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Resource Sharing and Document Delivery in the Greater Midwest Region


Interlibrary loan and document delivery in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is accomplished through the DOCLINE System External Link Indicator, the National Library of Medicine's automated interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing and referral system. DOCLINE links journal holdings to efficiently route the requests to potential lending libraries on behalf of the borrower. There are currently over 3,200 libraries from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico participating in DOCLINE. Check the DOCLINE Release Notes External Link Indicator for additional information about the newest version of the system.

Serial Holdings

The serial holdings module of DOCLINE contain the holdings statements for biomedical serial titles held by U.S. members of the NLM-supported National Network of Libraries of Medicine as well as selected Canadian and Mexican libraries. These holdings statements are linked to NLM's authoritative bibliographic data in LocatorPlus. As of June 2006, the database includes over 1.5 million holdings statements for 54,577 serial titles from 3,017 health sciences libraries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Only DOCLINE participants have access to the Serial Holdings via DOCLINE.

Electronic Fund Transfer System

The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) External Link Indicator , operational since 1996 in New England, is a transaction-based electronic billing system for interlibrary-loan (ILL) and document delivery.

EFTS virtually eliminates the need to create invoices and write checks for reimbursement for interlibrary loans and document delivery between participants. Among the advantages are monthly detailed transaction based reports, the ability to handle variable charges and the ability to handle non-DOCLINE transactions. Check the EFTS Members Directory External Link Indicator for libraries that particiapte in the program.

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