DULA Library Projects and Initiatives

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 has begun implementing the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) classification system, which will eventually replace the current Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.

Ongoing Business

The Library is in the 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.

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 are made available for online viewing and lending via the Digital Multimedia Collection upon completion. Audiovisual materials acquired by the Library following this process are evaluated, selected and added to the Digital Multimedia Collection on an ongoing basis. Following completion of this project, physical materials are made available for lending for DULA community members, while digitized materials are only 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. Capstone projects housed by the library have begun conversion to digital files for online consumption. 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 to be made available for lending through the Capstone Archival Collection. Subsequently, Capstone projects continue to be digitized and added to the Capstone Archival Collection on an ongoing basis.


For further information and assistance regarding capstone projects, contact with university librarian.

Library 2.0


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.