[aserl_coll_assess] FW: Boston Library Consortium to implement controlled digital lending for interlibrary loan
From: John Burger (jburgeraserl.org)
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 09:52:50 -0700 (PDT)
FYI – News from our colleagues in New England.


John Burger, Executive Director
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
c/o Robert W. Woodruff Library
540 Asbury Circle, Suite 316
Atlanta, GA  30322

404-218-4207 -- cellular

From: cdl-implementers [at] googlegroups.com <cdl-implementers [at] 
googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of Charlie Barlow
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 11:27 AM
To: cdl-implementers [at] googlegroups.com
Subject: [cdl-implementers] Boston Library Consortium to implement controlled 
digital lending for interlibrary loan

Dear CDL Implementers:

*Apologies for cross-posting*

I am delighted to share the news that the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Board 
of Directors approved plans proposed by the CDL Working Group to implement 
controlled digital lending as a mechanism for interlibrary loan. A public 
version of the Working Group’s report is available below, and we encourage you 
to share this widely. The news item is posted to our website at 

The upcoming CDL-I meeting has a very full agenda already, but I’m sure my BLC 
colleagues would be delighted to present our report and address any questions 
at a future CDL-I meeting.

All best,


Executive Director
Boston Library Consortium

312-443-2575 | cbarlow [at] blc.org<mailto:cbarlow [at] blc.org>

Boston Library Consortium to implement controlled digital lending for 
interlibrary loan
New report released as resource for other libraries and consortia

September 14, 2021—The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) will implement 
controlled digital lending as a mechanism for interlibrary loan among its 
interested member libraries, under a new plan approved by its Board of 
Directors at their August 2021 meeting. In this resource sharing model, items 
that traditionally would be loaned physically could instead be digitized and 
lent digitally under controlled conditions.

The BLC has released a new public report, “Consortial CDL: Implementing 
Controlled Digital Lending as a Mechanism for Interlibrary 
 so that other libraries and consortia can benefit from the BLC’s work.

“The Boston Library Consortium was founded on a shared commitment to make 
resources more readily available,” said Dorothy Meaney, President of the BLC 
Board and Director of Tisch Library at Tufts University. “Consortial CDL 
powerfully expands and reimagines resource sharing across the consortium.”

Controlled digital lending (CDL) enables libraries to lend legally acquired 
materials in a digital format under conditions that emulate physical lending. 
With CDL, libraries limit the total number of copies circulating in any format 
to the number of physical copies they own, maintain regular lending period 
limits, and utilize digital rights management to prevent copying and 
redistribution. Under the new plan outlined by the BLC’s CDL Working 
the BLC will work to implement CDL as a mechanism for its consortial 
interlibrary loan (ILL) activities.

“By transforming how patrons access the BLC’s physical collections, consortial 
CDL is a value multiplier for the BLC, amplifying the benefits of engaging in 
CDL institutionally,” said Charlie Barlow, Executive Director of the BLC. “Our 
vision for consortial CDL is for any BLC member’s patrons, anywhere in the 
world, to have convenient access to BLC library collections in the format of 
their choice.”

The BLC’s exploration of CDL began in September 2020, when its Board of 
Directors approved the creation of the CDL Working Group to assess the 
potential for a consortial implementation of CDL. The group, consisting of 14 
representatives from 11 member libraries and the BLC executive director, 
researched the national and global CDL landscape, engaged extensively with 
stakeholders from across the BLC, and consulted with a range of external 
organizations working in the CDL space.

“The BLC contains a range of institutions and technology infrastructures. 
Because of this diversity, consortial CDL models and tools pioneered by the BLC 
can effectively scale across libraries of all types,” said Nathan Mealey, 
Co-Chair of the Working Group and Associate University Librarian for Discovery 
and Access at Wesleyan University.

“In particular, the BLC’s emphasis on interoperability can lead to the 
development of solutions that meet the needs of nearly all consortia, whether 
using shared systems or not,” adds Co-Chair Michael Rodriguez, Collections 
Strategist at UConn Library.

Governed by a new CDL Steering Committee<https://blc.org/cdl>, the consortial 
CDL for ILL implementation is underway with the goal of having a system 
available for BLC members by summer 2022.

For the latest updates, visit blc.org/cdl<https://blc.org/cdl>

About the Boston Library Consortium
Founded in 1970, the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is an academic library 
consortium serving public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, 
state and special research libraries in the northeastern United States. The BLC 
members collaborate to deliver innovative and cost-effective sharing of print 
and digital content, professional development initiatives, and projects across 
a wide range of library practice areas. For more information, visit 

Contact: Charlie Barlow, Boston Library Consortium - cbarlow [at] 
blc.org<mailto:cbarlow [at] blc.org>

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