I’m so excited I could just about dance, but then I’d just end up scaring the teenagers that have come into the library to escape the rain. (Seriously, it’s raining here! This is a first in weeks and weeks… I wish I weren’t a librarian so I could have an excuse for not looking up exactly how many weeks, but I’m more excited about WorldCat than the rain, so I guess I am a librarian after all. Just a lazy one.)
The new WorldCat.org site will be considered a beta release. Adjustments in design and function will be made as feedback is provided by end users and OCLC member libraries. Nilges detailed a long list of planned enhancements that he said would be introduced on an ongoing basis over the next 6-9 months. The enhancements include the following:
Post search support, such as “Did you mean?” Results sorting ““Get it” after a user finds it —this will focus on improving interoperability with circulation systems Identify public domain content and enable click-throughs Click through to Open URL resolvers Add article-level metadata Expand social networking capabilities Create custom views
Wow! Article-level metadata? Social networking? Custom views? Sounds like exactly what a bunch of others and I have been dreaming about for quite some time now. I just hope it doesn’t take them the whole 6-9 months to get these enhancements off the ground and onto my browser.