The Library Corp. (TLC) has announced that the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, has contracted for a customized version of TLC's Library.Request to provide interlibrary loan (ILL) management via ISO 10160/10161 version 2 Protocol. This installation will enable ISO 10 160/61 Protocol interface with more than 3,000 U.S. and Canadian medical libraries. In a separate announcement, TLC said it will provide its Library.Solution automation system to 12 libraries in North Carolina.
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To date, NLM's automated interlibrary loan request and referral system, DOCLINE, has been running on a mainframe computer. The DOCLINE system is being converted to a Web-based platform for handling NLM's more than 10,000 ILL transactions a day. Part of this transformation requires the ability to communicate with the medical libraries in a standard language. This is where Library.Request will be used.
"Library.Request is the bridge between libraries. It makes sure we are able to talk to each other," said Karen Casey, head of the information management section of NLM's Office of Computer and Communication Services.
TLC is providing an ISO-compliant Interface Server to act as an intermediary between the DOCLINE system and ISOcompliant ELL systems, according to Mark Wilson, TLC's director of research and development. "This gives ISO ILL a big step forward," he said. "It will be the standard that everyone will use. "
Casey said, "Most people are migrating to the ISO standard. Larger libraries are already there, and with the installation of this customized version of Library.Request designed for our needs, we have taken an important first step in enabling seamless sharing with libraries throughout North America."
ILL requests require both parties, the loaner and borrower, to communicate via standardized messages known as application protocol data units (APDUs). The ISO will accept, decode, and store all APDUs received from the compliant partners, regardless of whether the partner is a requester or responder. The stored data will contain status and time stamps that will provide to DOCLINE the information necessary to periodically retrieve new requests and status information. DOCLINE will then retrieve the information from the ISO tables and act on it accordingly. According to the announcement, TLC is working closely with the NLM staff to ensure libraries have a robust interface with NLM.
The National Library of Medicine, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The library collects materials in all areas of biomedicine and healthcare, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology; the humanities; and the physical, life, and social sciences. …