DOCLINE 4.7 was released on September 28, 2011. The major enhancement to this version of DOCLINE was the introduction of changes to the serial holdings module in support of MedPrint, a new NLM and NN/LM national cooperative medical serials print retention program. MedPrint seeks to ensure the preservation of and continued access to selected biomedical journals in print. The program is open to participating DOCLINE libraries in the U.S.
Approximately 250 journals selected from Abridged Index Medicus (AIM) and scanned PubMed Central (PMC) titles will serve as the first set of materials to preserve in print. MedPrint participants will volunteer to retain one or more titles included on the list for up to 25 years, ending in 2036. The goal of the program is to get commitments for 12 copies of each title with widespread geographic distribution. NLM’s copy will be the 13th.
A formal agreement will be signed between MedPrint participants and NLM. Commitment to titles beyond the original 250 is encouraged, but will not be included in the agreement. The MedPrint web site includes detailed information about the program, as well as links to the downloadable title list and the formal agreement document.
As part of the DOCLINE 4.7 release, all existing values in the Commitment field of serial holdings were set to “No commitment to retain title.” In talking to libraries that had a commitment value assigned to any of their holdings, the RMLs determined that the commitment field was seldom used. So the field has been reassigned to designate participation in the national print retention program. Complete details about the MedPrint program, along with a background discussion of the rationale for print journals retention, was recently published in the NLM Technical Bulletin.