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Weekly News Digest

March 2, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ARL Calls on OCLC to Develop New Policy for WorldCat Records

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Ad Hoc Task Force to Review the Proposed OCLC Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records has issued its final report, which calls on OCLC to develop a new policy to replace the one released in November 2008 ( OCLC’s release of the policy elicited serious concern from the ARL community, as well as the broader library community. As a result, ARL established an ad hoc task force to review the policy and identify issues of particular interest to research libraries.

The task force report includes a brief overview of the policy and the task force’s understanding of the policy’s intent. This is followed by an explication of specific issues and the task force’s findings regarding both the policy itself and the implementation process. The report recommends that a community-wide process be used to develop a new policy. The report concludes with recommendations for OCLC and the library community.

The ARL Board of Directors has accepted the task force’s report and ARL has shared the report with OCLC for the use of its Board of Trustees and its newly established Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship (

The report is freely available on the ARL website at

Source: Association of Research Libraries

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