Thursday, April 08, 2010

WorldCat rights and responsibilities for the OCLC cooperative

OCLC has released the next draft of their WorldCat rights and responsibilities for the OCLC cooperative.

My comments can be found on The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics. In brief, my suggestion is that the OCLC Record Use Policy Council should scrap this draft, and begin fresh with a vision of how library bibliographic records should be shared for a world with an internet as free and open as it can be. Library catalogue records should be freely accessible and part of a robust and growing public domain. OCLC should refrain from using OCLC or WorldCat branding on records which are, if anything, someone else's creative work. If anyone should sign a catalogue record, it should be the cataloguer - not OCLC.

Please read the draft policy and contribute your own comments.

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