DOCLINE Routing Table Tips
There has been a lively discussion on the DOCLINE-L listserv as of late regarding the placement of library group codes within DOCLINE routing tables. As a reminder, codes for large DOCLINE groups, such as FreeShare and BHSL, should be placed towards the middle of your routing table (cells 4-6) in their own cell, if possible. You can place individual LIBIDs of libraries from these groups in earlier cells.
Here are some other DOCLINE routing table tips:
- Remove libraries marked “Closed” and “Not a DOCLINE Library” from your table.
- Use the DOCLINE Institution search to find libraries in your state and region that belong to groups such as FreeShare and BHSL, if you are also a member, and consider placing them in your earlier cells (1-3).
- Place larger (than yours) libraries and resource libraries in higher cells (6-9).
- Run DOCLINE report 1-7, “Library Routing Table and M/A/N Map cells containing my LIBID,” periodically to see who has you in their routing table, and in which cell. You can consider adding them to the same cell in yours to help balance the load.
- If you feel a library is unduly taxing your library’s ILL service, give them a call. They may not be aware of the imbalance, or simply may not know how to change their routing table.
As always, please feel free to contact your regional DOCLINE coordinator in the MAR, Neil Romanosky, with your questions, training needs, or for assistance in working with another DOCLINE library: email@example.com 212-263-4118.
Routing table help is also available through the DOCLINE FAQs.