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NISO Convenes Working Group on Controlled Digital Lending

NISO (National Information Standards Organization) received a grant of $125,000 from the Mellon Foundation so it can develop “a consensus framework for implementing controlled digital lending (CDL) of book content by libraries, which has been approved by NISO members as a new initiative.” It will be applicable to all types of libraries. A NISO Working Group will develop the relevant Recommended Practice, Interoperable System of Controlled Digital Lending. 

CDL serves as an extension of ILL services, but is designed to be more efficient, with a lower cost, a faster response time, a lower environmental impact, and improved collection development and management. It “enables libraries to loan digital versions of their print books while using technical controls to ensure a consistent ‘owned-to-loaned’ ratio. This allows a library to lend the exact number of copies of a specific title it owns—regardless of format—with controls to prevent users from redistributing or copying the digitized version. … Through CDL, libraries can make out-of-print books available and also provide access to readers with disabilities. Fragile collections—which would not otherwise be able to circulate—can be made available via CDL, enabling access to rare or unique materials by a wider range of researchers.”

For more information, read the press release.

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