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Enhancing Access to E-books
Article on a study of enhancing access to e-books.
The Evolution of Publishing Agreements at the University of Michigan
Article on the evolution of publishing agreements at the University of Michigan Library. Taking as an example an open-access journal with a single editor, this article discusses the various configurations of rights agreements used by the University of Michigan Library throughout the evolution of its publishing operation, the advantages of the various models, and the reasons for moving from one to another.
Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge in Agriculture: The Case for Africa
Article on the diffusion of scientific knowledge on agriculture for Africa. Using an exploratory research method, this article sets out to investigate existing knowledge diffusion models and their limitations, available best practices, and the potential to infuse translational research as a way to augment extension service programs in SSA agricultural practices.
"Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated:" Findings from the TEI in Libraries Survey
Article on the findings of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) survey of text encoding practices in libraries.
How We Pay for Publishing
Article discussing how we pay for scholarly publishing. Since at least the late 1970s, when stresses in the market for scholarly literature began to show, there have been calls to redistribute how the production and dissemination of scholarly literature are paid for. The motivations are addressing the "free rider problem" of institutions without presses and, more recently, increasing overall access to the literature. In particular, the last few years have seen schemes such as SCOAP3 and Knowledge Unlatched and proposals from K | N Consultants and a joint task force of the Association of Research Libraries and the American Association of Universities. These plans to establish new business models are summarized.
Guest Editorial: NDE as a Threshold Experience
Abstract: My investigation has shown me that near-death experiences (NDEs) are not some kind of anomaly but, rather, are part of the larger genre of transformations of consciousness. The clue I believe most researchers have missed is stress -- specifically, the intensity that comes from that stress (known in shamanism as "high stress"). I believe the entire pattern of aftereffects and the degree to which people change can be traced to that factor. It's the intensity that shifts experiencers into what I call a "threshold experience" -- one that straddles the boundary between this world and other worlds, between brain and that which lies beyond what the brain can access, between reality and miracles, mind and spirit, life and death, heaven and hell, sanity and insanity. Once we humans understand this shift, we can begin to unravel how the transformation process works. At the threshold of who we think we are and what lies beyond body and brain is the core of ancient mysteries. We are transformed by the Oneness we find there.
Culinary indexers' reference sources
In this article, the author presents a bibliography of reference sources recommended by culinary indexers.
Terminal Lucidity in People with Mental Illness and Other Mental Disability: An Overview and Implications for Possible Explanatory Models
Abstract: The literature concerned with experiences of the dying contains numerous accounts reporting the sudden return of mental clarity shortly before death. These experiences can be described as Terminal Lucidity (TL). The most peculiar cases concern patients suffering from mental disability including mental illness or dementia. Despite the potential relevance of TL for developing new forms of therapies and for elaborating an improved understanding of the nature of human consciousness, very little has been published on this subject. In this paper I present a historical overview and selected case reports of TL of mentally ill or otherwise disabled patients, mainly drawing on the literature available in English and in German. Possible explanatory models of TL and their implications are discussed.
Exploring the Integration of Near-Death Experience Aftereffects: Summary of Findings
Abstract: Preliminary evidence suggests that both near-death experiencers (NDErs) and nonexperiencers who learn about near-death experiences (NDEs) show beneficial aftereffects. In this article I summarize the findings of an exploratory study to examine a small group process utilizing spiritual guidance and expressive arts for integrating NDE aftereffects. Eleven adult participants -- four NDErs and seven non-NDErs -- completed a pretest, initial posttest, and longitudinal posttest consisting of a revised version of the Omega Life Change Questionnaire (Rominger-LCQ) and the Human Spirituality Scale, as well as semistructured individual and group interviews. I also collected the expressive art participants created during sessions, photographed it, and used it to identify pictorial themes. Quantitative results included some significant differences and some nonsignificant trends indicating greater spirituality and life changes among NDErs compared to non-NDErs and, for all participants, from pre- to posttest. Qualitative interview material revealed participants had learned material on a number of topics of including a broader understanding of, and ability to communicate about, the NDE. Qualitative pictorial data revealed themes suggesting that both NDErs and non-NDErs had integrated positive aftereffects. The process described herein may benefit spiritual guides and directors, expressive art therapists, and therapists working with individuals who have had an NDE or other spiritually transformative experience. I also discuss methodological benefits of using artistic inquiry.
Double Vision: The Divided Self in Near-Death Experiences and Postmodernism
Abstract: In Peter Novak's recent work (2003), he suggested the hypothesis that the human self is intrinsically bifurcated and separates into distinct components of consciousness at death. He referred to the near-death literature for evidence of this separation. His analysis of this literature implied that the after-death experience is not sequentially determined but is shaped simultaneously by different events corresponding to those components of consciousness. His proposal to reconcile those components addressed the need for self-integration at death. However, proponents of postmodernism question the singularity of self-identity and propose the multiplicity of self-experience. Their challenge to the belief in a wholly integrated self brings into question the therapeutic value of recognizing self-division in death. If the self lacks a foundation, then it is fruitless to seek an illusory level of integration. Rather, self-division in death points to a more astute understanding of the emptiness of the self.
