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March 25, 2024

International Coalition of Library Consortia ICOLC Statement on AI in Licensing. As artificial intelligence in particular, generative AI and large language models has developed rapidly since the release of ChatGPT to the public in late 2022, electronic resource vendors have begun to present libraries and consortia with new license language defining rights and restrictions related to AI. As libraries and vendors navigate the rapidly changing technological and legal landscape of AI, ICOLC supports its member consortia in their efforts to ensure library user rights are maintained in alignment with organizational interests and values. [Full Announcement].

September 16, 2022

International Coalition of Library Consortia Strategies for Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges to Build the Future We Need. The ICOLC Strategies for Open Collaboration in Library Consortia Task Force was initially formed to develop strategies for consortia and libraries to interact with vendors and the open source community to address pricing, standards/interoperability, and access challenges. We were charged with developing a report that would: Outline what libraries should do differently in their ongoing relationships with vendors and the open source community; Suggest alternatives to the typical library/vendor model, especially open source/community-owned efforts that address the needs outlined in the report; Articulate a broad vision for how these efforts tie together and provide a framework for libraries to support these projects. [Full Announcement].

September 7, 2022

International Coalition of Library Consortia ICOLC Statement on the Metadata Rights of Libraries. Metadata and the metadata services that describe library collections are critical in supporting content discovery, knowledge creation, and libraries' public missions. Metadata describing library collections is not typically copyrightable, and should be considered freely shareable and reusable under most circumstances. However, some industry players restrict libraries' rights to use such metadata through contractual terms and market influence. Such restrictive activity is out of alignment with libraries' needs and public, not-for-profit/educational missions. [Full Announcement].