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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
Configure or confirm custom translations in Service Configuration modules if desired January 2020
Update filter labels December 2019 Search Settings
Adjust order of filters December 2019 Search Settings
Configure LibKey Discovery/BrowZine integration December 2019 BrowZine
Update new translation fields where needed November 2019
StackMap users, review the StackMap display option October 2019 StackMap
Review and update new Search settings module September 2019 Search Settings
Search databases not in the central index May 2019
Browse shelves virtually at WMS libraries May 2019 Browse the Shelf to view nearby items
Navigate from electronic items to physical items January 2019 OPAC Statuses, Locations and Circulation Policies
Navigate to other locally-held formats on search results January 2019 User Interface Options
Locate items in the library with StackMap integration January 2019 Locate items in the library with StackMap
Save search box generator configuration for reuse January 2019
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

New features by functional area

Advanced Search

Enhancements that extend the functionality of advanced searching.

Temporary and Personal Lists

Enhancements that help users keep track of and act on records in bulk.

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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