DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 6 February 2009. The OCLC Board of Trustees and Members Council have named 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 the global library community.
Members of the Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship are:
- Christopher Cole (FEDLINK): Associate Director for Technical Services, National Agricultural Library
- Poul Erlandsen (EMEA): Head, Document Access Services and Collection Management, Danish University of Education, National Library of Education
- Pat French (OCLC Western): Manager, Collection and Technical Services, Multnomah County Library
- Clifford A. Lynch: Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
- Brian E. C. Schottlaender (OCLC Western): The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, UC San Diego Libraries
- Ted Schwitzner (ILLINET): Head, Bibliographic Services Division, Illinois State University, Milner Library
- Roberta Shaffer (FLICC/FEDLINK/LC): Executive Director, Federal Library and Information Center Committee, Library of Congress
- Lamar Veatch (COSLA/SOLINET): State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service—University System of Georgia
- Elsie Weatherington (SOLINET): Dean, University Library, Virginia State University
- Jennifer Younger (INCOLSA): Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame
Another member from a European national library is expected to be appointed to the Review Board.
Dr. Younger, who is also an OCLC Members Council delegate, will chair the Review Board. Karen Calhoun, Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, will serve as liaison between the Review Board and OCLC.
The Review Board on Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship will:
- 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.
The Review Board began its work with a meeting on February 4, and is already putting in place the means for Members Council delegates and other constituencies to offer input and comments. The Review Board will ultimately provide findings to the President of Members Council, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and the OCLC President and CEO.
Implementation of the Record Use Policy had been set for February 2009, but implementation has been delayed and the Policy will be under further review by the Board of Trustees and Members Council into the third quarter of 2009.
Questions or comments can be directed to the Review Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Members Council
The 71-delegate Members Council supports OCLC’s mission by serving as the key discussion forum and communications link between member libraries, regional networks and other partners, and OCLC management. By providing a channel for recommendations and questions from Members Council delegates, approving changes in the Code of Regulations and electing six members of the Board of Trustees, Members Council helps shape the future direction of OCLC.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.