In 2016, the joint MLA-MOUG OCLC Search and Discovery Task Force (S&DTF) published their report containing specific recommendations for WorldCat Discovery.
OCLC uses the OCLC Community Center as a primary place to gather recommendations from the community for WorldCat Discovery and other OCLC products. Once an enhancement is suggested in the Community Center, all community members can add comments and a star rating.
MOUG’s Reference, Discovery, and Collection Committee has now posted the S&DTF’s Major/Critical Recommendations and top priority general recommendations (found on p. 13-14 of the S&DTF report) as enhancement suggestions in the Community Center. (Some recommendations were combined, updated, and/or added to existing enhancement suggestions.) These enhancement requests are already gathering input in the Community Center and we encourage you to add your own comments, examples, and ratings to the enhancement requests. Actual real-life examples of problems caused are especially useful.
OCLC Search & Discovery Task Force Recommendations posted as enhancement requests – must be logged into OCLC Community Center to view and add comments
Display subfields $b, $c, $d, $k and $q in name headings, to allow for identification and differentiation of names. Added to existing enhancement request Make the name search link in the search results screen just below the titles (preceded with the word “by” a true “Name” (authority) search
Display 245 subfields together; alternatively, identify 245 subfield $c as responsibility instead of names from 1xx/7xx (feature present in FirstSearch). Added to existing enhancement request Displaying tag 245 subfield c.
For linked searches generated from displayed controlled names, search on all name subfields within the field as a single phrase to link to the correct entity. Combined with display recommendation.
When 7xx fields with subfield $t have second indicator blank, display with the label, “Related Works:”. Combined with “Contains” recommendation.
Display all instances of the 264 field and use second indicator to generate the appropriate label. Added to existing enhancement request Publication field in the Description*.
Utilize additional coded Material Types to generate additional icons and to return search when facet option is selected. (Title in Community Center: “Add additional subfacets & icons to the Music (i.e. music recording) and video recording facets/icons for historic formats”)
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