May 2, 2014
(National Library of Sweden) After seven years of negotiation, the National Library of Sweden has signed an agreement to join WorldCat, one of the world’s largest library catalogs, operated by OCLC. During the entire negotiation period KB maintained that data in LIBRIS should be freely available under the Creative Commons open license (CC0) and in February 2014 OCLC and KB finally signed an agreement regarding open licensing. The important agreement on open licensing will enable KB and the affiliated LIBRIS libraries to become members of WorldCat.
February 14, 2014
(National Library of Sweden) The Swedish National Library and OCLC have signed an agreement on use of Creative commons for Libris (Swedish union catalogue) data derived from WorldCat. Similar agreements have been entered into by the national library with the Library of Congress and three European national libraries, including the British library, French National Library and the German national library). The Swedish national library and Libris libraries have also re-initiated negotiations regarding membership in OCLC/WorldCat.
December 21, 2011
(National Library of Sweden) The National Library has ended negotiations with OCLC, as the parties could not successfully come to terms on a contract. The decision was made by the National Librarian after discussion in the National Reference Group and the Expert Group for the Libris national system.
December 14, 2011
(National Library of Sweden) The National Library of Sweden terminates its negotiations with OCLC regarding participation in WorldCat.