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OCLC Still Reviewing Policy for Use of WorldCat Records

OCLC Members Council and the OCLC Board of Trustees will jointly convene a Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship to represent the membership and inform OCLC on the principles and best practices for sharing library data. The group will discuss the "Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records" ( with the OCLC membership and library community. The purpose of this review board is to engage the membership and solicit feedback and questions before the new policy is implemented. In order to allow sufficient time for feedback and discussion, implementation of the policy will be delayed until 3Q 2009.

In November 2008, OCLC ( announced that it was implementing the new policy (effective mid-February 2009) to update the existing Guidelines for Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records. The goals of the new policy are to modernize record use and transfer practices for application on the web, foster new uses of WorldCat data that benefit members, and clarify data-sharing rights and restrictions. The policy is intended to foster innovative use of shared records while protecting the investment OCLC members have made in WorldCat and ensuring that use of WorldCat records provides benefit to the membership.

"We have listened to questions and concerns about the revised Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records and have concluded that the issues surrounding the Policy needed further review and discussion," says Larry Alford, chair, OCLC board of trustees, and dean of University Libraries, Temple University. [For a list of the commentary with questions and concerns, see the page titled OCLC Policy Change at —Ed.]

The Review Board on Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship will complete the following: 

  • Consult with librarians and member representatives as appropriate 
  • Review reports, letters, and comments including blog and listserv messages from the global library community regarding the revised policy 
  • Recommend principles of shared data creation and changes in the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records that will preserve the community around WorldCat infrastructure and services and strengthen libraries

Karen Calhoun, vice president, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, will serve as liaison between the review board and OCLC. The review board will also take into consideration other sources of review, such as the recently formed ARL Study Group. The review board will provide findings to the president of members council, the chair of the board of trustees, and the OCLC president and CEO.

Source: OCLC

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