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WorldCat Discovery release notes, February 2020


Release Date: February 27, 2020


This release of WorldCat Discovery provides numerous bug fixes including:

  • Resolution of the incorrect library scope behavior that has been mentioned in recent posts in the WorldCat Discovery Community Center
  • Correction of the recent requirement that users clear browser cookies in order to proceed with authentication
  • Improved display of configuration tables when translated


Bug fixes

Library scope facet correction to correct issues with holding statements

When branch scope is selected, parent scope will automatically deselect, ensuring that the branch holding statement appears properly on a citation. This resolves the issue that surfaced with facet improvements released in December 2019 which allowed both the Level 1 Library scope and a Level 1 branch scope to be selected at the same time. When both were selected, the “held by” statement displayed Level 1 Library information rather than branch information.

Resolved issues with logging into User Portal and My Account from WorldCat Discovery

A new cookie introduced with the January 2020 WorldCat Discovery release adversely affected some users, requiring them to clear cookies in order to access their accounts. After the February release this issue should no longer impact users who have not yet cleared their cookies.

All tables in Service Configuration will translate into supported languages

When any supported languages within Service Configuration are selected, all tables within Service Configuration will display properly. Specifically, the display correction applies to the following tables:

  • OPAC status Grid module
    • OPAC status grid table
  • Holding Codes Translation Table and Shelving Location messages
    • Holding Code Translation Table
    • Shelving Location Messages

Prior to this release, these tables did not display properly when the following languages were selected.

  • French
  • Italiano
  • Nederlands

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
National Theatre Collection - Materials focusing on key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, deforestation, and more.
Revolution and Protest Online - Contains high definition streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material offering significant insight into theatre and performance studies.
Revolution and Protest Online - Textual resources about how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century.
The BBC Landmark Video Collection: Second Edition - More BBC video productions covering topics such as science, natural history, geology, geography, earth science, climate science, environmental science, biology, and more.

Available in WorldCat Discovery

From Adam Matthew Digital

Research Source – Literary Studies – This collection provides studies and scholars of British and American literature access to a rich seam of resources to support in-depth study in this field.

Research Source – Medieval and Early Modern Studies – A huge range of primary source covering social, cultural, political, scientific, and religious perspectives, from the 15th to early 18th centuries.

Research Source – Missionary Studies – A broad selection of missionary collections, representing a global range of Christian missions, churches and denominations.

From Gale

Gale OneFile: Business – A comprehensive business resource for the undergraduate researcher seeking company news, the public library patron making personal investment decisions, or the high school student looking to major in business administration.

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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.

Request ID