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NLM Interlibrary Loan Survey Coming Soon

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Starting Monday, March 4, the National Library of Medicine will be inviting DOCLINE libraries to participate in a survey on interlibrary loan practices and needs of the health science libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and Canada.  This is your opportunity to help shape resource sharing programs of the future.

NLM initiated this survey to investigate the reasons for the declining use of DOCLINE and current practices of libraries regarding resource sharing.  The number of ILL requests entered into DOCLINE has decreased 46% since 2002 while Loansome Doc requests declined 68% in that same period.  Your response to this survey is very important and will help us to understand the resource sharing needs of librarians in the NN/LM and Canada, and how NLM can best meet those needs now and in the future.  We look forward to your participation.

The survey has 30 questions that we estimate will take about 12 minutes to complete.

NLM will be sending the invitation email via SurveyMonkey to the address of each library’s ILL contact reported in their DOCLINE institution record.  If the listed ILL contact has previously opted out of receiving emails from SurveyMonkey, or if you don’t receive your invitation, please contact DOCLINE at  to receive a link to the survey.

News for the NLM Journals Donation System

Monday, February 25th, 2013

jdp-bg-4Since April, 2009, NLM’s Journal Donation System has made it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard. The system was designed for DOCLINE libraries and was restricted to titles listed in their DOCLINE holdings.

On January 4th, 2013, NLM launched Version 2 of the system. Enhancements make it possible for non-DOCLINE libraries to use the system. In addition, all libraries now can offer titles not owned by NLM. The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page. In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301)496-0081 or NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, a total of 8,230 gifts have been added to the collection. NLM hopes that with the enhancements in Version 2, we can build on the success achieved to date.

Wondering About LinkOut?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Three new “Quick Tours” (short video tutorials) have been added to the National Library of Medicine’s  LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources web page:


  • Uploading Icons demonstrates the different ways to upload an icon image into the Library Submission Utility.
  • Contact Info shows how to add, edit and delete contact information in the Library Submission Utility.
  • Library Info, PrId and NameAbbr explains where to find your library information such as ProviderId (PrId) and NameAbbr, which is the same as your User Name, in the Library Submission Utility. This information is frequently requested by library vendors.

Not using LinkOut yet? Participating libraries can link from PubMed citations to their library’s online journal subscriptions, directly to the desired article. This provides added value to your users and allows them to access needed resources easily and without delay. There is no charge to libraries to participate in LinkOut. For more information, see the FAQ or contact Patricia Devine at

A Facelift for PubMed Central

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

PubMed Central, the free full-text archive of biomedical and life science journal literature at the National Library of Medicine,  has shortened its name to PMC in order to avoid confusion with PubMed. What’s also new is PMC’s look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages. See the NLM Technical Bulletin for more information on these enhancements. To subscribe to email announcements or an RSS feed to the Technical Bulletin, visit this page.

Initiating Odyssey Interlibrary Loan Delivery at the Riverpoint Campus Library

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

This is one in a series of reports from our funding awardees. Read on to learn what the WSU Riverpoint Campus accomplished with their Technology Improvement Award.

By Bob Pringle, Director of Nursing and Riverpoint Campus Library Service, Spokane, WA

Last fall, we submitted a Technology Improvement Award proposal to the Regional Medical Library. We needed to replace an old staff computer used for ILL processing, and wanted to add a new scanner for use with Odyssey software, in addition to our Ariel station. We received the award in October 2011. We purchased two pieces of equipment: a Fujitsu 6240 color scanner and a Dell computer with 4 GB memory, which meets current WSU Spokane IT standards, spending just over $3,500.


DOCLINE Reason Codes

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Wonder why your request came back unfilled? Sometimes, things happen without a reason. But in DOCLINE, there is always a reason!  There are three types of reasons for a request to route on to another library, or discontinue routing and retire:

  1. Routing Reasons are system generated during the routing process.
  2. Removal Reasons are system generated in Time Triggered actions.
  3. Reasons are chosen by a potential lender as a reason for not filling a request. 

 Here is more detail on each type: