Date of this Version
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Published by the Boston Library Consortium, September 2021.
Also available at https://blc.org/CDLforILL
BLC CDL Working Group Members
Co-Chairs: Nathan Mealey, Wesleyan University, and Michael Rodriguez, University of Connecticut
Charlie Barlow, Boston Library Consortium
Karen Bohrer, Wellesley College
Judith Carlstrom, State Library of Massachusetts
Martha Kelehan, Tufts University
Kim Kennedy, Northeastern University
Kimberly Kowal, Boston College
Erika McNeil, University of Connecticut
Mark Paris, Brandeis University
Laura Quilter, University of Massachusetts—Amherst
Steve Smith, University of Massachusetts—Boston
Jen Walton, Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Andrew White, Wesleyan University
Patrick Yott, Northeastern University
The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) was founded upon a shared commitment to promote cooperation in making resources more readily available. Consortial controlled digital lending (CDL) powerfully expands and reimagines resource sharing across the consortium.
In September 2020, the BLC Board of Directors convened a CDL Working Group charged with investigating delivery mechanisms, technology, workflows, policies, copyright and legal issues, shared storage solutions, and other actions related to a potential consortial implementation of CDL among interested BLC member libraries.
The Working Group consisted of fourteen representatives from eleven member libraries and the BLC’s Executive Director. For almost twelve months, the Working Group researched the national and global CDL landscape, engaged extensively with the BLC community, and consulted with a range of external organizations working in the CDL space.
At its August 2021 meeting, the BLC Board of Directors approved the recommendations of the Working Group to implement CDL as a mechanism for interlibrary loan (ILL) among interested member libraries.
The pages that follow provide a summary of the Working Group’s activities and recommendations to guide the library community in navigating the role that consortial CDL might play in their resource sharing activities, and to invite other library consortia to join us in this implementation effort.