February 2009 Archives

Catalogers! Now is your chance to easily make more corrections to WorldCat records. Those of you with full cataloging authorizations who wish to do so may now join OCLC’s Expert Community Experiment and begin improving and upgrading more WorldCat master records than was previously possible. This experiment began this week and is expected to last six months.

But, of course, you can’t go completely hog wild. There are principles and guidelines associated with this experiment. They aren’t too complicated; nothing that expert catalogers can’t grasp. For more information, check out the Website. This links you to the Guidelines and an FAQ. Also, OCLC has scheduled several web information sessions. They are free but require registration (so that you will receive instructions for participating). The link to registration is found at the same Website. If you can’t attend one of the Webinars, don’t worry. OCLC will make available a recording of one of the sessions.

If, after absorbing the Guidelines, the FAQ, and the Webinar, you still have questions or need further information, you can contact OCLC via the special email address they have set up: ASKQC@oclc.org.

OCLC Record Use Policy Review Board

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The other day I attended an OCLC members council online meeting and received a couple of important updates about the new OCLC Record Use Policy.

You may have read through past announcements and a recent article in the February MINITEX/OCLC Mailing that, based on feedback from the Board of Trustees, OCLC was asked to form a review board to take a look at the recent OCLC Record Use Policy (Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records)

The Review Board now has more information up on OCLC's Web site, including the members of the Review Board and their charge.

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

  • Review reports, letters and comments including blog and listserv messages from the global library community regarding the revised Policy
  • Consult with librarians and member representatives as appropriate
  • 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

If you have specific concerns about the new OCLC record use policy, you can send your comments directly to the review board at: reviewboard@oclc.org

The Review Board has also set up an online forum for discussion. You can access it here:


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