November 5th, 2008 at 18:11:58 (libraries)
Karen Calhoun wrote an informative post about OCLC’s Updated Record Use Policy. I appreciate that she took the time to explain the reasoning behind the newly updated policy and the process that OCLC took in coming up with it. I am also, as noted earlier, am happy that the attribution aspects have changed from required to encouraged. Anyone who is interested in this policy (and I think every librarian should be) should take the time to look at what she had to say. I never disagreed with the need for the new policy, just how it was being implemented and some of the terms and restrictions put on it.
I wrote a response to Karen Calhoun’s post (mostly detailing some of the major points I have already written here), to which she graciously replied. It seems like one of the major issues that I point to that made the new policy a disaster was an oversite, so I look forward to seeing that corrected. As of now, Karen’s Metalogue blog seems to be the best place for public input right now, so if you have any concerns about this policy it may be worth posting them there.