I am joined in this Talking with Talis conversation by two well known OCLC names – Vice President WorldCat and Metadata Services, Karen Calhoun and Senior Programme Officer, Roy Tennant.
There has been much coverage on Panlibus and several other blogs, about the way the recently updated Record Use Policy was announced, the elements of the policy, and its ramifications for the wider library community.
Apart from the need to update and replace the current 21 year old Guidelines, the professed objectives of the new policy is to clarify and increase the possibilities for the sharing and transfer of OCLC records. From the noise in the blogosphere, it is clear that many do not share that understanding.
Karen published an extensive post on Metalogue providing some background to the policy and its announcement. I was delighted to share this extensive conversation with Karen and Roy to explore in more depth the intention, details and ramifications of this new policy, due to be implemented in February 2009.
In the conversation, my own questions were supplemented by some submitted by Talking with Talis listeners. Thank you to those who took the time email me with those suggestions.