U.S. National Library of Medicine sent this bulletin at 05/21/2019 04:18 PM EDT
We have heard from the DOCLINE community about changes in routing patterns and lending volume. Here is some information that may help you better understand routing in DOCLINE 6.
The Routing Algorithm – the evaluative process that matches requests to lenders that can fill them – has changed in these ways:
When the Routing Algorithm checks for lenders in the Borrower’s “Automated (serial) Routing Table” potential lenders must:
The system will route directly to a single library with the “Route to Library” (prefixing) option or will “Route to NLM” whether or not they hold the requested material, because holdings are not evaluated for these routing options. Potential lenders must otherwise ‘match’ the request according to the routing algorithm.
Requests for articles without a PMID and citations without EPubDates will route to Lenders despite embargoes. The system needs to have accurate publication date information in a standardized format in order to reliably calculate an article’s “age” to determine whether or not the item falls outside a Lender’s embargo.
If you feel routing is not working as expected, please contact NLM at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific examples, including request numbers.
This information is available as an FAQ at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/faq.html#routingchanges.
-The DOCLINE Team