Sharing and re-using library catalogue records in a web 2.0 world

The internet has made sharing library catalogue records easier for libraries and users – but with it comes a new set of challenges surrounding the legal implications.  A new JISC toolkit helps librarians navigate the legal minefield of making their catalogue records available to others.

Explore the resources at the JISC Legal Web site:

http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/Projects/TransferandUseofBibliographicRecords.aspx

Web 2.0 applications such as LibraryThing have opened up new ways for people to share records for their books and other information resources and for libraries to make them available for indexing by Web search engines.

The aim of the guidance is to enable librarians to take a risk management approach to making their catalogue records available for re-use and to audit their current legal position.

The key issues which emerge from the guidance are:

–           Contracts (licences) with record suppliers have a greater influence on

what individual libraries can and cannot do with their records than intellectual property law

–           There is no such thing as a standard licence for the supply of records

To establish what libraries can and cannot do with records sourced from suppliers, they need to check their individual licences.  The toolkit includes information on what sort of conditions to look out for in licences and the sorts of clauses libraries should consider including when negotiating new licences with suppliers.

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