Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New OCLC Policy on Use and Transfer of Records

Posted on behalf of Karen Calhoun, Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services

The Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records have been updated to become the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records. The policy is scheduled to become effective mid-February 2009, to give OCLC member libraries and other organizations time to implement any changes resulting from the update. Until that time, the Guidelines will remain in effect.

The information landscape has undergone vast changes since 1987 when the Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records were last updated. The updated policy is intended to support the widespread, non-commercial sharing of WorldCat records and encourage innovation that benefits libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, while also protecting members' investment in WorldCat.

For more information, please visit the Policy page to see the policy, a summary, frequently asked questions, and graphical representation of the policy. We anticipate frequent updates to the FAQ during the implementation period and welcome any additions you may suggest.

(OCLC-CAT e-list)

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