Users of WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" can now search FirstSearch databases and all other OCLC electronic resource services you provide through an upgraded interface. Integrated search results include resources from all services - OCLC FirstSearch® databases, NetLibrary™ eBooks and eAudiobooks, Electronic Collections Online™ eJournals, ArchiveGrid® archival collection descriptions and CAMIO® (the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online).
A simple search box connects users with FirstSearch databases and other OCLC electronic resources to which your library subscribes in a user-friendly experience that delivers relevancy ranking of locally-owned items cataloged in WorldCat, faceted browsing and simultaneous searching of an unlimited number of databases. Soon, users also benefit from access to social tools such as personal profiles, reviews and ratings and list creation and sharing that are not available in existing service interfaces.
This enhanced access is the first step toward more full integration of OCLC electronic resources, with the goal of eventually making WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" the primary interface to these services. OCLC plans to release enhancements to the new interface on an ongoing basis.
A URL just for YOUR library
A new WorldCat URL specific to your library has already been created. Log on to the new Service Configuration module to review your library's URL and customize your site with library-specific branding. Also configure settings that enable access to the OCLC content to which your library subscribes.
Access to current services continues
These enhancements let your library offer users a new interface for access to OCLC electronic resources at no additional charge. Existing interfaces for FirstSearch, NetLibrary, CAMIO and ArchiveGrid will be available through at least 2011 to ensure a smooth transition for library staff and users. Staff at your library controls the timing of the introduction of these enhancements to your library's users.
For more information
Visit www.oclc.org/access for additional details about access enhancements.