WorldCat Local social tool-related FAQs

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Social tool-related

Can library staff block access to social tools? We block MySpace for children, etc.

As part of the terms and conditions of the WorldCat.org site, all users must be over the age of 13. OCLC does not have the capability to block social tools because they are designed for the benefit of the entire community (i.e., all users can benefit from the reviews, ratings or recommendations provided by others).

OCLC has implemented mechanisms to enable the community to police itself. Each page that supports user-contributed content enables users to flag inappropriate content on that page. Once a page is flagged, OCLC staff reviews it and takes appropriate action.

Will WorldCat Local add the ability for users to add content to the system (i.e., books and other materials not already in the system, as well as tags, subjects, etc.)?

OCLC provides additional ways for users to contribute content to WorldCat.org that will also display in WorldCat Local. Users can tag bibliographic records, reviews and lists.

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