New OCLC Records Policy Generates Debate
OCLC has announced a proposed new records policy to take the place of its guidelines, effective mid-February 2009. We understand that there was a version of the policy published on November 2 that was hastily withdrawn in the face of great member pressure. Terry’s Worklog has an excellent ongoing discussion and analysis of the proposal’s implications.
The library-related blogosphere is abuzz with discussion about the potential effects of the proposed policy, from catalog ownership issues to whether it will encourage open source-like behavior to its possible relationship to the Google Books announcement. A host of excellent commentary and analysis has begun to appear; please add your suggestions or pointers to additional analyses in the comments area!