Boston College Libraries will soon release a new discovery tool, WorldCat Navigator, to help users easily locate and request items within the Boston Library Consortium collections and in thousands of libraries around the world. The service will appear as a new search tab in the Holmes One Search discovery resource. Feel free to use the current test version of WorldCat Navigator (all features are not yet operational). Please forward any feedback to Ed Tallent, Head of Reference and Instructional Services.
The new service was developed by OCLC—a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of libraries worldwide. Many of you are familiar with the OCLC WorldCat database—the world’s richest database of bibliographic information—and many of you have requested items found in the database through the libraries’ interlibrary loan service.
When a library user searches the new WorldCat Navigator, items that are available locally—collections in the Boston College Libraries —are shown at the top of the search results. The service also displays information about materials in the libraries of the Boston Library Consortium and libraries worldwide.
Through the new service, if an item is not available at Boston College and is held by a member of the Boston Library Consortium, users can click on a request button to have the item delivered to one of the Boston College Libraries for pick up. For items outside of the Boston Library Consortium the user can place a request through the libraries’ interlibrary loan service.
WorldCat Navigator provides new productivity tools. Users can create lists of resources they find in the database and share them with friends. Researchers can use the ‘Cite this item’ feature to easily format citations according to standard style manuals including APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian, and export items for inclusion in bibliographies. Users can review and rate library materials for the benefit of viewers worldwide.
Boston College Libraries are providing this new service to help researchers find and get the resources that are important to them. Through this service, library users will locate and retrieve materials for all types of information needs, whether they are in a nearby academic library, or in a public or academic library in another city, state or country.
Manager, Circulation Services, O'Neill Library