Google Buys OCLC

Posted by on Sunday April 1 2007

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8 Responses to “Google Buys OCLC”

  1. Richard Urban
    April 1st, 2007 12:26

    April Fools!

    I couldn’t resist getting in on the fun.


  2. Peter
    April 1st, 2007 12:29

    Would be a Fool to believe that. What would Google want with a little fish like that? OCLC is not open source and too dependent on a dead market like public libraries. But nice pics from the people at TS.

  3. Perian Sully
    April 1st, 2007 12:52

    *insert swearing here* alright, that’s the *third* time today that I’ve been all “wtfomgbbq?!?” over something I read, then had to read the comments to get the joke.

    And I’ve only been awake for an hour.

    Seems today would be a good time to sell me a bridge…

    Good one 🙂

  4. Google buys OCLC « Public Historian
    April 1st, 2007 01:26

    […] Here’s a few links regarding the news (h/t museumatic).   […]

  5. Richard Urban
    April 1st, 2007 02:07


    You didn’t leave any contact inforamtion but that’s an interesting perspective. While Google does offer public APIs for many of its services, I’d be hesitant to say it’s “open source” any more than OCLC is – and in fact many of the new projects at OCLC research (Open WorldCat, etc.) do include similar nods to open source approaches. Not to say that OCLC doesn’t have problems, but in our small pond, OCLC should be treated as a pretty big fish.

    And public libraries are far from being a dead market. Many are growing and continuing to serve their communities as they always have. (with many leading the charge towards more open-source models).

    Could we say the same about most small museums who serve the same population? [insert Richard’s standard disclaimer about the dangers of comparing libraries/musuems apple/oranges here].

  6. Andrew Pace
    April 1st, 2007 05:04

    Wait, this was a joke? 🙂
    Kudos to the folks at OCLC for actually helping me out with those quotes over at Hectic Pace

  7. Perian Sully
    April 1st, 2007 07:27

    No, that one was a joke. Google’s too busy printing paper


  8. Günter Waibel
    April 2nd, 2007 11:11

    Nice! At the OCLC/RLG Service Center, we’re practically surrounded by Google, so the only change for us would have been to unbolt the door and hop on the Google campus shuttle.

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