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Guardian Article on OCLC, Libraries and the Internet

Good article on the OCLC record sharing controversy in last week’s Guardian. ‘Why you can’t find a library book in your search engine‘ looks at bibliographic metadata in the context of today’s internet, questions OCLC’s business model and wonders about the Open Library.

Richard Wallis from Talis, an OCLC competitor in the UK, says this about OCLC:

‘They’re still stuck in the wrong business model,’ he says. ‘It was expensive, 20 or 30 years ago, to set up a large dataset and communications, editing, storing backup tapes, and so on.’ By now, though, ‘a lot of the things that made it difficult are negligible costs’. Talis, he says, focuses on selling services, not access to data.

Provides a nice overview of the situation and is recommended reading.

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