Call Number, Volume 70, Number 2, Fall 2011 Page: 5
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COI Hosts Visitors from China
COI welcomed seven visitors from Hang
Zhou Normal University, China, for a month's
visit, October 19-Novembr 17. The group
included a Professor Xue-hong Tian, dean of
School of Education Science, and graduate
students Dandan Zheng, Min Hu, Miaofeng Gu,
Jingjing Hu, Wenwen Cai, and Qing Xie. The
students lived on campus and shared rooms with
UNT students during their time on campus.
Visits of these six students followed an
earlier trip from the president and five deans
of HNU to UNT, when they met President
Rawlins and Provost Warren. At that time the
two presidents signed a General Agreement on
Co-operation Programs. This collaborative effort
was initiated by Dr. Gerald Knezek and Dr.
Herman Totten, and is being coordinated by Dr.
Lin Lin and Dr. Bill Elieson of the Department
of Learning Technologies, and assisted by Jennifer
Rogla of the UNT International Office.
During the month, the students attended
seminars led by College of Information faculty
members, sat in on classes from the College
of Education, and learned about how to apply
to a U.S. university for graduate studies. They
attended recitals and concerts in the College of
Music, did community service as part of UNT
students' observation of Make a Difference Day,
and went to UNT sports events. The students
also took trips to the Dallas Art District and
West End, Fort Worth museums, Sundance
Square, and the Stockyards. They went to malls in
Allen and Grapevine, to a COI faculty member's
Visitors from Hang Zhou Normal University,
China, doing the UNT Eagle claw.
parents' farm, and to the small Collin County
town of Celina for a hot air balloon festival.
The students were introduced to two
American holidays-Halloween by carving
pumpkins and an early Thanksgiving by attend-
ing American Thanksgiving for International
Students. The Thanksgiving dinner was hosted
by Global Interact, a group of Denton residents
that plans community events for international
students at UNT and Texas Woman's University.
On November 9, Professor Tian presented
"Teacher Education Trends in China: Statistical
Analysis:' The students presented an overview of
graduate systems in China and discussed their
experiences. They also responded to questions
from the audience.
UNT Receives Two IMLS Grants
It is unprecedented for a university to receive
two grants in the same year from the Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura
Bush program, but that is the case for UNT in
2011. The program awarded 24 grants to libraries,
organizations, and universities after receiving 119
applications; UNT was the only recipient of
more than one award.
The two grants, totaling $866,172, aim to
1) investigate research data management policies
nationally, and 2) build a certificate program in
digital curation at UNT. Dr. Martin Halbert,
dean of libraries and associate professor in LIS,
will serve as the primary project investigator
on the first grant, and
Dr. William Moen,
COI associate dean
for research, will serve
as primary project
investigator on the %
second grant. Drs.
Moen and Martin will
be working together on
both grants. '
The first grant of
$226,786, supplemented Martin Halbert
with a $28,350 UNT subcontract with the
Council on Library and Information Resources
funded by the Sloan Foundation, will fund a two-
year investigation of the new roles, knowledge
and skills that will be required of library and
information science professionals to successfully
manage research data cited in articles in scholarly
journals. Dr. Halbert will conduct two national
surveys of officials at the National Science
Foundation and other funding agencies; college
and university vice presidents for research and
campus research officers; faculty of library
and library and information science programs;
academic librarians; campus IT managers;
provosts and chief academic officers; and key
researchers at universities and publishers of
faculty research. The surveys will focus on college
and universities' current data management plans;
policies and practices; expectations and beliefs
about data management; and preparation needed
to archive data.
The second grant of $624,663 is for a
three-year project to create four graduate-level
courses in digital curation and data management.
The first two courses will be taught during the
summer of 2012. All four courses will be taught
of 2013. The courses will
make up the curriculum
44 'of a proposed Graduate
'r Academic Certificate in
Digital Curation and
" which COI plans to
submit for approval by
the spring of 2014.
William Moen Libraries has been
recognized as a national and international leader
in developing digital content and in digital
preservation. UNT Libraries are one of only
three college and university libraries designated
as Affiliated Archive of the National Archives.
The designation recognizes UNT's creation of
the nation's only CyberCemetery, which preserves
defunct websites of federal agencies, including the
See a description of the grants in the
IMLS announcement at http://www.imls.gov/
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