Our access to the WorldCat FirstSearch interface is ending June 30, 2015. However, this does not mean we will be completely without access to the information contained in WorldCat after this time. By utilizing a combination WorldCat.org and locally produced solutions, we have every intent of providing our faculty and researchers with access to the WorldCat information you need, albeit through different channels.
We need your input
Please help us understand how you have used WorldCat FirstSearch by filling out this survey: How do you use WorldCat FirstSearch? This information will help us provide you with solutions to alleviate the loss of FirstSearch.
How this will affect you
Starting June 30, 2015 our access to WorldCat will be through the free WorldCat.org (http://worldcat.org) interface. Over the summer we will be creating other locally produced solutions and resources, based on the needs identified in the survey above, to have in place by the fall semester. In the meantime, if you have immediate research needs not met by WorldCat.org please contact us at libref [at] uncw [dot] edu or Get Help.
How is WorldCat.org different from WorldCat FirstSearch?
Worldcat.org is a free product that provides the same ability to search for items held by libraries worldwide. The main difference is that the list of libraries shown to own an item will not be 100% complete, and it will not include UNCW. Whether or not a library is displayed in the list is dependent upon whether they have a paid WorldCat subscription. If knowing exactly which libraries in the world own an item is important to you, please let us know that by filling out the survey mentioned above. In addition, direct links to placing Interlibrary Loan requests will not be available.
Why will we no longer have access to WorldCat FirstSearch?
Our annual subscription to WorldCat FirstSearch had been provided by the statewide consortium NC LIVE. Based on lack of sufficient funding, the consortium re-evaluated its entire portfolio and one of the outcomes was to discontinue the state-wide funding of WorldCat FirstSearch. This meant each library in North Carolina had to decide whether to pick up its own subscription to WorldCat FirstSearch.
In addition, the WorldCat FirstSearch interface is being discontinued by OCLC in favor of a new product “WorldCat Discovery.”
Randall Library thoroughly evaluated the new product and the cost. We made the decision to not subscribe to the new version of WorldCat FirstSearch for the following reasons:
- Other library resources would have to be cancelled or foregone in order to pay for this subscription.
- The new product offers decreased functionality compared to WorldCat FirstSearch.
- The new product is bundled with services we would not use, including WorldCat Local which would duplicate discovery service in Summon that we are now preparing to roll out.
- Core bibliographic information on worldwide library resources is available through the free interface Worldcat.org.
We understand that this is a large and perhaps confusing change. You are not alone. For librarians and library staff, many of our internal workflows and methods of discovering library information will have to change. We would be happy to meet with you in-person to discuss these changes and how we can ensure you have access to the information you need to conduct your research.