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National Library of Medicine

A Document Ordering Feature of Grateful Med_

In 1986, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) introduced a user-
friendly microcomputer software package called Grateful Med which was
designed to make searching NLM's MEDLARS_ family of databases easier
for the health professional. Now, Grateful Med goes one step further
and allows any version 6.0 user to order full-text articles for
citations retrieved in MEDLINE_, its BACKFILES, SDILINE_, ALERT, and
parts of HEALTH and AIDSLINE_. This is done through the Grateful Med
document ordering feature, Loansome Doc. Loansome Doc provides a
valuable link between the Grateful Med user and the user's medical
library and, if necessary, the resources of the nation's medical
libraries including NLM. The user's library serves as the document
delivery center and point of contact for information about obtaining

Specific Features for Requesting Documents

Loansome Doc is designed for quick and easy access to documents for the
Grateful Med user. The CONFIGURATION (setup) screen, stores the user's
complete name, address, telephone number, fax number, preferred method
of delivery (MAIL, FAX or PICKUP), and an identifier (LIBID) for the
library that will provide documents.

From a list of retrieved citations, a user can Select relevant articles.
From the Loansome Doc ACTIONS menu, a user can Edit, Send or Delete the
selected orders. One day after an order is sent, a user can receive a
status report by choosing the Loan Status function.


Grateful Med users who would like to use the Loansome Doc feature must
first establish an agreement with a medical library that uses DOCLINE_,
(NLM's automated interlibrary loan request and referral system) to
provide document delivery. That library is referred to as the user's
"Ordering Library." Health professionals who are currently affiliated
with a medical library should contact that library first. Unaffiliated
health professionals, or users who are unsure about which library to
contact, can get this assistance from a Grateful Med Help screen. This
will direct them to the Regional Medical Library (RML) in their area
which will provide information about libraries with which the user may
establish Loansome Doc Service. Information about libraries that
participate in this service can be obtained by calling 1-800-338-RMLS

Grateful Med users who enter into an agreement with a library to use
Loansome Doc, will be given the library's unique identification number,
called a LIBID. The user then stores the LIBID in the CONFIGURATION
screen for Loansome Doc. This number is transmitted with each batch of
orders, and serves the purpose of identifying the library to which the
orders are sent. Each user also has the option to have a request routed
to another library if the ordering library cannot fill it. This option
is located on the CONFIGURATION screen and can be changed for each
individual order by answering Yes or No to the question: "Fill Using
Additional Libraries if Necessary?"

Loansome Doc Process

Outlined below are the six steps in a Loansome Doc request starting with
a Grateful Med search and ending with delivery of the copy of a

1. Grateful Med user sends a search query to MEDLINE, its BACKFILES,

2. References are downloaded to the user's PC. User selects those to be

3. Using the Loansome Doc ACTIONS screen, the user orders the references
selected. They are sent to the MEDLARS Order File.

4. The NLM computer electronically transfers the orders from the MEDLARS
Order File to the user's library using DOCLINE.

5. Staff at the Grateful Med user's library are notified of pending
Loansome Doc requests when they log on to DOCLINE. The requests are
printed and processed. Each is handled according to the printed
instructions on the request as specified by the Grateful Med user.

6. If the ordering library fills the request, the order record is
updated as "Filled," and the photocopy of the document is mailed,
faxed or set aside for pickup by the user. If the Grateful Med
user's ordering library is unable to fill the request and the user
has indicated that the request can be sent to another library, the
user's library then transfers the request and routes it to another
library that has the journal with the requested article. If the user
indicates that the request should not be forwarded to another
library, the ordering library then updates the request as "Not
Filled," and the user's request is canceled.

Requesting a Status Report

NLM updates the status of all document orders daily in the MEDLARS Loan
Status File. The Grateful Med user may request a status report of
document orders through a dial-up to the NLM computer initiated from the
Loansome Doc ACTIONS screen. Twenty-four hours after an order is sent,
a user may expect to find it in the Loan Status File. The Loan Status
Report consists of an order number, an abbreviated title, and one of
five possible status notations: ("Order Not Yet Read by Library,"
"Filled (date)," "Not Filled (date)," "In Process," "In Process - Order
Forwarded to Other Library.")


Users will incur an average charge of 30 cents for the online connection
to transmit a batch of requests to a library. Photocopy or other
service charges for providing the documents will vary from library to

Loansome Doc Macintosh Version

The Loansome Doc feature will be available with version 2.0 of the
Macintosh version of Grateful Med in early 1993.

For a complete list of NLM Fact Sheets
write to:

Office of Public Information
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894

  3 Responses to “Category : Various Text files
Archive   : NLM-INFO.ZIP

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