Guest Editorial: The Search for God and Afterlife in the Age of Science
Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) and other transpersonal experiences -- those that transcend the usual personal experiential limits of space and/or time -- point to the existence and nature of God and ongoing personal consciousness following physical death. In this article, I review the history of these experiences prior to 1850 and of their study during three periods of scientific research between 1850 and the present. I conclude that (1) a large percentage of the population has experienced NDEs and other transpersonal experiences, (2) the overwhelming majority of these experiencers are mentally healthy, and (3) these experiences change people's lives for the better. I contend that although NDEs and other transpersonal experiences cannot prove the existence of a personal God and afterlife, they definitely point to them.
Guest Editorial: Setting the Record Straight: Correcting Two Recent Cases of Materialist Misrepresentation of My Research and Conclusions
Abstract: In two recent publications, one by Dean Mobbs and Caroline Watt and the other by Kevin Nelson, I was surprised to find my and my colleagues' 2001 article in the Lancet misrepresented. In this Editorial, I attempt to correct those misrepresentations and to discuss them with regard to responsible scholarship in the ongoing debate in the professional literature about the relationship of mind and brain.
Four Ostensible Near-Death Experiences of Roman Times with Peculiar Features: Mistake Cases, Correction Cases, Xenoglossy, and Prediction
Abstract: In this paper, I present four apparent near-death experiences (NDEs) reported in Roman times. Despite their uncertain reliability, they contain features deserving attention. Three reports involve taking the wrong person to the realm of death by mistake ("mistake cases"), and even include the claim that the correct person had died after the NDEr revived ("correction cases"). Though common in Asia, such cases are absent in contemporary Western NDE reports. The fourth report contains an alleged correct future prediction and xenoglossy, the latter being a novum to NDE research. After introducing the four cases, I discuss their peculiar features and some related aspects of near-death states with a focus on their relevance for future NDE research.
Guest Editorial: The Search for Muslim Near-Death Experiences
Abstract: Given the dearth of Muslim near-death experiences (NDEs) in the literature, I decided to take advantage of my contacts in the Muslim community to find more of this material. After advertising unsuccessfully in both traditional media and Internet groups, I recruited a student resident of Pakistan who had considerable contacts and help there to visit the area of a major earthquake in the Kashmir area in the hope that this would be a fertile terrain to find additional NDE accounts. Once again the results were disappointing. I conclude that NDEs are specifically designed for people who need them, and the need in certain communities may not be as great because of the persistence of traditional faith in an afterlife and a Creator.
Guest Editorial: A Perspective on Contradictory Revelations of Near-Death Experiencers
Abstract: In this editorial, I express my views on how to understand and reconcile contradictory revelations among near-death experiences (NDErs). I address the issue of an NDEr proselytizing one's own unique interpretations in response to life's deepest questions.
Near-Death Experiences, Deathbed Visions, and Past-Life Memories: A Convergence in Support of van Lommel's 'Consciousness Beyond Life'
Abstract: This review supports cardiologist Pim van Lommel's continuity claim for human existence in his recently published book 'Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience' (2010). Van Lommel and colleagues (van Lommel, van Wees, Meyers, & Elfferich, 2001) studied NDEs among 344 Dutch hospital patients who had been resuscitated following cardiac arrest. From their and others' NDE research findings (e.g., accurate perceptions during the arrest period), van Lommel and colleagues concluded that mental activity can take place even in the absence of cerebral function. Extrapolating from this conclusion, van Lommel claimed in 'Consciousness Beyond Life' a fundamental continuity for individual human existence: that death and birth mark not final limits but instead the transition from one state of consciousness to another. In the course of making his continuity claim, van Lommel referred to other topics such as deathbed visions and past-life memories. In addition to reviewing NDE research, this article reviews research and illustrative responses pertaining to these related phenomena. A convergence of corroborative evidence is consistent with van Lommel's continuity claim.
Keeping Human Resources happy: Improving hiring processes through the use of rubrics
Article on keeping human resources happy and improving hiring processes through the use of rubrics.
MYB5 and MYB14 Play Pivotal Roles in Seed Coat Polymer Biosynthesis in Medicago truncatula
Article discussing MYB5 and MYB14 playing pivotal roles in seed coat polymer biosynthesis in Medicago truncatula.
Development of a portal to Texas history
Article discussing the development of the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries' Portal to Texas History.
Textbooks Weighing you Down? Check out our E-Readers
Article discussing a project by the UNT Libraries to purchase e-book readers for students purchasing digital textbooks.
