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Removal of DOCLINE Maximum Charge

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Picture of library books

From the National Library of Medicine:

The “National Maximum Charge” that limited Resource Libraries to charging $11 for DOCLINE interlibrary loan was recently removed as a requirement for Resource Libraries in the NN/LM contracts for 2011-2016. The change was effective May 1, 2011.  As needed, Resource Libraries may raise ILL fees to recover costs.   Primary Access Libraries and Other libraries were already able to charge fees necessary for cost recovery.   As always, all charges and provided services must comply with the copyright law.

NLM recently removed the $11  limit because we had received multiple requests from Resource Libraries who stated they were unable to recover their costs at $11 per article.   Additionally, Resource Libraries were permitted to charge above the $11 limit via surcharges which caused confusion among network members in regards to the expected charge.  The removal of the National Maximum permits all libraries in the Network to charge cost recovery based fees.

As a point of reference on lending, during the previous contract period of May 2006-May 2011, Primary Access Libraries filled nearly 43% of the DOCLINE requests.  Resource Libraries filled just over 31% of the requests.  “Other” libraries borrowed lent just over 22% of requests.

We recommend that libraries changing their fees provide adequate notice to their regular borrowers, and through regional lists.  Borrowers may wish to review their Routing Tables.   Borrowers unable to find a lender can route requests to NLM, whose base ILL fee remains unchanged at $9.

If libraries need assistance with Routing Tables, searching for lending partners, or other aspects of DOCLINE, please contact Re Mishra.


Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Tugger the Docline Mascot

The annual DOCLINE Update was conducted by Maria Collins at the 2011 Medical Library Association (MLA) Meeting. The most immediate announcement affecting libraries concerned the national maximum cost. Starting May 1, 2011, Resource Libraries are no longer limited by the national maximum of $11. They may now charge based on their cost recovery needs.  The removal of the national maximum was implemented due to the large number of requests received by NLM from Resource Libraries to increase the maximum.

For more information on the DOCLINE Update, read the MLA blog posting by Katie Zybeck. Slides from the DOCLINE update will be posted on the NLM website in the near future.




Odyssey Stand-Alone for ILL

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

By Ronetta Mills, ILL Specialist
Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) Library in Amarillo, TX

Libraries should consider implementing Odyssey Stand-Alone, a document transfer system for Interlibrary Loan.  Many Resource Libraries and other large libraries are already using Odyssey within their ILLiad Resource Sharing Management software.  Libraries not using ILLiad can download the free Odyssey Stand-Alone software from Atlas Systems.  With it you can send documents via FTP (file transfer protocol) from computer to computer using the internet IP address.

Odyssey Address Book

At TTUHSC, we have been using Odyssey Stand-Alone for approximately 6 months now.  The system works well with our existing scanner and twain driver and the interface is very easy to use.  Each library that receives your Odyssey transmissions must also have the Odyssey software and their delivery address must first be entered into your system’s address book area.  Once the entry is complete, it is just a click to choose the borrower from the list and scan the document.

Some hesitate to use the Odyssey Stand-Alone version because it comes without technical support.  But there is a listserv (Odyssey-L) monitored by the manufacturer with great diagnostic and troubleshooting information.  There is also a FAQ page with answers to all the questions I’ve encountered so far.

For libraries already using Ariel Interlibrary Loan Document Transmission software, Odyssey Stand-Alone can be run on the same computer using the same scanner and printer as Ariel software.  It may be necessary to shut down Ariel while scanning with Odyssey – Ariel will monopolize the scanner – but Odyssey can receive right along with Ariel on the same equipment.

Good luck!

DOCLINE Training Class in Mobile, AL

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Tugger the DOCLINE mascot

A DOCLINE Onsite Training Class: Getting the Best Out of DOCLINE jointly sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic (SE/A) and the South Central Region (SCR) Regional Medical Libraries will be offered in Mobile, AL on April 14, 2011.  The University of South Alabama Biomedical Library will host it.

The class will cover institutional record administration, serial holdings, request/lend, routing tables (including library groups), while incorporating recent DOCLINE 4.5 improvements.

Although the class is available to any NN/LM current DOCLINE user, priority will be given to SE/A and SCR network members with “active” DOCLINE accounts.

If you are interested in attending, please send PJ Grier ( an email with your contact information and TYPE: “DOCLINE CLASS – UNIV OF SOUTH ALABAMA” in the subject line.

Placement will be made on an “as received” basis.

The class will run from 1PM to 4PM on April 14, 2011 and will carry MLA 3CE.


DLIP and EFTS Awards Recipients

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The Presbyterian Hospital, Robert Shafer Memorial Library (Albuquerque, NM) has been awarded a DOCLINE Library Improvement Award. The library will be purchasing a new integrated library system as part of its project.

The VA Cooperative Studies Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center (Albuquerque, NM) has been awarded an EFTS Assistance Award. The library is in the process of implementing full services and will be available in DOCLINE soon.

2010 MLA DOCLINE Update

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The PowerPoint presentations from the MLA 2010 DOCLINE Update and the NLM Sunrise Seminar are now available at:

DLIP and EFTS Awards Recipient

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center, Hot Springs, AR, has been awarded both the DOCLINE Library Improvement Project and the EFTS Assistance Award.

Congratulations to St. Joseph’s.

July SCR CONNECTions Recording Online

Friday, July 17th, 2009

The recording of the July 15 SCR CONNECTions web meeting “Introducing DOCLINE 4.0” is available online at The recording is 34 mins 29 secs long.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 10:30-11:30 AM CT.

Topic: Screencasting in Libraries
Time: August 19 2009, 10:30-11:30 AM Central Time

NLM Presentations from MLA 2009

Friday, June 26th, 2009
All of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Presentations from the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference 2009 have been posted on the NLM Technical Bulletin.

MLA 2009: NLM® Online Users’ Meeting: Remarks
MLA 2009: NLM® Online Users’ Meeting: Questions and Answers
MLA 2009: NLM Online Users’ Meeting: PowerPoint® Presentations for Meeting Remarks, MedlinePlus®, and DOCLINE®
MLA 2009: NLM® Theater Presentations
MLA 2009: NLM® Update PowerPoint® Presentations

One topic covered in many of these presentations was the PubMed redesign. In developing the redesign concepts, NCBI has the following goals:

  • Make PubMed easier to use
  • Simplify the interface
  • Refresh the look of the site
  • Organize information better
  • Make “power features” readily accessible
  • Promote scientific discovery

DOCLINE Class at UNT HSC Library

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the class Getting the Best out of DOCLINE at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, July 6, 2009 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Attendees will learn how to use the features of DOCLINE effectively. Additional topics include DOCLINE updates, reports, Loansome Doc and EFTS.

To register for the classes, go to:

If you have any questions, please contact Re Mishra at or 713-799-7880.