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Survey on proposed OCLC Record Use Policy

March 27th, 2009 Comments off

OCLC SURVEY

The State Library also encourages participation in a Web-based survey among librarians and other interested constituents. The primary goal of this survey is to gather input from both OCLC members and non-members about a proposed OCLC policy, Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat’s Records.

From OCLC:

Dear Colleague:

As chair of the OCLC Review Board on Shared Data Creation and Stewardship, I invite you to participate in a Web-based survey among librarians and other interested constituents. The primary goal of this survey is to gather input from both OCLC members and non-members about a proposed OCLC policy, Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat® Records.

The Review Board will consider the results of this survey in its recommendations to OCLC.

Please review the existing guidelines and proposed policy if you have not already done so:

•          Guidelines:
http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/worldcat/records/guidelines/default.htm
•          Proposed Policy:
http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/catalog/policy/recordusepolicy.pdf

The OCLC Review Board is an independent committee convened by the OCLC Board of Trustees and the OCLC Members Council. If you wish to find out more about the Review Board, please visit these links:

•          OCLC Review Board:
http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/catalog/policy/board/default.htm
•          Press release – formation of Review Board:
http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/releases/20092.htm
•          Press release – Review Board members:
http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/releases/200910.htm

The survey is available online at the following site, where you will find specific instructions on completing the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=c0hILWPafv97EDbNiRXXjg_3d_3d

I invite you to complete this survey yourself or forward it to a colleague with an interest in this issue. Your opinions and comments are vital to our evaluation, regardless of your current level of usage of OCLC services or your relationship to OCLC.

Please complete the questionnaire online by April 8, 2009. To protect the confidentiality of your responses, all data will be collected, tabulated, and analyzed by Linray, an independent market research consultant. We will receive data in aggregate form only; your answers will not be associated in any way with you or your organization.

If you have questions about the content of the survey, please send an e-mail to reviewboard@oclc.org. As an alternative to the survey, we welcome your feedback by sending an e-mail to reviewboard@oclc.org or posting comments at http://community.oclc.org/reviewboard/. Please feel free to provide input in the language of your choice.

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OCLC Expert Community Experiment

March 3rd, 2009 Comments off

In response to calls for more freedom for catalogers to edit records in OCLC, the Expert Community Experiment has begun.

The Experiment is scheduled to last six (6) months, at the end of which time, the results of the Experiment will be evaluated by OCLC and a decision made whether to make it a permanent policy or to return to the original policies on updates, or something in-between.

The idea of the Experiment is to allow all Full-level and higher OCLC member catalogers greater freedom to make changes to records that haven’t been possible in the past. Changes that have required a report and copies of title pages to be sent to OCLC can now be made, as-needed, by catalogers.

There are some limits, Full-level catalogers can’t make changes to PCC records (records done by libraries which are members of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging) and to records that are encoding level E. While catalogers can make changes to CIP (ELvl 8 ) records, they can’t change the encoding level – to I or anything else.

One of the most important things to remember in all this is, as OCLC puts it “First, do no harm” – which may be a bit much, as we’re not talking about medical decisions, but…

  • NEVER remove correct and accurate information from a master record (such as classification numbers or subject headings) simply because your institution does not find it useful.
  • NEVER change the basic nature of a master bibliographic record into something different.
  • AVOID including local data or local practices in master bibliographic records.
  • Be cautious about changing bibliographic records with a different Language of Cataloging (identified in field 040 subfield ‡b). Bibliographic Formats and Standards, Section 3.10, “Parallel Records for Language of Cataloging” http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en/specialcataloging/default.shtm#BCGBAEHC) has details on working with these records.

“If in doubt, DON’T.”

For more information on the Experiment, you can visit the official site: Expert Community Experiment

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