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  We understand that there was a version of the policy published on November 2 that was hastily withdrawn in the face of great member pressure.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!

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6 Responses to “New OCLC Records Policy Generates Debate”

  1. Heather Hernandez Says:

    A librarian managed to get a snapshot of the policy before it was pulled: http://marc.coffeecode.net/oclc_2008_11_02/

  2. Karen Coyle Says:

    I have been looking for a copy of the original policy, which I unfortunately did not download. It isn’t on the WayBack Machine. I would appreciate if anyone has a copy that they post it somewhere public. Thanks, kc

  3. Karen Coyle Says:

    No, it’s not the Nov. 2 one that I want — it’s the one that was in force for about 10 years before this change.

  4. Karen Coyle Says:

    OK, I found it, still on the OCLC site.

    http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/worldcat/records/guidelines/default.htm

    These were the guidelines put in place in 1987[1] after an attempt by OCLC in 1983[2] to declare copyright in the records in its database, which raised a great furor in the library community.

    [1] Karen Calhoun’s blog posting on the new contract: http://community.oclc.org/metalogue/archives/2008/11/notes-on-oclcs-updated-record.html

    [2]:”OCLC puts its database under copyright.” Wilson Library Bulletin 57 (Feb 1983): 458(1). Academic OneFile. Gale.

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