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Evaluation of a Bestsellers Leasing Program in an Academic Library

Evaluation of a Bestsellers Leasing Program in an Academic Library

Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Condrey, Coby
Description: This presentation provides an overview of the University of North Texas Libraries assessment of a book leasing program for popular fiction and non-fiction items.
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Making MINES for Libraries Work for Your Library

Making MINES for Libraries Work for Your Library

Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Harker, Karen & Parwani, Priya B.
Description: This presentation provides an overview of the use of MINES for Libraries® at the University of North Texas Libraries.
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Charting New Territory: Mapping the UNT Libraries Collections

Charting New Territory: Mapping the UNT Libraries Collections

Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Harker, Karen & Klein, Janette
Description: This presentation describes the components and creation of the Collection Map, a collection assessment tool developed by the University of North Texas.
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Promoting Excellent Service: Establishing Core Competencies in Training Student Employees

Promoting Excellent Service: Establishing Core Competencies in Training Student Employees

Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Keshmiripour, Setareh; Knox, Briana & Peebles, Emily
Description: This presentation provides an overview of the University of North Texas Libraries Access Services training plan for student employees.
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Social Circumstance and Aesthetic Achievement: Contextual Studies in Richard Wright’s Native Son

Social Circumstance and Aesthetic Achievement: Contextual Studies in Richard Wright’s Native Son

Date: June 2016
Creator: Duban, James
Description: This collection of essays on Richard Wright’s Native Son developed from a research-oriented, upper- division University of North Texas Honors College course, spring 2015. It contains the following seven chapters: Chapter I: The Cognitive Dissonance of Bigger Thomas (by Rachel Martinez) Chapter II: The Equal of Them: Violence and Equality in Native Son and “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” (by Molly Riddell) Chapter III: Above the Sceptered Sway: Holy Justice, and the Trials of Bigger and Shylock (by Alberto Puras) Chapter IV: Through His Eyes: Critical Analysis of Wright’s Native Son and Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (by Rachel Torres) Chapter V: Perceptual Misadventure: Becoming Rather than Enacting the Stereotype in Wright’s Native Son and Melville’s “Benito Cereno” (by Stormie Garza) Chapter VI: Psychologically Rather than Physically Dismembered: Reconsideration of Self-conception in Native Son and Moby-Dick (by Yacine Ndiaye) Chapter VII: Specious Dialectic in Wright’s Native Son (by Nicholas Grotowski). The student authors have exhibited burgeoning skills as historical contextualists, mindful of the author’s times, social circumstance, personal reading, narrative point of view, and aesthetic achievement, evidenced by six of these essays having been accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the American Studies Association of Texas.
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OA Resource Rubric

OA Resource Rubric

Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Rodriguez, Allyson
Description: This rubric represents a simple and effective way to determine if an Open Access resources is of appropriate quality for inclusion in a library catalog.
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"Independent Original and Progressive": Celebrating 125 Years of UNT

"Independent Original and Progressive": Celebrating 125 Years of UNT

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Date: 2016
Creator: Gieringer, Morgan Davis
Description: Joshua C. Chilton first described UNT as “independent, original and progressive” in his inaugural speech opening the university in 1890. In the 125 years since then the university has more than lived up to his expectations. The University Archive holds countless photographs, artifacts and publications which tell the remarkable story of UNT from its beginnings in a downtown hardware store to its place today as the one of the nation’s largest public universities. This book features stories about the people and events that helped to define the character and spirit of UNT. Each story is illustrated with photographs and artifacts specially chosen from the Special Collections department and the Music Library, both part of the UNT Libraries, whose staff are proud to share these wonderful memories with you.​
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The UNT Music Library at 75: Selections from Its Special Collections

The UNT Music Library at 75: Selections from Its Special Collections

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Date: 2016
Creator: McKnight, Mark
Description: The UNT Music Library boasts an interesting and vastly varied assortment of musical treasures in its special collections. This commemorative volume celebrates its 75th anniversary with a brief history of the Music Library and a selection of items from its unique collections.
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Open Minds But Closed Access. Why Are There So Few Gold Open Access LIS Journals? And Why Are So Many Librarians Unwilling To Unlock Their Scholarship?

Open Minds But Closed Access. Why Are There So Few Gold Open Access LIS Journals? And Why Are So Many Librarians Unwilling To Unlock Their Scholarship?

