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Turning Students On To Your Library's Web Site: using web site usability techniques to improve student use of your library's site
This paper introduces the concept of web site usability, provides a brief introduction to the techniques, offers examples from two “real life” studies that show how the techniques of formal usability studies, focus groups, and card sorts can be used and offers tips and tricks for employing these techniques.
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.
Tips and Tricks for Usability Studies
This presentation from the 2003 Internet Librarian Conference shares some experiences from two “real-life” Web site usability studies, including tips and tricks for carrying out a Web usability study.
Web Site Usability Testing at the Libraries
This presentation from the 2003 Texas Library Association Conference discusses the purpose and procedures for conducting website usability testing.
Media Review: The Day I Died: The Mind, the Brain, and Near-Death Experiences
Review of a video titled "The Day I Died: The Mind, the Brain, and Near-Death Experiences," an educational BBC program produced by Kate Broome about near-death experiences.
Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2009
This document is a brief organizational history for The Portal to Texas History for 2009. This document was used for grant submissions to state or federal funding agencies, or private foundations. This document reflects on strategic directions for the program, as well as the number of collaborative partners for the Portal, and the number of historic documents in the digital library.
Oklahoma Newspaper Digitization Project: Grant Materials
These grant materials were prepared for the National Digital Newspaper Program, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to provide access to historic American Newspapers. The Library of Congress serves as the technical adviser for the NDNP. The Award funded digitization of Oklahoma historical newspapers. For the grant, the Oklahoma Historical Society served as the lead institution and partnered with UNT as the technical partner. For this proposal, UNT’s sub-contract as technical partner was $236,024.
My Texas History Notebook: Interactive Lesson Plans for Fourth and Seventh Grade - Grant Materials
These grant materials were prepared for a project funded by Humanities Texas to develop and present online lesson plans that incorporate the interactive notebook style of learning. This method of teaching combines three pivotal concepts in educational research: spiral curriculum theory, multiple intelligences, and cooperative interaction. This problem-based learning system incorporates preview assignments, multiple intelligences teaching strategies, graphically organized notes, and processing assignments that require students to demonstrate their knowledge. The documents explore the research and methodology behind this style of pedagogy, and the elements of an interactive notebook. A work plan details how the project would work with master teachers to develop this curriculum. The project was funded for $7,200.
Lone Star Ink: Exploring Texas through Historic Newspapers, 1880-1910: Grant Materials
These grant materials were prepared for the National Digital Newspaper Program, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to provide access to historic American Newspapers. The Library of Congress serves as the technical adviser for the NDNP. NEH designated this proposal a “We the People” grant, and it was provided by NEH as an example grant in the following year’s grant round. The award funded digitization of Texas historical newspapers. For the grant, UNT served as the lead institution with partners at the Center for American History at the University of Texas, and Texas Tech University. This proposal was funded for $397,552.
Lorenzo de Zavala Online: Empressario, Statesman & Texas Revolutionary Grant Materials
These grant materials were prepared for a project funded by Humanities Texas to digitize materials from ten collaborative partners. The documents discuss the historical significance of Lorenzo de Zavala, the proposed materials for digitization, project goals, and publicity. A work plan details selection criteria for materials, the digitization process and scanning standards, translating Spanish materials, and long-term benefits of the project. The project was funded for $10,000.
Deaf Smith County: Frontier Communities of the Llano Estacado Grant Materials
These grant materials were prepared for a project funded by Humanities Texas to digitize materials from the Deaf Smith County Library. The collection represented a wealth of primary source images that document the people, places and culture of Hereford and the surrounding county. A work plan details the digitization process and scanning standards, developing a lesson plan, and long-term benefits of the project. The project was funded for $5,000.
Lone Star Ink: Exploring Texas through Historic Newspapers, 1860-1922: Grant Materials
These grant materials were prepared for the National Digital Newspaper Program, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to provide access to historic American Newspapers. The Library of Congress serves as the technical adviser for the NDNP. The Award funded digitization of Texas historical newspapers. For the grant, UNT served as the lead institution and partnered with the Center for American History at the University of Texas. This proposal was funded for $399,790.
Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2005
This one page document is a brief organizational history for The Portal to Texas History for 2005. This document was used for grant submissions to state or federal funding agencies, or private foundations. This document reflects on strategic directions for the program, as well as the number of collaborative partners for the Portal and the number of historic documents in the digital library.
Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2007
This document is a brief organizational history for The Portal to Texas History for 2007. This document was used for grant submissions to state or federal funding agencies, or private foundations. This document reflects on strategic directions for the program, as well as the number of collaborative partners for the Portal, the number of historic documents in the digital library, and key project staff members.
The Portal to Texas History Partner List, 2009
This document lists all of the partners of The Portal to Texas History in 2009. These partners were involved in projects and collections that were a part of the Portal.
Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2004
This two page document is a brief organizational history for The Portal to Texas History for 2004. This document was used for grant submissions to state or federal funding agencies, or private foundations. This document reflects on strategic directions for the program, as well as the number of collaborative partners for the Portal and the number of historic documents in the digital library.
Portal to Texas History Grant Materials
These grant materials were prepared to create the Portal to Texas History a project funded by the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) to create a gateway to historic materials. The Award funded the creation and first iteration of The Portal to Texas History. The project was funded for $197,410.
University of North Texas Libraries Grant History: 2000-2009
This document lists all grants given to the University of North Texas Libraries from 2000 to 2009. The projects that were funded by these grants are summarized.
