Dublin, OH -- 14 September. The OCLC Board of Trustees has convened a Record Use Policy Council, which will draw upon the fundamental values of the OCLC cooperative and engage with the global library community to develop the next generation of the WorldCat Record Use Policy. The intent is to recommend to the OCLC Board of Trustees a new policy that is aligned with the present and future information landscape. The new policy will replace the Guidelines for Use and Transfer of OCLC Derived Records that was developed in 1987.
The formation of this council was one of the recommendations contained in the final report <www.oclc.org/us/en/worldcat/catalog/FinalReport_ReviewBoard.pdf> of the OCLC Review Board on the Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship formed in January 2009 to represent the membership and inform OCLC on best practices for sharing library data.
The Policy Council is also charged with carrying out the other recommendations contained in the final report, including development of a policy to enable expanding the role and value of WorldCat in the broad information ecosystem.
The members of the OCLC Record Use Policy Council have agreed to undertake a significant body of work to canvass the current and future information needs of the library community and provide a broad and inclusive set of perspectives and experiences. The members of the Council are:
- Co-Chair: Jennifer Younger, President-Elect, OCLC Global Council and Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, USA
- Co-Chair: Barbara Gubbin, Director, Jacksonville Public Library, USA
- ChewLeng Beh, Chair, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council and Senior Director, Singapore National Library Board, Singapore
- Raymond Berard, Global Council Delegate and Director, ABES, France
- Karen Calhoun, Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services, OCLC, USA
- Klaus Ceynowa, Global Council Delegate and Deputy Director General, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Germany
- Christopher Cole, Global Council Delegate and Associate Director for Technical Services, National Agricultural Library, USA
- Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, USA
- Nancy Eaton, Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Penn State University, USA
- Clifford A. Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), USA
- Brian E.C. Schottlaender, Global Council Delegate and The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, UC San Diego Libraries, USA
- Lamar Veatch, Global Council Delegate and State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service—University System of Georgia, USA.
"We have listened to the frank feedback and criticism from the membership regarding the proposed Record Use Policy and the process by which it was introduced," said Larry Alford, Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees. "We have withdrawn the proposed policy and formed this Council to ensure that the final policy incorporates the broad views of the global library community and looks ahead to the future of the information landscape. This council represents the diverse OCLC membership, and I know they will gather feedback from the OCLC membership and global library community to inform their policy recommendations."
Over the course of the next seven months, the Record Use Policy Council will:
- Review key values and principles underlying the current guidelines developed in 1987
- Develop success criteria for a revised policy or guidelines
- Conduct and disseminate the results of an environmental scan of data-sharing policies
- Evaluate findings from the environmental scan and draft a new policy and recommendations for implementation
- Develop a formal, transparent and well-managed process for vetting the new draft policy with the OCLC Regional Councils and the OCLC Global Council as the representatives of the OCLC membership.
The Record Use Policy Council will begin its work soon. The group will define an approach and timeline to carry out this important charge. The Council will submit a new draft policy and recommendations for implementation to the Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees and OCLC President and CEO, for review and approval by the OCLC Board of Trustees in midyear 2010.
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