The University of California Libraries have launched a pilot version of a replacement for the current Melvyl Catalog, which contains records for library holdings at all ten UC campuses. Users are encouraged to test the pilot, called Next-Generation Melvyl, and offer feedback on how well it meets their needs. The UC San Diego version is available at: http://ucsd.worldcat.org.
The pilot, which will last at least six months, features a single interface that searches holdings in all UC Libraries, those of libraries around the world, and UC books digitized by Google. It also searches for article references in education (from journals indexed in the ERIC database), medicine and health (from journals indexed in Medline), U.S. government publications, and about general topics (from journals indexed in the ArticleFirst database). UC-eLinks can then be used to access the full text or print-copy information for journals to which UC subscribes.
Because the process of loading records into the pilot database is extremely complex, not all Melvyl records will be available in this new catalog during the testing phase. Throughout the pilot, the current Melvyl Catalog (http://melvyl.cdlib.org) and all its functionality will be maintained and available as usual.
Next-Generation Melvyl search results are displayed with local records first, then records from the other UC campuses, 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, many of which are new with this pilot version, include the ability to easily refine searches, build and share lists of library resources, view personal ratings and reviews of items, cite items in various styles, export citations in multiple formats, and search the catalog using several languages.
Following completion of the pilot phase of Next-Generation Melvyl, a decision will be made about whether to move forward with it or to pursue other options.
Next-Generation Melvyl has been created in collaboration with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). This partnership 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.