January 24, 2022

OCLC Responds to the National Library of Sweden Comments From Earlier This Week

OCLC’s response to the National Library of Sweden comments re: NLS catalog data and were written by Jim Michalko, Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership. They’re posted on the OCLC Cooperative Blog earlier today.

From Michalko’s Comments:

OCLC is in discussions with the National Library of Sweden about the Library’s recent post to its website. We believe that the National Library and the Libris union catalog it supports can be made visible in WorldCat in a way that meets the library’s expectations and is consistent with the norms of the OCLC cooperative. We were disappointed that they chose to end the talks.


While we look for other ways to work with Swedish libraries in the future, it’s important to correct the Library’s characterization of OCLC’s position regarding data contribution to the Europeana project. When we were asked by the National Library of Sweden about their participation in Europeana, we conveyed our interpretation of the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities (WCRR) guidelines that the ‘public domain dedication license’ required by all participants of Europeana would be inconsistent with the community norms identified in the guidelines.

More in the Complete Blog Post

See Also: OCLC, WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities, and Open Data Licensing (OKF Blog; June 6, 2011)
Referenced in Michalko’s blog post.

See Also: National Library of Sweden Says “No Go” to Deal With OCLC For WorldCat Records

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