Friday, February 06, 2009

OCLC's Expert Community Experiment

Good news from OCLC.
In response to requests from the cataloging community, OCLC is introducing the Expert Community Experiment which enables cataloging members to make more changes to WorldCat records.

During the Experiment, members with full level cataloging authorizations have the ability to improve and upgrade more WorldCat master records than has been previously possible. The Experiment begins in mid-February 2009, and is expected to last six months.

Introductory web information sessions will be held throughout February for those interested in participating in the Experiment.

Please see the Expert Community Experiment page to register to attend a web sessions. More information will be added to this page over the next few days.

1 comment:

jrochkind said...

This is a welcome experiment.

I wonder, however, if even without the _policy_ restrictions on catalogers making changes, the _technical_ barriers are still too high. Are busy catalogers going to spend a lot of extra time (if it takes a lot of extra time) to send their corrections to OCLC?

I would like to see cataloging module interfaces, where when you make a change to a local record, you can press one button to also send that change to OCLC.

I hope that if the results of the experiment are that hardly any catalogers DO make changes, people don't consider that a failure, but realize it may just take better technological support.