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History of the record use policy

In September 2009, the OCLC Board of Trustees convened the Record Use Policy Council to engage the global library community in developing the next generation of the WorldCat record use policy. The intent was to recommend to the OCLC Board a new policy that would be aligned with the present and future information landscape. The new policy, WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative, went into effect August 1, 2010 and replaces the Guidelines for Use and Transfer of OCLC Derived Records, developed in 1987. The work of the Record Use Policy Council has now concluded.

WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative effective August 1, 2010

Our 12-member Record Use Policy Council undertook a detailed investigation of the issues and drafted a new policy that we introduced for community review in April 2010— WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative. More than 275 comments were gathered via e-mail, phone, meetings and letters, in an online forum, and by monitoring blogs, listservs and Twitter. Your comments resulted in substantive additions and changes to the draft. At the end of May 2010, we submitted our revised policy statement to the OCLC Board, which approved the document during its June meeting.

OCLC Record Use Policy Council

OCLC Record Use Policy Council Co-Chairs

Barbara Gubbin

Barbara Gubbin
Director, Jacksonville Public Library, USA

Jennifer Younger

Jennifer Younger
President Elect, OCLC Global Council and Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, USA

OCLC Record Use Policy Council Members

Barbara Gubbin

ChewLeng Beh
Global Council Delegate;
Chair, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council; and
Senior Director, Singapore National Library Board, Singapore

Karen Calhoun

Karen Calhoun
Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, OCLC, USA

Christopher Cole

Christopher Cole
Global Council Delegate and Associate Director for Technical Services, National Agriculture Library

Nancy Eaton

Nancy Eaton
Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Penn State University, USA

Brian E. C. Schottlaender

Brian E. C. Schottlaender
Global Council Delegate and The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, UC San Diego Libraries, USA

Raymond Bérard

Raymond Bérard
Global Council Delegate and
Director, ABES, France

Klaus Ceynowa

Klaus Ceynowa
Global Council Delegate and Deputy Director General, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Germany

Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan Dempsey
Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, OCLC, USA

Clifford A. Lynch

Clifford A. Lynch
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), USA

Lamar Veatch

Lamar Veatch
Global Council Delegate and State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service–University System of Georgia, USA

Liaison to the OCLC Board of Trustees

Larry P. Alford

Larry P. Alford
Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees and Dean of University Libraries, Temple University, USA

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