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Dear Colleague:

As chair of the OCLC Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship, I invite you to participate in a Web-based survey among librarians and other interested constituents. The primary goal of this survey is to gather input from both OCLC members and non-members about a proposed OCLC policy, Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records.

The Review Board will consider the results of this survey in its recommendations to OCLC.

Please review the existing guidelines and proposed policy if you have not already done so:


Proposed Policy:

The OCLC Review Board is an independent committee convened by the OCLC Board of Trustees and the OCLC Members Council. If you wish to find out more about the Review Board, please visit these links:

OCLC Review Board:

Press release - formation of Review Board:

Press release - Review Board members:

The survey is available online at the following site, where you will find specific instructions on completing the survey:

I invite you to complete this survey yourself or forward it to a colleague with an interest in this issue. Your opinions and comments are vital to our evaluation, regardless of your current level of usage of OCLC services or your relationship to OCLC.

Please complete the questionnaire online by April 8, 2009. To protect the confidentiality of your responses, all data will be collected, tabulated, and analyzed by Linray, an independent market research consultant. We will receive data in aggregate form only; your answers will not be associated in any way with you or your organization.

If you have questions about the content of the survey, please send an e-mail to [log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]. As an alternative to the survey, we welcome your feedback by sending an e-mail to [log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask] or posting comments at Please feel free to provide input in the language of your choice.

Thank you for your participation in this survey.


Jennifer A. Younger

Chair, OCLC Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship

Director, Hesburgh Libraries

University of Notre Dame