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The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.
The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) DOCLINE billing agent, based at the University of Connecticut Health Center, will be financially unsupportable after December, 2019, unless the service fee model is changed. This article lists several options for continuing the service.
The National Library of Medicine has announced that LinkOut for Libraries programs, formerly consisting of three services allowing PubMed users to access full text journal content through their institutional subscriptions, will be consolidated into a single service; Library LinkOut (via Outside Tool) at the end of 2019.
On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. A Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit has been developed to assist with the transition. New user registrations for Loansome Doc will be disabled effective February 4.
Beginning January 1, 2018, NLM will offer three avenues for libraries to submit borrowing requests for NLM materials: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. In addition, NLM will raise the fee for filling an interlibrary loan request from $9.00 to $12.00.