OCLC formally withdraws proposed WorldCat policy

It was not unexpected, and happened last week, but since I mentioned the controversy enough on this blog, I figured I’d let everyone know that “OCLC has formally withdrawn the proposed policy [and a] new group will soon be assembled to begin work to draft a new policy with more input and participation from the OCLC membership.” This is good news but those interested in fair, open exchange of data, need to be vigilant about what the new policy will contain, especially with the announcement of WorldCat Local about a month or so ago. Talking about WorldCat Local, I highly recommend listening to the Library 2.0 Gang Podcast on “Library System Suppliers view of OCLC Web-scale.”