Next-Generation Melvyl Project Summary


Melvyl Catalog + WorldCat = Next-Generation Melvyl

The University of California (UC) Libraries are collaborating with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to create a pilot version of a replacement for the current Melvyl Catalog, which contains records for holdings at all ten UC campuses. Users are encouraged to test the pilot system and offer feedback on how well it meets their needs, which will help project managers decide whether or not to continue development of the system. The UC Merced Library view of what is called the Next-Generation Melvyl Pilot is located at

Pilot Features

The pilot features a single interface that searches holdings in all UC libraries as well as those of libraries around the world through OCLC’s WorldCat. It also searches for article references in education (from journals indexed in ERIC), medicine and health (from journals indexed in MEDLINE), U.S. government publications (from journals indexed in GPO), and general topics (from journals indexed in ArticleFirst); through UC-eLinks, users can then access the full text or print-copy information for journals to which there is a UC subscription. In addition, the pilot’s holdings will include UC books digitized by Google and materials from the Online Archive of California, UC eScholarship Repository, and UC Press.

Some Records Not Included in Pilot

Because the process of loading records into the pilot system is extremely complex, most but not all Melvyl records will be available during this testing phase. Not in the pilot system are records for resources with minimal cataloging; records from campus affiliated libraries; and records from the California Academy of Sciences, California Historical Society, California State Library, Center for Research Libraries, Graduate Theological Union, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and UC Hastings College of the Law. In addition, many of the titles from ebook collections subscribed to by UC Merced, with the exception of NetLibrary titles, will not be accessible through the pilot system.

Search Results From Local to Worldwide

Search results are displayed with local records first, then UC records, then records from other libraries worldwide. From the individual records, users can check circulation status, place holds on items at their home campuses, and request items held elsewhere, both within the UC system and beyond.

Other features of the catalog include the ability to easily refine searches, build and share lists of library resources, view personal ratings and reviews of items, export bibliographic citations in multiple formats, and search the catalog using several languages.

Launch in May 2008

The pilot began in May 2008 and will continue through 2009. During this period, staff members have been conducting formal usability testing and gathering input from UC students, faculty, staff, and other users to determine how well the system meets their needs. Following the completion of the pilot, a decision will be made about whether to move forward with it or to pursue other options.

The pilot project builds on the UC Libraries’ ongoing effort to improve discovery and delivery of information to users. The partnership with OCLC enables the UC libraries to integrate their collection resources – whether purchased, locally digitized, or digitized by third parties – with collections around the world in ways that meet the needs of students and faculty.

About OCLC

OCLC is a nonprofit library membership and research organization that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, preservation, and electronic content services to 57,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide also have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. The pilot uses WorldCat Local, which combines the cooperative power of OCLC libraries worldwide with the ability to customize WorldCat for local discovery and delivery services.

Throughout the pilot, the existing Melvyl Catalog and all its functionality will be maintained and available as usual.

We encourage you to use Melvyl @ UC Merced or Melvyl @ University of California and let us know whether Next-Generation Melvyl meets your needs. Please try it and then give your feedback using the link at the bottom of the interface screen or via the Home drop down menu.

As always, we appreciate your input on how we can improve and expand our resources and services. If you need help with Next-Generation Melvyl, please contact us. Please note that the current Melvyl Catalog will continue to be available throughout the pilot project.

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