Managing Serials in a Large Digital Library: Case Study of the UNT Libraries Digital Collections
Article discussing a case study of the UNT Libraries digital collections and managing serials in a large digital library.
Mentoring to Grow Library Leaders
Article discussing mentoring and growing library leaders.
"In Case of Sudden Death, Burn This": The Simon Bucharoff Collection at the University of North Texas Music Library [Article]
Article discussing the Simon Bucharoff collection at the University of North Texas (UNT) music library.
Art book indexes reviewed
Article discussing index characteristics considered important by reviewers of art books.
Librarians and Technology: Things to Consider
Article on librarians and technology and things to consider.
Put the World in Perspective with Free Government Resources
Article discussing putting the world in perspective with free government resources.
Analysis of URL References in ETDs: A Case Study at the University of North Texas
Article discussing a case study at the University of North Texas (UNT) on an analysis of URL references in electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).
Fostering Research and Publication in Academic Libraries
Article discussing a study concerning administrative support provided to encourage the research and publishing activities of academic librarians.
Automated Creation of Analytic Catalog Records for Born-Digital Journal Articles
Article summarizing the approach to bibliographic metadata development at the University of Michigan Library for journal articles published and archived in HathiTrust.
Introduction: International Information Issues and ASIS&T
Article introducing a special section of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) featuring interviews, discussions of ASIS&T chapters and SIGs roles, networking activities, and past and current organizational initiatives.
Interviews with SIG/III Co-founders: Reflections of Toni Carbo and Michel Menou
Article discussing interviews with the Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) co-founders Toni Carbo and Michel Menou.
Fueling Green Debate: Creating Student Reading Lists for Environmental Science Debates Using RefShare
Article on creating student reading lists for environmental science debates using RefShare.
Government Information for Parents and Teachers
Article on the expansion of access to government web sites to include Internet-based educational resources for children, teachers, and parents.
Connecting Constituents to Government Information: 150 Years of Congressionally Designated Libraries
Article on connecting constituents to government information and 150 years of congressionally designated libraries.
Enhancing Descriptive Metadata Records with Freely-Available APIs
Article on enhancing descriptive metadata records with freely-available Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
Implementing a Collaborative Workflow for Metadata Analysis, Quality Improvement, and Mapping
Article on implementing a collaborative workflow for metadata analysis, quality improvement, and mapping.
E-Government and Libraries Helpful Resources
Article on e-government services and how libraries can provide helpful online government resources.
Creating a Faculty Book Delivery Service: Supporting Faculty Research
Article on creating a faculty book delivery service and supporting faculty research.
Introducing Name Authority into an ETD Collection
Article on introducing name authority into a large electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) collection.
Reducing service points in the academic library: How to provide quality customer service in the face of budget cuts
Article on providing quality customer service in the face of budget cuts and reducing service points in the academic library.
On the Removal of Download Access to Grateful Dead Soundboards from the Live Music Archive
Article on the removal of download access to Grateful Dead soundboards from the Live Music Archive.
The Value of Open Access to Undergraduate Research
Article describing the importance and value of open access to undergraduate research.
Food for Fines: Helping Students and the Community
Article on a Food for Fines program at the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries. The Food for Fines drive offers a way for the library to help students take care of their library fines and help the local community as well.
Storage of Electronic Files of Federal Agencies That Have Ceased Operation: A Partnership for Permanent Access
Article on the storage of electronic files of Federal Agencies that have ceased operation and a partnership for permanent access.
History indexes reviewed
Article discussing index characteristics mentioned in reviews of history books appearing in Reviews in History.
Is Qualitative Research Second Class Science? A Quantitative Longitudinal Examination of Qualitative Research in Medical Journals
Article discussing the proportion of qualitative research over a 10 year period and correlates associated with its publication.
Effectiveness of a Community Health Worker as Sole Diabetes Educator: Comparison of CoDE with Similar Culturally Appropriate Interventions
Article discussing the effectiveness of a community health worker as sole diabetes educator.
Relationship between Adolescent Risk Preferences on a Laboratory Task and Behavioral Measures of Risk-taking
Article discussing research on the relationship between adolescent risk preferences on a laboratory task and behavioral measures of risk-taking.
Documenting Captured Records From Terrorist Organizations
Article discussing documenting captured records from terrorist organizations. This article discusses documenting captured records from terrorist organizations. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American forces captured 43,000 boxes of government documents and thousands of hours of previously unknown audio recordings. This article traces the release of these records, archival considerations, political initiatives, effect of these records on protecting the public, and future developments.
Metadata Analysis at the Command-Line
This article discusses metadata analysis tools, processes, and methodologies aimed at helping to focus limited quality control resources on the areas of the collection where they might have the most benefit.