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
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
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: Presentation for the 2005 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on improving public library services for senior citizens.
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
An Analytical Study of the Recommendations of Early Childhood Education Authorities with Regard to the Role of the Public Library in Serving Children from Infancy to Six Years of Age

An Analytical Study of the Recommendations of Early Childhood Education Authorities with Regard to the Role of the Public Library in Serving Children from Infancy to Six Years of Age

Date: August 1978
Creator: Smardo, Frances Antoinette
Description: None
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries: Final Report

Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries: Final Report

Date: October 2002
Creator: Moen, William E.; Simpson, Carol; Mason, Florence & Wetherbee, Louella
Description: This document is the final report with the summary of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations for consideration by the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board (TIFB) Library Working Group as part of the Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public and School Libraries. The report is the work of the Needs Assessment Study Team, Texas Center for Digital Knowledge at the University of North Texas. The study was conducted during the period of February through September 15, 2002. Funding for the study was provided by Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Information
A Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries

A Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries

Date: January 2002
Creator: Moen, William E.; Simpson, Carol; Mason, Florence & Wetherbee, Louella
Description: This is the project website for the Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries, funded by a grant from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board. It contains information on project documentation and their Final Report.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Information
Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries: Project Plan

Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries: Project Plan

Date: April 1, 2002
Creator: Moen, William E.; Simpson, Carol; Mason, Florence & Wetherbee, Louella
Description: This document outlines the project plan for the Needs Assessment Study of Texas Academic, Public, and School Libraries.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Information
HAM: A Hybrid Aquisitions Model for Public Libraries

HAM: A Hybrid Aquisitions Model for Public Libraries

Date: 2014
Creator: Brannon, Sian
Description: This book chapter discusses how to operationalize acquisitions through a discussion of various models of acquisitions, encompassing budgeting, working with vendors, selection, ordering, receiving, processing, and overall administration of the process.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Ready, Set Walk: Promoting Patron Fitness Through Community Partnership

Ready, Set Walk: Promoting Patron Fitness Through Community Partnership

Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Mendoza, Ako & Graham, Rhiannon
Description: This poster describes the planning and implementation process for a walking program for Haslet Public Library patrons in partnership with Texas A&M's Walk Across Texas program.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Information