Projects & Initiatives
National Library of Medicine (NLM): Cataloging
Following the extensive weeding of DULA Library’s print and audiovisual materials, renovation of the current cataloging system has begun in order to increase effective search and retrieval of items. Subsequent subscription to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and its cataloging services now enables greater accuracy and breadth of bibliographic records, as well as propelling improved organization of materials for ease of discovery. As a part of OCLC services, the Library also gains access to and becomes an active contributor of high quality records available from institutions around the world through WorldCat. With the records provided through OCLC, the Library will be ready to begin implementing the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) classification system, which will eventually replace the current Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.
OCLC’s Cataloging services are estimated to be live by April 2016. Upon access to these services, the Library will begin the complex and ongoing process of transitioning to both NLM and Library of Congress classification to reflect OCLC cataloging standards. During this transition, some materials may be temporarily unavailable as call numbers and shelving locations are modified.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
DULA Library offers an inclusive collection of resources to its community members, and continually strives to expand and refine its holdings to better address the information and research needs of its patrons. WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a resource lending service provided through OCLC, connecting DULA Library with thousands of libraries around the world. With subscription to ILL, our patrons can explore an even broader diversity and depth of resources, and borrow previously inaccessible or difficult to find texts.
Following implementation of OCLC’s Cataloging services, ILL will be integrated into the Library’s OPAC. Availability of ILL services to patrons is projected to go live in May 2016.
Multimedia Digitization Project
As part of university-wide efforts to continually improve the quality of its services and resources, the Library initiated the Multimedia Digitization Project to refine and broaden accessibility to its audiovisual collection. Hardcopy audiovisual materials, including VHS, DVD and CD items, have begun conversion to digital files, and will be made available for online viewing and lending via the Digital Multimedia Collection upon completion.
While digitization is in progress, lending of audiovisual materials is suspended.
The Library anticipates the full digitization of its current audiovisual collection by June 2016, with digitized items made available for lending shortly thereafter. Audiovisual materials acquired by the Library following this process will be evaluated, selected and added to the Digital Multimedia Collection on an ongoing basis.
Following completion of this project, hardcopy materials will be made available for lending for DULA community members, while digitized materials will only be accessible by current DULA students, faculty and staff.
Capstone Archival Collection: Digitization Project
The Capstone Project is the culmination of a student’s work and study in the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program, demanding demonstrated application of knowledge gained through evidence-based practice and research. The project is a requisite to graduate and earn a clinical doctorate degree from DULA. Hardcopies of completed projects are retained by the Library for reference by future DAOM students.
In the university’s efforts to improve usability and accessibility of information resources, the Library instituted the Capstone Digitization Project in early 2016. Capstone projects housed by the Library have begun conversion to digital files for online consumption.
Hardcopies of completed capstone projects will remain available for lending during the digitization process. Capstone projects are only accessible by current DULA students, faculty and staff.
The Library anticipates the full digitization of currently completed and published Capstone projects by June 2016, to be made available for lending through the Capstone Archival Collection. Subsequently completed Capstone projects will continue to be digitized and added to the Capstone Archival Collection on an ongoing basis.
With the continual growth and spread of technology, library services and learning tools must evolve accordingly to address these changes in how we perceive, access and retrieve information. DULA Library has consequently adopted the practice of Library 2.0--an updated approach to the delivery and use of library services that incorporates technology and user participation to accommodate ever-changing information and learning needs.
By focusing on user-centered design, DULA Library aims to revitalize library services to satisfy all community members. Actions to transform current library services include the complete redesign of the library website to provide interactive, collaborative learning and research tools such as digitally accessible video tutorials, Guide on the Side (GOTS) asynchronous learning modules, and research guides. WorldShare Interlibrary Loan services will also be integrated into the library website, allowing patrons to borrow hard-to-find materials from outside institutions.
While the Library website is accessible throughout its redesign, certain newly subscribed services and learning tools may not become available until June 2016. However, the Library aims to complete website construction and offer fully accessible services, tools and resources by August 2016.