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Web Site Usability Testing at the Libraries

Description: This presentation from the 2003 Texas Library Association Conference discusses the purpose and procedures for conducting website usability testing.
Date: 2003
Creator: Thomsett-Scott, Beth; Byerly, Gayla & May, Frances A.
Item Type: Presentation

XML for Text Markup: An Introduction to XML Markup

Description: This presentation introduces the extensible markup language (XML) for text markup. It explains where XML came from, the advantages, gives a comparison of XML to HTML, and discusses how XML works and can be used.
Date: 2003
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Item Type: Presentation

Annexation of Texas Project

Description: Presentation for the 2003 GODART Preconference at the American Library Association Annual Conference. This presentation outlines the "From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856" project. This grant funded project involved digitizing 6000 objects.
Date: June 21, 2003
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Item Type: Presentation

Electronic Archives and Partnerships - Preserving Government Information for Tomorrow

Description: This presentation discusses electronic archives, partnerships, and preserving government information. In this presentation, the authors discuss digital libraries and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). They present the background of the FDLP, developing the Memorandum of Understanding, the CyberCemetery, and gives a current status of the FDLP.
Date: July 2003
Creator: Lyons, Susan; Barnum, George & Hartman, Cathy Nelson
Item Type: Presentation

Tips and Tricks for Usability Studies

Description: 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.
Date: November 3, 2003
Creator: Thomsett-Scott, Beth
Item Type: Presentation

Metadata and XML

Description: This presentation discusses how XML can help store metadata. The University of North Texas (UNT) Digital Projects Unit developed the UNTL metadata element set with IndexData that tailored the data to meet their needs.
Date: November 7, 2003
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Item Type: Presentation

No Longer Under Our Control: The Nature and Role of Standards in the 21st Century Library

Description: This lecture script examines the nature and role of standards for the emerging 21st century library. Given the dynamic character of the networked environment, when are standards appropriate and how can they be developed in a manner consistent with the volatility of information technologies and changing library services? What are the roles and responsibilities of standards developing organizations, technology vendors, content creators, and librarians for standards? Do local practices of libraries threaten standards-based resource sharing and resource access technologies? Can local needs be balanced with broader library community responsibilities, and how do standards affect this balance? The speaker's assumption is that adherence to standards has never been more critical, yet his implementation experience with Z39.50 and MARC suggests that the commitment to national and international standards by librarians, technology vendors, and content creators are often an example of good intentions rather than actual practice. This standards disconnect threatens the emerging 21st century library's ability to deliver fundamental services in appropriate ways to their users.
Date: December 3, 2003
Creator: Moen, William E.
Item Type: Text

The Cybercemetery: Prolonging Usable Afterlife

Description: Paper for the 2004 IS&T Annual Archiving Conference. This paper discusses issues related to digital resource management when capturing and preserving web-based, heterogeneous digital materials produced by a variety of software in various versions.
Date: 2004
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson; Hastings, Samantha Kelly & Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw
Item Type: Paper

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
Item Type: Text

The 'Texas Register' Web-Site Creations and Related Processes: Revised Report - 2003

Description: Report on the Texas Register, a weekly publication by the Office of the Secretary of State. This report discusses a partnership between the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries and the Office of the Secretary of State to insure permanent storage and public access to the non-current electronic files of the Texas Register.
Date: 2004
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw
Item Type: Report

The University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History: Archival Challenges and Solutions

Description: This paper discusses the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries' Portal to Texas History's archival challenges and solutions. The UNT Texas History Portal Project strives to balance the goals of accessibility of information and long-term preservation of digital objects. This poster details the system that automates the collection of metadata records to coordinate access to web-viewable files and preservation of archived master files.
Date: 2004
Creator: Nordstrom, Kurt; Hartman, Cathy Nelson & Phillips, Mark Edward
Item Type: Paper

What's My Leadership Color?

Description: This presentation discusses leadership skills in relation to colors. The topics relate to the "True Colors" quiz, leadership colors, attributes and stressors, and esteem and colors. The discussion is based on "True Colors - An Approach to Understanding Self and Others" by Julie Ray, Partners in Learning.
Date: 2004
Creator: Thomsett-Scott, Beth
Item Type: Presentation

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
Item Type: Paper

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
Item Type: Article

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
Item Type: Text

The MetaCombine Project

Description: This poster presentation discusses the MetaCombine project, a Mellon-funded effort based at Emory University, with the goal of discovering and developing systems and methods to more meaningfully combine digital libraries, digital library resources, and digital library services.
Date: December 2004
Creator: Krowne, Aaron; Ingram, Stephen; Pathak, Saurabh & Halbert, Martin
Item Type: Poster

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
Item Type: Article

Ensuring Universal Access for the Global Information Flow: Responding to the Demands of Scholarship in the Digital Age

Description: This presentation was presented in Session 6.4 Reports of Current Research (Juried Papers), at the 2005 ALISE Conference. It summarizes current situations and developing trends in information technologies. Africa is used as a case to illustrate how local policies have played important roles in the process of information globalization.
Date: 2005
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw & Hastings, Samantha Kelly
Item Type: Presentation