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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

Description: 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.
Date: February 5, 2004
Creator: Thomsett-Scott, Beth

Yeah, I Found It!: Performing Web Site Usability Testing to Ensure that Off-Campus Students Can Find the Information They Need

Description: 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.
Date: May 2004
Creator: Thomsett-Scott, Beth

Providing a Complete Menu: Using Competitive Usability in a Home Page Usability Study

Description: 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.
Date: December 10, 2004
Creator: Thomsett-Scott, Beth

Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2009

Description: 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.
Date: 2009
Creator: Belden, Dreanna

Oklahoma Newspaper Digitization Project: Grant Materials

Description: 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.
Date: October 2008
Creator: Belden, Dreanna; Williams, Chad & Hartman, Cathy Nelson

My Texas History Notebook: Interactive Lesson Plans for Fourth and Seventh Grade - Grant Materials

Description: 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.
Date: February 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna & Hartman, Cathy Nelson

Lone Star Ink: Exploring Texas through Historic Newspapers, 1880-1910: Grant Materials

Description: 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.
Date: October 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna & Hartman, Cathy Nelson

Lorenzo de Zavala Online: Empressario, Statesman & Texas Revolutionary Grant Materials

Description: 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.
Date: September 2004
Creator: Belden, Dreanna

Deaf Smith County: Frontier Communities of the Llano Estacado Grant Materials

Description: 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.
Date: March 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna

Lone Star Ink: Exploring Texas through Historic Newspapers, 1860-1922: Grant Materials

Description: 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.
Date: October 2008
Creator: Belden, Dreanna & Hartman, Cathy Nelson

Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2005

Description: 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.
Date: 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna

Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2007

Description: 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.
Date: 2007
Creator: Belden, Dreanna

Organizational History of The Portal to Texas History, 2004

Description: 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.
Date: 2004
Creator: Belden, Dreanna

Portal to Texas History Grant Materials

Description: 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.
Date: July 2002
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson

Out-of-Body Experiences: All in the Brain?

Description: 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.
Date: Winter 2006
Creator: Holden, Janice M.; Long, Jeffrey & MacLurg, Jason

Does the Arousal System Contribute to Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences? A Summary and Response

Description: 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.
Date: Spring 2007
Creator: Long, Jeffrey & Holden, Janice Miner