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Baker, Sarah & Chaudhuri, Jayati
Description: This presentation contains an evaluation of the open access availability of library and information science literature.
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Improving Openness of Scholarly Communication

Improving Openness of Scholarly Communication

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Nosek, Brian
Description: This presentation contains an overview of the Open Science Framework as a free, open scholarly commons.
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Evaluation of Online-Only Journal Quality from Analysis of Email Solicitations

Evaluation of Online-Only Journal Quality from Analysis of Email Solicitations

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Burggren, Warren W.
Description: This presentation contains an analysis of ~600 solicitation emails related to 317 scholarly journals received within a one-year period to assess the quality of publishing venues available.
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OA Monographs: The Cost of Creating Them Today To Make Them Open For Tomorrow

OA Monographs: The Cost of Creating Them Today To Make Them Open For Tomorrow

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Maron, Nancy
Description: This presentation contains findings from a 2015 Mellon-funded study to understand the costs of publishing monographs, and their next steps in building a tool to estimate publishing costs.
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Sustaining OA with Publishing Cooperatives

Sustaining OA with Publishing Cooperatives

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Stranack, Kevin
Description: This presentation reports on the MacArthur-funded Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study, which is investigating the viability of publishing cooperatives through an examination of pilot projects in Africa, Canada, and the United States.
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SHARE in Open Science and Open Access

SHARE in Open Science and Open Access

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Walters, Tyler
Description: This presentation contains an overview of SHARE, an open dataset repository to track research projects across the research lifecycle.
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Live-Streaming OA at University of California Press: Lessons Learned, and How the Landscape Has Already Changed

Live-Streaming OA at University of California Press: Lessons Learned, and How the Landscape Has Already Changed

Date: May 19, 2016
Creator: Morgan, Dan
Description: This presentation discusses where scholarly publishing is headed, what is happening in open-access and library publishing, and how they can support alternatives to commercial publishing.
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Broadening Access to Books on Texas and Oklahoma

Broadening Access to Books on Texas and Oklahoma

Date: June 17, 2016
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Description: This overview of the grant-funded project was given as a lightning-round presentation during the panel "Giving New Life to Old Books: The NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Program" at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses.
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Why Science is Better with Communism? The Case of Sci-Hub

Why Science is Better with Communism? The Case of Sci-Hub

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Elbakyan, Alexandra
Description: This presentation will discuss why intellectual property rights, in the form of copyright law, are contradictory to science as an enterprise, and will draw on the example of Sci-Hub.
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Sharing Session Handout on Tabletop Game Genre Terms

Sharing Session Handout on Tabletop Game Genre Terms

Date: June 13, 2016
Creator: Yanowski, Kevin; Robson, Diane & Sassen, Catherine
Description: Handout for the American Library Association's Games and Gaming Round Table sharing session "A Winning Game Plan: Using Genre Terms to Enhance Discovery of Tabletop Games" demonstrating bibliographic and genre authority records for tabletop games.
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Fair Open Access: A Roadmap

Fair Open Access: A Roadmap

Date: May 20, 2016
Creator: Rooryck, Johan
Description: This presentation provides a model for flipping subscription journals to Open Access using Linguistics in Open Access (LingOA) as an example.
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Customizable Modality Pathway Learning Design: Exploring Personalized Learning Choices through a Lens of Self-Regulated Learning

Customizable Modality Pathway Learning Design: Exploring Personalized Learning Choices through a Lens of Self-Regulated Learning

Date: May 2016
Creator: Crosslin, Matthew Blake
Description: Open online courses provide a unique opportunity to examine learner preferences in an environment that removes several pressures associated with traditional learning. This mixed methods study sought to examine the pathways that learners will create for themselves when given the choice between an instructor-directed modality and learner-directed modality. Study participants were first examined based on their levels of self-regulated learning. Follow-up qualitative interviews were conducted to examine the choices that participants made, the impact of the course design on those choices, and what role self-regulation played in the process. The resulting analysis revealed that participants desired an overall learning experience that was tailored to personal learning preferences, but that technical and design limitations can create barriers in the learning experience. The results from this research can help shape future instructional design efforts that wish to increase learner agency and choice in the educational process.
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A Search for Periodic and Quasi-Periodic Patterns in Select Proxy Data with a Goal to Understanding Temperature Variation

A Search for Periodic and Quasi-Periodic Patterns in Select Proxy Data with a Goal to Understanding Temperature Variation

