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Two U.S. Academic Libraries Announce SkyRiver Implementations

Interesting news reported in Marshall Breeding’s Library Technology Guides:

Two Academic Libraries Announce SkyRiver Implementations

Two well-established academic libraries, Michigan State University and California State University, Long Beach are the first libraries to publicly announce that they are fully operational using SkyRiver as their exclusive cataloging service. Both libraries are looking to SkyRiver to substantially reduce the costs associated with cataloging. Michigan State University is SkyRiver’s first ARL development partner.”

OCLC Record Use Policy Withdrawn

OCLC has done some serious back peddling and dropped its controversial record use policy.

After review of the recommendations, OCLC has formally withdrawn the proposed policy. A new group will soon be assembled to begin work to draft a new policy with more input and participation from the OCLC membership.”

More info available via their recent press release or the Review Board’s final report.

OCLC Record Use Policy Update

Interesting presentation by Jennifer Younger, Chair of the OCLC Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship.  The Board recognizes that a new policy is needed but recommends that OCLC, “formally withdraw the proposed policy” and “revisit the social contract between OCLC and its members.”

Looks like OCLC will attempt to find a more transparent and consultative approach to developing a record sharing policy that will enable collaboration in the new “information ecosystem.”

You can watch a video recording of the presentation along with the slides.

OLAC Statement on OCLC’s Proposed Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat® Records

The Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) association has issued a statement to OCLC regarding their proposed policy for use and transfer of bibliographic records. OLAC recommends that,

… OCLC investigate ways to provide useful services to member institutions without maintaining such strict control over other uses of the bibliographic data, particularly non-commercial and research-based uses. We recommend that OCLC broaden access to library bibliographic data so that data can become a significant player in the Web world through multiple channels and so that a variety of experimental approaches using this data can be tried. We believe this path has the greatest chance for future success both for OCLC and for libraries.

You may also be interested in completing the OCLC Review Board survey to express your own views.

Guardian Article on OCLC, Libraries and the Internet

Good article on the OCLC record sharing controversy in last week’s Guardian. ‘Why you can’t find a library book in your search engine‘ looks at bibliographic metadata in the context of today’s internet, questions OCLC’s business model and wonders about the Open Library.

Richard Wallis from Talis, an OCLC competitor in the UK, says this about OCLC:

‘They’re still stuck in the wrong business model,’ he says. ‘It was expensive, 20 or 30 years ago, to set up a large dataset and communications, editing, storing backup tapes, and so on.’ By now, though, ‘a lot of the things that made it difficult are negligible costs’. Talis, he says, focuses on selling services, not access to data.

Provides a nice overview of the situation and is recommended reading.