oclc will take member feedback on catalog records policy change

OCLC will take member feedback on its recent proposed change in licensing terms on cataloging records. See OCLC’s press release from yesterday, “OCLC Board of Trustees and Members Council to convene Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship.” link from librarythingtim


update 2009/1/15: Salon on OCLC at Radical Reference, Friday, Jan. 23, 8 pm, at ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St., Manhattan.

Friday, January 23, 8pm (following a short Radical Reference business meeting)
ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. Manhattan http://abcnorio.org
Free, though a $1-2 donation is requested

WorldCat is a great idea—libraries band together to share catalog records in
a single repository. Libraries add their own records and download others,
spreading the work of maintaining a library catalog across the profession while
enabling services like interlibrary loan. But these good acts are in danger of
being compromised by a rapacious, monopolizing OCLC that is seeking to severely
restrict the ways libraries can share their own data. The new Policy for Use
and Transfer of WorldCat Records is scheduled to go into effect this February.
What does it mean for libraries? For open access projects like LibraryThing and
Open Library? What does it mean for library activists committed to freedom of
information, including the freedom of data we ourselves produce? What might
meaningful resistance look like, before and after the policy change?

We want to have as much engaged participation as possible, so attendees are
heartily encouraged to claim and report on one article from the working
bibliography: http://wiki.radicalreference.info/index.php/RR-NYC_salon:OCLC.

All are welcome.

Contact nyc@radicalreference.info for more information.