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Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings

Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings

Date: February 2014
Creator: Council on Library and Information Resources
Description: This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services. Participatory design is a relatively recent approach to understanding library user behavior. It is based on techniques used in anthropological and ethnographic observation. The report is based on a series of presentations at the second CLIR Seminar on Participatory Design of Academic Libraries, held at the University of Rochester’s River Campus June 5-7, 2013. Chapters focus on projects at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Colby College; University of Connecticut; Columbia University; Rush University Medical Center; Purdue University; Northwestern University; and the University of Rochester. David Lindahl, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, provided the keynote.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Phelps's National Map of the United States, a Travellers' Guide

Phelps's National Map of the United States, a Travellers' Guide

Date: 1851
Creator: Atwood, J. M. (John M.)
Description: Hand-drawn color map showing the eastern half of the United States, including railroads, canals, steamboat and stage routes. The border of the map has state seals and drawings of some U.S. presidents. Geographic features are noted, with relief shown by hachures. Includes two insets in the lower right corner: Southern part of Florida -- Map of Oregon, California & Texas; as well as one inset near the upper right corner of the N. Part of Maine.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
[Photograph: Arturo Toscanini and Don Gillis]

[Photograph: Arturo Toscanini and Don Gillis]

Date: 1950~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Arturo Toscanini and Don Gillis. Toscanini is on the left in a dark suit, with his hands behind his back. Gillis is on the right in a lighter-colored suit and necktire, leaning on his right elbow.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
The Picayune's Map of New Orleans

The Picayune's Map of New Orleans

Date: 1906
Creator: The Picayune
Description: Map of New Orleans in 1906 showing street layout of the city including parks and roads.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
Plan of the City of New Orleans and the Adjacent Plantations

Plan of the City of New Orleans and the Adjacent Plantations

Date: December 24, 1798
Creator: Trudeau, Carlos
Description: Map of the city of New Orleans in 1798, including adjacent plantations (with property notes and the history of land ownership) and points of interest. Scale ca. 1:18,676 (ca. 280 toesas per inch).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access

Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access

Date: 2012
Creator: Swan, Alma
Description: UNESCO issued this publication to demystify the concept of Open Access (OA) and to provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place. Building capacities in Member States for Open Access is a necessary but not sufficient condition for promotion of the concept. Creating an enabling policy environment for OA is therefore a priority. This publication will serve the needs of OA policy development at the government, institutional and funding agency level. The overall objective of the Policy Guidelines is to promote Open Access in Member States by facilitating understanding of all relevant issues related to Open Access. The guidelines are not prescriptive in nature, but are suggestive to facilitate knowledge-based decision-making to adopt OA policies and strengthen national research systems.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
[Portrait of Don Gillis]

[Portrait of Don Gillis]

Date: 1960
Creator: unknown
Description: Black-and-white portrait of Don Gillis in a suit jacket and necktie, and thick-rimmed glasses. Gillis is facing somewhat angled to the right.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content

Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content

Date: April 2014
Creator: Kool, Wouter; Werf, Titia van der & Lavoie, Brian
Description: The Open Planets Foundation (OPF) has suggested the need for digital preservation repositories to perform periodic “health checks” as a routine part of their preservation activities. In the same way that doctors monitor basic health properties of their patients to spot indications of infirmity, repositories should monitor a set of properties associated with “preservation health” to provide an early warning of potential threats to the ongoing security of the archived digital objects in their care. The Preservation Health Check (PHC) project, undertaken as a joint effort by OPF and OCLC Research, aims to evaluate the usefulness of the preservation metadata created and maintained by operational repositories for assessing basic preservation properties. The PHC project seeks to develop an implementable logic to support preservation health checks of this kind, and to test this logic against the store of preservation metadata maintained by an operational preservation repository. The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has agreed to share their preservation metadata in support of this project. The authors aim is to advance the use of preservation metadata as an evidence base for conducting preservation health checks according to a standardized, widely-applicable protocol. Doing so opens up possibilities for internal or third-party threat assessment services ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Radioecological Studies of the Hudson River

Radioecological Studies of the Hudson River

Date: 1973
Creator: New York University. Medical Center. Institute of Environmental Medicine.
Description: "This report summarizes the results of the Hudson River radioecological studies conducted in 1973" (p. 1). The study investigates the behavior of gamma-emitting radionuclides in the Hudson River and the accumulation of natural alpha-emitting radionuclides.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)

Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)

Date: January 2002
Creator: CCSDS Secretariat, Program Integration Division (Code M-3), National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Description: This document is a technical Recommendation for use in developing a broader consensus on what is required for an archive to provide permanent, or indefinite long-term, preservation of digital information. This Recommendation establishes a common framework of terms and concepts which comprise an Open Archival information System (OAIS). It allows existing and future archives to be more meaningfully compared and contrasted. It provides a basis for further standardization within an archival context and it should promote greater vendor awareness of, and support of, archival requirements. Through the process of normal evolution, it is expected that expansion, deletion, or modification of this document may occur. This Recommendation is therefore subject to CCSDS document management and change control procedures which are defined in Procedures Manual for the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems. Current versions of CCSDS documents are maintained at the CCSDS Web site: http://www.ccsds.org/
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries