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Ex Libris Integrates Controlled Digital Lending Into Its Library Software Solutions

Ex Libris developed “new functions that will increase the compatibility of the company’s library software solutions with controlled digital lending,” aka CDL. This means that libraries can “lend a digital copy of a physical resource in a ‘lend like print’ manner—that is, in the same way in which they lend the physical resource itself. … CDL enables libraries to cater to patrons with differing needs, such as a print disability or difficulty in accessing a library building. CDL also gives patrons the option to borrow books in a manner that suits them.”

Ex Libris added a new tool to Alma Digital that allows “a librarian to easily make CDL resources available for short-term use. The key principle of CDL is maintaining the own-to-loan ratio between the number of copies—both digital and physical—that the library holds and the number of concurrent copies in circulation.” Ex Libris will also implement CDL for general circulation loans, via Rapido. In addition, the company created a community-led advisory group “to create a roadmap for implementing more CDL capabilities in Ex Libris products. The advisory group members bring to the table a broad range of expertise on CDL workflows and copyright issues.”

For more information, read the press release.



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