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National Library of Medicine chooses TLC's Library.Request to enable interlibrary loans via ISO 10160/10161 Version 2 protocol: more than 3,000 medical libraries to benefit from installation of TLC's technology

Press Release: The Library Corporation [January 10, 2000]

Copyright (c) 2000 The Library Corporation

Abstract: The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, announced it has contracted for the installation of a customized version of The Library Corporation’s Library.Request to provide Interlibrary Loan Management via ISO 10160/10161 Version 2 Protocol. This installation will enable ISO 10160/61 Protocol interface with more than 3,000 U.S and Canadian medical libraries.


BETHESDA, MD, January 10, 2000 - The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, today announced it has contracted for the installation of a customized version of The Library Corporation's (TLC) Library.Request to provide Interlibrary Loan Management via ISO 10160/10161 Version 2 Protocol. This installation will enable ISO 10160/61 Protocol interface with more than 3,000 U.S and Canadian medical libraries.

To date, NLM's automated interlibrary loan request and referral system, DOCLINE, has been running on a mainframe computer. DOCLINE is currently undergoing changes for converting the system to a Web-based platform for handling NLM's more than 10,000 ILL transactions a day. Part of this transformation includes the ability to communicate with the medical libraries in a standard language. This is where TLC steps in.

"Library.Request is the bridge between libraries. It makes sure we are able to talk to each other," said Karen Casey, Head of the Information Management Section of NLM's Office of Computer and Communication Services.

TLC is providing an ISO compliant Interface Server to act as an intermediary between the DOCLINE system and ISO compliant ILL systems, according to Dr. Mark Wilson, TLC's Director of Research and Development. "This gives ISO ILL a big step forward," Dr. Wilson said. "It will be the standard that everyone will use." Ms. Casey concurred. "Most people are migrating to the ISO standard. Larger libraries are already there, and with the installation of this customized version of Library.Request designed for our needs, we have taken an important first step in enabling seamless sharing with libraries throughout North America," she said.

ILL requests require both parties, the loaner and borrower, to communicate via standardized messages known as application protocol data units (APDUs). The ISO will accept, decode, and store all APDUs received from the compliant partners, regardless of whether the partner is a requester or responder. The stored data will contain status and timestamps that will provide to DOCLINE the information necessary to periodically retrieve new requests and status information. DOCLINE will then retrieve the information from the ISO tables and act on it accordingly. TLC is working closely with the NLM staff to ensure libraries have a robust interface with NLM.

The National Library of Medicine, on the campus of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials in all areas of biomedicine and health care, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences. The collections stand at 5.3 million items - books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs and images. Housed within the Library is one of the world's finest medical history collections of old and rare medical texts, manuscripts, and incunabula. NLM is a national resource for all U.S. health science libraries through a National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The Library Corporation, headquartered in Inwood, West Virginia, was founded 25 years ago and has a singular mission: to enhance the library experience for librarians and their patrons.

In other TLC developments, the company recently:

  • won 12 new contracts to install LibrarSolution in the highly competitive North Carolina library market beating out such established providers as Gaylord, Ameritech, Sirsi, and Endeavor in virtually all new contracts awarded
  • expanded its toll-free customer support services - now available between 8 a.m. and midnight Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday, with emergency support 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • contracted with Broward County Schools, Florida, to install Library.Solution in the district's 212 media center libraries serving the needs of approximately 224,000 students;
  • tripled its research and development (R&D) expenditures and hired several additional senior software developers.
  • tripled its research and development (R&D) expenditures and hired several additional senior software developers.

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:January 10, 2000
Publisher:The Library Corporation
Place of Publication:Inwood, WV
Company: The Library Corporation
Products: Library.Request
Libraries: National Library of Medicine
Subject: Interlibrary loan automation
ISO 10161
System announcements -- selection
Online access:http://www.tlcdelivers.com/tlc/news/pr011000.htm
Record Number:6758
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00