University of North Texas Libraries Grant History: 2000-2008
This document provides summaries of all grants given to the University of North Texas Libraries from 2000 to 2008. The projects that were funded by the grants are described.
Out-of-Body Experiences: All in the Brain?
Article presenting arguments supporting the conclusion that the subtitle claims of an article published in "Nature" were not well-founded and that much research remains to be conducted to unravel the mystery of out-of-body experiences.
Does the Arousal System Contribute to Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences? A Summary and Response
Article acknowledging the viability and potential value of the hypothesis underlying articles suggesting a relationship between near-death experiences (NDEs) and the body's arousal system, but also identifying substantial weaknesses in both the presented lines of evidence and the studies.
Electromagnetic Aftereffects of Near-Death Experiences
Study investigating electromagnetic effects among near-death experiencers (NDErs), people who reported a close brush with death without an NDE, and people who reported never having been close to death but who used their most life-changing event as a past reference point.
The Field of Near-Death Studies Through 2001: An Analysis of the Periodical Literature
Article analyzing literature of the first quarter century of the field of near-death studies.
More Things in Heaven and Earth: A Response to "Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features"
Article offering alternative arguments and conclusions to those Keith Augustine offered regarding discrepancies between some near-death experiencers' (NDErs') reports of events they perceived during their NDEs and objective information available about those events.
Failure to Elicit Near-Death Experiences in Induced Cardiac Arrest
Article exploring the reasons why near-death experiences may not occur during induced cardiac arrest.
[Reviews] From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland
This article reviews the book "From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland," by R. Allen Lott and published in 2003.
Rediscovering "Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend"
This article is based on the authors' presentation at the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Conference in Austin, Texas, April 2005 and discusses Arturo Toscanini.
[Review] Speaking of Music: Music Conferences, 1835-1966
This article reviews the book "Speaking of Music: Music Conferences 1835-1966," edited by James R. Cowdery, Zdravko Blažeković and Barry S. Brook.
The Man on the Beat: John Gilliland and The Pop Chronicles
Presentation for the 2008 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Annual Conference. This presentation discusses John Gilliland and The Pop Chronicles.
Online College of Music Recordings at the University of North Texas
Poster presented at the 2008 Music Library Association Annual Conference. This poster discusses online College of Music recordings at the University of North Texas (UNT).
Music in the Church Library
Presentation for the 2006 North Texas Chapter of the Church and Synagogue Library Association meeting. This presentation discusses music in the church library.
Collaborations: How Ussachevsky Interacted with Other Composers in the Creation of Electronic Music
Presentation for the 2008 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Annual Conference. This presentation discusses collaborations and how Vladimir Ussachevsky interacted with other composers in the creation of electronic music.
Piercing the Curtain: One Composer's Penetration into Eastern European Music Festivals: An Introduction to the Music of Gloria Coates
Paper presented at the 2005 Women in Music/Contemporary Music Roundtable at the Music Library Association Annual Conference. This paper discusses the music of Gloria Coates and her radio program in Germany.
Reading America Program Fosters Intergenerational Understanding in Chinese Immigrant Families
This article discusses the Reading America Program fostering intergenerational understanding in Chinese immigrant families.
Barriers to Adopting PREMIS in Cultural Heritage Institutions: An Exploratory Study
Paper for the 2009 IS&T Archiving Conference. This paper discusses an exploratory study on barriers to adopting PREMIS in cultural heritage institutions.
Collecting and Disseminating New Music: Originally Presented as "The Impact of Women in Music, New Composers Forum"
Paper contributed to the 2002 Bar Harbor Music Festival. This paper discusses collecting and disseminating new music and the impact of women in music.
Development of a portal to Texas history
Article discussing the development of the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries' Portal to Texas History.
The Issues of Compliance and Interoperability in Integrating Heterogeneous Digital Resources: Lessons from the Texas History Portal
Paper for the 2005 IS&T Archiving Conference. This article discusses the issues of compliance and interoperability in integrating heterogeneous digital resources and lessons from the Texas History Portal.
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.
Photosynthesis
Encyclopedia article entry in the Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture by H. James Birx. This encyclopedia article discusses photosynthesis.
Eclipses
Encyclopedia article entry in the Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture by H. James Birx. This encyclopedia article discusses eclipses.
Earth, Rotation of
Encyclopedia article entry in the Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture by H. James Birx. This encyclopedia article discusses the rotation of the earth.
E-Government and Libraries Helpful Resources
Article on e-government services and how libraries can provide helpful online government resources.
Digitization of Government Information
Report for the American Libraries Association (ALA) Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). This report outlines the investigations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Digitization of Government Information.
Gathering Customer Input Prior to Home Page Redesign: An Ontological Study
Document accompanying a poster presentation on an ontological study of customer input prior to a home page redesign.
Gathering Customer Input Prior to Home Page Redesign: An Ontological Study [Poster]
Poster presented at the 2002 AMIA Annual Symposium. This poster discusses an ontological study on gathering input prior to home page redesign.
Setting That Record Straight: Revised Program Notes for Sounds of New Music, Smithsonian Recordings
Revised program notes for the recording "Sounds of New Music" produced by Smithsonian Recordings. The document includes an introduction, a list of relevant formats and associated OCLC numbers to which the notes correspond, and a brief description of each piece appearing on the recording.
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.