrons to the most appropriate pick up options
Many of these enhancements are the direct result of your feedback.
For this release, we recommend that you review the following checklists and complete the relevant tasks so that you can adjust your policies and workflows and train your staff. These checklists identify updates that we have determined as significant for most institutions. We encourage you to review all of the items in the release notes to determine whether there are other items that might require additional action or follow up by your institution.
These items require immediate action or decisions.
In an effort to keep your staff informed of new features and changes, you may also want to consider these items.
New features and enhancements
Updated Level 1 WMS Place Hold form to support WMS Circulation pick up location improvements
To support the configuration improvements for WMS pick up locations in the WMS Circulation October 2020 release, the place hold forms in WorldCat Discovery will include several new features. These new features will work with existing Place Hold customization features. In this release library staff will be able to:
- Customize the Pickup locations in the drop-down menu on WMS Place Hold form. By default, this setting will display all branch locations available to your institution. If your institution is part of a WMS Circulation group, you’ll see all available pick up locations across the group by default.
- Sort items on the Place Hold form for specific copy requests by Call Number or Pick Up location
- Include a note with each item requested on specific copy requests
- View specific notes for each item displayed on specific copy requests
- Request items to be picked up at multiple locations within the same specific copy request
This work does not apply to the Recall form if enabled in WorldCat Discovery at this time.
Any Copy Request form
Library staff can configure Pickup locations in the new Holds Pickup Locations Map in worldcat.org/config>WMS Circulation>Holds Pickup Locations Map. If you have configured a default Institution and corresponding Pickup location and all the items share that same Institution and corresponding Pickup Location the Place Hold form will pre-select that Institution and Pickup location for the user. If there are alternatives configured, the user will be presented with a drop-down menu of alternative Institutions and their corresponding Pickup locations. If items on the place hold form have conflicting defaults, the form will tell the user to select their preferred Institution and Pick up location from those configured in the Pickup Locations Map*
*If you are not part of an WMS circulation group, you will not be presented with a drop-down menu for alternative Institutions.
Specific Copy Request
Like the Any Copy Place Hold form users will see configured Pickup locations display on the specific copy request form. To help users make more efficient choices, the form will guide users to first select an eligible pick up location then select specific items for check out. By default, the specific copy request form will load items sorted alphanumerically by data displayed in the Copy or Volume column. This sort currently looks to organize by the call number entered in the local holding record in the field 852 subfields k,h,i,j,l,and m. Users can opt to change the sort option to sort by Pick up location. This will organize items by the locations the are available to be picked up at, preferring items that match your selected Pick up location followed alphanumerically by items that are ineligible for place hold, then items that are unable to be picked up at that location.
If specific items do not share the users Pick up location preference the Specific Pick up location table will offer the user alternatives for that specific item. Below is an example of a specific item that does not share the users indicated Pick Up location preference.
When the user submits their any copy request, they will be reminded of which Pick up locations have been selected for each item.
Any Copy Group Place Hold
For WMS Circulation groups that use the Group Place Hold option, pick up locations displayed will be group aware. The form will look at the Hold Pickup Locations Map to determine the default locations and alternative locations for all members of the group that own that item. Users will select the institution and Pick up location available for that institution that they wish to pick up at. Before the Any Copy Group Place Hold only displayed Pick up locations at the individual library and was not group aware.
Open Access Filter Update and new index
With the October release we are happy to offer a new search index that will help identify records that contain an 856 subfield 7 that is equal to 0. This new index will pull back records cataloged with the recent Open Access for URLs MARC standard. This index will also be included as a parameter when users enabled the Open Access filter when searching over WorldCat.org. Users can manually input op: 0 to search for records that contain an 856 subfield 7 that is equal to 0 or use the Open Access filter knowing that this new index will be applied.
In Advance Search, custom translations have been added for database group names
Institutions can now provide custom translations in any of our supported languages for custom database group names they have created for their institutions. This can be configured in Service Config at Default Databases and Licensed Content > Group Configured Databases > Database Group Name.
This is a list of new databases added to WorldCat Discovery 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 https://help.oclc.org/@api/deki/files/6370/contentlisttargetID.xlsx
Available in WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat.org
From Alexander Street
- The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection (Text) - A textual collection of modern recordings of Shakespeare's works along with supplemental teaching materials and production stills.
From Wolters Kluwer
- Wolters Kluwer Medknow (WKMK) (Current Content only) - Medknow provides publishing services for peer-reviewed, online and print-plus-online journals in medicine on behalf of learned societies and associations with a focus on emerging markets.
Available in WorldCat Discovery
- The Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, Part I: 1912-1990 - Drawing from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), it focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court— topics intensely relevant to today’s curriculum and debates at both national and local levels.
- The Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, Part II: Southern Regional Office- This unique collection documents the ACLU’s legal battle to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in thirteen Southern states. This collection is an indispensable resource for understanding the complete history of the civil rights movement.
From Readex, a division of NewsBank, inc.
- African History and Culture, 1540-1921: Imprints From the Library Company of Philadelphia - African History and Culture, 1535-1922, Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia covers the history of Africa and its diverse peoples over a span of nearly 400 years and contains more than 1,300 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera, both from and about this continent.
- Black Authors, 1556-1922: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia - Black Authors, 1556-1922, Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia is a fascinating look at the creative efforts of black authors over three centuries with more than 550 works by authors of African or African-American descent.
- Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920: Imprints From the Library Company of Philadelphia - Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920, Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia covers the diverse history of Caribbean islands over a span of nearly 400 years with more than 1,200 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera, both from and about this region.
- Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1800 - Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement from The American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819 provides more than 1,500 imprints that fall into the scope of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker's “American Bibliography.”
- Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819 - Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement from The American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819 provides more than 1,500 imprints that fall into the scope of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker's “American Bibliography.”
- Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 2 from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819- Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 2 from The American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819 contains more than 1,400 additional rare books, pamphlets, broadsides and more from the renowned holdings of the American Antiquarian Society.
- Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 3 from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819- Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 3 from The American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819 contains more than 1,900 rare and diverse works covering a wide range of disciplines and addresses a host of increasingly studied topics.
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- WorldCat Discovery support resources
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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.