Resolution on OCLC's Policy for Use and Transfer of World Cat Records

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Updated November 19, 2008

The American Association of Law Libraries urges OCLC to retract the currently proposed Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records (last). As a member-driven organization, OCLC must fully involve the membership in any fundamental changes to OCLC policy affecting those members. We recommend that OCLC form a new committee with member libraries represented to write a new record use and transfer policy to be considered for adoption by the OCLC Members Council and the OCLC Board of Trustees. To the extent that a new policy enacts greater restrictions on the rights of member libraries than are provided by the existing Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records, the membership is entitled to a clear statement of the changes and an explanation of the new circumstances that justify the increased restrictions.