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WHAT WE LEARNED – DOCLINE: MLA 2013, Boston

By: PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator

The DOCLINE presentation given at MLA 2013, by Maria Collins – NLM, is now available to view from the DOCLINE presentations page at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/doclinepresentations.html.  The presentation includes speaker notes. There were about 35 attendees at the DOCLINE User Group Meeting held on Sunday, May 5th.

The “MLA 2013 DOCLINE Update” presents data highlights and preliminary analysis from the recent national survey of DOCLINE libraries as part of the NLM strategic planning initiative exploring the future of resource sharing. The goal of the initiative was to better understand the resource sharing needs of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine given the declining use of DOCLINE for ILL and Loansome Doc for document delivery. During the User’s Group Meeting, NLM clearly heard that DOCLINE is still vital to many of you. The presentation also provided a brief overview of recent and upcoming releases. Other interests are the continued support of browsers, the national MedPrint Program, DOCLINE V4.8/V4.9 releases later this year, future enhancement work, and ILL metrics.

NLM invites libraries to share their thoughts on the results presented, and any further insights into their future needs regarding obtaining biomedical literature for health professionals. You can send comments to NLM by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE or at https://docline.gov/docline/help/contact_nlm/help_page.cfm or discuss with your Regional Medical Library’s DOCLINE Coordinator, PJ Grier PJ Grier.

Also available are all the NLM Theater presentation recordings posted at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj13/mj13_mla_theater_ppt.html.

2 Responses to “WHAT WE LEARNED – DOCLINE: MLA 2013, Boston”

  1. Cristian Gologan Says:

    Although has been in decline for a while, DOCLINE is still very important and should be kept part of the NLM strategic planning initiative. Many have outlined it’s importance and rushing things could do more harm than good

  2. PJ Grier Says:

    Cristian,

    Thank you for your reply. Rest assured that DOCLINE is alive and well. NLM has no current plans of removing it from the Library’s strategic planning.

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