Date: May 2016
Creator: Otto, James
Description: In this work over 200 temperature proxy data sets have been analyzed to determine if periodic and or quasi-periodic patterns exist in the data sets. References to the journal articles where data are recorded are provided. Chapter 1 serves an introduction to the problem of temperature determination in providing information on how various proxy data sources are derived. Examples are given of the techniques followed in producing proxy data that predict temperature for each method used. In chapter 2 temperature proxy data spanning the last 4000 years, from 2,000 BCE to 2,000 CE, are analyzed to determine if overarching patterns exist in proxy data sets. An average of over 100 proxy data sets was used to produce Figure 4. An overview of the data shows that several “peaks” can be identified. The data were then subjected to analysis using a series of frequency modulated cosine waves. This analysis led to a function that can be expressed by equation 3. The literature was examined to determine what mathematical models had been published to fit the experimental proxy data for temperature. A number of attempts have been made to fit data from limited data sets with some degree of success. Some other ...
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Strategic Design: An Action Research Study on Community Relations in a Texas School District

Strategic Design: An Action Research Study on Community Relations in a Texas School District

Date: May 2016
Creator: Jund, Nicole Cathryn
Description: School leaders often contemplate implementing measures that will increase community and parent involvement in schools. There is a shortage of research that concisely takes school leadership through a process that details how to integrate parent and community input in a school transformation initiative and careful analysis of student outcomes. Within this study, I provide an in-depth look at one school district’s efforts to engage its community through strategic planning and mission and vision redesign. This process includes community involvement at every phase. For the purpose of this study, community refers to both community members who do not have children in the school system and parents of current students. In this study, I outline the inception of the transformation effort, the ongoing efforts to include community input in decision-making and campus implementation, and finally a review of the overarching impact on leadership, staff, students and community. Data collection analyzed in this study include assessment data, survey data, discipline data and walk through data collected by the school district.
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The Study of Temporal and Spatial Variability of Degree Day Factor of Snowmelt in Colorado

The Study of Temporal and Spatial Variability of Degree Day Factor of Snowmelt in Colorado

Date: May 2016
Creator: Pokhrel, Pranav
Description: Snowmelt is one of the major sources of surface water supply and ground-water recharge in high elevation areas and can also cause flooding in snow dominated watersheds. Direct estimation of daily snowmelt requires daily snow water equivalent (SWE) measurements that are not always available, especially in places without monitoring stations. There are two alternative approaches to modeling snowmelt without using direct measurements of SWE, temperature-based and energy-based models. Due to its simplicity, computational efficiency, and less input data requirement, the temperature-based method is commonly used than the energy-based method. In the temperature-index approach snowmelt is estimated as a linear function of average air temperature, and the slope of the linear function is called the degree-day factor (DDF). Hence, the DDF is an essential parameter for utilizing the temperature-based method to estimate snowmelt. Thereby, to analyze the spatial properties of DDF, 10 years DDF from the entire state of Colorado was calculated for this research. Likewise, to study the temporal properties, DDFs for 27 years from the White Yampa water basin and the Colorado Headwaters water basin were calculated. As a part of the spatial analysis, the calculated DDFs were correlated with spatial variables (slope, aspect, latitude and elevation) and a ...
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Causes of the Jewish Diaspora Revolt in Alexandria: Regional Uprisings from the Margins of Greco-Roman Society

Causes of the Jewish Diaspora Revolt in Alexandria: Regional Uprisings from the Margins of Greco-Roman Society

Date: May 2016
Creator: Vargas, Miguel M
Description: This thesis examines the progression from relatively peaceful relations between Alexandrians and Jews under the Ptolemies to the Diaspora Revolt under the Romans. A close analysis of the literature evidences that the transition from Ptolemaic to Roman Alexandria had critical effects on Jewish status in the Diaspora. One of the most far reaching consequences of the shift from the Ptolemies to Romans was forcing the Alexandrians to participate in the struggle for imperial patronage. Alexandrian involvement introduced a new element to the ongoing conflict among Egypt’s Jews and native Egyptians. The Alexandrian citizens consciously cut back privileges the Jews previously enjoyed under the Ptolemies and sought to block the Jews from advancing within the Roman system. Soon the Jews were confronted with rhetoric slandering their civility and culture. Faced with a choice, many Jews forsook Judaism and their traditions for more upwardly mobile life. After the outbreak of the First Jewish War Jewish life took a turn for the worse. Many Jews found themselves in a system that classified them according to their heritage and ancestry, limiting advancement even for apostates. With the resulting Jewish tax (fiscus Judaicus) Jews were becoming more economically and socially marginalized. The Alexandrian Jews were ...
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