Loansome Doc Retirement Transition Toolkit for Libraries
Loansome Doc will retire on July 1, 2019. This toolkit is intended to assist DOCLINE libraries that offer the service.
Please consider whether or not you will continue to provide articles (document delivery) to users of your Loansome Doc service.
Suggested Messaging from Libraries to Loansome Doc Users
Dear Loansome Doc user,
On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the Loansome Doc system. You are a registered user and may currently be using Loansome Doc from within PubMed to request articles from your campus or institutional library. The system is closing due to a continued decrease in use that peaked in 2002.
In addition to PubMed, the following resources offer access to journal articles:
- PubMed Central (Over 5.1 million articles available.)
- NLM Free Biomedical Literature Resources
- Google Scholar
- Publishers’ websites
- Online free article services and collaborations
- Commercial article rental or purchasing services (see MyNCBI Document Delivery preferences)
- Libraries serving your workplace, educational institution, association or other group you are affiliated with.
For more information, see the NIH Public Access Policy and other open access initiatives.
If you have any questions, please send them to your campus or institutional library. You can find the contact information for the library that provides your Loansome Doc service displayed on the My Account page in Loansome Doc.
Library "To Do" Checklist
- Decide what future document delivery options your library will offer
- Produce lists of patron information
- Communicate upcoming changes in document delivery services to your patrons
- If your library decides to end document delivery services, close all patron accounts or records in your own systems
- Update any library-owned web pages that reference Loansome Doc
Patron List Creation and Managment
Produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons:
- Change the display of your patron list in order to export records/create a mailing list:
Alternative Methods to Receive Requests From Users
- PubMed "Send to: Email" feature
- NCBI Outside Tool OpenURL-based service
- Customized PubMed URL/Document Delivery
- Local ILL Software or web-resources
Some ILL systems offer document delivery modules or add-ons that allow user accounts for placing document delivery requests. IT resources permitting, a request web-form can be launched for affiliated users.