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Staff Changes NN/LM SCR

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The NN/LM SCR pleased to announce staff changes.

Karen Vargas, who has served as the Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator since 2003, has taken on a new position as the NN/LM SCR Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for outreach activities focusing on community colleges and allied health schools; evaluation and needs assessment efforts in the Region and document delivery activities (including DOCLINE). She will continue her role as the Oklahoma State Liaison.

Cheryl Rowan, who has served as the Public Health Coordinator since 2009, will now serve as the Consumer Health Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for outreach activities to public libraries and consumers. She will continue her role as the Texas State Liaison.

SCR CONNECTions, June 20, 2012

Monday, June 4th, 2012

MLA 2012 banner

Join us Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.

This month’s topic will be “NLM Updates from MLA.” Select highlights from the recent Medical Library Association (MLA) annual  meeting will be covered including recent changes to PubMed, NIHSeniorHealth, DOCLINE, and more. MLA CE will be available for the June SCR CONNECTions.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL:  Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL:

This webinar is available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. If you cannot attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.

New SCR Resource Library: MD Anderson Cancer Center

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

MD Anderson Cancer Center logo

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that the Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is now a Resource Library in the South Central Region.  Resource Libraries play a crucial role in the provision of health information to health care providers and consumers.  Resource Libraries have significant collections and current acquisitions and provide document delivery service, including referrals. They contribute to and maintain serial holdings data, participate in DOCLINE and in other regional programs. Each Resource Library has a designated subregion in which it concentrates its services.

Congratulations to MD Anderson!

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.