UD Library to implement DELCAT Discovery and redesigned library homepage
2:56 p.m., May 29, 2014--The University of Delaware Library has announced a new cloud-based discovery system called DELCAT Discovery, which will be implemented on Monday, June 9, and will supersede DELCAT. After June 9, the web address will be delcat.worldcat.org.
The new DELCAT Discovery system will replace the existing DELCAT system that has been in production since 2002 and which has been extremely popular.
The UD Library is the first research library in the nation to implement the new system, WorldShare Management Services, which was developed in partnership with OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) based in Dublin, Ohio.
The new DELCAT Discovery system is a cloud-based cooperative library management system for acquisitions, circulation, discovery, license management, metadata management and workflow improvements.
In 2008, the library was one of the first research institutions to implement WorldCat Local, the OCLC webscale discovery and delivery service. It is now the first member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to implement WorldShare Management Services.
“OCLC has a long commitment to support libraries in their role of bringing information to users,” said Susan Brynteson, vice provost and May Morris University Librarian. “The University of Delaware Library is proud to be the first major research library in the nation to implement WorldShare Management Services. University of Delaware Library staff under the leadership of Gregg Silvis, associate university librarian for information technology and digital initiatives, have worked extremely hard on it.”
In conjunction with the release of DELCAT Discovery, the library is implementing a redesigned library homepage that will also go into production on Monday, June 9. The new library homepage incorporates search features from DELCAT Discovery and other research resources offered by the library. In addition, the most often-used library services are more easily accessible for users.
The redesigned library homepage was designed based upon feedback received from a number of focus groups and includes their feedback in the design. Further enhancements to the library homepage are expected to be put in place over the summer.