Maybe Roy will answer that one -- but I doubt its that difficult to guess.  OCLC's primary value is its bibliographic database and the information about its member's holdings.  Nearly all of it's services are built around this.  If they gave that information up to the Open Library, it would most certainly undermine their ILL, Cataloging and Grid Services initiatives.  However, if a handful of members in relation to their membership participate in the program -- its no skin off their noses.
Terry Reese
Cataloger for Networked Resources
Digital Production Unit Head
Oregon State University Libraries
Corvallis, OR  97331
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From: Code for Libraries on behalf of Lars Aronsson
Sent: Wed 2/6/2008 7:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Records for Open Library

K.G. Schneider wrote:

> For the record, I've clarified this with OCLC itself. It's
> exactly as Terry Weese says.

If that is so, why don't OCLC themselves give their database away
to the Open Library?

  Lars Aronsson ([log in to unmask])
  Aronsson Datateknik - <>