Throwing Down the Gauntlet
OCLC has released its second attempt at an updated usage policy governing WorldCat records, and a lot of people are not happy. Chief among them, LibraryThing’s TIm Spalding who has posted a side-by-side comparison of OCLC’s policy with the one from last week, and on the Librarians Who LibraryThing forum said the following:
I think it’s going to force us to do what we’ve never done before—go after WorldCat directly.
We’ll find non-WC records, or records cataloged by a library and not from WorldCat, collect them together into a giant wikified database of bibliographic data, and give out the data freely to libraries that want to avoid WC.
Sounds like a good idea to me.