Public Libraries and Democratization in Three Developing Countries: Exploring the Role of Social Capital

Public Libraries and Democratization in Three Developing Countries: Exploring the Role of Social Capital

Date: March 2012
Creator: Ignatow, Gabriel; Webb, Sarah M.; Poulin, Michelle; Parajuli, Ramesh; Fleming, Peter; Batra, Shika et al.
Description: This article explores the role of social capital. The authors develop a theoretical framework intended to facilitate systematic investigation of the contributions public libraries may make to democratization.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Knowledge wins : public library books are free.

Knowledge wins : public library books are free.

Date: unknown
Creator: Smith, Dan, 1865-1934.
Description: A soldier climbs rocks to find stacked books that lead to a shining city in the distance. A rifle and military gear lie on the rocks near his feet. The titles on the spines of the books include: "Farming", "Drafting", "Citizenship", "Building", "Machine Shop Work", "Business", "Seamanship", "Engineering", "Law", "Foreign Trade", "Shipbuilding". The city skyline features tall buildings and smokestacks.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Collaborating with Your Local Public Library

Collaborating with Your Local Public Library

Date: 2009
Creator: Hoffman, Starr; Downey, Annie & Sears, Suzanne
Description: This book chapter discusses collaborating with local public libraries.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Improving Public Library Services for Senior Citizens

Improving Public Library Services for Senior Citizens

Date: March 30, 2006
Creator: Nix, Rita J. & Swan, James H.
Description: This presentation discusses research on improving public library services for senior citizens. The goal of this research is to create more awareness for the public of the services available to them and create awareness of future needs due to the increased aging population.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College
Are online catalogs for children giving them what they need? Children's cognitive development and information seeking and their impact on design

Are online catalogs for children giving them what they need? Children's cognitive development and information seeking and their impact on design

Date: August 2007
Creator: Creel, Stacy
Description: Research shows children in an online environment often search by browsing, which relies heavily on recognition and content knowledge, so catalog systems for children must use effective symbols or pictorial representations, which correspond with children's own cognitive schema and level of recognition knowledge. This study was designed to look at the success of young children (ages 5 to 8) in searching 3 online public library catalogs designed for them, and it focused specifically on the pictorial representations and text descriptors used in the systems' browsing hierarchy. The research sought answer whether young children (ages 5 to 8) are really poor searchers because of cognitive development and lack of technology skills or if system design is the major reason for poor search results; i.e., Do current children's online catalog designs function in a manner that is compatible with information seeking by children? Although these results can not be generalized, this study indicates that there was a disconnect between the cognitive abilities of young users and catalog design. The study looked at search success on the 3 catalogs in relation to the catalog characteristics and individual user characteristics and makes 3 significant contributions to the field of library and information science. The ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
CTR-NT: A Survey of Local Cataloging Tool and Resource Utilization

CTR-NT: A Survey of Local Cataloging Tool and Resource Utilization

Date: June 28, 2008
Creator: Miksa, Shawne D., 1969-
Description: This presentation discusses a grant project on Cataloging Tools and Resource: North Texas (CTR-NT). The study aimed to discover the extent and utilization of cataloging tools and resources within technical service departments in the public libraries of the North Texas Regional Library System (NTRLS) and the North East Texas Library System (NETLS).
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Information
The transformative library: A narrative inquiry into the outcomes of information use.

The transformative library: A narrative inquiry into the outcomes of information use.

Date: December 2008
Creator: Kenney, Brian
Description: This qualitative study uses narrative analysis to explore the outcomes of information seeking and use among public library users. Twelve women between the ages of 51 and 72, all residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas who self-identified as regular library users, were interviewed to gather their life stories and their experiences using the public library. The participants in this study used information to enable learning and, often, a change in their affective state. The participants used the new information they encountered constructively, to engage with the knowledge and experience they possessed; this use of information always involved reflection, dialogue, or both. The outcomes from these actions are the creation of new knowledge, a change in the participants' meaning schemes, and/or an affective change. In addition, the narratives strongly suggest that information seeking and use by adults in public libraries can sometimes facilitate or, on its own, precipitate a perspective transformation and the adoption of new meanings. Overall, the findings support Mezirow's theory of transformative learning as a model for understanding information use and outcomes among users of the public library. The major implications of this study are two-fold. One, it introduces to information science Mezirow's theory of transformative learning which could provide ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries