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Is Print REALLY Dead? Exploring the Relationship between the Technology Acceptance Model and Use of E-books at a Large Research University
Poster presented at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. This poster summarizes the application of the technology acceptance model to the use of e-books at a large research university.
ELL Teachers' attitudes of Google Earth for inquiry-based instruction on ELL students' language development in a rural New England state
This article contains an investigation of factors predicting the intentions of English Language Learner (ELL) teachers to use Google Earth for language development instruction.
"Together We Are Better": Professional Learning Networks for Teachers
This article reports the findings of a qualitative study that investigated professional learning network experiences through the analysis of survey data from 732 P-12 teachers.
Succession Planning Through Mentoring in the Library
This article addresses succession planning through mentoring within the library. The authors define succession planning as the recruitment, development, and advancement of library personnel to fill staffing gaps and prepare future leaders.
Tracing Our Global Connections: A Bibliographic Analysis of UNT Digital Library Item Usage Among Global ETDs
Presentation at the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations. This presentation provides an overview of a bibliographic analysis of University of North Texas Digital Library items used in global electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).
A cooperative for big data in scholarly publishing
Presented at the 2017 Public Knowledge Project International Scholarly Publishing Conference. This lightning talk presents a vision for a cooperative of stakeholder institutions called the Publishing Analytics Data Alliance.
Academic Librarians as STEM Retention Partners
This column article discusses how academic librarians can assist with increasing student retention in STEM fields.
Aquiline Books at UNT: A Progress Report
Presentation for the 2017 Texas Conference on Institutional Repositories. In June 2015, the UNT Libraries launched a for-fee service for publishing works of scholarship from authors affiliated with the university. While authors can choose from a menu of editing and design options, all publications are made free to read online through the institutional repository. In this presentation, we reflect on our choices in designing the publishing service—such as not organizing peer review, delivering publications through the repository, requiring free public access but not Creative Commons licenses—and on what authors have chosen from the menu of options over the past two years.
Collaboration in scholarly communication: Opportunities to normalize open access
This article discusses scholarly communication from a holistic perspective and includes some strategies implemented at University of North Texas Libraries.
The Impact of Physically Embedded Librarianship on Academic Departments
This article discusses what happens when subject librarians move from the library services desk to spending a significant part of their workday in the academic departments they serve, and proposes a developmental model for physically embedded librarianship.
News, new roles & preservation advocacy: Moving Libraries into action
This paper discusses how much news is published online that is never published in print or on more permanent media. It delves into some of the reasons why this convent is not yet preserved, and examines the persistent challenges of digital preservation and of digital curation of this content type.
Enhancing Bibliographic Access to Dissertations
This article discusses a study of dissertation cataloging practices of Association of Research Libraries academic libraries to discern how the libraries provide access to subjects as well as to names of academic departments and advisors.
Yeah, I Found It!: Performing Web Site Usability Testing to Ensure that Off-Campus Students Can Find the Information They Need
This paper discusses the results of the formal usability studies and focus groups that involved other libraries' web pages to to first determine what users appreciated or disliked about the current site. This article was co-published in The Eleventh Off-Campus Library Services Conference Proceedings.
Providing a Complete Menu: Using Competitive Usability in a Home Page Usability Study
This article presents results from the task-based testing and focus group portion of a usability study on the University of North Texas Libraries' website in addition to three other academic library web sites to examine the effects of multiple design elements and styles on the participants' results and to provide additional insight into user preferences.
X Marks the Spot: Creating and Managing a Single Service Point to Improve Customer Service and Maximize Resources
This article describes how merging service points in an academic library is an opportunity to improve customer service and utilize staffing resources more efficiently.
Extended Abstract: Exploring Resistance to Spiritual Emergence
Brief paper discussing research regarding people who resist spiritual emergence and transformation.
Paranormal Aspects of Pre-Existence Memories in Young Children
Abstract: The authors present both unconfirmed and externally confirmed cases of children's pre-existence memories with paranormal aspects that apparently cannot be explained by childish fantasy. The anomalous phenomena mostly comprise extrasensory perception with one case involving psychokinesis. Such aspects are similar to and convergent with paranormal aspects of near-death experiences and point to a common, non-physical origin of both types of experiences.
From Trauma to Transcendence: Clinical Perspectives on an Evolutionary Process
Abstract: Trauma and dissociation play a decisive role in initiating spiritual experience. This article explores transformational crises and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) that occur within the context of trauma, physical illness, and mental disorders. Such growth or transformation may be a natural evolutionary process, in which the defense mechanism of dissociation plays a part. Consciousness is challenged to transform when one's ego identity and defenses are threatened. Ultimately, one may arrive at a radically re-ordered conceptual framework and higher-order functioning. Acknowledgement of this evolutionary dynamic may serve as a bridge between two fields: clinical psychology, with its expertise regarding the effects of trauma, notably dissociative states, and transpersonal psychology, with its expertise regarding transformational processes. Research from both fields is explored, as well as case examples from the author's biography, her clinical practice, and the collective. The concept of functional dissociation is introduced, and clinical considerations are addressed.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Dreams from Another Dimension?
Abstract: In 2015, I began communicating with an events planner for the U.S. Army who shared with me a series of anomalous dreams -- anomalous in the sense that the dreams usually contained specific names of deceased servicement previously unknown to her but known to an assistant chaplain with whom she worked. The goal of my ensuing case study research into this apparent episode of spontaneous mediumship was to collect these dreams, search for commonalities, and propose explanations for their anomalous aspects. Alternative explanations included fraud, faulty memory, coincidence, and telepathy or some other form of remote perception. None of these alternatives explained these anomalies as well as what the experiencer herself proposed: that the deceased themselves had successfully communicated with her during her nighttime dreams.
Explaining Near-Death Experiences: Physical or Non-Physical Causation?
Article discussing current research and possible causes of near-death experiences, comparing the hypotheses regarding physiological causes (e.g., neural circuitry) and non-physical causes (e.g., a separation of consciousness).
Differentiating Spiritual and Psychotic Experiences: Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar
This article discusses spiritually transformative experiences and how they differ from psychotic experiences, including the context, content, how the experience is remembered, and effect on the individual.
The Healing Power of Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences
Abstract: Extraordinary spiritual experiences (ESEs) events that appear to be direct perception of spiritual facts, have a history in Western societies of being stigmatized and pathologized except within very limited religious contexts. That negative view has caused real harm to many "visionaries." But in the latter 20th century, social science research began to show that ESEs are actually common in the general population and that they are normal. Near-death experiences are a well-known example. The growing body of research literature suggests that many conventional theories about spirituality are empirically mistaken and that ESEs may have the potential to be powerfully health promoting. This emerging evidence creates both a great ethical obligation and a research opportunity.
Extended Abstract: Assisted After-Death Communication: A Self-Prescribed Treatment for Grief
Brief paper discussing the use of induced after-death communication to help resolve grief.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Extended Abstract: After-Death Communication: Parents' and Their Children's Understanding and Meaning-Making
Brief paper discussing after-death communication with children and how it affects their relationships with their parents.
Extended Abstract: The Healing Power of an Alternative Supportive Community for Spiritual Seekers
Brief paper discussing the Holistic Options for People Everywhere (HOPE) organization and its goals to assist people who have spiritually transformative experiences and to educate the broader community about assiting expereiencers.
Shedding Light on the Tunnel and Light in Near-Death Experiences: A Case Study
Partial abstract: In this article, we present a case study of an adult male who experienced both gravity induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) as a Korean War aviation cadet, including narrowing of his visual field to a point of light and also two subsequent transpersonal experiences -- a near-death experience (NDE) and an after-death communication (ADC) -- that both included a tunnel-and-light feature. His Near-Death Experience Scale scores for each experience and his comparison of the qualia of these experiences provide unique evidence in the debate about the nature and likely origins of such experiences. These data place more weight on the argument that the tunnel and light in transpersonal experiences cannot reasonably be attributed to loss of oxygen in the brain.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Of Love and Light: A Case Report of End-of-Life Experiences
Abstract: Unusual occurrences at the end-of-life have been reported anecdotally over centuries yet have only recently attracted increased academic attention. Recent studies suggest commonality to end-of-life experiences (ELEs), which can be broadly categorized into six types. ELEs are relatively common, frequently occurring in terminally ill and palliative patients. They also reportedly have positive effects on the dying, facilitating more peaceful deaths. We present a case report of the death of a woman of Cook Island Maori and New Zealand Maori descent who died from cancer, as retrospectively reported by her husband. The case is interesting due to the number of ELEs occurring for the dying as well as significant others during the period leading up to, at the moment of, and after her death. The case is discussed in relation to previous findings on ELEs and resulting implications for enhancing understandings of the dying process and consciousness.
Integrating Spiritual Experiences: Peaks to Plateaus
Abstract: This article provides a distilled sketch of my observations of three general phases in a process of integrating spiritually transformative experiences (STEs). The process may be thought of as both marking development over time as well as being microgenetic, spiraling through phases in brief moments. In addition, three forces activated in an STE -- transcendence, communion, and destruction -- as well as challenges frequently associated with these types of experiences are described with brief case examples as they manifest across the three phases. Awareness of these phases, along with their overriding questions and challenges, provides an open-ended framework for helpers to use in assisting the spiritual experiencer toward integration.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Electromagnetic Phenomena Reported by Near-Death Experiencers
Abstract: Electromagnetic (EM) aftereffects have been reported following near-death experiences (NDEs). These effects include both (a) EM actions, apparent actions by the individual on the surrounding EM environment, and (b) EM reactions, apparent reactions of the individual to the EM environment. This study investigated EM aftereffects among 216 NDErs, 54 persons who had been close to death without NDEs, and 150 persons who had never been close to death. NDErs reported both greater EM actions and greater EM reactions than did either comparison group. Among NDErs, those with higher scores on the NDE Scale reported more EM aftereffects. Thse findings corroborate and extend prior studies and suggest the need for controlled experiments to measure the kinds and strengths of EM fields generated or channeled by NDErs, the kinds of EM fields and devices that are affected by NDErs, and the kinds and strengths of EM fields to which NDErs react.
Extended Abstract: Dying, Death, and Near-Death Phenomena: Validations from the Quantum World
Brief paper discussing correlations between near-death phenomena and quantum theory in relation to consciousness.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Complex Visual Imagery and Cognition During Near-Death Experiences
Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) entail complex and structured conscious experience during conditions known to coincide with rapid loss of consciousness often associated with decline or disruption of the neurological correlates currently held to be causative factors of visual imagery and cognition. In this study , 653 NDE reports of cardiac and/or respiratory arrest patients were analyzed for unprompted, spontaneous references to quality of conscious visual imagery and mentation during an NDE. Results indicat that in a majority of NDEs, both figurative and abstract mentation are either preserved or markedly improved during unconsciousness and unresponsiveness in the context of respiratory and cardiac arrests. These findings underscore the call to further study the mechanisms behind the 'outliving' of a conscious sense of selfhood and complex, structured visual imagery and cognition during severely deteriorating physiological function -- and perhaps especially during clinical death.
Near-Death Experiences: Quantitative Findings from an Aotearoa New Zealand Sample
Abstract: Most of what is currently known about near-death experiences (NDEs) has come from published case studies and larger scale research projects conducted in Western Anglo-European cultures. This article presents findings from the first large-scale retrospective, quantitative study of NDEs conducted in Aotearoa New Zealand over a two-year period, between August 2010 and December 2012. We investigated the occurrence and phenomenology of NDEs in 220 participants. Results revealed the characteristics and occurrence of NDEs in this sample were similar to those reported in other Western samples. Results of a multivariate regression analysis showed belief in the survival of a soul after physical death and being of Māori ethnicity contributed a significant amount of unique variance to NDE Scale scores in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our study represents an important contribution to understanding NDEs in Aotearoa New Zealand, although more research is required to futher elucidate and advance the findings.
Two Cases of Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences of Near-Death Experiencers
Abstract: Spontaneous mediumship experiences (SMEs), in which living people are visited uninvited by discarnates -- deceased humans -- who ask the living person to convey a message to another living person, are considered a subtype of after-death communication and a potential aftereffect of near-death experiences. In this article, we describe two case studies based on semi-structured interviews in which two near-death experiencers described features and descriptions of their SMEs, positive and negative aspects associated with their SMEs, and related experiences including help-seeking behaviors. Implications for characterizing SMEs include differences in degree of spontaneity and types of discarnates and similarities in experiences of distress and number of SMEs.
Extended Abstract: Compassionate Care and Feedings of Spritually Transformative Experiences in Brazil: A 130-Year-Old Tradition
Brief paper discussing the origin and workings of Spritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil.
Iranian Shiite Muslim Near-Death Experiences: Features and Aftereffects Including Dispositional Gratitude
Article describing research to explore the near-death experiences (NDEs) of Iranian Shiite Muslim experiencers. It outlines the methods and results of the study and explains how the experiences compare to those of Western experiencers.
Guest Editorial: When Does Request for Evidence About NDEs Become Harassment?
Editorial commentary discussing the author's personal accounts and the accounts of others who have had near-death experiences and how their lives have been affected afterward by others who insist on having proof or deny their experiences due to lack of verification.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Near-Death Experiences and A Course in Miracles
Article comparing near-death experiences (NDEs) to the philosophy described in the spiritual text A Course in Miracles (1976). It provides an overview of the text's philosophy, previous literature comparing the text to NDEs, and an analysis of how the philosophies are similar and different, with references to specific cases.
Extended Abstract: Spiritual Emergency in Christian Women: An Integral Study
Brief paper discussing the results of a phenomenological study to evaluate spiritual crisis and emergency among Christian women.
A Comparative Analysis of Japanese and Western NDEs
Abstract: Decades of studies on near-death experiences (NDEs) have reveals both cross-cultural and culture-specific features (Kellehear, 2009) and that it is important to determine which aspects are attributed to the physiological, biological, or psychological mechanisms shared by all humans and which aspects are of cultural origin. In this article, we examine Japanese NDEs and compare their features with generalizations based on observations of Western NDEs. The main differences between Japanese and Western NDEs are the interpretation of the light and the concomitant lack of interaction with it, the image of heaven, and the absence of the life review. We suggest that these characteristics are accounted for in terms of cultural differences.
Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences: A Neglected Aftereffect of Near-Death Experiences
Article describing the methods and results of research to explore spontaneous mediumship experiences (SMEs) that occurred during and after near-death experiences (NDEs).
Electromagnetic and Other Environmental Effects Following Near-Death Experiences: A Primer
Article describing the results of informal and formal research regarding electromagnetic (EM) effects of near-death experiences (NDEs); it reviews cases in which a person acts on his environment and those in which a person reacts to the environment. The paper also proposes more precise terminology regarding EM phenomena based on the research and literature review.
An Ethnographic Study of Near-Death Experience Impact and Aftereffects and Their Cultural Implications
Abstract: In this paper, I describe the research method and key near-death experience (NDE) aftereffects- and integration-related findings of my dissertation research study (Gordon, 2007), the first published near-death studies research project to use the ethnographic method. I compare my findings with those of a comparable sociological study (Sutherland, 1995), with emphasis on NDE aftereffects and integration issues related to what I identified as a previously unrecognized pattern of unmet, NDE-integration-related health-education and counseling needs. Finally, I explore the cultural implications of near-death and similarly transformative experiences and posit that actualizing the potential social-wellness value of these experiences to those who have had them and to their societies requires research and practice that adequately addresses experiencers' health-education and counseling needs.