The Review Board on Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship, convened jointly by the OCLC Board of Trustees and Members Council to represent the membership and inform OCLC on matters concerning shared data, has issued its final report. The report recommends that the proposed Policy on Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records be withdrawn and a new policy drafted.
After review of the recommendations, OCLC has formally withdrawn the proposed policy. A new group will soon be assembled to draft a new policy with more input and participation from OCLC members. Until a new policy is in place, OCLC has reaffirmed the existence and applicability of the 'Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records,' which have been in place since 1987, as recommended by the Review Board.
In May 2009, Jennifer Younger, Review Board Chair, and Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, presented a report to OCLC Members Council recommending that the proposed policy be formally withdrawn and a new policy be drafted. The Review Board gathered inputs from the Members Council before submitting its recommendation to the OCLC Board of Trustees in June. The Board's final report is available online at www.oclc.org/worldcat/catalog/policy/board/default.htm.
An OCLC Review Board open forum will be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on July 12. Members of the Review Board will discuss findings from their report and answer questions.
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